The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

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

  1. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna doldrums

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    That looks like an SL, check the date on the Steering head yolk.
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    the date is a 7/75 it says xl100 on the headstock label.

    sl's had flat fenders with no "bob tail" in the rear.

    the tank on it is off a CB125 from about 76, its pretty beat up. but i have found a couple tanks i can make work (not going original here)
  3. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna doldrums

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    Yeah, I had a brain fart. Had it in my mind the XL 100 came along in 77. :doh
  4. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    that CB125 tank actually looks pretty good on there.:thumb
  5. john479

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  6. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna doldrums

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    Sounds a bit louder than my 82, hard to tell on the video.
    Is the little cover plate in place underneath the very rear of the exhaust?

    Mine is louder than I would like for it be.
  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    yeah, but its not staying, its full of rust and the whole top is smashed in, add to that it doesnt even fit really. but for 200 bucks, i wasnt complaining for something mostly complete, and street legal-able.

    actually, me and a friend each got a bike from the same dude. mines a 76, his is a 77, both are xl100's and were both makin mini trackers out of em. (gotta have someone to race with)
  8. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna doldrums

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    Nice project!
  9. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    And so the quest for rear end travel begins!
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    A few basic measurements
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    got me here
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    Hmmm, not much to work with!
    Gonna need a longer swingarm for a start!
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    No turning back!!
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    I m,easured afew other bikes and settled on a axle to axle length of 500 mm
    Found a bit of 75mm x10 mm flat bar, lopped of a couple of bits, some rough and ready jigs
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    k in the bike for some checking, all square, chain alignment spot on!
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    but all I'm ever going to get with that little shock stroke is 6and a half inches of wheel travel,so the hunt is on for longer shocks!
  10. Rot Box

    Rot Box Been here awhile

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    I pulled the oil screen out of my new to me 81 XL500S.. Its probably the first time its ever been done and it was spotless :clap

    While the cover was off I wiggled the timing chain and it had plenty of slop. I loosened the two 10m (1 nut 1 bolt) on the upper part of the cylinder and it seems to have taken the slack out of the chain. Is this the proper way to tension it? Is it good to go now?

    So far I'm very happy with my $150 purchase!
  11. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    I know the early stock XL350 swing arm is longer (not sure how much) &
    will bolt right in.

    What's the eye to eye shock length you need?
    I'd start looking at duel shock elsinores. Think they're 17.5"
    (stock is 13"-14" eye to eye, right?)
  12. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    IIRC, the 350 is exactly one inch longer. I could be wrong though...:norton
  13. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    And just for fun a blast from the past. Sure I've posted these here already, but just found them in the vault. Love this pic. Wish I still had 'em all.

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  14. Boltnut

    Boltnut Adventurer

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    Can anyone post of pic of the correct kickstart return spring installation for an XL 100 ? I have the new spring rady to put in but my bike had none in there before to use as a reference. I can't even be positive I have the right spring.
  15. cvd6262

    cvd6262 n00by-est

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    Nice. My BILs and FIL and I are planning a one-night back country ride on our old XLs: 1978 XL250, 1981 XL185s, 1982 XL250, and 1983 XL350. I'll post pics when it happens.
  16. john479

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    Yeah, can't really tell from the video. Not sure what you mean. There is no plate underneath the exhaust. Inside the cladding/outer packing (whatever it's called) looks very good.
    I went for a ride today and it's very loud. Apparently i could be heard easily about half a mile away :eek1

    Anyone have any ideas on how to quieten the beast down?
  17. Al Tuna

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    Part 12. Source

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  18. john479

    john479 Been here awhile

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    I see. I don't seem to have the cover on mine. Just had a quick look on the internets and saw that without the cover, it can sound poppy and farty. Exactly how mine sounds. Seems to be popping/backfiring a lot on decel

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  19. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna doldrums

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    Yours seems to be modified. :baldy

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  20. john479

    john479 Been here awhile

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    Hmmm... Interesting. I may have to invest in another muffler. Don't get me wrong, I love a noisy bike but this just takes it to a whole new level. It really is a bit too loud for me.

    May get this if I can't find a stock one
    http://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk/XL500RC-1982/part_31684/#

    Doesn't have the cover but I've had a musket muffler on another old Honda and found them to be good.

    Thanks for the help BTW, really appreciate it