Anyone rocking a vintage thumper?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Mattydiah, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. skeptic

    skeptic Been here awhile

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    I recently bought this 1980 Honda XL500. 5000 miles, stored near coast, so some rust. Everything but blinkers works. I'm trying to post image but I can't figure it out. The link to photobucket pic is below. If anyone can tell me how to post pic, let me know.

    I just love the torque and smooth running. Just runs great. Had to replace front tire with Cheng Shin since Bridgestone Trailwings 9 in 23" is out of stock until who knows when.

    With compression release adjusted, it starts easy on first or second kick. Takes longer if I forget to turn ignition on.

    This weekend I did change out stock main jet - 155 went to 158. I thought this would be right move since it runs an opend up airbox and supertrapp.

    Sure wish I could find new rear shocks for cheap. Best I could find was $160 for 2 plus shipping!! If anyone has any idea, please let me know.

    http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l63/SSwytak/Xl500%20stuff/?action=view&current=P1030763.jpg

    http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l63/SSwytak/Xl500%20stuff/?action=view&current=P1030761.jpg
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  2. ElsinoreRider

    ElsinoreRider Howdy Dammit!

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    Here's my dad's 1975 MR175.

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  3. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    Picking up a 1974 Honda MT250 today - runs + drives ok - needs rear shocks bad. Going to be my winter project. Leads on parts for these old things? It sure is a gas!

    :clap
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  4. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I've had an '83 KL185 for a few years, ride it a couple of times a month. Nice to be reminded of how far bikes have come in 20 years. Antique plates in '08!
    Jim
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  5. BikerDave

    BikerDave Greybeard Rider

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    I'm a big vintage bike fan.....could be because I'm getting pretty "vintage" myself...lol! Here's my vintage adventure tourer, '82 XL500R.
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  6. sosothree

    sosothree KTMing

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    Really fun bike! I only rode it once, 15 miles to get it home.:norton
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  7. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    It's here!

    3300 miles, hard miles it looks like. Speedo + Tach work, none of the lights work, lots of stuff bent + missing. Drives around the yard fine. Down a foot peg, but I got to 50 mph no problem! Runs good! Rear shocks are DONE.

    :eek1


    Now to get the list of needs going!


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  8. buck moberly

    buck moberly Adventurer

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    new to me, my first dirt bike. after a few years without a bike and years before that of ever faster street bikes ending with a 916 laid down at 130 mph, its great.
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  9. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    Here's mine..................
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  10. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    This is my thumper

    this aint a thumper but my sweet old 2 smoke
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  11. RLK

    RLK RLK KLR

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    I absolutly love your modifications. :rabia I've been thinking about a windscreen and homebrew luggage rack like that for longer camping trips.

    My beloved '82 XL250R ridden daily, year round, even in below 0*F temps and snow.

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    Wound out at +70 with the load pictured above, That's all she's got, but well over the posted limit, plenty for me.

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    Back from the grocery store on slushy/snowy streets...
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  12. klrzorn

    klrzorn Been here awhile

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    I've had two of these. The 1st one was the 1st bike I licensed, and I took my motorcycle qualification test on. I also broke my right leg on it,and spent 6 months in a cast . I still rode it cast and all. Thanks for posting the pic, it brings back a lot of memories.
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  13. Brian y

    Brian y Been here awhile

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    Here is my dad's thumper, sort of a BSA B50 with some crazy ccm parts, suzuki, honda, and a homemade cromoly frame. We just did a 25 mile single track ride in the rain today. The bike ran great even through the 1 1/2 foot deep puddles.

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  14. Whitewater Willie

    Whitewater Willie Marv

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    41,000 original miles, never been restored, starts and runs great. 1938 BSA Empire Star 350 (OHV) I will post pictures when I figure out how.
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  15. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    Since someone pulled this thread out of the closet, might as well keep it going.

    Here's my vintage racer...an '83 XR350R. This was a project a few years ago. I have more fun racing this than I do my modern bikes.

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  16. Collybus

    Collybus If it moves-drive it

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    I just purchased this classic:

    1983 Suzuki SP250. 5000 miles. No mods, no accessories, no pick-up. But I enjoyed my first run on it last weekend; about 100 highway miles and about two miles of snow-covered trails and fields.

    Aside from a habit of stalling if left idling too long, it performed beautifully. Haven't quite figured out the limiter lever.

    Ok...don't know how to post photos either. :huh
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