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The 2023 Honda XR150L is a fuel-sipping, beginner-friendly dual sport powered by a bulletproof 149cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. For shorter and inexperienced riders who want to ride from home to trail, the XR is an open door to adventure. At $2,971, it’s a door that’s wide open.
The 2023 Honda XR150L is a fuel-sipping, beginner-friendly dual sport powered by a bulletproof 149cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine. For shorter and inexperienced riders who want to ride from home to trail, the XR is an open door to adventure. At $2,971, it’s a door that’s wide open. (Honda/)

Ups

MSRP of $2,971 makes it nearly $2,000 less expensive than a Yamaha TW200As friendly of a motorcycle as you’ll find: beginner-friendly, budget-friendly, fuel-friendly, and short-of-inseam-friendlyOn- and off-road versatility

Downs

Modest performance limits ultimate usabilityNo fuel injection

Verdict

The Honda XR150L is a staple in Asian markets, and in Australia and New Zealand it’s known as a farm bike. Introduced to the US market for the first time in 2023, the little XR’s hard-working character will surely be up for the playbike tasks most riders will use it for: cruises to the beach, quick runs to the store, and exploratory jaunts on your local fire roads.

Overview

Honda is all-in on affordable, small-displacement, beginner-friendly motorcycles. Just consider: its current minimoto lineup is more complete than its once-expansive sportbike line. The Grom, Monkey, Super Cub C125, Trail125, and Navi are all street-legal and priced below $4,300 (the Navi is only $1,807). Extending the same approachable qualities to its dual sport line, which already includes the CRF300L, Honda opens the door to all riders with its XR150L.

While the little dual sport is a new addition to the US market, it’s been a staple in Asian markets for some time. According to EPA data, the XR150L is produced in Mexico by Sundiro Honda, Honda’s Chinese joint venture.

Well suited to around-town jaunts, scenic backroads, and casual off-road riding, the XR150L is powered by a carbureted 149cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, intended to offer the same reliability and toughness XRs are known for but with excellent fuel efficiency and smooth, predictable performance. Honda claims a tested 346 miles of fuel range from the 2.8-gallon fuel tank. That’s 124 mpg, or 124 reasons to reconsider that ebike you’ve been looking at. OK, call us internal combustion zealots.

The XR150L has a low 32.8-inch seat height and weighs a claimed 282 pounds, which makes it ideal for beginners or riders lacking confidence off-road. Best of all, with an MSRP of $2,971, you’ll have plenty of gas money leftover—not that you’ll need much.

If the diminutive XR looks like the kind of bike you’d rent on a vacation in Vietnam, that’s because it is. Produced in Mexico by Sundiro Honda, the 150L wasn’t originally designed for the North American market, but you’ll be glad it’s here. This will be a great bike for around-town commuting, casual off-road riding, and everything in between.
If the diminutive XR looks like the kind of bike you’d rent on a vacation in Vietnam, that’s because it is. Produced in Mexico by Sundiro Honda, the 150L wasn’t originally designed for the North American market, but you’ll be glad it’s here. This will be a great bike for around-town commuting, casual off-road riding, and everything in between. (Honda/)

Updates for 2023

The XR150L is new for 2023.

Pricing and Variants

The XR150L retails for $2,971 and is available in black or white.

Competition

Small-displacement dual sports are popular because they’re inexpensive, fun, reliable, and versatile. As such, the XR has plenty of competition. In terms of seriousness—if that word can even apply to these unpretentious, fun-loving cycles—the XR150L sits somewhere between the Kawasaki KLX230 ($4,999) and the Yamaha TW200 ($4,899). The former has an off-road-oriented 21-inch/18-inch wheel combination for better capability in “rugged” terrain, while the latter uses balloonlike 130/80-18 front and 180/80-14 rear wheel sizes that make it a fun-loving, endearing run-around. Honda’s own Trail125 ($3,999) and CRF300L ($5,399) are also viable alternatives. The XR150L is significantly more affordable than the lot.

Generations of riders learned to ride on motorcycles with engines that looked a lot like this. As such, that 149cc single-cylinder engine comes with a

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By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Honda XR150L
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/honda/xr150l/
Published Date: Mon, 15 May 2023 21:25:20 +0000

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81st Goodwood Member’s Meeting

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With an almighty roar, Goodwood welcomed a fleet of incredible cars from the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, including examples from McLaren, Shadow and Porsche – three of the most successful marques in Can-Am’s history. The 81st Members’ Meeting also remembered Niki Lauda with 2024 marking a series of significant anniversaries for the three-time Formula 1 World Champion, including 50 years since his first Grand Prix victory in the 1974 Spanish Grand Prix, 40 years since his third and final World Championship, and 75 years since the Formula 1 Champion’s birth. A special on-track demonstration saw Lauda’s 1985 Dutch Grand Prix-winning McLaren MP4/2B on track and the legendary driver will also be honored later in the year at the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.

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Spectacular demonstrations

On Saturday afternoon, Gerhard Berger returned to the cockpit of his 1989 Ferrari 640 Formula 1 car. The Ferrari, which raced in the 1989 F1 season with drivers Berger and Nigel Mansell, was the first to ever use a sequential paddle-shift transmission.

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Title: 81st Goodwood Member’s Meeting
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Published Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 18:36:28 +0000

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Wild Rover – 1966 Rover P6

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Photo: Pete Austin
Photo: Pete AustinMaking its debut in 1963, the Rover P6 was introduced as the new jewel in the crown of the Rover fleet. The car was voted European Car of the Year in 1964 and it revelled in the glow of Britain’s last true motor manufacturing era. By the time the P6 reached the end of its shelf life in 1977, Britain’s motor car industry was in a spiral of decline from which it would never recover.

 “a bit of an animal” around Silverstone
Author enjoyed taking the car he referred to as “a bit of an animal” around Silverstone, revelling in its responsiveness as he applied its ample power.
Photo: Pete AustinThe Rover P6 in its road-going 2-liter, 2.2-liter or mighty 3.5-liter specification was popular. Built at Solihull in the British West Midlands, the Rover was very much the executive’s car of the era. Used by company managers and by the police as a “Panda” car, the Rover was a car of style and only a Jaguar parked on your driveway allowed the man of middle England to feel he enjoyed a higher social standing.

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

The HEMI engine, known for its hemispherical shaped combustion chamber, stands as an icon in the realm of automotive engineering, renowned for its power, distinctive sound and enduring legacy. What sets the HEMI apart is its unique combustion chamber design, featuring hemispherical-shaped heads with the spark plug is placed at the top-center, which shortens the burn distance of the air/fuel mixture, allowing for optimal combustion that results in performance all car enthusiasts can appreciate.

One of the key factors contributing to the HEMI’s legendary status is its storied history. Developed by Chrysler in the early 1950s, the HEMI quickly gained a reputation for dominating the racetrack and the streets alike. Its presence in NASCAR, drag racing and other motorsports solidified its status as a symbol of speed and performance.

Beyond its racing pedigree, the HEMI engine has left an indelible mark on popular culture. From muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger to iconic vehicles like the Plymouth ’Cuda and the Chrysler 300, the HEMI has powered some of the most beloved and memorable collector vehicles in history.

The HEMI’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its ongoing evolution and innovation. While the basic design principles remain consistent, modern iterations of the HEMI engine feature advanced technologies that include variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection, enhancing both performance and efficiency.

The HEMI engine’s combination of history, performance and cultural significance has cemented its status as one of the most iconic and legendary powerplants in automotive history. With its distinctive design, unmistakable sound and unrivaled performance, the HEMI engine remains a symbol of power, speed and American automotive ingenuity. Check out these HEMI-powered vehicles selling with No Reserve at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a correct 426ci HEMI V8 engine with a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. In Tor-Red with black graphics, Shaker hood, Rallye wheels, black vinyl upholstery, Rallye gauges, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Well documented; Wise Report included.

Powered by a 1,000hp-capable supercharged HEMI 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Includes black leather, Brembo brakes, Demon badges and trim, yellow engine block and forged aluminum wheels. 11 actual miles.

LOT #694 – MR. NORM’S 1964 DODGE POLARA 330 HEMI FACTORY LIGHTWEIGHT DRAG CAR – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 426ci HEMI 8-cylinder engine fitted with Holley 4160 4-barrel carburetors, paired with a Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. Glove compartment door signed by “Mr. Norm” Kraus. From The Washer Collection.

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Title: HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
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Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:36:23 +0000

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