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Honda Releases the XL230 --- A Sports Bike with a Vintage Look

Tokyo, April 9, 2002 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the release of the new XL230 sports bike, an easy-handling motorcycle featuring a vintage off-road look and a water-cooled, 4-stroke OHC single-cylinder 230cc engine. Versatile enough to be used both around town and on longer trips, the XL230 goes on sale throughout Japan April 10th.

The design features a slender, smallish fuel tank reminiscent of those employed on the Elsinore MT250 off-road bike released in 1973 and the XL125 released in 1975, in addition to a round halogen headlight and a speedometer with a navy blue number plate for superior readability. The center up-swept muffler, which extends behind the engine and through the rear suspension, emphasizes the bike's slim design. Other touches, including tires with a block-pattern tread for a racing feel, further enhance the bike's overall vintage image, creating a fresh, approachable design that will appeal to younger riders in their late teens and twenties.

The engine is tuned to deliver superior low-to-midrange response, for nimble performance both around town and on longer trips, and power to spare even with a passenger on board.

The XL230 comes complete with an anti-theft system featuring a reinforced handlebar lock, reinforced key cylinder, anti-hotwiring circuit, and alarm kit compatibility (alarm kit, manufactured by Honda Access, sold separately).

Two body colors are available:
Boon Silver Metallic (with orange stripe design on upper surface of fuel tank)
Fighting Red (with black stripe design on upper surface of fuel tank)



Model Name XL230
Model Type Honda BA-MC36
L x W x H (m) 2.025 x 0.835 x 1.115
Wheelbase (m) 1.305
Ground Clearance (m) 0.225
Seat Height (m) 0.800
Vehicle Weight (kg) 120
Dry Weight (kg) 113
Number of riders 2
Fuel Consumption (km/l) 40.0 (60km/h constant speed, low altitude)
Turning Radius (m) 2.1
Engine Type MD33E (water-cooled, 4-stroke OHC mono-cylinder)
Displacement (cm3) 223
Bore x Stroke (mm) 65.5 x 66.2
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Maximum Power (kW[PS]/rpm) 13[18]/7,000
Maximum Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm) 19[1.9]/6,000
Carburetor Type PDC7A
Starter Self-starting
Ignition CDI, battery-powered
Lubrication Force-fed and splash;
Fuel Tank Capacity (l) 6.0
Clutch Wet-type, Multi-plate coil spring
Gearbox Constant mesh, 5-speed return
Gear Ratio 1st Gear 2.769
2nd Gear 1.722
3rd Gear 1.263
4th Gear 0.960
5th Gear 0.814
Differential (primary/secondary) 3.090/3.076
Caster angle (degrees/Trail (mm)) 28°20'/114
Tire Size Front 90/100-19M/C55P
Rear 110/90-18M/C61P
Braking System Front Mechanical, leading/trailing drum-type
Rear Mechanical, leading/trailing drum-type
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm
Frame Semi-double cradle