1986 Honda XL600R Reviews

1986 Honda XL600R from United States of America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CMX450

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

1986 Honda XL600R from United States of America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki EX500

Summary:

A bulletproof dual-sport, good for trails

Faults:

It was very hard starting when hot, needed about 10 kicks. Replaced the stator, now starts reliably in 2-3 kicks. $140 from rickystator.com.

General Comments:

Plenty of power for the street and trails.

I lowered the forks 1.5 inches in the clamp; now it is more stable at high speed on the street.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2007

1986 Honda XL600R from United Kingdom

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance58000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki bandit

Summary:

A great old thumper with bags of fun and it's easy to maintain

Faults:

None since overhaul.

General Comments:

I bought this motorcycle in a neglected condition and made an overhaul. Main problems were worn out brakes and chassis bearings.

I found all the parts from factors with the exception of the brake disc, which I obtained from David Silver at a reasonable price, together with a rather expensive master cylinder.

Hey, this bike is 20 years old and considering the abuse it must have suffered, it's still going strong and is a hoot to ride. It just goes to show how well this machine was built, that Honda parts are still available for it, and yes they are a little expensive, but I don't think I will be needing many.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2006

21st Aug 2006, 01:48

Thanks for the review. I am looking to restore a bike myself. Any tips would be really useful.

ellttkt@aol.com

15th Nov 2006, 04:43

Hi, I bought a 600, which was imported from Italy. After a long time off bikes, I have found it a very good bike; not too fast as it gets a bit hairy over 70mph, and very good on petrol - I get 70mpg and my daughter loves it too.

Kev from Nottingham.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews