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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by bjoseph, May 13, 2010.
Looks so clean I'd hesitate to ride it.
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.
Looks great, it reminds me of my old 83 XL250R PD.
Wow, that is really clean looking! Great job!! I've always had a soft spot for Honda single cylinder enduros.
wow - and I thought my 83 200R was in nice shape - this puts it to shame!
Would you please tel me is there any disadvantages of honda xl250r-1981-4 ?
Yes. All your friends will be jealous and hate you...
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!
Thank you.I think this would be good.not dis advantage.I'm looking for maintenance disadvantages or other things...
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.
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?
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.
Great looking '83!!! 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.