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Old 09-07-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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1973 Honda XL250 with 186 original miles - What a find

I just purchased a 1973 xl250 with 186 original miles. The fellow had purchased it new and stored in indoors under cover since. Still has the original 1973 plate on it. Tires look new even. Owners manual under the seat is still in its plastic. Tools have never been out of the bad.

Before he put it up for sale he had the carbs cleaned and new battery put in. Bike starts on one or two kicks without the choke.

No rust anywhere, bike still looks new just a little dirty.

First thing I am going to do is take the tank off and make sure it is super clean inside.

Any tips and what else I should do. Cleaning tips , should I take bike apart to clean or best to leave together and clean what I can?

I bought this to ride but now I am thinking it is maybe to nice to ride, may be the best example of this bike in the world?







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Old 09-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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that is an awesome find!
i came across a '74 XL250 with 200 miles on it a while back and am still kicking myself for not buying it.

oh... and if it were me, i'd:
clean the tank if needed. if it looks clean, i'd probably just swish some acetone or tuline around in it just in case
pull the fuel petcock and throughly clean
pull the carb and thoroughly clean
change fluids (trans/motor oil)
inspect the tires

and most importantly: RIDE IT!
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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Great find, on top of the previous post (clean out gas tank, change all fluids, etc...) I would strongly encourge you to go ahead and replace the tires. Even if they look OK, at that age, they are breaking down.

The second most importent thing to do is sell it to me
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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Great find, on top of the previous post (clean out gas tank, change all fluids, etc...) I would strongly encourge you to go ahead and replace the tires. Even if they look OK, at that age, they are breaking down.

The second most importent thing to do is sell it to me
probably a good idea on the tires :)

(though my daily driver has the original 46 year old rear tire and a "new" 30 year old front )
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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probably a good idea on the tires :)

(though my daily driver has the original 46 year old rear tire and a "new" 30 year old front )
I put a "new" 30-40 year old rear tire on my daily rider, and it has held up better than a couple much newer tires I have had on the front.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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That muffler is rare...
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:17 PM   #7
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:26 PM   #8
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #9
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trailer it to shows, clean up trophy's. www.rice-o-rama.com Or, ride it and have fun....
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:31 AM   #10
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screw it, ride it like you're supposed to. Just keep it nice.

It's not like it's a Vincent or old Indian or anything. Even if you only put a few hundred miles a year on it, 10 years from now it will still be like new and will have given you those great memories of wonderful sunday rides.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:02 PM   #11
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Very nice old Honda. Back when I was in high school, and a 1973 bike was new, I really wanted one of those.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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I STILL want one of those.... Wow, what find!

Just a classic bike, always was, always will be! I agree with the post above to ride it, and even ten years from now it will still be far better than almost any others. Putting it into a "collection" is just.... goofy and wrong.....
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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That's too purty to ride. Should be in the living room now. Like a fine coffee table or hang a lamp shade on it.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #14
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:50 PM   #15
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I put up a video of the bike.

http://youtu.be/EH7eftHuGU0
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