Honda XL80S – like XR75, XR80, XL100, Classic School Boy Scrambler for Sale.
Age 10 in about 1978 I owned a Honda XR75, and it was the best bike I have ever owned, because the fun these bikes produce is phenomenal. So when in 2003 I saw a Honda XL80S for sale (almost identical to the XR75) I purchased it immediately. Upon purchase I changed the oil, spark plug oiled the chain, checked the tyre pressures and then taught my son how to ride a motorcycle.
Unfortunately we never had a garden that really justified such a bike, but we did take it to a farm a few times, and spent a few days running up and down dirt tracks.
Since then we relocated home, and the bike has sat in the garden shed since. Periodically I took it out, started it and then sprayed it with “Duck Oil” (a thicker version of WD40) to preserve it.
About six months ago I noticed one of these on ebay advertised for over a thousand pounds, at the same time I thought about restoring it to former glory days. But having purchased a house that needed extensive work this has taken priority, and I realise the bike either needed to belong to a collector who would cherish it, or become the passion of some 10 to 14 year old son, daughter, nephew, niece or friend.
So the XL80S is now for sale, I don’t have much history other than it’s been cared for since my ownership. I believe these were sold in the USA so it is probably an import. The engine looks to be of the same design as the Honda CB50, XR75, XR80, XL100, etc, a reliable formula that has been proven over time.
The bike is getting on in years so there are a number of areas where restoration is required, but it’s fully usable.
I have a short video of the bike running today up and down our shared driveway (available on request).
Engine, gears, suspension, brakes, wheel, tyres all in working order. There is a small hole in the exhaust pipe, there is some specking of rust on the chrome, and the frame would benefit from a repaint. One side panel is has broken away from its locating lug, but I still have the panel and the lug is still attached to the bike. I have purposefully left all of this in its original condition. The front mudguard is yellow, and I suspect an aftermarket item. The back mudguard is steel, which I believe is original, but I have noticed other models are plastic.
Restore it and be proud of a great little bike, or let your son/daughter ride it and have the time of their lives on this brilliantly designed scrambler motorcycle. (Note that although it’s defined as a scrambler, it’s probably more of a garden, trail bike, the four stroke engine has more torque than the rizzy-ding-ding of the two stroke scramblers I recall from the 1980s).
Note that this bike fits into the type of motorcycle carrier that fits across the back end of cars or motorhomes, so you may not need a trailer if you have one of these racks. I have such a rack that I used on my Fiesta, with this bike strapped to the rack. The rack is available separately if you wish to purchase, and attaches to the tow hitch of some cars (details on request). Alternatively if you wish to strip it into smaller components and take it away in the boot of your car, that’s probably also feasible.