Honda XL1000V Varadero

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The Honda XL1000V Varadero is a dual-sport motorcycle produced by Honda. Different models have been in production from 1998 to 2013. Fuel injection was introduced in 2003, which offered a smoother motor and throttle operation, as well as ABS. It has capabilities for long road trips and limited off-road use. A smaller 125 cc (7.6 cu in) version, the XL125V Varadero is also produced.

Honda XL1000V Varadero
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Productionsince 1999
PredecessorHonda Africa Twin, 1988
Engine996 cc (60.8 cu in), liquid-cooled, 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke98 mm × 66 mm (3.9 in × 2.6 in)
Compression ratio9.8:1
Top speed200 km/h (125 mph)[citation needed]
Power93 hp (69 kW) @ 8,000 rpm[citation needed]
Torque98 N⋅m (72 lbf⋅ft) @ 6,000 rpm[citation needed]
TransmissionFive speed then Six-speed, chain O-ring-sealed chain; 16T/47T
SuspensionFront: 43 mm telescopic fork; 155 mm (6.1 in) travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with spring preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 145 mm (5.7 in) travel
BrakesFront: double disc
Rear: disc
Tires110/80R–19 radial front; 150/70R–17 radial rear
Wheelbase1,560 mm (61 in)
DimensionsL: 2,295 mm (90.4 in)
Seat height838 mm (33.0 in)[citation needed]
Weight244.2 kg (538 lb) (dry)
276.7 kg (610 lb)[citation needed] (wet)
Fuel capacity25L average fuel consumption 6.5L/100km[citation needed]
RelatedXL125V Varadero

Varadero is the big brother of the Transalp. Since 2015, a newer design, the Africa Twin 1000, has been produced, and in some markets offering a DCT transmission.


Honda's earliest XL1000V Varadero flagship Adventure Touring motorcycle with a 996 cc V-twin engine was introduced to the public at the 1998 Munich motorcycle show. First launched in 1998 as a 1999 Model Year, its engine architecture is based on the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm/Superhawk. The Adventure category refers to motorcycles that are designed for long-range touring with basic off-road capability, hence the term Adventure used by Honda as opposed to Dual Sport as used on the Honda XR650L.

All versions feature a liquid-cooled V-twin engine. In 2001, Honda introduced its Honda Ignition Security System (HISS), essentially an engine immobilizer system similar to the ones used in automobiles.

In 2001, production of the Varadero was switched to the Spanish Montesa Honda factory outside of Barcelona.

For 2003, the Varadero received some major changes. These included the move to fuel injection and the addition of a six-speed gearbox, some cosmetic alterations and a new instrument panel. These changes benefited the model with better torque and fuel consumption. In 2004 ABS was introduced, and it is now fitted as standard in a number of markets based on Honda's safety commitment.


  1. ^ Steve Bond. "2009 Honda Varadero XL1000V Review". 2009 Honda Varadero Review. Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2011.

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