In its formative years as a motorcycle manufacturer, Honda had always preferred twin-cylinder (and later multi-cylinder) engines for capacities above 250cc, single-cylinder engines being the norm for road models with a capacity of 125cc or less. With the increasing importance of the North American off-road market - where the single-cylinder engine reigned supreme - Honda and its Japanese rivals began to manufacture singles in capacities of 500cc and upwards, a state of affairs that led to the development of a succession of purely road-going derivatives. One of the most interesting of these new Hondas was the XBR500 of 1985, the styling of which was unashamedly 'retro', apart from the Comstar wheels. The dry-sump, radial four-valve motor featured electric starting and delivered its claimed 44bhp via a five-speed gearbox, while the entire ensemble weighed in at around 380lbs.
Representing a rare opportunity to acquire one of these collectible Honda singles, the one-previous-owner example offered here is described by the vendor as standard and in generally very good condition. A total of 39,125 kilometres (approximately 24,300 miles) is currently displayed on the odometer. The machine is offered with Netherlands registration papers.