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April 9, 2002

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

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 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
Max· Power (kW[PS]/rpm) 13[18]/7,000
Max· 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