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Old 03-23-2009, 11:17 AM   #31
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Xl, Tl, Xr

Great bikes. May dad had an early XL-250 when I was a kid.
I've had TL's and XR's myself...almost the right combination of letters!


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Old 03-23-2009, 12:08 PM   #32
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Same animal, different coat! The TL's have LOTS and LOTS in common with the XL's.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:16 PM   #33
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I have an old XL200R, or is it an XR200L? Whatever, it's not as nice as the earlier XL's.

That TL250 looks like a nice trail bike. But trial bike? 220 pounds dry? Ugh, might compete OK with the old Tiger Cubs.

Owned an 83 XL500, loved that bike. Had a really beat up TL125 too. XR75 for $50, wished I'd kept it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:33 PM   #34
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just picked up this guy



and here is my rebuildish post: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...11#post9374411
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:42 PM   #35
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heres my 74 xl175.

I really need a sidecover for it and about $500 to get it the way I want it. I have had it for my whole riding life. About 16 years. It reamins my favorite bike of all time.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:52 PM   #36
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Going to Hatfield McCoy when it gets a little warmer, and I picked this up for my GF to ride there, she's on her tip toes on her xt225, this one will be more fun.

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Old 03-24-2009, 07:49 PM   #37
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Hi everyone,
Here's a pic of my XL250 that I restored over 12 months ago and registered for the road.
I have since rebuilt the engine with the 270cc bigbore kit and it goes really well.
I have many pictures of the restoration and many spares. I also have a friend in Sydney that has about 5 of these who is just completing his restoration.
I even know of a bloke in NZ that has built a brand new engine from parts bought from Holland, CSMNL. The lengths some people will go to.
I have ridden the bike to Woods Point, Vic and the Dargo High Plains Rally with the Monarchs MCC.
Whilst it was very hard against a 60kph headwind the little bike performed very well on the 18kms of dirt into Talbotville.
I call my bike the "Smell the Roses" because you get plenty of time to do that whilst riding.
If anyone needs parts or assistance give me a Yell!

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Old 03-26-2009, 06:18 AM   #38
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Forks, saggy and even a little cruchy?
Evening last I was going over my newest XL. A '78 175.
The front end felt saggy (feels much lower than my '74s) and one fork seal is definitely leaking.
I pulled the plugs from the fork leg drains and the goo that oozed out smelled like 90wt MTF. Ah oh...
I've already ordered seals and dust boots, but now I'm a tad perplexed.
To help get goo out I replaced the drained fluid with ATF (didn't have fork oil, and it's cheaper, and I love the way it cleans things). I also shimmed the springs a tad by adding three nickels per leg on top of the divider washer between the springs. After reassembling they are a little less saggy but feel kinda crunchy, sticky.. Certainly not nice and smooth like the ones on my '74 (which were coincedently from a '78 parts donor).
Are these forks shot? Is there a bushing that can reasonably be changed to help this?
Thanks, Art
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:05 PM   #39
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I have a couple of parts bikes, 1976 XL250, and 1975 xl350, both have bad heads. I also have most of a SL350 (twin). Currently I'm fixing a '79 XR500. Not restoring just making for a solid rider.
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Old 03-26-2009, 02:42 PM   #40
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Just got my 73 XL250 fired back up a couple days ago after putting it back together. I replaced basically all wear items. All I need to do now is to do finally wiring. Fun bikes!!!
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #41
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Here is my son and his first bike,which we worked on all winter,a 1975 xr 75.(We got it about 10 yrs ago.)


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Old 04-01-2009, 06:13 AM   #42
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Just kicking around in the garage last night,, great hobby to get away from the lazy-boy, snacks and general loafing around. Working on spring fix ups like: removing rust from the gn250s gas tank, straightening out the carbs on the gsx1100g, and setting up a pair of xl175s for trail rides.

Got a set of clutch and brake levers from jc witty, they're all aluminium and seem to be very good/servicable copies of the original honda units. At about 10$ each plus the darned shipping, I think they're a fair/good deal. Even the front brake light switch swapped over from the beat up original holder to the jc unit.

See the Steel Tank Storage thread for info on saving/cleaning tanks,, that vinegar tip has saved the gn tank from total boil out at the radiator shop. Good stuff.

Oh, and if anyone knows a good source for xl175 engine gaskets or a good shop that has bits like these levers etc in the Sacramento CA area, please tell me.

PS. "Smell the Roses", great name for a real sweet ol' 250.. Motor on mate!
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:29 AM   #43
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XL250 Big Tanks

As you have seen my "Smell the Roses" isn't such a bad little bike. I have just finished adding a set of early Honda? fibreglass panniers and a rack for a Ventura bag. It came up quite well. The reason for all this is to take the bike touring to some out of the way places mostly bitumen to get there but requires a dirt bike on arrival.
The tank holds 2 gals or 8 litres. Not enough for the big distances here in Oz.
I need a bigger tank!
Any ideas or has anyone seen larger tanks for these gems?

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Old 04-01-2009, 08:14 AM   #44
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sturleyau - clarke should make a bigger tank for the xl250: http://www.clarkemfg.com/ if they don't have a specific one there is most likely one from a similar honda that you could easily adapt on

doublebit - for the 175 gasket kit you can try http://www.maccycles-parts.com/servlet/StoreFront. I just ordered a kit for my xl185s, they don't show the 175 on their site but maybe they can get it. i noticed some of the kits (at least on denniskirk) say that it's a complete gasket kit in the title and show a picture of a complete gasket kit but in the details say that the crankcase gaskets are not included, something to be careful of.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:57 AM   #45
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I bought a gasket set for my 175 off of fleebay, it was fairly cheap too. No crankcase gaskets- meaning between the to halves of the crankcase? They didnt have gaskets there...
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