It is time to give the old XL a going over in the engine dept, I bought it about 8 years ago with 57,000ks on the clock as a town commuter. Having electric start made it perfect for the job, when we moved to mansfield it did quite a few trips to town and back without a hitch.
This model has the XR600 engine with an electric starter fitted, it was only made for 2 years, 86 and 87 with the 13lt tank, it has a 97mm bore with the long stroke where as the previous kick only XL600 83 to 85 had the 100mm bore and short stroke engine. Its big tank cousin was also used in the Dakar but was never imported here, I have all the parts to make it like the euro only version, my big tank was used twice on safari in 85 in standard 28lt form and in 88 when it had been modified to hold 35lt by Rod Tingate, the XL gets around 800ks to a tank which is very handy for exploring.
The modified tank on my 88 XR600 safari bike.
The Euro version came with a red or black engine.
My first XL at Woods point many years ago with all the euro stuff fitted
Neveu on his dakar XL