1983 Honda XL250R Project - Updated Pics

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by bjoseph, May 13, 2010.

  1. bjoseph

    bjoseph Adventurer

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  2. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    Looks so clean I'd hesitate to ride it.
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  3. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    I bought a "Holy Grail" last September; a 1983 Honda XL250R with 7000+ one owner miles. PO said he used it to herd sheep on his farm in Utah. I've been slowly working on bring it up nearly to the condition of yours. Then...I found another "Holy Grail"; a 1989 Honda NX250 with 946 original one owner miles. This one captured more interest, so my '83XLR sits in a corner, covered up as not to get jealous of the NX's make-over. When my NX is completed this month, I will tackle my '83 XLR in hopes of bringing it up to the standard you set with yours. (Funny sidenote)...when I bought the '83, the battery was weak and after kick starting it, I pressed the horn button. It actually did sound like Baaaaah Baaaah!

    Didn't intend to hijack your thread.
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  4. otilram

    otilram Beemax

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    Looks great, it reminds me of my old 83 XL250R PD.
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  5. JeffPM

    JeffPM Been here awhile

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    Wow, that is really clean looking! Great job!! I've always had a soft spot for Honda single cylinder enduros.
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  6. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Anti-Semantic

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    wow - and I thought my 83 200R was in nice shape - this puts it to shame!
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  7. yabo

    yabo n00b

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    Would you please tel me is there any disadvantages of honda xl250r-1981-4 ?
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Yes. All your friends will be jealous and hate you...:rofl

    Seriously, though, spoiled riders complain about the lack of e-start. I consider it an advantage. My '83 XL185 started so easily, it was a joy to kick start. I'd still have it, if it had a higher top speed. My XL600 is my trail bike now.

    Nice job on the 250, bjoseph!
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  9. yabo

    yabo n00b

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    Thank you.I think this would be good.not dis advantage.I'm looking for maintenance disadvantages or other things...:ear
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  10. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I don't know about about the 250, but my XL600 has some critical parts that have been discontinued through Honda. Mainly, the external oil lines (which I don't think the 250 has). Maintenance is a breeze. Oil changes and valve adjustments whenever you feel like it, and gas. The 250 (mine was a 1979) is one of the most reliable, tough bikes I even owned.
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  11. yabo

    yabo n00b

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    How many miles -years is your experience with honda xl 250?Was it a new one when you've bought it? or only a very old Die-hard motor?:deal
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I had a 1979 XL250S with a bent swing arm/ frame, in pretty bad shape. My wife's cousin gave it to me, after it sat untouched in a horse pasture for 10 or 15 years. The seat was rotted to nothing, and rats had made a nest in the air box. The oil still looked golden, so I put in fresh gas, and it fired right up. The timing chain was worn, but I rode it as a beater bike for 11 years before selling it due to lack of space. My wife rode it as a child, when her cousin bought it new. In the 11 years I had it, I changed the oil twice, and adjusted the valves once. It always started, even with year old gas, and ran fine when I sold it this year. :cry
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  13. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    Great looking '83!!! :raabia My very first motorcycle.
    I beat the living crap out of mine & it just kept running.
    Wouldn't be surprised if it was still rolling around somewhere still.
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