The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

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

  1. cvd6262

    cvd6262 n00by-est

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    I posted a quick write-up on the day tripping forum:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901428

    With over 150 years of age total, the only mechanical we had was when the '72 ran out of gas. My brother-in-law didn't top off when everyone else did. We bled a little gas from the other bikes and he was back on the road.
  2. wee-twin

    wee-twin Been here awhile

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    I have a 1977 XL100. Idle is all over, high then low then high. Usually high though. I checked for vacume leaks by spraying any unions between the carb and motor. No change while I did this. I have checked throttle as well as if the slide is in correct as well as removing throttle end of cable from throttle to be sure it is not hanging up. I am lost......any leads? Thanks.

    Bill
  3. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    Check the o ring on the mixture screw is OK, and on some bikes a sticky advance retard unit can cause erratic idle.
  4. scctiger

    scctiger n00b

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    What would be a fair price to pay for an 82 XL250R with 10,500 miles that looks in good shape in pictures and is stock? Clear title. Could a bike like this still be used as a commuter (15 miles each way) a few times a week? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. *Gmoney*

    *Gmoney* don't look here

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    Rumor has it,
    you meet the
    Nicest People on a Honda.
    If you can afford to be nice,
    and not loose your temper,
    I would,
    go for it.
  6. *Gmoney*

    *Gmoney* don't look here

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    As far as price
    I bought a 81 xl250.
    I paid to much for it,
    but its hard not to help the,
    Nicest People that sell used Honda's.
  7. *Gmoney*

    *Gmoney* don't look here

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    But the darn thing always starts right up,
    I guess I well start replacing what makes me feel safe,
    put plates on it and ride it.
  8. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    I know it's not what Honda intended for a '72 XL250, but it works for me:)

    Another day out with my little road race/tracker project.

    [​IMG]
  9. JonW

    JonW Been here awhile

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    Ive almost finished my tidy up on my XL500R. I started this in a thread here in 2008 or 9, but it got lost and to be honest no one was that fussed about the 500Rs back then. Times aren't that much different now, but they have a bit more appeal than they did back then I reckon.

    Anyway, I did a thread on the RZRD500 forum as a local guy shamed me into finally working on the boxes of parts in my garage as he finally sold me the bodywork I needed:

    http://www.rzrd500.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=9937

    [​IMG]
  10. lookfar

    lookfar from the land of OZ

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    Nice '84 (I think)...what are you going to do with it?

    This is mine..
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  11. JonW

    JonW Been here awhile

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    Its an 82 actually, the XL500R was a one year bike in Aus.

    Not sure what to do with it yet, I'm still waiting for a few parts to complete it and then I may put it on historic rego as that's cheap, and I can still use it to run around on locally on occasion. Id sell it, but I have way more in it than it's worth I reckon, so may as well ride it. I do love these bikes too which helps, but I am growing a collection... hopefully the MT250 will sell soon and I can keep the XLR in its spot in the garage :)
  12. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    Those Aussie 500s are fine looking machines and unique to there. Very nice piece! :clap
  13. JonW

    JonW Been here awhile

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    Thanks skorpio. We seem to be (one of?) the only markets with the Silver colours, and I think that is because Australia loved the XL, MT and CR250 models and bought lots of them back in the 70s, so Honda kept giving us Silver and Red colours to honour those older bikes, and it was seen as a "corporate colour".

    Interestingly I have most of a set of white bodywork for the bike that is close to NOS, but because its so different on an 80's bike, the silver is where its at. I will say that the bikes does look a little better in photos than in real life, but it looks and rides a billion times better than it did when I first got it and whilst it's a tall and heavy machine, its sprightly enough in the first few gears off road. Sadly it took so long to build as the parts that were missing or broken too so long to source, bear that in mind if you ever decide to do one of these, short run bikes (especially from Honda) are low on parts supply.
  14. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    very fast

    but I have a soft spot for them.

    cheers
  15. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    There was an article written back when these bikes were relatively new, I forget where, about XL350s bored and ported and with a few tweaks they said these bikes would easily beat a CB750 to 60 mph.
  16. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    Yea the silver paint, the round headlight, those bikes share little resemblance to the red US bikes. As far as Oz buying lots of them, well they certainly loved those early XL bikes and still do, but those first series 4 valve XLs are thick in the US, there is lots of them here. Strangely thick in Oregon, Ohio, California and Washington for some reason. I'd say probably 80% of all them I've heard of, seen parts from, saw pictures of are from one of those 4 states. But then again the early XLs especially the early 250s were really from here. It was a bike mostly designed here in Los Angeles to break into the US market, the CB750 was another. But in the US I think it was all about having a resemblance to those RC works bikes, so by the end of the '70s anything with dirt tires on it was red.
  17. Snr Moment

    Snr Moment Unafarkler

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    I just picked up a basket case CT-125 that's missing a lot of parts & pieces.
    Looking for an XL 125 wiring harness that I can make work. Will also be looking for other good stuff like headlight assembly, tail light, luggage rack.
  18. Kleebs

    Kleebs n00b

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    Anyone have a PDF of an owners manual for a 1975 XL175? 73 or 74 would probably work as well. Thanks.
  19. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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    IIRC that was in Cycle World. It was what inspired me to buy one way back, but I was young and couldn't afford all the go faster bits. I finally did it last year.
  20. pommie john

    pommie john Long timer

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