Dual-Purpose

The 1962 Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler was Honda’s first on/off-road, or dual-purpose bike, a motorcycle intended to be ridden over any terrain. Early scramblers typically featured 19″ tires, high-mounted exhausts and a wide handlebars, but were otherwise quite similar to road bikes. Honda’s subsequent models additionally received heigh-mounted fenders and long stroke forks for rough terrain.

Honda’s first full-fledged dual-purpose was the SL250S of 1972 which came with a lightweight frame and a 4-stroke, 4-valve engine suitable for trailriding. It was later updated into the XL250 and started Honda’s famous XL series. Motorcycles like the TL125 or the TLR200 were more trial oriented bikes and weighed less than 100kg. Honda’s first two cylinder dual-sport was the 1983 introduced XLV750R and was equipped with a shaft drive and hydraulic valve tappets. Its successor, the Africa Twin was inspired by Honda’s Paris-Dakar victories and would become one of the most popular dual-purpose motorbikes of all times.

 

1962 – Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler

1962 Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler

1962 Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler

1962 Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler

1962 Honda Dream CL72 Scrambler

1967 – Honda Dream CB450D

1967 Honda Dream CB450D

1967 Honda Dream CB450D

1967 Honda Dream CB450D

1967 Honda Dream CB450D

1968 – Yamaha Trail 250 DT-1

1968 Yamaha Trail 250 DT-1

1968 Yamaha Trail 250 DT-1

1970 – Honda Dream SL350

1970 Honda Dream SL350

1970 Honda Dream SL350

1972 – Honda SL250S

1972 Honda SL250S

1972 Honda SL250S

1972 Honda SL250S

1973 – Honda TL125

1973 Honda TL125

1973 Honda TL125

1973 – Honda MT250

1973 Honda MT250

1973 Honda MT250

1975 – Honda XL250

1975 Honda XL250

1975 Honda XL250

1975 Honda XL250

1976 – Honda TL50

1976 Honda TL50

1978 – Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1978 Honda XL250S

1981 – Honda TL125SB

1981 Honda TL125SB

1981 Honda TL125SB

1981 – Honda CT250S

1981 Honda CT250S

1983 – Honda XLV750R

1983 Honda XLV750R

1983 Honda XLV750R

1983 Honda XLV750R

1983 – Honda TLR200

1983 Honda TLR200

1983 Honda TLR200

1982 – Honda FT400

1982 Honda FT400

1986 – Honda FTR250

1986 Honda FTR250

1986 Honda FTR250

1988 – Honda AFRICA TWIN

1988 Honda AFRICA TWIN

1988 Honda AFRICA TWIN

1988 Honda AFRICA TWIN

1988 Honda AFRICA TWIN

1988 Honda AFRICA TWIN

The Honda Dual-Purpose Bikes are located on the second floor of the Honda Collection Hall.

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    Máximo Miralles Rodriguez April 15, 2016

    Creo que la Africa Twin 650 es “la moto” legendaria, con personalidad y fabricada para aguantar 100 años de uso, todo ello sustentado en una moto ganadora del raid mas exigente, el Paris-Dakar, para mi es la mejor moto de la historia.

  2. Reply
    Борис October 5, 2015

    Очень хочу Хонду Африку Твин ! Супер !!! Но пока что не хватает финансов (

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    Joakim July 18, 2015

    I have a Xl600r and it’s the best and funniest motorcycle I ever driven and owned

  4. Reply
    David Filson July 16, 2015

    Fantastic !! So many bikes that I dreamed of owning over the years. Some I got, others….. But now I wait for the new CRF1000 Africa Twin. Deposit paid, just have to be patient.

  5. Reply
    Udaya Karunaratne April 22, 2015

    Fantastic Images! Thank you!

    I am from Sri Lanka and I own an ride a Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin RD 07 (1993) and its the best bike I have ever had and I will never part with it!

    Amazing!!!!!!

    • Reply
      Honda-Museum April 22, 2015

      Hello Udaya,
      thanks for your comment on the Africa Twin!

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