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Old 11-29-2007, 09:08 AM   #31
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I agree, but if he bought a set of stock pipes, and cherry side covers and tank emblems and had the tank painted, then refinished the motor, and frame he would probably get $2500.00 for it from the right person. I saw one sell on craigslist that was not perfect but very clean and nice for $2500.00, it sold in the first day it was on there. I've allready had offers (2) from guys wanting my TC125 after I resptre it for $1500.00. Ill bet if I held out I could get 2500 for it but I want to keep it.
I would like to track down a set of sidecovers, and I plan to invest a bit and go with real paint versus krylon. If I come across a decent stock exhaust for less than a fortune, I'd go for that too. I also plan to ride it and get it dirty, so I don't want to create a total showpiece. Good to know it might be worth something!

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And free! (Kinda . . . . ). Title, I trust?
No title when I got it, but I fixed that. Actually I have the title in hand - I think someone screwed up at the DMV and didn't make me wait three years. No one here works for the DMV right?
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:05 AM   #32
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Where did you find mandrel bent exhaust sections?
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:11 AM   #33
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Where did you find mandrel bent exhaust sections?
http://www.magnumforce.com/ubend.asp

I had one try to split on me along the seam in the tubing - this may have been my violent hack-sawing and vice work, but the bond isn't incredible at the seam. Otherwise, no issues.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:09 AM   #34
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I would like to track down a set of sidecovers, and I plan to invest a bit and go with real paint versus krylon. If I come across a decent stock exhaust for less than a fortune, I'd go for that too. I also plan to ride it and get it dirty, so I don't want to create a total showpiece. Good to know it might be worth something!



No title when I got it, but I fixed that. Actually I have the title in hand - I think someone screwed up at the DMV and didn't make me wait three years. No one here works for the DMV right?
There was a cherry and a NOS blue set on ebay last week, and a nice set of pipes, but dood wanted over 250 for the pipes, kinda a rip off, but people were bidding!
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:06 PM   #35
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There was a cherry and a NOS blue set on ebay last week, and a nice set of pipes, but dood wanted over 250 for the pipes, kinda a rip off, but people were bidding!
Actually that's not too bad. A reproduction set for a 1971-1973 SL350 goes for $600+ and that's without any internal baffling!!! I saw a NOS seat bring over $500 a few weeks ago. For those that seek to restore their bikes back to factory perfect I guess the sky is the limit! As for mine (1971) I'm just going to keep it as a nice, mostly original, rider quality bike.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:10 PM   #36
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..And that's the attitude most folks should have IMHO.

I won't REALLY restore something I'm gonna ride any amount of time. Normal wear and tear would make a "showroom New" resto a constant start-over money pit.

If I had a bike to fix up and immediately sell, well then, damn the torpedoes.

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:34 PM   #37
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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 12-06-2007, 10:04 AM   #38
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U-bends

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http://www.magnumforce.com/ubend.asp

I had one try to split on me along the seam in the tubing - this may have been my violent hack-sawing and vice work, but the bond isn't incredible at the seam. Otherwise, no issues.
Big thanks for the link. I've been looking for a supplier for U-bends. Now all I need is some 20 gauge and a shear. I'll be rolling some two-smoke pipes!
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:02 AM   #39
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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   #40
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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   #41
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Too bad you didn't get a CL-350...
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:33 AM   #42
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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   #43
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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 12-10-2007, 03:37 PM   #44
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-As one of my Urban brothers calls it, that's Ghetto Fabulous, Jeff!

Good work, and kudos to a fellow Cheap Bastard.

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Old 12-11-2007, 01:17 PM   #45
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Thanks for the compliment. Nice bike - I dig the colors! Do you still have it?
Bike is long since gone! I could still track it down, heck I think I still have the Title for it. Living on a farm in Indiana!

Did you make your luggage rack from tubing or solid stock (not the side box parts, but over the rear fender).

If it is tubing, how did you bend it?
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