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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Mr. Vintage, May 2, 2007.
What a great project!
That Suzy looks like a fun project, Kevin.
If I was doing that SL, I'd definately get the pipe and racks powder-coated.
Probably get a pair of Progressive shocks, too.
Id actually try to find a SET of stockers (pipes) for the SL350 on fleabay. Not only do they look cool, but they work very well for a stock pipe. And the sound neato. I allready got a new (used but clean) seat, and NOS seat cover for the TC on there plus an extra set of side covers, and emblems. Even scored a set of stock NOS side cover emblems and tank emblems for it.
I wore out that bikes brother, a TS125 in H/S, LEO almost caught it one day on the street. I rode that thinkg and trashed on it for 2 years. Cost me one license, and dad moved us to a new state. It was Zuki Orange.
You want to shoe horn a 185 engine in there let me know I have an 80% complete one in the yard.
It would be great to have the stock exhaust (and side covers for that matter), but I don't think the panniers would fit as well, and that would require money, which I don't have any of. Similarly powder coating would be great, but budget will dictate otherswise...
Just curious, but what do you all suppose a good running SL350 with my stylish additions is worth? I suspect I could return my targeted $500 investment to get the bike respectable and on the road, but it would be easy to get carried away and loose my shirt too.
Id love a TS185 motor, more power and tourque, and hear they share the frame...
My guess is it's worth about 1k if it had a good Krylon paintjob,, You could see as much as 1200.00 or so..
Here in AZ I see them on Craigslist for about that.
I agree, but if he bought a set of stock pipes, and cherry side covers and tank emblems and had the tank painted, then refinished the motor, and frame he would probably get $2500.00 for it from the right person. I saw one sell on craigslist that was not perfect but very clean and nice for $2500.00, it sold in the first day it was on there. I've allready had offers (2) from guys wanting my TC125 after I resptre it for $1500.00. Ill bet if I held out I could get 2500 for it but I want to keep it.
Sorry for the thread high jack, I'll have to check to make sure its not stuck, its been sitting out back for awhile. The frame is broke (that wa when I got it) so its basically wheels, forks, shocks and engine. This one has te High/Low range too I think. Make me an offer it can be yours when I get a chance to pull the engine off the frame. I got a TM 250 engine too.
I don't trhink you want it I went out and lookedat it this eve, its missing a few parts, kicker, and mag cover. The lower end looks larger than I remember my TS 125 being.
And free! (Kinda . . . . ). Title, I trust?
I would like to track down a set of sidecovers, and I plan to invest a bit and go with real paint versus krylon. If I come across a decent stock exhaust for less than a fortune, I'd go for that too. I also plan to ride it and get it dirty, so I don't want to create a total showpiece. Good to know it might be worth something!
No title when I got it, but I fixed that. Actually I have the title in hand - I think someone screwed up at the DMV and didn't make me wait three years. No one here works for the DMV right?
Where did you find mandrel bent exhaust sections?
I had one try to split on me along the seam in the tubing - this may have been my violent hack-sawing and vice work, but the bond isn't incredible at the seam. Otherwise, no issues.
There was a cherry and a NOS blue set on ebay last week, and a nice set of pipes, but dood wanted over 250 for the pipes, kinda a rip off, but people were bidding!
Actually that's not too bad. A reproduction set for a 1971-1973 SL350 goes for $600+ and that's without any internal baffling!!! I saw a NOS seat bring over $500 a few weeks ago. For those that seek to restore their bikes back to factory perfect I guess the sky is the limit! As for mine (1971) I'm just going to keep it as a nice, mostly original, rider quality bike.
..And that's the attitude most folks should have IMHO.
I won't REALLY restore something I'm gonna ride any amount of time. Normal wear and tear would make a "showroom New" resto a constant start-over money pit.
If I had a bike to fix up and immediately sell, well then, damn the torpedoes.
I really dig your budget SL350 adventure tourer! I have a '71 SL350 and wanted to weld up dang near the exact same thing as you've done on yours, a nice rear rack and pannier mounts, but couldn't find anyone who'd ever done it before to get inspiration from.
I also like your 2-1 exhaust. It looks great and looks a lot more crush-proof then the stock mufflers. Yes indeed, the stock ones are very cool looking, but a set up like you have looks way better for actual riding. Plus, with the stock mufflers, how the heck do you mount panniers?
What kind of Ammo cans are you going to mount for the panniers? Awesome project and keep up the good work! I also can relate to your being on a budjet. I am in Tech School (learning auto/boat/motorcycle upholstery) and am but 19 years of age, so the 'ol bike projects are always on a shoestring. But hey, it's almost more fun that way.
Big thanks for the link. I've been looking for a supplier for U-bends. Now all I need is some 20 gauge and a shear. I'll be rolling some two-smoke pipes!
Thanks for the compliments. Since I have far more hobbies than money, my philosophy has always beeen to do more with less, and I'm hoping the SL is turing out to be a good example of such.
I decided that ammo cans are way too heavy, and the mermite cans although lighter are just too big - gotta leave room to kick-start the thing. I'll post an update and some photos when I get a minute, but I went a little less conventional route on the pannier construction...
Bombed around a bit last night and the muffler works fairly well - maybe a bit too loud still, but the sound is good. I'm getting psyched.
In trying to keep the weight down, panniers version 1.0 are made of wood. The bottoms are 3/4", the rest is 1/4". I included some metal tabs to take the weight at the 3/4" on the bottom.
I nailed, screwed, glued, and reinforced them as much as possible.
Sexy, eh? They may well explode the first time I lay the bike down, but we'll see.
The first of several coats of paint:
Not many pictures of the lid construction, but it's 22 gauge sheet steel, folded over 1/4" at the edges and welded on the corners. The hinges and the latch are welded on as well (I like to weld).
On the bike. I also added some drawer pulls to the lid for handles / tie downs. The bungee is holding them on in the picture, but I added some thumb screws through to the mounts from the inside to hold them in place. Each pannier weighs about 7 pounds, versus 22 each for the ammo boxes.
It's about time to tear the bike down...