1986 XR 600R

3 replies to this topic
  • bhh75

Posted April 10, 2014 - 04:50 PM


I am considering buying a 1986 xr 600r tomorrow. It looks clean but the owner says its been sitting and needs the carb cleaned. I need something to follow my son around on.  I like the idea of owning something that has a reputation as being bulletproof and kind of classic and well made.  I am 6 foot 250 pounds, have ridden other peoples bikes but never owned my own.  1. Does this bike fit me well? 2. Is this known as being a good bike?  3.What should I look for since it probably wont start.

  • Skellington

Posted April 10, 2014 - 11:04 PM


1 - bike will fit you fine.

2- These honda's are great bikes. they are built like tanks and will run forever if you take care of them.

3- Start with some of the basics. Check engine compression, spark, to see if the engine actually turns over smooth, check oil consistancy ( looks for shavings etc. Check both brakes by rolling it around. Check suspension to ensure there is fluid in front and back shocks and they rebound correctly. Check lights if it has them. Look for rust.

Hopefully someone with more knowledge of this paticular bike can chime in on specific things per the XR as I have the 87 XL.


If you buy it, exspect to pay for more than just a carb cleaning. This is just the way things are when buying a bike. Good luck with purchase.

Visit the ThumperTalk Store for the lowest prices on motorcycle / ATV parts and accessories - Guaranteed
  • 01Hondaxr

Posted April 11, 2014 - 02:39 AM


I would also look real close to all the areas that have bearings ( wheels, swing arm, steering stem). If left unmaintained it could cause excess wear. Check that these areas are tight with no slop.

  • Carter Pewterschmidt

Posted April 11, 2014 - 07:03 AM


Check engine compression

Above all this


With a multi cylinder bike you can get away with low compression because usually one or more of the other cylinders will be close to spec and will support the others, but with a single, when it's low, it's the whole motor, and a low comp motor will start, idle, and generally run like garbage.  I chased all sorts of problems with my XL600 when I got it and it turned out the compression was way below spec.  Piston was all sorts of loose in the cylinder.


Luckily since it's a single, it's a cheap rebuild.  One cylinder to bore, one piston to buy, and a simple head to rebuild.  But if you're not looking to mess around with all that, then find a friend with a comp tester.

Related Content


FMF Powerbomb vs HiFlo Headers by jevon.pearse

Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Honda   XR600/650
  • Hot  25 replies

1988 XR600R Engine Rebuild Or Not To Rebuild? by SoCalDualer

Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Honda   XR600/650
  • Hot  38 replies

Is this rod shot? 87 xr600r refresh by goneballistic

Dirt Bike   Make / Model Specific   Honda   XR600/650
  • Hot  139 replies

Honda XR650L 2015 by Bryan Bosch

Honda XR650L 2015
  • 0 reviews

Can't make my mind up...xr650L to KTM 690r by 09BigRed

Dirt Bike   Special Interest Forums   Dual-Sport/Adventure
  • Hot  129 replies

Join Our Community!

Even if you don't want to post, registered members get access to tools that make finding & following the good stuff easier.

If you enjoyed reading about "" here in the ThumperTalk archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join ThumperTalk today!

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the author, and have not been reviewed or approved by ThumperTalk.