Skip to main content

About Honda XL500

The Honda XL500 was the first Japanese motorcycle you could enjoy riding off-road and, once finished, take back to the road and ride home. It is an Enduro motorcycle, meaning it has a suspension that handles motocross terrain and regular roads. Before it existed, Honda riders had to choose either a road bike or an off-road bike. This one does both, and it does them well. The bikes were made between 1979 and 1984. Featuring simple kick-starts and uncomplicated brakes, they come with a big front wheel — up to 23 inches on some models — and a ground clearance of about 10 inches. These facts alone give the bike off-road kudos, but the Honda XL500 engine helps with that too. It is a 500cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke that produces 27 braking horsepower. With a wet weight of 313 pounds, it is a nimble motorcycle. It comes in two main variations — the Honda XL500 and the Honda XL500S. There is a vast inventory of all models available on eBay, plus parts, including the Honda XL500 tank, body parts, and engine components. Join the loyal XL500 following to enjoy performance and reliability.

Shop the large inventory of motorcycles and vintage, antique, and historic motorcycle parts for Honda!