1985 Honda XL600R from United States of America
This is the most fun motorcycle I've ever owned!
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!
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
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.