The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by dorkpunch, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Man... now you got me checkin' out the Florida CL's for one of those.... I could use it as a sub for the /6 on those "don't know where to go where I haven't been before" days, which do happen a lot in Florida.....:lol3


    So, 250XL, 175XL, on the hunt....:D
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  2. G2mk3

    G2mk3 Been here awhile

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    the girlfriend's dad said if i get it to start he'll sign the nice crisp title over to me:deal
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  3. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Shouldnt be too hard, looks like its all there!
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  4. G2mk3

    G2mk3 Been here awhile

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    yep! it's "only" sat for 5-6 years, they said it ran when they put it away. since it has sat in a barn. everything i've looked over seems decent, i kicked it a few times but got nothing. tomorrow i'm going to give it new oil, fuel and spark plug. if i get a pop or two i'm sure i'll just have to clean the carb and ride away. then invest in rustoleum...
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  5. G2mk3

    G2mk3 Been here awhile

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    got it started today, one of the jets was clogged, poked it with a pin, the dirt fell out and away i rode :evil . it seemed quite strong, but we could not get 1st gear. we dumped the oil out and found this:

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    it kinda feels like we can select 1st gear, but it does not make any noise in that position, just as if it was in neutral. any input is welcome :ear , current ideas are; bent shift fork, stripped gear, or (really) worn dogs (or any combination). I have read about bearings going bad in the engine, but aside from a little valve noise it runs like a top, so we are assuming it is related to the problem in getting 1st gear. in it's past life the bike was used to chase cows, so it's easy to imagine first got quite a beating.
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  6. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    I'd say you have a gear that is missing a bunch of teeth... I just fixed an XL200S, very similar to your bike, for a friend. Its kicker gears were stripped, and thats the kind of stuff that came out with the oil (and the screen filter).
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  7. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Do you have much experience with the 500's dorkpunch?
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  8. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    A little... I'm not all in to the "newer" ones, but I did have a 500 for a couple of years. VERY fun bike.
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  9. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Howdy!
    Count me in Dude!
    I'm already seeing Ernest T from the XL Page here too.
    I got the honda single bug bad, started with ATCs of all things.
    Now I have a few 175s and a 250 to play around with.

    I'll see how adding a pic or two of 'em goes.
    I suck, too much to do right now, maybe later.
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  10. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Cool thread! Too bad I only have a "lowly" RFVC 600 for an XL in the collection! :cry
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  11. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Great bikes. May dad had an early XL-250 when I was a kid.
    I've had TL's and XR's myself...almost the right combination of letters!

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  12. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Same animal, different coat! The TL's have LOTS and LOTS in common with the XL's. :deal
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  13. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    I have an old XL200R, or is it an XR200L? Whatever, it's not as nice as the earlier XL's.

    That TL250 looks like a nice trail bike. But trial bike? 220 pounds dry? Ugh, might compete OK with the old Tiger Cubs.

    Owned an 83 XL500, loved that bike. Had a really beat up TL125 too. XR75 for $50, wished I'd kept it.
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  14. lamoson

    lamoson something catchier

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  15. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    heres my 74 xl175. [​IMG]

    I really need a sidecover for it and about $500 to get it the way I want it. I have had it for my whole riding life. About 16 years. It reamins my favorite bike of all time.
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  16. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    Going to Hatfield McCoy when it gets a little warmer, and I picked this up for my GF to ride there, she's on her tip toes on her xt225, this one will be more fun.

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  17. sturleyau

    sturleyau Monarch 42

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    Hi everyone,
    Here's a pic of my XL250 that I restored over 12 months ago and registered for the road.
    I have since rebuilt the engine with the 270cc bigbore kit and it goes really well.
    I have many pictures of the restoration and many spares. I also have a friend in Sydney that has about 5 of these who is just completing his restoration.
    I even know of a bloke in NZ that has built a brand new engine from parts bought from Holland, CSMNL. The lengths some people will go to.
    I have ridden the bike to Woods Point, Vic and the Dargo High Plains Rally with the Monarchs MCC.
    Whilst it was very hard against a 60kph headwind the little bike performed very well on the 18kms of dirt into Talbotville.
    I call my bike the "Smell the Roses" because you get plenty of time to do that whilst riding.
    If anyone needs parts or assistance give me a Yell!

    Glenn

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  18. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Forks, saggy and even a little cruchy?
    Evening last I was going over my newest XL. A '78 175.
    The front end felt saggy (feels much lower than my '74s) and one fork seal is definitely leaking.
    I pulled the plugs from the fork leg drains and the goo that oozed out smelled like 90wt MTF. Ah oh...
    I've already ordered seals and dust boots, but now I'm a tad perplexed.
    To help get goo out I replaced the drained fluid with ATF (didn't have fork oil, and it's cheaper, and I love the way it cleans things). I also shimmed the springs a tad by adding three nickels per leg on top of the divider washer between the springs. After reassembling they are a little less saggy but feel kinda crunchy, sticky.. Certainly not nice and smooth like the ones on my '74 (which were coincedently from a '78 parts donor).
    Are these forks shot? Is there a bushing that can reasonably be changed to help this?
    Thanks, Art
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  19. sporthog93

    sporthog93 Sporthog93

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    I have a couple of parts bikes, 1976 XL250, and 1975 xl350, both have bad heads. I also have most of a SL350 (twin). Currently I'm fixing a '79 XR500. Not restoring just making for a solid rider.
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  20. beardothebeardo

    beardothebeardo Been here awhile

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    Just got my 73 XL250 fired back up a couple days ago after putting it back together. I replaced basically all wear items. All I need to do now is to do finally wiring. Fun bikes!!!
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