1983 Honda XL600R from United States of America
I've always loved big thumpers, and this Honda is one of the best built
I bought this bike new in 1983; it was a brand new model and the first XL 600 that was sold in Missouri. I've owned many single cylinder bikes before I bought this one - a 1969 BSA Victor 500, and a 1974 Honda XL-350 to name a few, so I was pretty much sold on the design. The bike was everything I'd hoped for and more. It became my daily driver to commute to work, and then my off road play bike on the weekends.
I moved to Santa Barbara Cal. for work in 1986 and the bike was perfect for tearing up the fire roads high in the Sierras or racing on some remote beach by the ocean,I have lots of great memories on that bike. Anyway I moved back to Missouri, got married, and started a business. I began buying old Italian motorcycles to tinker with and ride. I still rode the Honda once in a while, but for some reason I stopped and the bike kept getting pushed farther and farther into the back of the garage; it got covered up and forgotten.
Years pass, I retired from my job. Now I have all this free time, I pull the old Honda out of the back of the garage, I pressure wash all those years of dirt and neglect away. I went to work, cleaning, polishing, painting, new tires, chains and sprockets, etc. carburetors needed a good cleaning of course, but amazingly after putting in fresh gas and oil, and going through the cold start procedure, the bike started on the first kick. I had tears in my eyes when I heard the beautiful engine purring like I had remembered. The 14 years of neglect and zero use just melted away, the Honda was saying come on, get your helmet, let's go!!! And I immediately obliged. This bike is 37 years old now and I still love it...
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2020