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Old 08-28-2009, 12:52 PM   #166
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Good idea on the low fender mate..
Now that it's so close to the tyre, you could put one on the covers the back side of the wheel, like an ol' CL175/350 fender does.
I couldn't resist buying this old center port 250, it's identical to one I owned back in 1980-something. Loads of street miles and some off roading/woods invasions that might still get me in trouble. I need to get back at this project. I have a 76 XL350 parts bike to boost the power too.
Aren't these old thumpers the biggest gas for mixing a day of roads and trails?
By chance were you driving through Terra Haute a couple weeks ago. I stayed at a Super 8 driving x-country and i thought i saw a similar pickup with similar vintage bikes in it! If so small world!!
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:15 AM   #167
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Don't have the original manual for my bike, but what type of motor oil would you guys recommend for an 81 xl185? Thanks
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:03 PM   #168
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You bunch of Jerks, look what you made me do:

Nice running '83 XL185S with a fresh motor.



Seeing as I wont be riding it until spring:



I'm in the midst of blasting/powdercoating all the parts and repairing anything that needs done.

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Old 08-30-2009, 10:05 PM   #169
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Don't have the original manual for my bike, but what type of motor oil would you guys recommend for an 81 xl185? Thanks
20-50W for above freezing.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:03 AM   #170
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Hi Wesley J,
I went through the same activity with my 250, took 2 years!
If you haven't had one powdercoated before make sure you have no grease anywhere on the parts and put bolts in all the holes that have threads.
The threads are so much fun to recut after they have been filled with powdercoat product.
If I was ever to do it again I would go baked enamel as the coating is then very hard and not as thick as powdercoat.
Anyway you have a long winter so it will give you something to do!
Have fun.

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:14 AM   #171
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Thanks a bunch wesley, thats what I had picked out, but I wanted to make sure of it
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:18 AM   #172
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By chance were you driving through Terra Haute a couple weeks ago. I stayed at a Super 8 driving x-country and i thought i saw a similar pickup with similar vintage bikes in it! If so small world!!__________________
Nope, wasn't me.. Sounds good though, I love picking up vintage bikes, just ask my lovely, patient wife..
The last one was a '76 xl350,, no, wait, it was a couple of ct70s a 69 and 77. It's a terrible curse..
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:12 AM   #173
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By chance were you driving through Terra Haute a couple weeks ago. I stayed at a Super 8 driving x-country and i thought i saw a similar pickup with similar vintage bikes in it! If so small world!!__________________
Nope, wasn't me.. Sounds good though, I love picking up vintage bikes, just ask my lovely, patient wife..
The last one was a '76 xl350,, no, wait, it was a couple of ct70s a 69 and 77. It's a terrible curse..

I know the feeling. I got a '78 CB125s
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:18 AM   #174
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where can I find the engine number on an XL? I've looked high and low on this sucker and can't find it. I feel like that should be something easy to spot...but I'm failing.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:30 AM   #175
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where can I find the engine number on an XL? I've looked high and low on this sucker and can't find it. I feel like that should be something easy to spot...but I'm failing.
nevermind...I found it, lower left side of the engine
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:26 PM   #176
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:23 PM   #177
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it's great to see another xl185s getting some love, surely you have more pictures than that to share with us



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You bunch of Jerks, look what you made me do:


I'm in the midst of blasting/powdercoating all the parts and repairing anything that needs done.

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:34 PM   #178
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I'm trying to put lights on my xl 185 without using a battery. As I understand it I'll just need a rectifier to convert the alternator's ac to dc and possibly a voltage regulator to keep surging voltage from blowing bulbs.

Is there anything else I'm overlooking in this process?
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:22 AM   #179
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In Love

Have been looking for a vintage bike.
Have been looking for a thumper.
Have been looking for a bike I can hop on, throw around a bit, and smile all the way.

I found them all in this 1982 XL500R. What have I been waiting for?
I don't need to tell you this is a wonderful machine and fits all the above searches.
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Old 09-14-2009, 03:13 PM   #180
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I have a '75 XL350 that I bought 20 years ago, and then it was relegated to the back of an old barn for a couple of decades. On a whim, I decided to take a look at restoring the bike a week or so ago. I took the carb apart and cleaned it, only to find out that Honda has discontinued gaskets for those carbs. Tried a few places (including Bike Bandit) and was told the same thing....

Anybody have any sources for these gaskets before I try an o-ring distributor?

Any help would sure be appreciated!

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