1983 Honda XL 600 street thumper project

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sakadt, May 6, 2013.

  1. Sakadt

    Sakadt Adventurer

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    Hey guys,

    This is my first post here and well from everything I've seen while lurking I just want to say y'all seem like good people and I look forward to sharing with you all in my new adventure which is fixing up this 1983 XL 600.

    A little history on the bike and me:

    The last time it was running was 1986 when my unlce drained all the fluids, pulled off the seat and tank and put her in storage. About 5 years ago my uncle gave me his 1983 XL 600. And while I wanted to fix her up, you all know how things go and it was thrown onto the back burner. Recently my roommate and I where talking about how it would be fun to buy some bikes and get riding. After looking at several bikes on Craigslist I was sitting at work one day and thought how cool it would be to fix up and do some custom work to this bike and have a bike that no one else had. Plus I thought it would be really cool to breath life into into it's 30 year birthday. So I headed over to here the bike was and took a look at it. After spending sometime looking into it I came across Ere109's XL restoration thread and a few other like it on this site. First of all nice work Ere109 an everyone who has also taken on the task of fixing up not just the XLs on here but others as well.

    This is the first motorcycle I have ever worked on and quite frankly have limited experience working on vehicles and motors in general, so I warn you now I'm probably going to ask some rather obvious questions along the way, and I thank you all in advance for your patience and guidance along the way. While I Have limited knowledge on motors I know my way around a garage as I'm a self taught blacksmith and welder and of the crafty sort. The way I figure it you got to start somewhere, right? So pleAse don't write me off as I know that in for a long haul both mentally and physically.
    I'm not going to downing a complete OEM restoration but more of customizing it into a cool little street thumper that will be a blast to ride.



    So today it all began as I took it to my parents garage (sucks living in an apartment, also where I keep 95% of my tools). Took a boatload of photos and started on the tear down. Right now I'm typing this thread from my phone. But tommorrow I promise to upload photos of day one. And I look forward to hearing from some of you as well!

    Sakadt

    PS sorry if my typing sucks as I'm doing it from my iPhone before bed. I was just to excited to wait!
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  2. BenDiesel

    BenDiesel uBer n00b

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    welcome to the assylum. i recently (licensed it yesterday) converted my 86 xr600r over to a ds. and crashed it on my first ride lol. i wish you the best of luck. is yours a dual carb?
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  3. Sakadt

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    Thanks for the greetings. Yeah it is dual carb. Sorry to hear about you crashing on the first ride with your XR.
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  4. Sakadt

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    Well as promised here are some pictures of the bike, sorry in advance for the after shots but the light in the shop burnt out and had to finish the night using my trucks head lights.

    1) Just got her pulled off the truck and into the garage and up on a stand.

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    4) What a mess.. 30 year in storage in this Arizona Heat has pretty much wrecked most of the electrical wiring and plastic connections.
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    5)Plastic again broken, on what the manual calls the air cleaner right next to the battery housing.
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    6) Having a beer. It was Cinco De Mayo after all
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    7) Finish up after pulling down some of the old electrical, pulling of the fenders. Again sorry for the photo being dark but the light burnt out above us.
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  5. kmequint

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    Welcome!
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  6. Sakadt

    Sakadt Adventurer

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    Thanks for the welcome

    So I tried to post some photos using my photobucket, than it said something about admin approval than redirected to another page before I could finish reading it all. Is this normal?

    Thanks,

    Sakadt
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  7. Sakadt

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    Edited to remove double posted pictures.
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  8. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    Yours gets life on its 30th birthfay, mines gets death :cry

    Hope you have fun!:clap
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  9. kmequint

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    :lurk
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  10. Sakadt

    Sakadt Adventurer

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    I'm sorry to hear about your XL.
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  11. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Cmon Dracus, you know we can rebuild her, we have the technology!:evil:evil
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  12. Sakadt

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    Has anyone ever lowered the front of they're xl?
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  13. RFVC600R

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    I don't money for that technology :lol3 I will rebuild that beast definitely
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  14. Motomochila

    Motomochila Mad Scientist

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    You can do anything with an XRL. Keep your imagination open and build baby build... And lowering the front end, absolutely. It makes for a good street tracker or something better. here's mine...
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  15. One Fat Roach

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    What a sweet bike. Subscribing to this thread for sure. I wish I had the space and proper know how to dig into my XL. cant wait to.see more
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  16. Sakadt

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    Wow that is awesome motomochila! I will definitely be pminh with you with question in the near future.

    I have a lot of ideas and energy I want to put into my bike. My next big update will be coming this weekend as I'm hoping to have the bike complete apart and will be striping the fame. I don't have access to a sand blast and I'm trying to keep as much of the work to myself as possible. I picked up a Paint and Rust Remover 4-1/2" Disks for my angle grinder and will be working with that and my wire brush to clean the frame. That shouldn't be a problem right?
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  17. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    I recently stripped my frame and used brush on paint stripper to soften the paint and then a pressure cleaner to blast the soft paint off. Got about 90% off, and get the rest off with a wire brush mounted an an angle grinder. Dont need to get frame sandblasted if you dont want to.
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  18. RFVC600R

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    Please don't turn your XL into a street tracker, they're beautiful beasts as they are. :D
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  19. Sakadt

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    The appeal to me is just having something no one else does and while not to many people are driving around on a 1983 XL it just seems so much fun to create something new!
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  20. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R SAND EATER

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    Well just make sure you have fun and burn those fart cannon kids at the stoplights, they hate that :D

    Won twenty dollars on a bet that my co-workers new mustang would beat me from light to light, easiest money ever. I'm kinda not surprised I dropped my seat now thinking about it.
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