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Old 01-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #1756
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I saw that Rotax on VFT . I know there are a few of them around.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #1757
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When building this type of bike, are there certain years of the XL350 that are preferred over others?
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:32 AM   #1758
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When building this type of bike, are there certain years of the XL350 that are preferred over others?
Probably 99.5% of flattracker XL350s are either '74-75 sideport bikes or '76-78 centerport bikes, with the '74-75 being probably the more common. Sideport/centerport refers to the geometry of the intake port. The bike in the pic is a sideport, and is actually starting to look pretty handsome considering what it looked like the first time KawFreak raced it, maybe what is it two years ago now? Maxed out one of these engines can be bored and stroked out to just shy of 500cc and eek past 50hp.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:59 AM   #1759
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Hi James, just thought I would let you now that you are not the only one out there that has/had this idea. Mine will be a 7R replica of sorts for the street and track days, also a DR650. I do have an AJS in boxes, but want something fun and Estart to ride that looks somewhat vintage. anybody can buy a new retro bike, but I like the idea of rolling my own. JB
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #1760
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Shell Thuet 750 Yamaha race bike going to sell Saturday in Vegas auction.



This Sonic Weld Triumph is going too.



Yamaha by Pollard and Peck. Droolworthy...
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #1761
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Probably 99.5% of flattracker XL350s are either '74-75 sideport bikes or '76-78 centerport bikes. Maxed out one of these engines can be bored and stroked out to just shy of 500cc and eek past 50hp.
I saw one here in town recenly done by Bare Bones Machine that had been bored and stroked to 500cc. It had an external oil line to the head because the bore was so big it obstructed the internal oil passage.

Thanks for the XL350 info. I briefly considered building one, but I think I have too much on my plate right now. So here is one from VFT that I found recently if anyone's interested:

Honda XL350



I have a 1976 Honda XL 350 with a clean title. I'm a new rider and I thought this would be a good first bike for me, but it just hasn't worked out like I planned.The bike was running on a daily basis up until about a month ago, but now I can't get it started at all. I don't know what's wrong with it. I've decided to cut my losses so I can find something else, with electric start, that's better suited for me. This bike needs someone mechanically inclined who has experience with vintage motorcycles. Austin Texas


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Old 01-07-2013, 08:08 PM   #1762
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Yamaha by Pollard and Peck. Droolworthy...
... and it can be yours you have $25 grand.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #1763
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Hi James, just thought I would let you now that you are not the only one out there that has/had this idea. Mine will be a 7R replica of sorts for the street and track days, also a DR650. I do have an AJS in boxes, but want something fun and Estart to ride that looks somewhat vintage. anybody can buy a new retro bike, but I like the idea of rolling my own. JB
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #1764
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... and it can be yours you have $25 grand.
If money was no object....................................
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:15 PM   #1765
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Shell Thuet 750 Yamaha race bike going to sell Saturday in Vegas auction.
Hmmm...I will be very interested to hear how that one does. Trackmaster vs Champion frame but, otherwise very similar.

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:57 PM   #1766
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A very sweet Suzuki TL1000 as seen at the Seattle International Motorcycle Show a few weeks back:



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Old 01-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #1767
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A very sweet Suzuki TL1000 as seen at the Seattle International Motorcycle Show a few weeks back:





THAT is awesome! I had a spare TL engine kicking around the garage for a few years, with the intention of doing just that... a custom framed street tracker. Lovely
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:00 PM   #1768
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THAT is awesome! I had a spare TL engine kicking around the garage for a few years, with the intention of doing just that... a custom framed street tracker. Lovely
Make regular visits to VTR [Vintage Flat Tracker} and check the for sale section. At least a couple of shops made frames for the SV-TL TLR DL motors and occaisionally they come up for sale.
Quickest way to an awesome street-tracker.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #1769
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Make regular visits to VTR [Vintage Flat Tracker} and check the for sale section. At least a couple of shops made frames for the SV-TL TLR DL motors and occaisionally they come up for sale.
Quickest way to an awesome street-tracker.
I'm sure it's waaay out of my price range, but... BOOKMARKED!

I had a TLR and loved the engine, hated the frame/suspension.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:00 AM   #1770
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I had a TLR and loved the engine, hated the frame/suspension.
I have a DL1000 and LOVE the engine, hate the frame/suspension.

Absolutely beautiful Suzuki flatracker pictured above, only just noticed today the mini headlights...

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