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2008 Honda XL1000V Varadero

2008 Honda XL1000V Varadero



Got dreams of travelling to distant lands, but interested in the sights to be seen off the beaten path? Welcome to the exciting world of the Varadero, a big Adventure
Tourer that’s specially built to go wherever your dreams lead you. Featuring large, comfortable proportions and the excellent wind protection of its wide-coverage fairing, the Varadero covers distances long and short with refreshing ease. Its impressive V-twin engine and nimble chassis fly across wide expanses and charge
impressively up mountain passes with power to spare.

Equipped for journeys big and small, the rugged, goanywhere Varadero makes a perfect companion for all your riding adventures.• High-performance fuel-injected DOHC 8-valve V-twin engine delivers up an inspiring rush of acceleration.• HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic exhaust gas converter system minimises emissions of harmful exhaust gases to ensure full compliance with strict EURO-3 emissions regulations.

• Rigid frame and long-travel suspension systems tackle the twisties like a sportsbike.

• Smoothly responsive Dual Combined Brakes enhance braking ease and control.

• ABS version also available, offering the confident operation of Honda’s most advanced motorcycle. Antilock Brake System.

• Optional luggage system provides big carrying capacity while making your packing as easy as clip on and go.

• New Eclipse Orange Metallic colour variation.


• Eclipse Orange Metallic
• Chevalier Silver Metallic
• Pearl Concourse Black



Type - Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC 90° Vtwin
Displacement - 996cm³
Bore x Stroke - 98 x 66mm
Compression Ratio - 9.8 : 1
Max. Power Output - 69kW / 7,500min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque - 98Nm / 6,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed - 1,300min-1
Oil Capacity - 4.1 litres

Fuel System

Carburation - PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore - 42mm
Aircleaner - Viscous, cartridge-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity - 25 litres (including 4-litre warning light reserve)

Electrical System

Ignition System - Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing - 15° BTDC (idle) ~ 45° BTDC (4,500min-1)
Sparkplug Type - IJR8B9 (NGK)
Starter - Electric
Battery Capacity - 12V / 18AH
ACG Output - 434W
Headlights - 12V, 60W x 2 (low) / 55W x 2 (high)


Clutch - Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Clutch Operation - Mechanical; cable-actuated
Transmission - 6-speed
Primary Reduction - 1.682 (44/74)
Gear Ratios - 2.571 (14/36), 2; 1.684 (19/32), 3; 1.292 (24/31), 4; 1.100 (30/33), 5; 0.969 (32/31), 6; 0.853 (34/29)
Final Reduction - 2.938 (16/47)
Final Drive - O-ring sealed chain


Type - Diamond; steel tube


Dimensions - 2,300 x 930 x 1,465mm
Wheelbase - 1,560mm
Caster Angle - 27° 30'
Trail - 110mm
Turning Radius - 2.58m
Seat Height - 838mm
Ground Clearance - 181mm
Kerb Weight - 268.7kg (F: 126.3kg; R: 142.4kg), *276.7kg (F: 130kg; R: 146.7kg)
Max. Carrying Capacity - 201kg
Loaded Weight - 415kg (F: 152kg; R: 263kg), *422kg (F: 156kg; R: 266kg)


Type Front - 43mm telescopic fork, 155mm axle travel
Rear - Pro-Link damper with 40-step spring preload (*and stepless rebound damping) adjustment, 145mm axle travel


Type Front - Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rear - Hollow-section triple-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front - 19M/C x MT2.50
Rear - 17M/C x MT4.00
Tyre Size Front - 110/80 R19M/C (59H)
Rear - 150/70 R17M/C (69H)
Tyre Pressure Front - 250kPa
Rear - 250kPa (with passenger: 280kPa)


Type Front - 296 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston callipers (*ABS) and sintered metal pads
Rear - 256 x 5mm hydraulic disc with Combined 3-piston calliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads

* ABS version

All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.