New member with Honda XL100 looking for help !

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Boltnut, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Boltnut

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    Hey guys. I have always been a car guy but have always dreamed of owning a bike of some kind. I was lucky enough to have a friend donate a 1974 Honda XL100 to my cause. I know absolutely nothing about bikes.....not even sure how to start it ! I was hoping for some advice on where to look for help restoring this bike back to orange glory ! Have I come to the right place ?
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  2. Boltnut

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    Hey guys the "VIN" is XL100 1100541. Does that decode like a car vin ?
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  3. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Can we see some pictures? You'll surely have to refresh the carb if the engine is free. I'd drop the oil and replace that too. Clutch plates are probably stuck together.

    Get a hammer type impact screwdriver before you attempt to disassemble the bike. Lots of the fasteners will get stripped with a regular screwdriver.
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  4. Boltnut

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    can i post pics here or do i need to link to photobucket ? my buddy who gave it to me knows bikes well and it was last running in october 2012.
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  5. Boltnut

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  6. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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  7. Boltnut

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    cool. ill post some more soon.

    level with me guys....is this a cool bike ? rare ? worth restoring ? if i was to asses this like i do cars i would say it looks worth saving but i dont know bikes.
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  8. Strong Bad

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    One of the best beginner bikes ever.

    Not rare, there are gazillions of them out there.

    Restoring? You could easily spend more than its worth to bring it back to close to showroom. But you should have a nice little fun bike to ride without spending much at all. They will run forever.
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  9. Boltnut

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    ok i hear ya....dont spend money expecting to get it back. so with a gazillion out there parts shouldnt be too pricey ? where is the best place to get parts i need to spruce it up cosmetically ? with luck tomorrow i will fire it up. need to drain and clean the gas tank first.
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  10. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    Parts may be hard to find since the model has been out of production for some time. Field finds are common Below is an XL, or at least part of one. Note the rear fender.


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  11. 78_XL125

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    If the Vin number on the frame does not match the numbers on the title check to see if it was titled under the engine number. I ran into that problem with my 78 XL125. Finding parts depends on what you are looking for, ebay is probably the best for parts (no longer available/too expensive) from honda.

    To start
    1. Make sure the gas (petcock valve) and key are both turned to ON
    2. Full choke
    3. Hold half throttle and kick to start

    Once my xl125 has gas its a one kick start, hope yours is the same. Good luck!:thumb
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  12. scotteroni

    scotteroni Been here awhile

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    You can get great rebuild / restore tips at Thumpertalk and 4strokes
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  13. Boltnut

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    Yeah, any car you saw on photobucket either was or is my car. Bikes are new to me. I'm stoked on the bike guys....I'm telling you I have had DREAMS of riding a motorcycle ever since my BMX days. Vivid dreams.
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  14. Boltnut

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    I see the different fender. What is that ?
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    You know that about after a week of riding the XL100 you'll want an XL250, then a 350 :)
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  16. Strong Bad

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  17. 78_XL125

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    The top photo of the field find looks like an 80's xl100 rear fender and frame.
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