Honda XL250R Review from United States of America

1983 Honda XL250R

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.9 / 10
Distance when acquired2400 miles
Most recent distance4200 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB550 Four

Summary:

A joy to own and ride

Faults:

Fork seals leaked.

Exhaust muffler baffle rotted out. easy fix by welding in an ATC 250r baffle.

High/lo head light switch not working. Hi beam only.

Trip-meter gear is striped.

General Comments:

Always liked this red motorcycle. Fit and finish were very good, and it is made to a higher level than other Japanese bikes during its time.

The exhaust sound is healthy and much deeper than most other 250cc motorcycles.

The 6 speed transmission is very good, and the .94 top gear is just about right for flat highway work.

While going through the gears, you really need to hold on. My bike has a very power surge about 3/4 up the rpm band. The power really kicks in.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2008

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 1 review