Honda XL1000V Varadero (2001-current): Agile giant

     Engine: Power provided is smooth, very linear, providing great torque. From 3000 rpm upwards offers a great midrange  output and adequate top power of 93 bhp at 7000 rpm. Compared to its renewed rivals, it has just started to feel weak at the top.

     On the road: There is a weight  and volume problem, fortunately only when you have to push the bike stationary. The suspension is relatively soft, absorbing road imperfections. Honda easiness, agility that you cannot expect for the dimensions and weight of a bike like this, together with the superb steering lock, are very helpful on city rides. It may filter through traffic if the bike's width allows the rider to do so, as the handlebar is normally above car mirrors.
     At the slow pace you may think that you are flying on a magic carpet, for faster riding though suspension is at the soft side. However very stable on the highway trips.
     Comments: large luxurious, comfortable bike even for the pillion, very good air protection, including a large fuel tank 25 litres. On soil roads rider will enjoy mostly dry and level rides, otherwise it could be tricky as mass, volume, high and wide saddle make difficult for the rider to exercise power if he should, except if he is too tall.
     Also because its a touring bike, it would be better if it was provided with a petrol indicator.

Price XL 1000 V10 VARADERO ABS : 11380


+Riding comfort

+Stability in highways

-Weight, bulky

-Petrol indicator

Thanks to the motorcycle shop Tsetselis, tel. +302105737379, Thivwn 103, Peristeri, Greece for the test ride.

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