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Old 12-04-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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the Honda XR150L thread

HI!!


This is a thread that I hope will have many contributions, I do know it is a small cc bike and not available in the bigger markets (USA), anyway.



I want to present what will be my new bike, I just need to go and pay it!!
It is the Honda XR150L with a plenty powerful motor of 12 hp, I think it is available in Mexico, some Latin countries and in Australia, where is advertise as a ranch bike, not for me! It will be my commuter, take your child to elementary school and save gas bike!, it will complement my KLR very nice, and it is much lighter for trail riding.


The specs are humble, and that is a good thing, the biggest plus I see are weight, tank size (over 3 gallons) and a comfortable seat capable of fitting 2 people, and it has a very good front brake. For me at 1.70 m or 5’8” it has good ergonomics, it is very similar to my first bike, a Bros 125.
I still don’t have it, but I will be getting it in the coming days, until then, I leave the pics that I barrow from the web








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Old 12-04-2014, 01:17 PM   #2
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Are the wheels 18"/21" or 16"/19" or?
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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19 front 17 rear. if I want to find more dirt oriented tires, I will have to really dig, but I am not much into single track so, a 70-30/ 60-40 street-dirt is all I need.

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Old 12-05-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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Done!

I have taken delivery of the bike and I can't wait for Sunday to come.

THe rear brake is not worth the effort, but the front brake is enough, that is all I can say for now.

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Old 12-05-2014, 08:29 PM   #5
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Old 12-09-2014, 08:42 AM   #6
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first day or ridding,

yesterday I did close to 30 miles and it is everything I was expecting, and more fun than that!

I was busy going down town to do errands and stuff, so now the bike has been insure for about $90 usd for a year, only the legal stuff that I must have. Today I will go and try to get plates, and if that goes well, I will be 100% legal in this country!

Tires are still in the break in, as well as the motor, I have only gone as fast as 50 mph on a down hill in 5th gear, and it feels a little sleepy, so for sure 55 mph will be so easy to maintain.

Pics to come latter!

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Old 12-10-2014, 08:48 AM   #7
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In New Zealand this is known as a NXR150. It is mostly sold as a farm bike with the usual farm accessories such as front crash bars, large carry frame at the rear, right and left mounted side stands.

It can also be purchased as a road legal option. This comes with road orientated gearing and tyres. I am seriously looking at one early next year. For exploring the back country gravel roads in my part of the world, it would be ideal. As long as you are not into the hp/speed frame of mind.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:39 AM   #8
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In New Zealand this is known as a NXR150. It is mostly sold as a farm bike with the usual farm accessories such as front crash bars, large carry frame at the rear, right and left mounted side stands.

It can also be purchased as a road legal option. This comes with road orientated gearing and tyres. I am seriously looking at one early next year. For exploring the back country gravel roads in my part of the world, it would be ideal. As long as you are not into the hp/speed frame of mind.
It is a great bike, I am on the first tank of gas, so no numbers for mpg's, so far I have gone up to 90 km/hr just to make a pass, and I think I will do 100, all I need for my commute is 80-85 and dirt roads can be done at lower speeds, so I am very happy.

I am thinking of putting a couple of accessories to make it "for me" So i will be borrowing stuff from my KLR and let's see what can be done.

I will put some pics, as soon as I go to the beach..

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Old 12-10-2014, 05:16 PM   #9
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so here are the first mods I have done, nothing fancy just what I think I need.

So the seat if ok, but I had to try and put an extra inch of height and from my KLR I barrow a Coleman ATV cover and it works very well. and since I commute to work a top box is a must for me, so I attach what I had and that 45L is a little to big for my taste but for now it will do, I will like to get a smaller one, 25-35 liter, but for now it will do.



The top case is not completely secure, I just need to buy the hardware to properly fit it.

Next up is the HID light I want to put on, I have it somewhere there in the closet so it should be a big improvement, and some hand guards.

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Old 12-23-2014, 01:06 AM   #10
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a small review after 250 km

HI,

well I am writing this after only 250 km, so still a bigger trip need it to say more, but here it comes.

THe top box I put is going out and back on the KLR. In it's place I will put a top box from Shad 33L that is in shape of a top box and not a side box, it is big enough for a helmet and then some, and nice shape for the two up days.

2 up works well, in the city and up to 80 km/hr where I am running it at the moment as a top speed, I had my GF the other day and she was comfy and I could almost not feel her back there, it is a little unfair because she is like 5'4" and around 110 lbs (I think, I have not and will not ask)

The front break is where good the back one is useless, suspension is good, not ohlnis but good for the bike and the speeds I am doing at the moment (very close to my style of ridding)

More to come since I am on my winter vacations so I expect some ridding to be done in the next 2 weeks

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Old 12-26-2014, 12:18 AM   #11
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merry xmas!!! now the bike has a top box from shad a 33l and much better



classic pic by the beach!
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:18 PM   #12
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Hey im 6.2 and about 115 kilos men i already have a honda invicta 150 cc , but im looking more in to a dual sport bike im torn between this and a honda tornado :(
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:22 PM   #13
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Hey im 6.2 and about 115 kilos men i already have a honda invicta 150 cc , but im looking more in to a dual sport bike im torn between this and a honda tornado :(
hey amigo, here are my ideas:

Tornado vs XR150L.
Both are hondas so that is great

In favor of the XR150L
lighter
cheaper
lower seat (I thing this is not a plus for you)
sub frame
Better MPG, over 90 mpg for the XR150 vs 60's for the Tornado, so a much bigger range per tank
Better seat (not a MX like the one on the Tornado)
Cheaper maintenance, oil filter is reusable (just wash and reinstall)
better 2 up amenities, the seat is a like a 2 section area, so no slidding forward every time you break.

In favor of the Tornado
more power (over 110 km/hr is easy)
it has a 6th gear
21-18 tires, so finding very aggressive dirt oriented tires is simple
higher seat allows you to have better view of the road
better rear break

tie
lights are the same (average)
brakes are good (front)
looks

If I could pay a Tornado I would, I could not, then I found this 150 so it was great deal.

Cheers! I hope it helps amigo

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Old 01-26-2015, 09:14 AM   #14
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is the headlight ac on the xr150? , i still dont know which to go for but im leaing towords the 150 for the reasons you metion ay veremos en unos meses jaj a, thanks for the reply
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