Honda XR is a series of motorcycles designed by this Japanese Company but assembled all over the world. The interesting thing about these bikes is that some of them were made in two versions: the R and the L version. The R ones were not officially legal to use on the streets and were produced specifically for off-road riding. The L versions were accepted everywhere and had all the lights, indicators, mirrors, horns and tires that were needed from a dual sport bike.
During the years of its production there were ten generations of XR motorcycles and the only one that is still being made is the dual-sport Honda XR 650L, nine others were replaced by CRF series. Apart from the usual series there was the Small Honda XR model line that included: XR50R, XR70R, XR75R, and XR80Rvehicles. They are called small because of their size and were designed for children. So if you had a kid and some money and didn’t mind for him to have his own tiny bike these series were exactly what you needed. The XR mini series however were not sold in the US because of the CPSIA restrictions.
The Honda XR 125L series is one of the most recent ones, it was released in 2003 and was equipped with engine that gives it 11.13 hp (8.1 kW) of power and has both a kick starter and an electric starter.
The XR 200R series appeared in 1993 and existed until 2002. It was a very small and light bike with the two-valve air-cooled engine. This model was popular among girls and clubman riders during the first years of production. The modified series of Honda XR 200R was equipped with the RFVC 4V two-valve engine in 1984 supplemented with a five-speed transmission.
The Honda XR 250R series was introduced in 1996. These motorcycles had a new 249 cc RFVC engine that was able to produce up to 19 hp (14 kW) of power. It also had an oil-cooling system on the steering head. The XR 250L was the street version of the R model line and had similar characteristics. This was the most popular bike of that time but unfortunately was discontinued in 2004.