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 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 onboard.
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)
|●Annual domestic sales target:||4,000 units|
|●Manufacturer's suggested retail price (consumption tax not included):||¥349,000|
|(Example of regionally adjusted manufacturer's suggested retail price: Okinawa +8,000 yen. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is for reference only. Similar adjustments may be made in other regions.)|
|Model Type||Honda BA-MC36|
|L x W x H (m)||2.025 x 0.835 x 1.115|
|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)|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||65.5 x 66.2|
|Max· Power (kW[PS]/rpm)||13/7,000|
|Max· Torque (N·m[kg·m]/rpm)||19[1.9]/6,000|
|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|
|Caster angle (degrees/Trail (mm))||28°20'/114|
|Braking System||Front||Mechanical, leading/trailing drum-type|
|Rear||Mechanical, leading/trailing drum-type|