Last month, we reported that Honda was preparing to bringing the XR150L dual sport to the U.S. market, introducing an air-cooled carbureted model marketed internationally as an agricultural vehicle to America. While we’re still waiting for a formal announcement form American Honda, it’s Canadian counterparts confirmed the XR150L will be arriving to North America.
Arriving in Canadian dealerships in the spring, the X150L adds a new, more affordable model to Honda Canada’s dual sport lineup. A similar announcement is expected to come soon from American Honda, as Honda Canada’s official website specifies the images are for the U.S.-spec model.
The XR150L may be pulling farming duties in Australia, but Honda Canada is positioning it as an entry-level dual sport.
Priced at CA$4,589, with freight, PDI and fees, which is about US$3,400. Price conversions between different markets can be tricky, but looking at comparably priced models can help. In Canada, the XR150L is priced just slightly lower than the Grom, which goes for $3,499 in the U.S., so a US$3,400 price sounds about right.
“The XL150L is an extremely important motorcycle for our product lineup, and we’re thrilled to bring it to Canada,” says Ryan Kelly, Assistant Vice President of Powersports and Power Equipment, Honda Canada. “Not only is this bike perfect for those purchasing their first motorcycle, but it’s a great option for those looking for an additional bike for themselves or their family. The XR150L gives riders a reliable, safe, low-cost and adventurous option for whatever their riding needs may be.”
There are a few differences between the Canadian-spec model and the XR150L offered in other markets. The air-cooled 149cc carbureted Single and five-speed manual transmission appear unchanged, but the Canadian model loses the backup kickstarter, relying only on electric start.
The seat height is also slightly taller than in Asia, but at 33.0 inches, it remains relatively low for a dual-sport. Up front, the XR150L uses a 19-inch wheel while a 17-inch rear wheel is fitted to the rear. A two-piston caliper is paired to the single front brake disc while a drum brake is equipped on the rear wheel.
Other notable features include 3.2-gallon fuel tank, a claimed 284-pound curb weight, and a standard luggage rack, reflecting the XR150L’s utilitarian history.
|2023 Honda XR150L Canadian Specifications|
|Engine Type||Air-cooled two-valve OHC, Single-cylinder engine|
|Bore and Stroke||57.3 x 57.8 mm|
|Fuel System||20mm piston valve carburetor|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic fork, 6.3 inches of travel|
|Rear Suspension||Single shock swing arm, 5.9 inches of travel|
|Front Brake||Dual piston caliper, 240mm disc|
|Rear Brake||Mechanical drum|
|Seat Height||33.0 inches|
|Ground Clearance||9.8 inches|
|Curb Weight||284 pounds (claimed)|
|Fuel Capacity||3.2 gallons|
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