2002 Honda SL 230 review
The Stealth Bike Par excellence
Review of the SL 230 submitted on 2009-01-28.
I bought this bike as a replacement for a Honda XL185 used for greenlaning which had been stolen. The features that attracted me to this bike are the low seat height, the futuristic styling and the low noise level. This is, as far as I know, the only trail bike whose exhaust noise level comes close to the EU standard of 80dB for machines over 175cc. The figure quoted by Honda is 81dB. This makes a big difference if you want to enjoy hassle free greenlaning in Britain. For instance, I have stopped outside a farmhouse on many occassions and I have never been accosted by the inhabitants. Trail riding is under attack in Britain with campaigners successfully closing trails in the Yorkshire Dales and Mid Wales. In order to carry on in these regions the activity would have to go underground. That means riding alone and cutting noise levels to an absolute minimum using machines like the SL230. The price you pay for stealth is reduced performance. No matter how hard I try pulling on the handlebars and blipping the throttle I cannot lift the front wheel off the ground.
This review of the 2002 Honda SL 230
was submitted by: Motorcycleboy
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