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Old 05-02-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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Talking My free SL350!

The other day I overheard a coworker trying to give away a motorcycle to one of the ladies at the front desk. Of course I perked up, and went running out and managed to score this surprisingly straight '72 SL350. For free! 6200 miles, manual is still under the seat, and short of the exhaust and side covers, complete (at least until I rode it and the tail light lense ejected somewhere). The PO had planned to rebuild the thing (not sure why - compression is good) so it also came with pistons, rings, gaskets, and a basket CB350 engine! I did a full tune up, flushed out the icky gas, and replaced the battery and plugs ($25 net investment) and it runs pretty well. The suspension actually works and has damping, which tells me it wasn't abused too much. Gotta dig magnesium engine covers, aluminum fenders, and the double-leading shoe front brake!

My plan is an ultra low cost commuter/ADV bike - I need to rig up mufflers somehow, and I'll probably krylon the tank, headlight, and the ammo-box panniers I have planned. I should really buy tires if I'm going to ride it to work.

And since this is my first post (been lurking), I live in the rolling hills of the Palouse in eastern WA, I'll be 34 next week, and also have a CB450 and a MT250 Elsinore. Come to think of it, I didn't pay for them either...


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Old 05-02-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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Neat bike. I had a CL350 for a little while. The SL is much cooler that the CL.
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:13 PM   #3
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Built like a hammer!! One of the toughest bikes ever made.
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:53 AM   #4
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A FREE SL-350???? Keep us posted on what you end up doing with it!

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:11 AM   #5
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When I had a new SL70, One of my brothers freinds had a new SL350.
He used to let me (12) thrash it up on the aquaduct. We'd ride dirt all the way to Ace mc track in Modena That thing sure was fast in 72.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:25 AM   #6
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Samething happened to me with an old CB....but I was about 3 sec. to late.
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:19 PM   #7
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Very Nice!

And free! (Kinda . . . . ). Title, I trust?
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:34 PM   #8
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Jeff,

I really dig your budget SL350 adventure tourer! I have a '71 SL350 and wanted to weld up dang near the exact same thing as you've done on yours, a nice rear rack and pannier mounts, but couldn't find anyone who'd ever done it before to get inspiration from.

Thanks.

I also like your 2-1 exhaust. It looks great and looks a lot more crush-proof then the stock mufflers. Yes indeed, the stock ones are very cool looking, but a set up like you have looks way better for actual riding. Plus, with the stock mufflers, how the heck do you mount panniers?

What kind of Ammo cans are you going to mount for the panniers? Awesome project and keep up the good work! I also can relate to your being on a budjet. I am in Tech School (learning auto/boat/motorcycle upholstery) and am but 19 years of age, so the 'ol bike projects are always on a shoestring. But hey, it's almost more fun that way.

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Old 12-07-2007, 10:02 AM   #9
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What kind of Ammo cans are you going to mount for the panniers? Awesome project and keep up the good work!
Thanks for the compliments. Since I have far more hobbies than money, my philosophy has always beeen to do more with less, and I'm hoping the SL is turing out to be a good example of such.

I decided that ammo cans are way too heavy, and the mermite cans although lighter are just too big - gotta leave room to kick-start the thing. I'll post an update and some photos when I get a minute, but I went a little less conventional route on the pannier construction...

Bombed around a bit last night and the muffler works fairly well - maybe a bit too loud still, but the sound is good. I'm getting psyched.
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Old 12-08-2007, 02:11 PM   #10
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In trying to keep the weight down, panniers version 1.0 are made of wood. The bottoms are 3/4", the rest is 1/4". I included some metal tabs to take the weight at the 3/4" on the bottom.

I nailed, screwed, glued, and reinforced them as much as possible.

Sexy, eh? They may well explode the first time I lay the bike down, but we'll see.

The first of several coats of paint:

Not many pictures of the lid construction, but it's 22 gauge sheet steel, folded over 1/4" at the edges and welded on the corners. The hinges and the latch are welded on as well (I like to weld).

On the bike. I also added some drawer pulls to the lid for handles / tie downs. The bungee is holding them on in the picture, but I added some thumb screws through to the mounts from the inside to hold them in place. Each pannier weighs about 7 pounds, versus 22 each for the ammo boxes.

It's about time to tear the bike down...
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Old 12-08-2007, 09:53 PM   #11
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Too bad you didn't get a CL-350...
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:33 AM   #12
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Nice Job! Looks like you are having a lot of fun!

The SL350 was my first bike ever! Popped my first wheelie on it (by accident of course!)

http://rhinocycles.com/htdb/sl350.html

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Old 12-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #13
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Too bad you didn't get a CL-350...
I didn't see him doing any triples...

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Nice Job! Looks like you are having a lot of fun!

The SL350 was my first bike ever! Popped my first wheelie on it (by accident of course!)

http://rhinocycles.com/htdb/sl350.html

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Thanks for the compliment. Nice bike - I dig the colors! Do you still have it?
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Old 03-10-2008, 10:39 AM   #14
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The other day I overheard a coworker trying to give away a motorcycle to one of the ladies at the front desk. Of course I perked up, and went running out and managed to score this surprisingly straight '72 SL350. For free! 6200 miles, manual is still under the seat, and short of the exhaust and side covers, complete (at least until I rode it and the tail light lense ejected somewhere). The PO had planned to rebuild the thing (not sure why - compression is good) so it also came with pistons, rings, gaskets, and a basket CB350 engine! I did a full tune up, flushed out the icky gas, and replaced the battery and plugs ($25 net investment) and it runs pretty well. The suspension actually works and has damping, which tells me it wasn't abused too much. Gotta dig magnesium engine covers, aluminum fenders, and the double-leading shoe front brake!

My plan is an ultra low cost commuter/ADV bike - I need to rig up mufflers somehow, and I'll probably krylon the tank, headlight, and the ammo-box panniers I have planned. I should really buy tires if I'm going to ride it to work.

And since this is my first post (been lurking), I live in the rolling hills of the Palouse in eastern WA, I'll be 34 next week, and also have a CB450 and a MT250 Elsinore. Come to think of it, I didn't pay for them either...


Cheers!
I had a 1970 version with the 19" front wheel and the crank with the throws 180 apart, which gave a bit more low end due to staggered firing order. It was a fun ride, would be neat to have now. I like your project - especially being a freebie to start.
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You aren't sure how impressed he is? Out on a limb here, but not very.....Cool dog for sure though!
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