1986 Honda XL600R

Faults:

None really. Nothing has went completely wrong. We are cleaning, fixing and repairing as we go with the semi restoration. Only general maintenance required.

General Comments:

It's a blast to ride, even with my 300 pound butt. Can spin the rear tire through 3rd in gravel with knobby tires. It can also wheelie in 4th if you gas it and lean back right.

It's a little low in the back, but other than that, most parts are decently priced, but aftermarket is almost non existent.

Right now we are still working on it and have a rebuild kit waiting, but the front brake is too weak to stoppie as of now.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2018

27th Feb 2018, 04:17

I bought an XL600 new back in 1986. I put about 7,000 miles on it without any major problems except for the lack of rear suspension. I probably rode it more like a dirt bike than an Enduro. I shattered the air box jumping it. The plastic went in the motor and closed the spark plugs gap. I cleaned out the plastic and got it running again.

You're limited by the suspension in the dirt and it's not great on the highway at speeds over 75 or so. My buddy bought one the same year and still has his and it still runs fine.

I'd recommend getting a newer Honda XR650L You'll get a better suspension and 50cc more displacement. Also, you can find more aftermarket parts.

1983 Honda XL600R

Summary:

Wasn't my favorite, but in the top five

Faults:

The bike took some muscle to kick, had no problems with it besides being a bit heavy, but it's a 600 thumper! It had sat for several years in an old house on a farm when I found it. I took the carbs off and cleaned it, changed the gas, and with a lil' persuasion from pulling it, it fired right up!!!

General Comments:

Awesome bike! Loved it and would like to find another. Mainly used it offroad, with some road riding getting to the hills. Smooth riding on paved roads, even with off road knobbies! It had plenty of torque to climb hills in 2nd gear, and could pull nice little wheelies in the straights. The hills of eastern KY are rocky, muddy and dusty on a ride, and it had no problems. Kept an eye on the air filter; it's the life of it here.

My buddy aggravated me to death about it til I sold it to him, and I still regret it LOL, but that's how it goes. We would ride thru three counties and back, it never let me down and I didn't have to refuel much, AWESOME BIKE!! It was way ahead of its time...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2017

1986 Honda XL600R

Summary:

I won't sell this until I am to old to be able to kick start it!

Faults:

Only real problem it ever gave me was the stator dying out of nowhere.

General Comments:

Massive pain in the butt to start until you learn the steps for your bike. Once you learn your bike, it's a one kicker.

When you are kick starting it, the big cylinder will occasionally kick back. That usually ends in some minor pain.

Tons of power. I've lifted the front tire off the ground many times on accident before.

It's awesome offroad, you can go just as fast offroad as you can on.

There's also a monster difference on mpg, depending on how much you twist the throttle; once that second carb opens up, it's tearing through gas, but you can't stop twisting because that second carb kicking in is just too much fun.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2010

21st Oct 2016, 02:25

What do you mean "massive pain in the butt to start until you learn the steps for your bike. Once you learn your bike, it's a one kicker."

What are "the steps"?

1985 Honda XL600R

Summary:

This is the most fun motorcycle I've ever owned!

Faults:

This motorcycle was purchased as a true "barn find". The original owner stated that he stopped riding it sometime in the 90's because it became harder and harder for him to start. I had a feeling that the fuel system was probably gumming up due to his infrequent riding.

I purchased it from him for $400 dollars. I performed a complete tune-up and set every adjustment to factory specs. Rebuilt both carbs using kits from Keyster Carbs. R&R'd the brakes and put a new battery in her. Total cost for repairs was approximately $225 dollars and total time working on her was about 50 hours.

The results were amazing. The Honda looks darn near new and starts and runs like a Honda should! I've ridden it @ 2700 miles since purchasing it and I have not had one issue with it. It is quite fast, very powerful and holds her own on California freeways! This motorcycle always puts a smile on my face!

General Comments:

If you always wanted to ride a dirt-bike on the street, go and buy yourself a Honda XL600!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2008