XS850L 1980 (A) USA
The XS850 was a development of the XS750 and was a far superior model, with numerous enhancements designed to make it more reliable and powerful with better handling qualities due to a strengthened frame. Engine power and reliability were also improved dramatically, they needed to be!
Power was now up to a much more acceptable 79 BHP allowing a top speed in excess of 120MPH, with an additional disc up front to improve the braking of this quite heavy (258kg) machine. It is also worth mentioning the unusual and pleasant exhaust note, which was reminiscent of the Italian made MV Three cylinder race bikes, so successful in the late ‘Sixties and early ‘Seventies.