The Honda XL series was a range of four-stroke enduro/dual-sport motorcycles. In 1979, the first XR model was produced, and the XR remained the purpose-built, dirt-only competition range as opposed to the street-legal XL series.
Probably the most popular model for custom scrambler builds is the XL600R, a big-bore dual-sport produced in the 1980s. Later, the XL series was discontinued — or rather, merged with the XR range, and the street-legal machines were given the “L” suffix.
Below are some of the XL-based scramblers we’ve featured here on BikeBound.com.
The Fat Lady Sings: Honda Varadero 1000 Scrambler-Introduced in 2001, the Honda XL1000V Varadero was an interesting machine. Honda took the 996cc 97-bhp V-twin from their VTR 1000 Firestorm / SuperHawk and put it in an adventure-touring chassis. The result was a […]
Prairie Dog: Honda XL600 Desert Sled-Marmisto’s take on the classic Desert Sled – the Prairie Dog There are custom bikes with build sheets that read like expensive shopping lists, outfitting the machine in a dizzying array of high-spec bling, and […]
Vulture Moto’s Vintage 500 Series-A pair of 500 thumpers from Germany’s Vulture Moto! The 500cc “big single” remains one of the best, most versatile all-around engine configurations in motorcycling history, from the British 500 singles of yesteryear to the […]
Honda XL600LM “Bulldog” by GPgarage Moto-The Honda XL600LM was a tribute to the HRC Paris-Dakar Rally machines of the 1980s. In 1982, Cyril Neveu won the legendary trans-Saharan race on an XR550, and Honda was intent on repeating that victory, […]
Baja Commander: Honda XL500R Baja-GPgarage Moto builds a Baja restomod! The XL500R was Honda’s 500cc dual-sport in the early 1980s, a mono-shock (Pro-Link) evolution of the twin-shock XL500S, featuring a 32-hp SOHC engine with counterbalancers, long-travel suspension, and a […]
Big Bore Restomod: Honda XL600R by Motorieep-In 1983, Honda introduced the XL600R (aka 600 XLR), a big-bore dual-purpose machine with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance, 8+ inches of suspension travel, and 45 horsepower on tap. Like other open-class dual-sports of […]
Rubicon XL: Honda XL250 by One Down Four Up-The Rubicon Trail is one of the most legendary 4×4/off-road trails in the world, a 22-mile route through the Sierra Nevada mountains just west of the California/Nevada border. Native peoples originally used the route to […]
Island Hopper: Honda XL250 Scrambler by Custommade C.A.-A two-seat 250 scrambler, perfect for small trips to the Greek islands… When Honda introduced the XL250 in 1972, it was the world’s first mass-produced four-stroke enduro, laying the groundwork for the big four-stroke enduros […]
Street Sweet, Dirt Worthy: Honda XL500 by Loose Screw-“Street sweet. Dirt worthy. Good time transportation…” That’s how Honda described their lineup of XL dual-purpose motorcycles in their big 1979 magazine advertisement. The ’79 Honda XL500S was the “New King Single” of the bunch, […]
Honda XL600 Scrambler by Ludwig Tekne-“Brilliance, angles, and lines” — a bold, lightweight Honda scrambler… The Honda XL600R is one of our favorite dual-sports from the 1980s. Built from 1983-1987, the XL600 offered 45 horsepower, weighed a hair under 300 […]
Honda Transalp Brat Tracker by HIDE Brussels-A V-twin Brat Tracker from Brussels… The Honda Transalp is a series of V-twin dual-sport / ADV bikes in production since the late 1980s. We rarely get to see these bikes in the USA, as […]
Honda XL600 Dakar by Andrew Greenland-We have been watching the builds of Andrew Greenland ever since his red Honda Dominator custom was featured on Bike EXIF years ago. Since then, Andrew has turned out a stable’s worth of froth-worthy Honda […]
Honda XL350 Scrambler by Divine Proportions-Rarely do we have a bike with such a powerful story of community, family, and charity behind it. This 1984 Honda XL350 scrambler / beach tracker was built by Divine Proportions — a community of […]
Honda XL125 Scrambler by Kemeh Fabrications-Today, we’re proud to present #KEMEH003, the third build from Kemeh Fabrications of Ipoh Perak, Malaysia. Founder Irwann Cheng builds both custom bicycles and motorcycles, mostly trackers and scramblers. This bike, otherwise known as “Kun […]
Nifty Honda XL125 by KEMEH Fabrications-This is such a cool little 125cc Honda tracker/scrambler by KEMEH Fabrications, possibly our favorite new builder of small displacement trackers. It’s an XLS125 or XL125S, as near as we can tell. The details are […]