The Honda SLR650 copes well with city riding – it has a decent turning circle, it’s nicely-balanced and the brakes cope with its low’ish weight and low speeds. The front gives little to no feedback and feels weirdly remote when you begin riding harder. The SLR can cope with farm tracks and the like, but it’s no off-roader despite the styling. Pillions like it, with a decent seat and comfort.
The Honda SLR650's SOHC air-cooled motor produces decent torque, but few thrills. The 100mm piston thumps the bike eventually to about 90mph, but you’re a cruel master if you keep it there - and a masochistic one as at that speed the vibes will quickly turn your fingers white. The Honda SLR650 is reliable, though.
Can be a bit hit and miss. Some bikes suffered from poor wheel bearings, a poor finish and paint on the fork legs flakes off if not protected (clear nail varnish works a treat).
The Honda SLR650 was only made for three years and it wasn’t a sales success in the UK. Unless you’re only looking for a workaday commuter then the SLR is easily beaten on value by bikes like the Honda Hornet 600 or CB500, Suzuki Bandit 600 and Yamaha’s excellent Fazer 600. Unless it’s an unbeatable bargain avoid. Find a Honda SL650 for sale.
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Bum basic is over-egging it. The Honda SLR650 is a no frills bike – so no tacho, a poor headlight and no centrestand. There’s virtually no unique aftermarket products available, either.