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Old 04-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #76
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XL500R Parts

Anybody know if I can put 1980 XL250 headlight and speedo on my 1982 XL500R?
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:58 PM   #77
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I'm pretty sure your '82 will be 12 volt, the '80 will be a 6v. Also, I'm pretty sure the '82 has the 21" front tire, whereas the '80 had a 23". Not sure where the ratios where measured (in the wheel or in the speedo), so the readings may not be anywhere near accurate...
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:09 PM   #78
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Ill have to keep looking for a speedo then.

I was thinking I could just change the bulb in the headlight from 6v to 12v though. Not so?
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:33 AM   #79
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Sounds like you already have the pieces,, just try it out bulb and all,, if it pops or doesn't work,, swap it out with a 6v bulb..
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:24 PM   #80
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Sounds like you already have the pieces,, just try it out bulb and all,, if it pops or doesn't work,, swap it out with a 6v bulb..
I was going to order it from a bone yard, but Ill just keep looking. I dont mind getting an aftermarket light either, as long as its not one of those ugly cyclops models.
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Old 04-27-2009, 08:40 PM   #81
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Question xl350 Tank and Rack

Hey folks.
I am looking for a larger tank for an early model XL 350. I saw an old article posted on oldrice that mentions a Vesco skinny/fat tank http://www.oldrice.com/XLDiet.htmwith a 3.3 gallon capacity. Anyone know if Vesco is still around and if so would they still make this tank? Any other larger capacity honda (or other make) tanks that would fit on an xl350? Also looking for a back rack specific to a '75... and here is a pic from last week's 500 miler in the Mojave:

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Old 04-28-2009, 09:54 AM   #82
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OK.

Tell me I shouldn't go pick up a '76 XL125, not running, no title for under $100. Told it "pops" but doesn't start. No rear lights, but front ok. Not trashed that I can see in pictures.

I am old. I know better.

On the other hand, it took me FIVE WEEKS to find a LEO to verify VIN on one of the Passports, so I'm not too concerned with no license plate, and I live in rural farm area.

C'mon, tell me not to. Please?
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:36 AM   #83
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DON't DO IT! Just walk away! wait, who am I kidding? Have you picked it up yet?
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:52 AM   #84
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$100?? Sheesh, you can pick up soda pop bottles in a weekend to make that! oh...What? It comes in cans now??
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:36 PM   #85
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Ah come on Kismet!
For 100 bucks,, man,, good thing I don't know where it is..
They're like stray puppies aren't they?
Cute, simple, easy to live with,, appealing in all kinds of ways..
DO IT!
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:10 PM   #86
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I am going to look at an 84 XL200R hopefully tomorrow is there anything I should look for? Take in mind that I am not very mechanically inclined. They are asking 1495, is that a good price? Thanks, kevin
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:03 PM   #87
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Just the usual stuff for what I know..
Check fluids for color and smell, look for rust in the tank, leaks, cracks, weird welds, lights all working, registration (check numbers and dates for correct and current), check out the owner too (does it feel/sound right or like bs).. One thing I tend to do too is start the bike myself, preferably cold, ride it a little if possible, run it through all the gears (5?), let it sit idling for as long as you can (like several minutes) to see if it loads up and starts smoking... Oh, and run a little google search on it, 1984 honda xl200r, and read up on the lill' beast... Be informed.
Geez,, that was a lot of advise,, didn't think I had much to say.. lol
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #88
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Clutch Advise?

Hey Folks.
I am trying to figure out a problem with the clutch on my bike. (xl350k1) the clutch is not engaging when I let go of the clutch lever. I have ruled out the plates and springs (changed friction plates and measured springs) and cable tension seems not to be an issue. I am thinking it may have something to do with the internal clutch lever on the left side crank case cover. i can usually kick or pull this back into place, and the bike will go into gear. Anything I should keep an eye out for when I take off the crank case cover? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2009, 12:38 PM   #89
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I don't have any personal experience with this,, but have usually found exploded views either from the SM or bikebandit pretty handy..
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:06 PM   #90
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There is an adjustment on the left side of the engine- should be behind a rubber plug above what kind of looks like a grease zerk on the side of the engine case. If adjusting it doesnt help, you may have a bigger problem. I have seen a couple of different XL's where water has gotten in the case where the clutch actuator goes in. The water sits in there forever and starts to eat away the magnesium until the whole actuator pops in and out of place. Only remedy then is a new engine sidecover.
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