The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

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

  1. soshiant

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  7. NellieDriver

    NellieDriver Been here awhile

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    My first bike was this Honda XL 250 K1 from 1974. It was a real cool bike with 20 HP and runs 120 km/h. At that time there was no speedcontrol and no speedlimits. A real good time.
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    I buyed the bike in 1977, the same year are the pics.
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  8. yabo

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    sochiant! I've found you here! :rofl
  9. soshiant

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    Picked up a 1976 xl250 back in June for $100 no title bill of sale only. It had been sitting for 15 years or more, got everything cleaned up (carb, points, plug, brake, chain and clutch adjustments, cleaned up the wiring, etc) and got it running again. she smokes, compression is a bit low (70), but, it runs and I used it all summer riding around with my boy on his xr100 which we also got a good deal on (traded a guitar for it and put new rings in it and a new tire on it).

    All in all I can't complain, two dirt bikes with less than $200 out of pocket. They provided a ton of fun this summer, but now I am in a quandary.....do I tear it down, put in new rings, and ride it or do I throw it up for sale and let someone else restore it to original glory? If I keep it, I will strip it down to a pure dirt bike, run ignition wiring only, and just ride it til it dies. The only real issue I have had with it is the smoking and the fuel petcock leaks (new one should be here next week). though the engine is pretty noisy (most likely the rings) it seems solid and all but the turn signals are there.

    I will never be able to get a title for it in Nevada, so no sense in restoring the lights, etc.

    What are your thoughts? What would you do? would anyone be interested in this bike if I threw it up for sale for say $150 bucks (give or take this is what I have in this one)

    d
  11. soshiant

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  15. orangebear

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    the honda xl 125 brings back memerys of my honda xl125rc i frashed every time i use to the bike before i passed my test. it was a tiny bike and had a cg125 motor fitted and was able to get the peg scrapping. and with a red line speed of 50mph the cg block blow up.
  16. Marconi212003

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    Went to the Queanbeyan swap meet (NSW Australia) on the weekend & picked up a 1981 XL185S well most of it.
    It has a CT125 donk. no instuments, throttle (or cable), coil, levers or instruments. & the seat is from an XL100 and is different.


    before:-
    https://picasaweb.google.com/104728057494647415112/December52012#5818200722538641362

    bout 2 Hrs later:-

    https://picasaweb.google.com/104728057494647415112/December52012#5818200722422620978

    Small crack in the frame where the stand fixes to the frame should have that tiged up by the weekend.

    Are NOS or reppro plasics around for these old rockets? I've been googling but not found the actual plasics??

    Cheers Paul.
  17. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    I don't know about specific plastics but there is these guys:

    http://www.dcvmx.com/

    and:

    http://www.vmxracing.com/vmx-main.htm

    and Preston Petty repros at:

    http://www.strictlyhodaka.com/
  18. Marconi212003

    Marconi212003 n00b

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    Thanks for those links.

    Had a quick sweep but no luck for my bike :-(
    Went to the wreckers this arvo & a couple hundred bucks should get me most of the must haves to get the old rocket going.
  19. redprimo

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    fenders show up all the time on ebay, good ones less often. Side covers rarely show up on ebay and when they do they go for crazy money regardless of condition.
  20. pommie john

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    Hey team, I need a tacho for my XL250 ( '73) and I've been thinking about one from ebay that's cheap and small but they come in two ratios 7:1 and 4:1 and they say that "Most CB Hondas below 550cc use a 7:1"

    Obviously this isn't a CB but it's under 550cc.
    Does anyone know what ratio I should use?

    I've tried a trail Tech electronic tacho but it's like a random number generator. I have since heard from a few people that for some reason ( maybe to do with the magneto) that these bikes generate a lot of noise that confuses electronic tachos.