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Honda XL1000V Varadero
Honda XL1000V Varadero
Honda XL1000V Varadero
Honda XL1000V Varadero
Honda XL1000V Varadero

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Manufacturer Honda
Model XL1000V Varadero
Price 7,999
Top Speed 125mph
Insurance Group 13
Engine Size 996cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled four-stroke, eight-valve DOHC 90 degrees V-twin
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
BH Power 93bhp
Torque 98Nm
Gears 6
Seat Hight 838mm
Ground Clearance 181mm
Fuel Capacity 25 Litres
Dry Weight 241.5kg
Front Suspension 43mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Pro-link with spring preload adjustable damper
Front Tyre Size 110/80 - 19
Rear Tyre Size 150/70 - 17
Brakes Front ABS; 296 x 4.5mm dual hyraulic disc with combined three-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear ABS; 256 x 5mm hyraulic disc with combined three-piston caliper and sintered metal pads

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User reviews

Average user rating from: 5 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
8.5
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.4   (5)
Off Road Capability:
 
4.6   (5)
Around Town:
 
7.8   (5)
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
8.8   (5)
Reliability:
 
10.0   (5)
Handling:
 
8.6   (5)
Engine:
 
9.0   (5)
Value for Money:
 
9.6   (5)
 
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Fantastic bike

Overall rating: 
 
9.3
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
8.0
Around Town:
 
10.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
9.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
10.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Bought it used with a lot of km on it. Its been dependable, gets WAY better milage than any bike my friends have and is a gas to ride. It is great for exploring less than perfect roads.

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Time owned four months
I liked power handeling
I Disliked gear box
Would you buy again Yes
In one line great all round bike
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

When adventure means managing risk

Overall rating: 
 
7.8
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
3.0
Around Town:
 
5.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
6.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Dan
June 27, 2012
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful

Adventure travel...If you are going to need those KM990 suspensions...you either have a back up truck... or you will get into trouble... so reliability...range... and travelling light...lead to a Varadero...because it is made by Honda...and when the bike is dropped... the chain is too long... the air filter is clogged...the Honda will keep going...which is nice in an adventure...when the outcome is uncertain

 

Go Get One :-)

Overall rating: 
 
8.4
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.0
Off Road Capability:
 
5.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
9.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
9.0
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful

Took one out for a test ride with my missus on the back when they first came out. I ragged the backside off it with her on the back.I loved it she said it was "Boooring", so I never bought one :-(
Now she's gone, I finally own one. In "Real" life I'm a full time bike instructor and use the big old beast as my "Work" bike. It's wonderful. The ride position is ace in traffic,The engine is good, a little more vibey than I expected but works well. Been out with the boys in the twisties and wow, well impressed I found myself giving my mate Dave on his R6 a real hard time and no matter how he tried he couldn't shake me until we hit a long straight and then it was by by by.....
I have had her loaded up with 3 Givi's and tank bag and done 230 miles before the light came on.
It's a good work bike.
It's a good tourer,
It's even a good "Scratcher".
In the 4 months I have owned her I've done 6500 miles.
Mines a 2003 (52 plate), Carb's, 5 speed with now 34k, runs like a dream.......Go and get one. Piss off all the GS boy's with a bike thats half the price and WILL do anything a GS will.

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Time owned 4 yes 4 months
I liked almost everything
I Disliked the seat, not as comfy as it looks
Would you buy again Yes
In one line SPLENDID KIT
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 10
 

Big bike but I love it....

Overall rating: 
 
8.6
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
4.0
Around Town:
 
8.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Alistair Burrows
December 08, 2011
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful

My first Dero but probably not my last.
Owned a Pan before this and although a great tourer it was so bland and characterless, not so the Varadero.

Lovely V-Twin engine is full of character, mine is the post 2003 model with 6spd gearbox and fuel injection, which makes it a lot better for long distance work than the previous model.

It is all day comfortable and the high riding position does give you a commanding view of the road ahead.

There are any number of touring/adventure accessories available for it, and worth while looking for a bike with them done or at least prepare to do them yourself.
I have full set of Givi hard luggage fitted, 2 marine power sockets fitted for sat nav etc.. engine crash bars, renthal handlebars, handguards, digital voltmeter ( to keep an eye on the only dodgy Honda part... the regulator/rectifier ), digi gear indicator, fender extender, a few more small convenience mods and all add to the personality of this bike.

It is a big heavy brute make no mistake, with full luggage and full tank of petrol I wouldn't like to pick it up after a fall but this soon melts away when the wheels start turning.

If you know what types of roads you'll be riding you could do a lot worse than buy this bike, but it's not a bike to take down dirt trails if you don't know what type of terrian you'll be comong up against, with suitable tyres this bike will go anywhere a BMW GS, Super Tenere etc will, loose gravel trails, pot holed roads etc no problem, wet mud trails, ruts etc... I'd be looking for a different route.
But then again this bike was built to ride all day on everyday roads and real world conditions, it's not an xr400, drz, type bike.

Can thoroughly recommend this bike, and the more I ride it the more I like it.

 

pan europeon on stilts

Overall rating: 
 
7.5
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
10.0
Off Road Capability:
 
3.0
Around Town:
 
7.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
10.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
9.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

ill kick off with my views on the varadero ...this is my 2nd varadero the first being a early 02 carbie ..the currant being the 05 fi model
first thing to reassure people about is the fuel consumption ..the old 5 speed carbie was much heavier on fuel than the 6 speed fi
ive had some big days out on the bike and mixed my riding style up
the f1 will give over 250 miles to the tank and more
the light has come on between 220 and 238 miles with 4 litres to go .i dont ride like a nun trust me

the fi with six speeds and updated suspension is withhout doubt the better bike . i still ride with the vara uk lads and after selling me strom had a breif but pleasent encounter with a cb1300
i soon relised that the big trailies were for me and picked up a mint 05 vara for 3700 pounds 4000 miles young
ive done two thousand miles on it in five weeks this is what i think

if you want a proper duel purpose bike for rugged off roading in between the vara is not for you
if you tour long distance tarmack ..single tracks easy cart tracks and gravel lanes read on

its been a few years since i cocked me leg over one and althiugh used to big heavy bikes i forgot ... its immidiatly noticble as soon as you push the bike the vara is very heavy and has a high centre of gravity
it also noticble that its very very comfy thankfully one moving its a doddle to ride at walking pace
the general egos is perfect for me im 6.1 tall ..the o/e screen is not the best but is easily fixed mine has a vee strom givi with a mra wing ..perfect [glad ididnt e bay it ]
the o/e seat is pretty good but had a tebdancy to crush me nuts a bit if you look at the profile [of the seat not me nuts ] youll see what i mean ..iwas very lucky and picked up a 2nd hand corbin which is nothing shourt of wonderful
riding the beast is easy the engine has a lazy feel to it but for a vee is smooth and deceptionally fast ..if you open the taps it will shove you forward at a pleasing rate ..third and fourth gears being immpressive ...not as lively low down as the gs or vee strom but strong ..probably just getting the extra weight going
at low revs the fueling is precise and it will pull clean from 2000 revs
on the other hand its so unstressed at higher speeds compared the them ..if you wear earplugs at 85 mph you have to check the engines running .. well not far off
work it between 3000 and 4500 revs and it will cross counrty quickly .and punch hard between 5 to 7 really nice
transmission is absaluly brilliant slick quiet the gears are perfectly spaced no big gaps 1st to 2nd 5th to 6th i really cant fault it
suspension ..its soft not bad soft but soft it suits the bike i had to put near full preload on the rear and play with the rebound for one up its fine i think two up with kitchen sing mr hagon may be required but single up singe luggage not a problem
it soaks up the bumps very well but doesnt wallow for a 90mph tour on bumpy b roads its near perfect ..
the handling .. well i wasnt surprised by the new vara as the old one was easy and nutral to steer turn in is neutral with no effort or understeer it tracks well and even with the soft suspension never deflects from its task ..easy safe solid stable ..push harder and you get warnings from the bike miles before anything nasty comes to pass heed them and it will waft along in the hillbilly grand prix very well ..you have to ride pretty hard on the slimmer stuff to lose the varas headlamps ..fast tranitions left right show the weight up ..its takes some more input
the answers easy shed a little more speed before you do it
its satisfieng to ride in the bends ..its no multistrada but i for one am glad of that ..
shod with deacent tyres its a pleasure to ride
mmmmm linked brakes not my choice but ive had em before on the blackbird
im not going into the working im sure most will know the principle .. taking away rear trail braking in hairpins is a nuicence ..brave off roaders say no more ..
the good poits used front then rear in proportion they are very strong and the abs is a usful safegurd ..i would like them inderpendant ..but think of this bike as a pan euo on stilts and shed speed before turning they are more than up to the task
somthing often overlooked on bikes ..the headlights ..i have to say the vee strom and varadero are
fantastic for spread and penetration [no fancy upgrades ] with posh bulbs god knows may try em ..think world war two searchlights as standard you wont disagree
the varadero is a zen tourer vaugly diguised as a off roader
its soft .. abig slobbery dog that licks your face with a drum of brandy hung off its neck its evolved iot will never turn on you and bite unless yopu stick a poker up its ass

hard chargers will not get on with it i suppose ..having said that iwas that soldier
getting older /wiser lol
thats it at 3700 pounds for the pupose i bought it for its very hard to knock
if you could run somthing harder alongside it ..cake and eat it springs to mind



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Time owned two varas two years and two months
I liked zen tourer
I Disliked linked brakes
Would you buy again Yes
In one line power ranger road testers please sod off to mallory
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 9
 
 
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eric-1
the only problem i have with the vara is the hight ,i travelled up a motorway today and couldent believe how bad the handeling was ,fair enough it was a windy day and the area was pritty flat and open but the side buffeting i was getting was makeing me sway dangeriously i had to stop for a bit,other than that i love the bike,
eric-1 , October 10, 2011
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arthurp
I got my Varadero in 2001, which means it's the 5 gear and carb model, and yes it's thirsty but it really makes up for it through the comfort and great riding it provides, including two up. Always a grin on my face, and 72000 km later, it still goes as well as when it was new. Most of the time was spent in South West France, and on the small roads up to and including in the high Pyrenees it behaves perfectly, showing dust to many a GS rider (apologies no offense intended), and of course when the sports bike riders see the lean angles, they are amazed. Maybe even more will soon come over to the only practical style of bike. When I got my Varadero the comments against it were incredible, and mostly from journalists who only threw their leg over a bike if it said Ninja or CBR on the side. Funny how they all seem to have changed their tune. Once again the press is behind what many of us already new.
Anyway, now for the bad part. As much as I love my Varadero, the one failing has always been chain drive and no shaft. I think the guys at Touratech once experimented with an aftermarket shaft drive but I am unable to find any details any more. With a shaft drive the bike would be perfect, and especially the later 6 geared, fuel injected model.
So after almost 12 years it's time for a change, and though the new Honda Crosstourer looks like what the Varadero should have been from the start, I am leaning towards the new Guzzi Stelvio 8V with the 32 litre tank. Anyone have any comments or experience on the new model?
So to me the Varadero has been fun, and if you are happy with the chain maintenance worth every penny, especially as some good deals are available because of the impending Crosstourer.
arthurp , January 04, 2012
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heavy
I have had one of the first efi 6 speed varas, all my previous bikes were goldwings and big sportsters, im getting old but still love doing loads of bike miles, I now live in Normandy, I am very impressed with the big trailie, it feels as confident and sure footed as Goldwing, its great offroad aswell, chain is taking a bit of getting used to! noisey and oily, fuel consumption is great, 2 friends bought new varas, lot cheaper there than here, Honda got it right again, smilies/grin.gif
heavy , May 04, 2013

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