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Old 12-24-2008, 02:06 PM   #1
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! TL125 finds it's way under the tree...

Stumbled onto a true barn find a few months ago.



Always thinking I needed some kind of trials bike I couldn't help but ask, "What's the deal with the little TL125 in the corner?"



Long story longer, after very carefully watering the seed occassionally, it followed me home today. Here it is loaded in the trailer sitting out in the freezing rain.

After covering it with a tarp to keep the road spray off I quickly got it home, unloaded it and rolled it into the 'house of pain'. Had somewhere else to be so no time.



Once back home I rolled it out into the dimming afternoon light to get a few pictures.



She's been well used...



...but appears to be complete.



Fender's a bit tweaked. Plastic. Maybe it can be starightened somehow.



Plenty of scars on the cases along with a little peeling paint. 'Patina' they call it.



A little cleaning to do.



A little wear in the places you'd expect it.



Ice coated tank emblem must've been super sharp sitting on the dealer's floor way back when.

Don't know how crazy we'll get with it right away but the first order of business will be seeing if we can make it run. If so, it may become an ice bike for my daughter before it makes it into the woods. We'll have to see what the winter brings.

In any event, our arrangement makes me a bit of the custodian of this little gem. I'll do my best to give it a happy home where it will be enjoyed for what it is.

Gotta go. Have to do a little research on the vintage trials in New England.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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Here's a good site for vintage trials in the mid-Atlantic region. folks over there may be able to point you to their New England equivalent.

http://www.mavt.org/

Congrats! Here's to new life for grungy old trials bikes!

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Old 12-24-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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Nice Find

My first bike was a TL125. All my friends were into trials so I decided to join in. I abused it severely - used to go through creeks and the cold water would often seize the cylinder onto the piston. I'd just drag it out, let the whole thing warm up and kick it over again - couldn't kill it. I only pushed it home once (8 or 10 miles of hills - I'm glad the bike was light) after it started dying on me every time I gave it throttle. I finally figured out there was a restriction point in the exhaust system which was very carboned up. You might want to have a look for this - it's around the rear wheel/fender area. I had a friend's Dad splice in a pipe that had a bigger diameter. Lots of fun. Jackd
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #4
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Great find. I'm sure it will clean up real nice. I rode one for years, and a 250 after that. Pretty bulletproof bikes and fun to ride.

These guys and their member clubs run some vintage stuff.

http://www.newenglandtrials.org/
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:50 AM   #5
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Excellent find, I would have trouble not tearing it apart for a total resto..... that is once I got it running first.
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:45 AM   #6
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Great bike, realy fun to drive and the engine is bullet proof
Engine parts are easy to find (same as XL125)
Seems complete and the tank seems nice

Now we are looking pics before and after
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Old 12-27-2008, 07:54 AM   #7
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Now we are looking pics before and after
...and during. please don't forget the ''during'' pictures.

i have concluded that i need to move somewhere that has more barns. just not enough barns in southern california. great find.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:45 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies and the links, guys.

I've got a few projects ahead of it but when things start to move I'll post it.

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Great bike, realy fun to drive and the engine is bullet proof
Engine parts are easy to find (same as XL125)
Seems complete and the tank seems nice

Now we are looking pics before and after
Thank you. Unfortunately it is only an illusion. A better photo would reveal that each side of the tank is a bit concave.

Looked a bit closer the other night - rusted inside as well. Salvageable I believe. Might give this a shot and see what happens. Linky

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...and during. please don't forget the ''during'' pictures.

i have concluded that i need to move somewhere that has more barns. just not enough barns in southern california. great find.
I'm sure there will be a few 'during' pictures as well.

Fat Pat, your post makes me a bit hesitant to tell the rest of the story but here it is. It was a package deal - if the TL125 was going, the others had to as well.



'78 vintage PE250. All there. Turns over. Judging from the street tag I'm guessing it hasn't seen daylight since 1990.

Then there is this:



1979/80-ish feel free to help me out here Husqvarna 250 OR.



No real interest at first in these two but I have to admit that red and chrome tank...



...fat finned head and left side kicker speak to me. But hey, that'll be for another thread on another day.

It was a very fortunate week. Prolly would have done well to buy a lottery ticket...
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:04 AM   #9
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definitely need to move. definitely. just awesome.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:09 AM   #10
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for the tank, phosporic acid who destroy rust and after por15 do the job
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:35 AM   #11
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Cool optimal ratio Husky, EC!
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Old 12-28-2008, 11:51 AM   #12
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Cool optimal ratio Husky, EC!
Thanx, Mark! It's growing on me. What can you tell me about it? I feel a new Husky 250 OR thread coming on... And please, talk me into getting rid of it.

BTW, started on the TL today...if you consider a bath a start.



With the DCSR's undying support she says, "It's looking better already."

Below shows some tank damage on the right side...



...and on the left.



I've seen worse. Won't worry too much about that right away. That'll give me time to figger out how to repair it.



There she be all washed. Time to roll it back in and maybe put some oil in the cylinders for a bit. It moves but it can't hurt. May even hose it all down with WD - gets a bit humid in the shop some days.

In the mean time the tank will come off and we'll see what kind of liquid goodness pours out...
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:15 PM   #13
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Thanx, Mark! It's growing on me. What can you tell me about it? I feel a new Husky 250 OR thread coming on... And please, talk me into getting rid of it.
You know I have a sickness for the old and odd so just stop that right now! Then again I've had Husky made guns, chainsaws, and other goodies but still have never landed one of their bikes...

Pardon me while I call in a refill for some prescription meds......
......must......not......take.....on......more.... .old......bikes......
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Old 12-28-2008, 01:22 PM   #14
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BTW, started on the TL today...if you consider a bath a start.
Its looking good! It looks ridden but not screwed with.


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Below shows some tank damage on the right side...
Thats called "patina" in the collector circles. Get it straight! Make up a story about how Steve McQueen once rode it and dumped it over in his azalea bushes during a wild party and you've got gold.


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There she be all washed. Time to roll it back in and maybe put some oil in the cylinders for a bit. It moves but it can't hurt. May even hose it all down with WD - gets a bit humid in the shop some days.
You mean you haven't started it off of a modified Coca-Cola bottle gas tank yet! Get crackin' !!!!
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There's something simply beautiful about those tubular frames of yesteryear......
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