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That's an 81-83 XR200R. Compared to the 86-02 version; about same suspension travel as 86-91, open cradle frame, more ground clearance, lot of steering rake, wheely prone when climbing, smaller fork diameter, cush hub on rear (problematic), the best Honda had in the early eighties. IMO the later versions are better for riding and maintenance. Here is a thread with more info http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/860575-xr200-chassis-and-suspension/#!F0JJ9

 

Tenth digit of the VIN number (on right side of steering head) is the model year code;

Z = 1979
A = 1980
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002

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Regarding the 1981-1983 XR200R models. The 1981 had black sidecover backgrounds as in the photo shown. The 1982 xr200r had white sidecover backgounds and the 1983 xr200r had yellow sidecover backgrounds.

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looks like an '82 to me.  The '81 should have had roller chain guides and a ribbed shock resi.  At any rate the '81-'83 xr200r's were almost identical.

Yes, that shock is stock.  Made by showa, along with the forks.

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My '82 XR 200R is nothing like my '80 XR500 when it comes to being wheelie prone while climbing! Then again it is modified from stock w/ Simon 38 mm forks so geometry probably different than stock. Man does that XR500 want to loop when hillclimbing!

 

That's an 81-83 XR200R. Compared to the 86-02 version; about same suspension travel as 86-91, open cradle frame, more ground clearance, lot of steering rake, wheely prone when climbing, smaller fork diameter, cush hub on rear (problematic), the best Honda had in the early eighties. IMO the later versions are better for riding and maintenance. Here is a thread with more info http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/860575-xr200-chassis-and-suspension/#!F0JJ9

 

Tenth digit of the VIN number (on right side of steering head) is the model year code;

Z = 1979
A = 1980
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002

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My '82 XR 200R is nothing like my '80 XR500 when it comes to being wheelie prone while climbing! Then again it is modified from stock w/ Simon 38 mm forks so geometry probably different than stock. Man does that XR500 want to loop when hillclimbing!

 

I made that statement from owning early XR200Rs, and observing others have climbing problems on hills that my XR200 powered RM easily climbed.  Hills were in the mountains and coal mining slag piles.  Folks who added 1 " longer SAs had less problems.  While my 90 and 01 have similar specs they climb much better.

In most situations you can mitigate by standing on the pegs and moving your body weight foreward, also don't use an oversized rear tire.

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