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Old 04-01-2009, 11:23 AM   #46
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ah, well nevermind that part then. i figured if my 185 had them then so did others...
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:13 PM   #47
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Thanks guys, I'll check into those leads.. Kinda figured they used hondabond on the case halves,, that stuff is awesome.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:30 AM   #48
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G2mk3, thanks for the input about Clarke tanks. It appears they don't have an item specific to the 1972 XL so I shall keep looking.
Next question for everyone is what model XL250 comes with a 12V system and are these adaptable to the early models?

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Old 04-02-2009, 09:28 AM   #49
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there arent any simple conversions, although someone on the oldrice xl board recently made the system from a 12v "S" model XL work on one of the older XL250's...
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:58 PM   #50
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Hers my younger son's 77 XL75

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Old 04-05-2009, 06:24 PM   #51
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Very low mileage 1981 Honda XL250S that I picked up a couple months ago from the original owner.

Had it checked from end to end and it's in very good condition for it's age. Everything works, no leaks, doesn't burn any oil, and it even had the original tires.... About all I had to do was install new Trailwings, put in a new battery, and I went with a 15 tooth front sprocket to slightly lower the RPM at highway speeds. The owner said that a few years ago he had a Honda shop "increase the power a little bit", wasn't sure what all they did, but it does have one of the older style SuperTrapp mufflers and runs very nice for a 250...

I've put about 1,500 miles on it, and it's great fun on the dirt/gravel roads out here in the boondocks where I live...



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Old 04-06-2009, 11:37 AM   #52
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Just bought a skid plate for my XL.

It's tough to decide where to throw the money when I've got so many projects..
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:10 PM   #53
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My '82 XL500R......my first foray into "adventure" bikes!! Bought it for next to nothing a few years back and restored it. Definitely a fun ride!!

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Old 04-13-2009, 03:56 PM   #54
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You're all to blame for how I spent my Easter...

Particulaly after reading threads like this one, I've been obsessed with finding an XL250 to work on as a project, to use as a dirt bike, and for my girlfriend to learn to ride on. I like the looks of the older ones and given that I have a '73 orange sparkle CB750, got excited when I saw a new listing ON CraigsList for a '74 XL250 with light blue and orange graphics that would make a nice pair.

Despite a late night on Saturday, my girlfriend and I arose early on Sunday and drove the hour or so north from San Francisco to Novato in our '88 VW Westfalia. I had done some quick calculations based on the wheelbase of the XL250 plus half of the diameter of the front and back wheels and determined it should just fit wedged between the driver and passenger seat.

In Novato, we met the very nice guy who owned the bike and despite his obvious reluctance to let her go, reassured him that we weren't taking her to the glue factory and agreed on the purchase price. My girlfriend swung a leg over the little XL just to see how it would feel and the seller and I exchanged a look that clearly said "Now I could sell *that* as a calendar."

Steering the front 21 incher between the seats allowed just enough room for us to lift the back and swing it in. Despite the copious gas fumes from some spillage from the carb overflow, we were ready to roll. In fact, we literally had to roll backwards since the front tire prevented me from getting the van into reverse.

She hopped out of van the at home much more easily, and we took her two up on a tour of the neighborhood. First impressions? First gear feels like a tank. Not going to get you over about 10 mph but could go up anything. Second and up starts really getting fun, even with two on board. Can't wait to dive into a tune up, paint those fenders, and start going through everything on her.



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Old 04-14-2009, 05:43 PM   #55
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Plastic fenders:
Which rattle can paint do y'all find works.
I've used Dupi colour,, I'm not real impressed,, it peeled off after about six months.
Oh, this is for the fenders on my xl175...
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Old 04-14-2009, 07:57 PM   #56
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Krylon fusion... Works fer me!
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:32 AM   #57
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Here's my baby. just got her last week and am having a great time. A real bitch to start but great once it's warm.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:51 AM   #58
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I'm working on a '77 XL 100 as we speak (write)!

Finding replacement plastic sidecovers looks to be impossible. Fleabay items can go as high as $120 or so for a pair! Other than that, most parts are readily available.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:28 PM   #59
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Does my 1974 TY250A count as a vintage single?

Well?

here's a pic form yesterday...

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Old 04-17-2009, 01:33 PM   #60
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Nice Bike Highchief

Here's mine.

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