My free SL350!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Mr. Vintage, May 2, 2007.

  1. JasonLester

    JasonLester Riding north

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    Hello,

    Love the bike and the rebuild. I have three SL350s. Dad had one in the 70s when he was in Alaska and we got these three to try to make 2 good ones out of. We both also ride KLR650s and have riden them to Alaska a couple times (actually the bikes are there now and I await my time to fly back up for the ride home)

    So since I am missing my bike I figured I would revisit my SL350 and I stumbled on your thread... I love that there are people riding these. I hope to get our two going so we can ride them some...maybe even to AK. :huh:D
  2. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    Keep riding it like it was intended to be. That's what it's for.
  3. woolsac

    woolsac Git some

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    Love the thread. Hope she's still kickin'
  4. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Yep, nothing epic - just to work and back lately. Working great!
  5. Bugsy

    Bugsy Adventurer

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    This is just too, damn cool!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!! You really do good work! I'm in love withthese SL's and would kill for a decent, 350. I've had a couple over the years and miss them. It's great to see you out having fun with it.

    I see you're a VW man too!! Cool combination for having fun....the SL towed by the Westy!!!
  6. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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  7. Doug Matson

    Doug Matson Long timer

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    Just read the whole thread, great job! The SL has always been one of my favorites. In 1970 I bought a new CB350 and my best friend got a gold SL350. We went on a camping trip for a week right before I had to go into the Navy and had a blast. The highlight of the trip was on the way home we pulled into a rest stop off of the I-5 near Fresno Ca. and a whole group of Hells Angles pulled in and surrounded us. They looked at our bikes loaded down with camping gear, us covered with bugs, then smiled and gave us the thumbs up as we pulled out, almost crapped my pants! Thanks for the memories you bought back.
  8. jbcaddy

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    glad this thread bounced up to the top so I could see it :clap I have a few projects to finish myself, so enjoy reading about successfully brought back to life projects. Especially one done on the cheap :D
  9. ruberg03

    ruberg03 n00b

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    What type of exhaust should I get for my sl350? Is there some kind of slip on?
  10. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Not that I'm aware of - that's why I built my own. Maybe someone else knows of something...
  11. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    Stock!!!!!
  12. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    There's nothing wrong with the stock exhaust, except a) they're near impossible to find b) harder yet to find in good shape c) very expensive if you do find them and d) they don't really work with bags. So I recommend getting creative...
  13. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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  14. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    From the website: SL350 K1 Pressed muffler $720 Pr (australian)

    Yowza! :eek1
  15. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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    And your point is?
  16. honda53rider

    honda53rider n00b

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    Hey grate build! I got my hands on a 1973 SL350 with only 4k on it for dirt cheep. But It had not ran in 10 years. But Iv got it running and going! Iv got a list of new parts I need for it and new exhaust is on the list. I have a random assortment of mufflers and headers on the bike. Hoping to do something very slimier to what you have done. Also hopping to do some type of panniers like you have!

    Grate build keep it up!
  17. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    Cool, enjoy your SL - they are great bikes. I'm still riding mine regularly...
  18. honda53rider

    honda53rider n00b

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    Also I have a few questions about your bike. I am wanting to use the bike as a ADV rise and pack all kinds of stuff on it and take off. So im going to panniers on the side and extra gas and myself all 130lb of me and from where the bike sits now it feels like the stock springs are a little soft for all the weight of camping gear and gas. I was wanting to see what you thought about your bike and the handling since it looks like you have the stock springs.

    And this is asking a lot but next time your on the bike can you look and see what RPM you are running at 60mph? I am going to get a smaller rear sprocket and I don't know weather to go with a 36T or a 32T sprocket. I am mainly looking for a good highway bike not a fast or really good off road bike. Iv been calculating the rpm at that speed with sprocket ratios but from what iv heard the K2 has a different final drive in the tranny. So This would give me concert evidence!
  19. Mr. Vintage

    Mr. Vintage Family Dude

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    I'm still running the stock springs and shocks, and fully loaded I notice the lack of dampening first (I weigh about 190). It wouldn't hurt to be a bit stiffer, but the stock rear shocks are pretty well done for - replacement or a rebuild has been "on the list" but I just haven't gotten to it. I think dampening would improve the handling better than stiffer springs, but I can't say as I have tried either, FWIW.

    Even with the taller 16/36 sprockets I put on my SL, it is still pretty buzzy at highway speeds. It is very happy to tour along gravel backroads at 45-50mph, but faster than that seems to take the enjoyment out if it for me. The SL is geared very low to start with, so to do as you are planning I might even go for taller gearing than I did.

    Have fun with your bike, start a thread, post some pictures!

    Edit: Found the pic you posted - looks very familiar!
  20. honda53rider

    honda53rider n00b

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    Thanks for the help! well plans are always changing and it looks like ill be getting a 73-74 RD350 in really good shape for free!!:evil So I might be selling the honda to make room for that bike... But Im still working on the honda. Iv got it striped to the bare frame at my dads shop right now. Im going to remove all the rust and scuff up all the paint and lay down a nice coat of shinny paint in my friends paint shop over Christmas brake then put it all back together and try and sell it on for a profit. (that's the plan) I would keep it but I don't have the room for three bikes and I really like the 2 strokes!! So I might have to wait and get a newer ADV bike when I have $.

    Oh and here is my post about the bike.
    http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=53594.0