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1984 Honda XL 250 R

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:50 AM

Only Honda could make the XL 250 R. There's tradition. This is Honda's third distinct 250cc dual-purpose machine, following the 1984 XL 250R (the CB350 Twin engine with mildly revised frame, high pipes and not much speed in the dirt) and the original XL250 of 1984, a four-valve Single of great strength and weight.

More in the present are the resources offered by Honda's extended family. The XL-series Singles evolved in various displacements, gaining two-port exhausts and later compound carburetors, then single rear shocks, disc front brakes from the XR and CR lines, and radially disposed valves to take full advantage of the four ports.

This has been a true evolution. When things work, for example the disc front brake, they are parcelled out to the various model lines. When they don't, as in the 23-in. front wheel and the open loop frame with stressed engine, they are never heard from again.

This gives Honda an unmatched flexibility. Having developed the four-valve radial head with compound carbs, the frame, suspensions brakes, etc., Honda can then deal them out as the market demands.

General information
Model:Honda XL 250 R
Category:Enduro / offroad
Rating:71.6 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Safety:See our safety campaign with the high safety rated bikes in this category.
Engine and transmission
Displacement:249.00 ccm (15.19 cubic inches)
Engine type:Single cylinder
Power:17.00 HP (12.4 kW)) @ 8000 RPM
Bore x stroke:75.0 x 56.5 mm (3.0 x 2.2 inches)
Valves per cylinder:4
Fuel control:OHC
Cooling system:Air
Transmission type
final drive:
Physical measures
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:131.0 kg (288.8 pounds)
Chassis and dimensions
Front tyre dimensions:3.00-21
Rear tyre dimensions:4.60-17
Front brakes:Expanding brake
Rear brakes:Expanding brake
Speed and acceleration
Top speed:110.0 km/h (68.4 mph)
Other specifications
Fuel capacity:9.00 litres (2.38 gallons)

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