Classic Red Blog

What's the cost to restiore an Honda XR / XLR
XR600 HONDA 1987 CLASSIC RED RESTAURATION-2.jpg
Why does an XR / XLR restored from a pro cost 5 to 6,000 €?- purchase            1000/1500 €- labor 50 / 75hx35 € = 2200 €- spare parts               = 1500 €-VAT 20%                    = 850 €- guaranteed hidden defect for 3 years =?
To explain that Classic Red just pays its costs and can only function because the one who manages the purchases/sales do it passionately without remuneration.
Read review
CYRIL NEVEU HONDA XR550 PARIS DAKAR 1982
XR550 PARIS DAKAR 1982 par CLASSIC red.jpg
For 1982 Cyril Neveu was an official Honda rider. He has already won the PARIS-DAKAR twice on Yamaha and in 1981 he finished last on an unreliable and under-prepared Honda XL. 5 bikes will this time be prepared by the Honda Japan Research and Development department. Reliability will be the key word. Honda use the XR500R and makes some little modifications. 4 speeds instead of 5 for stronger sprockets. A custom-made clutch cover which increases the oil capacity by 0.5 liters and allows the connection of an oil cooler. Double ignition, always for reliability. The cylinder head of the XR500 is recharged by welding and then machined to receive bearings for the camshaft (which will allow running with a low oil level if necessary). The XR500 intake valve box is removed. Keihin supplied a special PE38 4-stroke prototype carburetor. The cylinder as well as the clutch cover was made by sand foundry in order to receive a 94mm piston boosting the cubic to 550cm3. The original XR500 crankcase has only been touched up to allow the piston to pass into bottom. Chassis, a bigger front fork (the bike we are working on was updated with a disc brake which is the evolution for the 1983 Dakar, rider Philippe Joineau). The rear brake cable has been replaced by the rigid rod of the XL500R. (still the idea of ​​reliability of a metal rod compared to a cable). For the tanks there was a 40 and a 50 liters version depending on the trips bringing the theoretical autonomy up to 1000km! On the lighting side, a long-range headlight has been added, controlled by a switch of CB125K5. An aluminum plate attached to the handlebars for navigation. At that time they left with a stack of sheets for road books and tore the sheets as they went. CLASSIC RED restores this XR550 in memory of this memorable year. This super reliable XR550 called XL550 will allow Cyril to win all the following events of the 1982 season!
Read review
HONDA XL600R 1985 n°124
XLR 600 1985 restauration CLASSIC RED n°124-4.jpg
To dissasemble totaly an XL600R and to rebuid, that's folk
This XLR passed sucessfully our 100 check points control. Going to ride with a new rider just graduate !
No smoke from the engine, no extra noise, let it ride !
Read review
HONDA XR250 1989 restored n°194
HONDA XR250 1989 restauration Classic Red 06-2021-2.jpg
Disassemble a Honda XR250R. Inspect, clean, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important things like the engine. Find artisans who agree to work on "old". Find the parts no longer available from the manufacturer and that's it. Engine crakcase rebuilded, cylindre bored to +0.25, cylinder head with smaller plug and more material around the valve seat to prevent any cracks. All gear box bearings are new. Rolling chassis with new forks gaskets and boots, new seat cover, new toolbow, new tires, new chain ans sprocket, new swingarm chain slider. New handguards and front plate perfect replica.
Read review
XR 250 1984 n°186 -ready for sho-
XR250R 1984 CLASSIC RED NO 186-restaurée-2.jpg
This XR250 was restored for a collector who did an exceptional request. We have to deliver the bike perfectly restored and without gasoline in the tank because it is to complete his collection.We usually restore our motorcycles to run, in this specific case we will do a little more with, for example, made-to-measure spokes for the front and rear wheels.
contact@classic-red.comPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
XR 250 1984 n°186 -ready for sho-
XR250R 1984 restauration Classic Red 05-2021-2.jpg
This XR250 was restored for a collector who did an exceptional request. We have to deliver the bike perfectly restored and without gasoline in the tank because it is to complete his collection.We usually restore our motorcycles to run, in this specific case we will do a little more with, for example, made-to-measure spokes for the front and rear wheels.
contact@classic-red.comPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
XR600R 1987 n°140
XR600 HONDA 1987 CLASSIC RED RESTAURATION-7.jpg
We finish restoring this Honda XR600R on June 2021, everything controlled and repaired or changed !
Read review
XR HONDA, she come back !
2 (2).PNG
March 2021, Moto Verte the most famous french off road magazine publishes a report on our Honda XR specialist restoration activity.
To sum up, we restore as close as possible to the origin which is a real challenge because most of the parts are no longer available. The first customers will therefore necessarily be the best served.
We have the motivation and the material to work 'red nickel' with passion above all.
Read review
Honda thumper, how to start ?
retour_de_kick CLASSIC RED.jpg
Starting a thumper it need to knows. But sometimes even to us specialists it happens to have difficulty in making it crack at the first time. There is a method to follow: - make sure you have gasoline and that the ignition is on for the XLRs. Also check on XLRs that the circuit breaker is set to ON. - lower the kick lever until you hear the small 'click' of the automatic decompressor. Let the kick lever go up. At this time you have to press the kick lever as hard and as quickly as possible in order to get the engine running as faster as possible. When cold, on the dual carburetor versions you will not open the throttle at all. When hot, slight opening around 10° of rotation at the handle. On the other hand, when cold on the single carburetor versions, the throttle must be opened slightly +/- 20 °.- when cold, put the choke fully. If it is more than 15° c, putting it in half may be enough. - once successful, if the engine is cold, the bike will be warmed up slowly while maintaining the throttle on the handle, so as not to stall. The choke will be lowered halfway as soon as the engine responds to the throttle. Finally, if she doesn't start on the 3rd or 4th kick, it means that you have flooded the spark plug. There are two solutions. The first one from Wales, go have a good beer with the friends and come back after 15 to 20 minutes. The second if you are in a hurry is to ventilate the engine. For that you will open the throttle fully, cut the choke, activate the hand decompressor and press the kick lever 4 to 5 times. By sending a lot of air and little gas you will dry the plug. After that you can do as if it were your first attempt. - a bike parked for more than a week or two will have gas in the carburetor which has reduced its ability to burn. It is good to drain the carburetor tank before attempting to start thanks to the small tank drain screw. Gasoline fresh from the tank greatly increases the ability to start.
To prevent any kick back you will never open the throttle more than 30°
Read review
HONDA XR250 1988 restored n°42
HONDA XR250 1988 restaurée par CLASSIC RED-5.jpg
This beautifull girl was a first hand. After we restored she is now in Provence
Video YouTube here
contact@classic-red.frPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
XR 350 1986 n°168 -kit 430 cm3-
XR350R 1986 CLASSIC RED KIT 430-7.jpg
This XR have a 85mm big bore piston and a long stroke crankshaft which gives it a displacement of 430cm3 and a great boost with the same reliability. The gain is over the entire range of use.
The engine saw its cylinder head rectified, its valves changed, its rockers changed (very rare parts). The cam chain is new. The camshaft bearings have been changed. For the lower engine the left half crankcase was replaced, the gearbox ball bearings and the balancing arm were replaced. The carburetor have been clean and received a new tank seal.
The chassis will have a new rear tire to choose from: a very gripping Mitas or an FIM homologated Pirelli to participate to enduro without problem. The forks has been drained and the gaskets replaced. The brake caliper has been cleaned and the gaskets replaced, new Honda original pads. New foam air filter. New clutch cable, new hand decompressor cable, new handles grip, lever and clutch support replaced. New stickers, seat cover replaced, headlight visor replaced. Speedometer support, trainer and cable replaced. Original XR taillights replaced.
YouTube video here
Read review
XL400R when she arrived end of 1982
MJ n°574  XLR 400 HONDA-3.jpg
Honda introduce the new 400 XLR in 1982.
An efficient, modern bike that holds up against the XT
Read review
XL600R arrived in October 1982
MJ n°574-2.jpg
The HONDA excitement continues, it was in 1982. Honda after to introduce a lot of new road bike like the GolWing, CBX1000, CX500 take care the road and trail use surfing on the Paris Dakar image.
Read review
HONDA XR200R 1983 n°38
IMG_0775.jpg
Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Disassemble a Honda XR. Inspect, clean, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important things like the engine. Find the spare parts that are no longer available from the manufacturer and that's it.
contact@classic-red.frPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
HONDA XR200R 1983 n°129
Honda XR200R 1982 n°129.jpg
Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1983.Starts very easily for a single, thanks to its medium cubic and its automatic decompressor system.
The speedometer and muffler are genuine, in perfect condition. It is quite rare to find an XR200R and even more with these original parts. Tires with less than 25% wear, brakes overhauled, tank in good condition, carburetor cleaned with ultrasound, intake pipe in perfect condition, new air filter, new spark plug, exhaust silencer not drilled without trace of oxidation, leak-free shock absorber working perfectly, new seat cover with foam restored, new handlegrips, new engine oil, new transmission chain with O-rings, mudguard and side covers in very good condition not broken, chain guide pad in good condition, swingarm axle greased, steering column bearing in good condition, fork drained with new boots and gaskets.
This XR wass delivered with its registration document, Honda brand, type ME04
contact@classic-red.comPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
XR 350 1983 n°16
réfection support béquille XR350 1983 CLASSIC RED-8.jpg
Disassemble an Honda XR350. Inspect, clean, repair, every part. The frame has been repainted and its side stand bracket has been completely rebuilt. Rear schock opened for maintenance. Rear wheel replaced, new chain transmssion with JT O-ring chain. New rear brake shoes. Full exhaust line restored. New foam air filter. Tool bag and seat cover are new. For the front the fork is drained and the gaskets and boots are new. The 2 tires are new and FIM approved in order to be able to participate  to enduro race.The camshaft chain is new, we checked the camshaft and the rockers too. All was right.
You Tube video here
Read review
XR 350 1984 n°122
XR350R 1984 CLASSIC RED.jpg
This XR350 is now in a private collection since january 2021
Only 18326 km New front tire FIM certification, neuf transmission, neuw camshaft chain, new engine and oil filter, new spark plug, new foam filter, front forks with new oil, new front fork boots. Plastics in good condition.
Youtube video here
Read review
XR 500 1984 n°121
XR500R 1984 CLASSIC RED n°121.jpg
This CLASSIC RED XR500 1984 is in perfect condition with a "matching number" engine. The engine has been completely dismantled. The crankcase bearings are new, as is the timing chain. New FIM front tire, brakes OK, ultrasonic cleaned carburettors, new air filter, new spark plug, right exhaust muffler without oxidation, rear shock absorber works right, new seat cover, new rubber grips, new filter and engine oil mineral 20W50, secondary transmission in good condition with less than 25% wear, mudguards and side covers in very good condition not broken.
It is fitted with the very rary Honda genuine handguards that appeared in 1984 on this XR500.
The XR500 was one of the most used motorbike by private riders on the Paris Dakar that year. Robust, reliable, she even won the women's category.
This XR is for sale with its regular licence, Honda brand, type PE03
Read review
HONDA XR200R 1983 n°134 -genuine speedometer and exhaust-
XR200RD-2-.jpg
Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1983.The bike has been completely dismantled in order to repaint the frame in the famous original Flash Red color.The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide.This bike hasn't hardly been driven as proof, it still has the original Honda handlebars with a pronounced rear hanger typical of US Baja style motorcycles.The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This XR was delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda brand, type ME04
Read review
Rebuilt Honda XLR 250 1982
XL250RC-R110.jpg
Completely disassemble a Honda XL250R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert can monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
Read review
Rebuilt Honda XLR 400
XL400RC-R110.jpg
Completely disassemble a Honda XL400R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert can monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
Read review
HONDA XR200R 1983 n°31
XR200R 1983 CLASSIC RED NO 31.jpg
Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1983.The bike has been partialy dismantled in order to repaint the frame in the famous original Flash Red color.The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide.
The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This XR is delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda brand, type ME04
Read review
Honda XLR 350 1985 nb 136, 19000km only
XL350RF HONDA-CLASSIC RED-2.jpg
Restaured end of 2020 and a new owner bought on may 2021. 19 000km only certified
Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job.
contact@classic-red.comTél. : 00336 07 98 11 37
Read review
XR 500 1983 n°30
XR500R 1983 RESTAURATION CLASSIC RED-3.jpg
The model here for sale by CLASSIC RED is "matching number", that is to say that the engine and chassis numbers correspond to this model. The bike is in perfect condition. The engine and chassis have passed the 100 checkpoints according to Honda's original specifications. Front forks totaly revised, camshaft chain replaced. Carburetor cleaned with new tank gasket.
1983 is the first year of the RFVC engine.It was upgraded in 600 from 1985 and then in 650 on the famous Dominator.The 500 being the playful because of its capacity to rev up faster than the 600.
The XR500 was one of the most used motorbike by private riders on the Paris Dakar that year. Robust, reliable, she even won the women's category.
This XR was sold with its regular licence, Honda brand, type PE03
Read review
HONDA CR500 RALLY GILLES LALAY
CR500 Atlas G Lallay-2.jpg
GILLES LALAY was already a great international enduro rider when Honda recruited him. 
His racing program will include the Dakar he won in 1989 on the NXR but also the Atlas Rally which he will also win on this improbable CR500 recently restored by CLASSIC RED.
This motorcycle has been specially prepared by HONDA Japan with a 20 liter aluminum tank. 
HONDA France will add two 10-liter 'suitcases' (made by Christian CHAPLAIN) in order to increase the range to 200 km.
This copy is part of the personal collection of Cyril NEVEU.
There will be very few copies of this CR500 RALLYE entrusted to NEVEU for the rally in Tunisia where I had the honor of being its mechanic.
Read review
CYRIL NEVEU HONDA XL500 PARIS DAKAR 1981
XL500S DAKAR 1981.jpg
In 1981 Cyril Neveu was recruited by Honda following his 2 previous victories on the already famous PARIS-DAKAR.To give itself the best chance of success Honda built an experienced rider's team. The XL500 was fitted by the Honda France racing service. By lack of experience for this type of very long race, the results will not be up to expectations. Many technical problems will not prevent the grumpy Cyril Neveu to finish in Dakar, last !
CLASSIC RED has just restored this XL500 in memory of this memorable year.
In 1982 Honda R&D will prepare him a super reliable XL550 which will allow to Cyril Neveu to win all the races of the year !
Read review
XR 500 1983 n°53 rear wheel18", Supertrapp, reinforced handlebarr
XR500R 1983 CLASSIC RED.jpg
A strong baby booked this XR500. 110kg so we replaced the rear schock absorber and we set the front forks according to the rider. The engine and the chassis have past the 100 checkpoints according to Honda's original specifications.The muffler is a Supertrap, the rear wheel is 18" to make it easy to use FIM tire, the handlebarr is reinforced 28mm, front plate and speedometer US type
This is the second year of the 500 cc RFVC engine.It was developed in 600 from 1985 and then in 650 on the famous Dominator. The 500 being the playful because of its capacity to rev up faster than the 600.
The XR500 was one of the most used motorbike by private riders on the Paris Dakar that year. Robust, reliable, she even won the women's category.
This XR was sold with its regular licence, Honda brand, type PE03
Read review
XR 500 1982
XR500R HONDA 1982.jpg
Exceptional and rare XR500R model 1982 in perfect conditionThe original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This bike has hardly been driven as proof, it still has the original Honda handlebars with a pronounced rear hanger typical of US Baja style motorcycles.
We imported this XR500 from Calgary to France by plane. Then go to UK to obtain a road registration and she came back to France to ride with a special collection registration V5.
This XR was delivered to a private museum
Read review
HONDA XR200R 1982 n°176
XR200 1982 CLASSIC RED NO 176.jpg
Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1982..The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide. New speedometer, exhaust line 'speciale', tire FIM certification, large foot peggs, AFAM strong alloy handlebarr.
The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
Our XR are delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda
Read review
CLASSIC RED in newspaper
LVM 2020-1.jpg
Where does Classic Red come from ? Why Classic Red ? Discover the report in La Vie de la Moto of July 2020

contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
Read review
Rebuilt Honda XLR 500 1982
honda-xl-500r-0051-1.jpg
Completely disassemble a Honda XL500R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert has monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
Read review

Description

_BLOG_INFO
We use cookies on our site to collect statistics on visits. By clicking on I accept or by continuing on this site you accept the use of these cookies. More infos...