Most endearing bike I've ever had
Nothing yet, but I am lead to believe that the electric start mechanism will fail.
This was a Japanese domestic production model, which ended up in NZ, and is fitted with a Ducati Desmo type fairing, wire wheels and a single seat - real cafe racer style stuff.
I love singles, and when I saw this bike, I knew we were going to be together forever. Now 23 years later it's in Australia, and despite all the offers I can't part with it.
Australians got a nasty looking XBR 500 with comstar wheels and odd styling, and no value as a classic.
The 500 engine is torquey and economical, and the 175kg weight makes for good handling (after fitting some Konis).
It's a fun ride, even if a bit underpowered.
Honda got this one absolutely right.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd December, 2009