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Honda XL250S 1980 21004

Original Honda XL250S

This very original Honda XL250S is complete and runs well. It could be simply registered and enjoyed but we always recommend a service and clean up. The bike is a low mileage model (or kilometres in this case as the bike is from Canada).

There is a dent in the petrol tank which could be sorted out or simply left but the rest of the bike is in good order. The speedo is showing 13,278 kilometres which is just over 8,000 miles. The speedo is calibrated in mph as well as kph.


The Honda XLs were a series of trail bikes (also known as dual-sport or enduro motorcycles). They first appeared 1972 and continued until 1987. During that time they went through many changes and several variants were produced.

Up until that time, two-stroke motors had been the order of the day for off-road bikes with Honda bucking that trend with the SL series of bikes featuring twin cylinder motors from bikes such as the CB175 and CB350.

The Honda XL250 is widely recognised as the first modern four stroke enduro to sell in large numbers. When it was introduced in 1972 it received a great deal of praise from the press. Compared to the other bikes of the day it performed well, producing good acceleration from its torquey motor. It was also quite a good looking bike with a purposeful styling and a good standard of manufacture.

Many other variants were added to the range going up to 600cc. Styling changed through its life of course but the essentials remained the same, a lightweight, single cylinder, reliable 4 stroke trail bike which would provide a lot of fun and enjoyment for not a lot of money.

Today these bikes have become collectable, possibly because they were a bike from the days of someone’s youth or because they offer a simplicity and classic styling not really found in the modern bike market. They cry out to be ridden and enjoyed though so we hope not too many will be tucked away because, perhaps oddly, they attract more attention outside the coffee shop then many more expensive road bikes do!