The Honda XR150L is a familiar bike for those who often do easy offroad motorbike tours. This type of motorbike is loved for its ease of use and versatility. If you are wondering which kinds of bikes are suitable for your tours in Vietnam, please have a look at Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert team’s blog about this Honda XR150L review below!
Overview of Honda XR150L
The Honda XR150L has been available since 2003 and has become a bestseller product for over 15 years. Although initially advertised for sale mainly in Latin America, over time, it has become more popular even in Vietnam. Dual-sport capability makes the Honda XR150L the first choice for off-road.
At first glance, the XR150L is a relatively easy-to-use model for those new to large distribution motorbikes. Besides, it can be used for both long-distance running and urban environments. Lofty seat height helps you run long distances without fatigue. Moreover, people with a height of only 1m65 (~5.5ft) can also easily ride this bike. All of these turn Honda XR150L reviews positive.
Honda XR150L Specifications
When reading the Honda XR150L reviews, we can find that it has had many improvements since the time it was first launched. Today, this type of motorcycle has become a reliable, easy-to-use, and reasonably priced vehicle.
XR150L is equipped with an engine type of an air-cooled two-valve OHC and a single-cylinder engine. Its displacement is approximately 150cc (149,2cc exactly). Other specifications of XR150L include 57,3 x 57,8 mm – bore and stroke; Two-piston caliper is 240 mm disc; 5-speed manual transmission, 27°/4,1 inches rake/trail; 81,7 inches length; 31,9 inches width; 44,5 inches height; 53.5 inches wheelbase; 32,8 inches seat height;… Furthermore, these other characteristics make the XR150L highly appreciated:
- The motorcycle is designed to be relatively suitable for touring. The bike is equipped with long-travel shock absorbers and a large but soft saddle design, so it is comfortable when traveling long distances.
- The motorbike’s fuel tank is large (12l ~ 2.8 gallons) but the fuel consumption is only about 40-50km/liter of gasoline in mixed road conditions. Therefore, when running long distances you do not need to worry much. For peace of mind, after running about 300-350km, you can fill up once. The spare fuel tank allows the bike to run for an additional distance of 70km.
- The bike has a seat height of 825mm (44,5 inches), suitable for people from 1m63 and up.
- The motor has an available rear saddle instead of having to buy it separately like others in the same segment.
- The bike is equipped with a single disc brake at the front and a rear drum brake, air-cooled.
The pair of spiked tires make it suitable for 70% on-road and 30% off-road driving. In addition, the XR150 is tall, and quite suitable for potholes and winding roads like Vietnam and even rainy season in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Another outstanding point in the Honda XR150L reviews is the easy finding of spare parts for replacement and repair, of which cost is also very economical.
Highs and Sights of 2023 Honda XR150L
With the above engine information, the Honda XR150L review received a lot of positive feedback, especially from the new drivers. But there are also disadvantages when compared to other bikes.
- Having a very comfortable seat
- Plenty of range can meet the needs of traveling long distances and commuting in the city
- Low maintenance cost: 110,000VND ($4)/oil tank for 1500km or 300,000VND-400,000VND ($12-$17)/oil tank (3000-4000km)
- The motor is durable, spare parts are easy to find and can be repaired at most repair shops in Vietnam
- Motorbike is harder to start when left in cold weather
- The vehicle does not display gasoline, number
- Footpegs are quite small
2023 Honda XR150L Review of First Ride
Although the road system in Vietnam has been upgraded a lot, there are still gravel roads and unspoiled places waiting to be discovered. Therefore, the multitasking Honda XR150L is the right model for you to fully explore the beauty of Vietnam.
Honda XR150L has a higher, upward driving position. Along with that, the XR150 has a large, smooth seat. You can completely sit 2 people and luggage in the back without being too cramped. If you want more comfort, you can add an extension rack to the back. Besides, you can clearly see the whole of the traffic as the XR150 has a high seat. These things make Riders comment that it is convenient to use XR150 to run. Moreover, if you are a beginner, XR150 is easy for you to get used to and control well.
There are conflicts surrounding whether it is appropriate to use XR150 in the city. Some people think that the bike is big and bulky. However, when you get acquainted you will find that the Honda XR150L allows you to use more space. People often tend to give more space for a big vehicle. The saddle is also higher so you have a broader view of the traffic. In addition, the clutch is quieter than the Exciter or Winner 150 when riding. However, in case you need to buy a lot of things, the Honda XR150L will not have much room for you.
You do not necessarily need to use the XR150 for the only purpose of running on the road or in the city. The large wheels and stock front allow the bike to handle both on and off-road. As mentioned above, many Honda XR150L reviews consider it as suitable for 70% on-road and 30% off-road. So, if your tour is in both remote and urban environments, then the Honda XR150L will be the right choice.
Our customers’ review of the Honda XR150L
The Honda XR150L is one of the large distribution vehicles we lease. Riders often use this type of vehicle for the roads in the North Vietnam Motorbike Tours. We received many positive Honda XR150L reviews and look forward to the next one. Below is a brief comment from a customer who experienced a 9-day tour alone in the North and Northeast Vietnam Motorbike Tours.
“I did the 9 day tour on a Honda XR150L and at the end I wanted more and more of it…
I have been to Vietnam for about 10 times on various group and private tours and I can say this 9 days on a motorcycle tour has been the best. While most of the time we were off road and in remote villages I always felt comfortable with the environments and the local people… They were so friendly, welcoming and so helpful when we had the tyre punctures or need some extra information.
At the first point of contact Chung (the boss) was so helpful and straight forward. He was not pushing like many salesmen on a commission. I let him know what I would like to do with my available time and my riding experience. He worked out the rest and joined me up with another person. I also liked the options to pay either in VND, AUD or USD and at a fair exchange rate.
In summing up it has been a great tour with great people, great food, magnificent views and the thrilling of riding a motorcycle on the unknown… Breath taking really!”
Vietnam Motorbike Tour Expert: Tour Vietnam With Quality Honda XR150L
Traveling by motorbike in Vietnam or joining our Vietnam Motorbike Tours is very worthwhile as you can experience countless majestic and unspoiled scenes. This is almost impossible if you choose to sit on the train and look out at the tracks or sit in a coach looking through the small window. If you are unsure of a reputable place to rent the right vehicles, please contact us.
We not only provide motor rental services, but we also have knowledgeable guides. Our vehicles are regularly maintained and you are guaranteed repair costs during the trip. We will also advise you on the best vehicle to suit the nature of your trip. We do dedicated service and strive to give you the best experience.
Final thoughts on the Honda XR150L
It is no coincidence that the Honda XR150L review received a lot of attention and plenty of praise. With the advantage of easy use and flexibility, Honda XR150L is still one of the top choices when traveling by motorcycle.
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