The Honda XL (and other vintage singles) thread!

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

  1. hoseinferi

    hoseinferi n00b

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    I change engine with lifan 150cc china engine with electric starter.

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  2. lookfar

    lookfar from the land of OZ

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    I had an '85 XL250 back in the day, it had a front disk brake....If that is an '86, why does it still have a drum on the front?.....USA market perhaps??

    This is an Aussie spec XL250RF of 1985. I wish it were mine:cry:cry

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  3. Beak

    Beak Oglyarchy Hunter

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    Yep, for some reason the Canadian ones (and I believe the U.S. ones) had front drums while the XL350's and the XR's got discs. The guy I bought this current one from had purchased an XL350 parts bike with the intention of swapping out the front ends (glad he didn't after seeing his lack of mechanical abilities) but I couldn't/wouldn't make a deal on the parts as he thinks they're made of gold. I'll be sure to skip his ads when perusing the other million on ebay. :1drink
  4. Kenyellowdesmo

    Kenyellowdesmo n00b

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    Hi Mates! I'm pretty new to Xl.
    I've recently purchase 81 xl250s....need restored.
    After 1st ride I feel the gear sprocket is too large since I plan to use it for daily ride;most on Highways !
    so I need to know what's the nice match front and rear sprocket for my purpose?
    Since the original 53rear sprocket too large, love to got high speed with not too high rev...
    Please give me an advice

    Best regards,
    Ken
  5. Hotwheelbill

    Hotwheelbill Adventurer

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    My gem now has 4800 miles on her. I have Xlint pipe and cone ....muffler (HA). And the Mikuni 36mm carb kit. I had to reduce the main jet size and all was well. Now it is eating plugs every tank! Way rich and I can not seem to get the mix right and it is just all out of wack now. Where do I start again with settings?
  6. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Not sure on the sprocket sizes, where to even find the info on what was originally installed. Usually that's where I've left my bikes, seems a good compromise. If you are light enough and your roads are flat, taller than stock gearing may work for you. I wouldn't go as high as a whole countershaft sprocket tooth up. Maybe go down 3-5 on the rear sprocket. There's a bunch of discussion about sprocket changes in the Minimalist Touring thread under thumpers, maybe that'd be helpful.

    As for the overly rich condition, I'd have to ask how it ran on the original carb? Maybe just jet that one up to match your new pipe. My observations have been that folks tend to put too much carb on their bikes, hot-rods, etc. Of course double check all your other tuning settings like valves and ignition before getting to far lost too.
  7. Hotwheelbill

    Hotwheelbill Adventurer

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    Yea, I did do too much carb. Runs great wide open but I just want to putt around abit on this bike. Original needed a rebuil and I could not find a kit. But I may start looking again.
  8. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Whenever it's at all possible, that's what I try to do, rebuild the original. Those darn engineers usually get things awful close to perfect. It should be possible to find a kit/ what do you need? I went all the way from California to NZ to find a kit for my old GN250, totally worth it.
  9. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    On the local CL, about 6k miles, all original, with title. Asking $1700 obo. Anyone have one of these? I'm not really sure why, but it really appeals to me.

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  10. Dualsport4ever

    Dualsport4ever Adventurer

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    Bought this bike 2 years ago for a winter project. Basically just needed a good cleaning (by means of full disassembly) and freshening up. Lots of fun to ride - love old bikes and hope to acquire a few more! Love this thread! 7600 miles on the odo.[​IMG]
  11. Beak

    Beak Oglyarchy Hunter

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    Nice! :thumb It looks brand new!
  12. Kenyellowdesmo

    Kenyellowdesmo n00b

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    Thanks!
    Just check the sprocket on my bike,its 14t-53t....I'll try to go down on rear and find what's best for flat road!
  13. DoubleBit

    DoubleBit Been here awhile

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    Haven't had a 350, had '76 250 though and it was a tough, reliable ride, back in the early 80s. I imaging a 350 would be the same with more grunt... Looks like the Rh side cover is missing... Hard to find but easy to install..
  14. Hotwheelbill

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    Has anyone used one of the SS Bolt kits off of ebay before?
    I would like to change out all of my screw head bolts on the case, with allen head bolts. Im not looking to tear it down, so I should be ok to just change out and retorque one at a time , right?
  15. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    That should be fine.
  16. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    Make sure you put anti-sieze on every stainless steel fastener, or you'll be looking back fondly on those philips heads you took off. Stainless galls and will fuse itself to light metals and especially other stainless. Stainless is great but you need to follow a few rules.
  17. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    +1 on the anti-seize. SS will gall more readily in aluminum than about any other combo.
  18. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Yup I also had a 73, I kinda like the 73 a little better mostly cause of looks but the 76 was a great bike - the center port head frame may be a little stronger than the center backbone on previous models. Looks like you got one in great shape (except that leaking fork seal :eek1). Keep posting as you move forward - inquiring minds like to know :evil
  19. Hotwheelbill

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    OK, Thanks for the heads up on that.
  20. Kenyellowdesmo

    Kenyellowdesmo n00b

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    Just bought it from my friend.....
    the engine is sound good except the Valves noice.
    Front fork need to be changed! rear shocks also.
    I'll try to rebuild it first,if it not work....i'll find the new pairs!

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