1980 Honda XL 80 resurrection

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by lamoson, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. gvthnks

    gvthnks Been here awhile

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    Looks and sounds like you have it worked out pretty well. Congrats on being able to have that much fun for cheap......
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  2. p3ga

    p3ga Rounding Error

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    Good job! You look like you're having entirely too much fun.

    Who says you can't have fun on a small bike?

    Just enjoy the shit out of it. And promise you'll never let it fall into the state it was when you got it.

    Soichiro Honda would be proud.....
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  3. Suppermotodd

    Suppermotodd Tag Thief

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    I have an 1980 XL80 that needs work and this thread makes me want to go out in the garage and get started! I love the sound of the old xr75's and 80s.

    Get some boots and helment cause you were flying on that thing!:clap
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  4. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Ditto, digging that y'all are havin' so much fun with the lill' 80!
    And Dittos on that boot and helmet idea!
    Hell, a cheapo DOT helmet for 50$ and some wally world psuedo construction boots would be a mega boone in safety gear!
    Congratulations!
    :clap :clap :clap
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  5. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    :clap Yea!!!
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  6. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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    sorry it has been a while, been really busy on my other bike.

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    since the last post, not much has changed. i took off the plastics, speedo, and other unnecessary gear. it still runs great, and wide open all the time.

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    i have also been through 3 rear tubes......i think i need a new tire, the sidewall is cracked on this one. kind of expensive for a free bike though.

    went out the other day riding with the pooch. the wife was cool enough to take some shots.

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    don't worry he didn't get hurt
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    and lastly, the tank got a new color. now that i bleed orange, i figured it was ok to put katoom colors on the honda.

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    now i just gotta get that stinkin' back brake working. honestly, riding this thing is scarier than the 540.:rofl
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  7. arnsines

    arnsines Adventurer

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    Thanks for the encouragement for fixing up my xl185. Mine is running great for being 29 yrs old.
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  8. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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    just a pic of where it sits now. been out snow riding a bit, and working on my kz project. it will probably be a while before i get back to this guy. but he sure is purdy.

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  9. Brunow - 007

    Brunow - 007 Bantam Fever

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    Yeah! Cool bike! No worry about the looks just drive the hell out of it! :dg
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  10. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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    hahahahahaha, the 80 lives again. was gonna go out on the ice the other day, but didn't see any vehicles out there, so i wussed out. so we played in the yard on the good ol' XL 80. front brake only, bald/semi flat front and rear tires, and will only run with the choke on full :) (i really just wanted to play around with the new gopro :evil)

    ps the wife wasn't too stoked on the yard :D

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  11. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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    and does anybody know how to get the rear hub off? i feel like it should just pop off the wheel, but it feels like i am gonna break the thing. i wanna dig into that rear brake to make it work, but can't even get into it.
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  12. sporthog93

    sporthog93 Sporthog93

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    make sure the slide is not in backwards very common the cutaway goes toward the rear. adjust the valve clearance. I have done several that the vavlves have tightend up on.
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