1985 Honda XL600R Reviews

1985 Honda XL600R from United States of America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19196 miles
Most recent distance21887 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB700SC Nighthawk

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

1985 Honda XL600R from United States of America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FXRS-SP Low Rider Sport

Summary:

Great investment bike!!

Faults:

I am the original owner of this 1985 Honda XL600r, I purchased it in Denver Colorado in 1985.

I love this bike! Yes the stator went out in Fresno once, and the head still leaks oil, and if you don't ride this bike regularly, it can be hard to start after a month or two. With all that said, this bike is light, fast and still looks great, although I did get rid of that ugly blue on the seat and shock towers! Replaced it with Black! Now the bike is Orange & Black. looks like a big Jack-O-Lanturn!

I own a Harley FXRS also, and this Honda holds its own off the line againest my EVO 1400cc Harley, at least for a block or so! And that Honda is light & nimble. Nothing stops this XL600. Not stairs, not parking lots and no Mountain Trail here in Colorado. I'm about to move to Corpus Christi Texas, and I plan to ride this bike on the beaches of North Padre Island within the next 3 weeks. I love this old bike!

General Comments:

If you can find one for sale, buy it!

It's a classic thumper. I don't think you could lose money on the purchase of one of these bikes. They're going up in value. This is the 55 Chevy of classic Dual Purpose MotorCycles!

Be careful, they love to go airborne! And they eat up rear tires like nothing else I've ever driven. And I've driven a few scooters in my day!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2006

3rd Nov 2006, 12:55

These bikes due eat rear tires rather quickly. As well as chain & sprockets. Might be due to swing-arm bushings. They feel tight with the pressure from the pro-link pushing down on them. But disconnect the shock and you can feel some wiggle.

The fuel mixture is critical for ease of cold starts without popping and hot starts without flooding. The fuel screw is on the left side of the primary carb, there maybe a cap covering it. In for less fuel and out for more fuel. Reverse of a air screw. Get top rpm and turn out a bit more for good mixture.

These are great bikes and are getting hard to find.

1985 Honda XL600R from United Arab Emirates

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance18000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CX500

Summary:

Great bike, but has some quirks

Faults:

Primary ignition coil in the stator burned, resulting in very difficult hot starting for a long time until I found the problem.

Oil leaks start occurring from various spots on the engine.

Choke piston on left side carburetor broke.

General Comments:

A rocket on wheels.

Seat is a little uncomfortable for large persons; is also too small for two people.

Difficult to start even under the best conditions; stalls often at low idle particularly when cold.

Oil changes are cumbersome due to the dry sump design.

Exhaust pipe is prone to rust.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2005

31st May 2007, 06:51

I have one of these bad boys, and mine is a complete swine to start when hot. Is there any test I can do to validate the stator?

1985 Honda XL600R from United States of America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired4025 miles
Most recent distance6010 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Awesome power

Faults:

Air filter deteriorated with age.

General Comments:

Great overall. Will eat your lunch if you're not careful.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

1985 Honda XL600R from Canada

Year of manufacture1985
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 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)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 kilometres
Most recent distance22000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda XL600R

Summary:

The best big bore dualie on the market. Period

Faults:

Cracked stator, carbs, rubber wheel dampeners, chain, valves.

General Comments:

Bike threw a chain, damaged the stator (slowly).

Exhaust valve burnt on me.

All-in all a very good bike; way ahead of its time.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews