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Forum: Old's Cool 08-28-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 715
Posted By john479
Thanks for the reply redprimo! I've got the...

Thanks for the reply redprimo!

I've got the plates I got changed for an EBC set which are the correct thickness now so clearly the set I had were wrong.
Forum: Old's Cool 08-25-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 715
Posted By john479
Question Honda XL500 clutchplate thicknesses

Hi all,

I could do with some advice on some new clutch plates I've got for my 82 XL500R.

I fitted them and found that the lever didn't have enough movement to properly disengage the clutch....
Forum: 2 smokers 04-22-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,544
Posted By john479
Hi, Sorry for the delay in replying. Only...

Hi,

Sorry for the delay in replying. Only just seen your PM.

My shocks are 400mm long with progressive springs but couldn't tell you the make of them I'm afraid. In my opinion they look better...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-19-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
XL500 Wrist pin

Hi all,

I've just had a new rod put in my 82 XL500R after the small end had worn. There is a minor amount of wear on the wrist pin (I can only just feel it with my fingers) but really I'd like to...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-18-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
I'm writing a blog!

Hey everyone,

Just in case anyone would like a read, I'm writing a blog of how I got into biking and my adventures to far off lands aboard my 82 XL500R. A +1 on Google+ would be greatly...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-03-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jvgF2wfSPO8/UuW...

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jvgF2wfSPO8/UuWwvcJDGSI/AAAAAAAAHsM/Aa_YcoerUYQ/w1020-h680-no/IMG_9001.JPG
Venice 2013...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-06-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
I see what you're saying. I will go over the...

I see what you're saying. I will go over the breather whilst its apart and see what I find. Thanks

I have another question: does anyone know the total power output of the stock 12v stator on the...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-04-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Very interesting idea, definitely one to...

Very interesting idea, definitely one to consider. Thanks

Horizontal - I too am in the process of sorting the same problem on my bike. I'm going to use RTV ultra copper this time. Tried yamabond...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-01-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Happy New Year all!!! Did some further...

Happy New Year all!!!

Did some further examination today and found I can rock the piston on the rod a little. With the piston off I could see clearer that I can rock the gudgeon pin up and down in...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2013, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
It's an automatic chain tensioner which is...

It's an automatic chain tensioner which is adjusted by loosening off 2 bolts at the back of the cylinder. Didn't make a difference when I tried but I know what you mean, potentially could be that. In...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-23-2013, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
82 Honda XL500R cold tapping

Hello everyone. Wondering if someone could shed some light on this:

My 82 Honda XL500R developed a loudish tapping a while back on a long trip I did. 99% sure it’s coming from the top end. Only...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-02-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 454
Posted By john479
Air cut off valve possibly?

I have a slight issue with my XL500R. It's done it ever since I had it so it's not a problem that's developed. Sometimes when I let off the throttle, it won't completely go back to idle. Can hang...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-02-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
I also have an 82 XL500. New original side stand...

I also have an 82 XL500. New original side stand with the rubber tab and the bike sits fine. Not too upright but not leaning over so much it's at risk of falling over.

On another note, I've just...
Forum: EMEA 06-28-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By john479
On my way down to the Stella...

Hi all,

I'm going to be riding this year's Stella Alpina Rally and then meet up with a few friends and do some exploration of Italy.

I plan to camp on the way down and take in as many mountain...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-04-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Hmmm... Interesting. I may have to invest in...

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...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-04-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
I see. I don't seem to have the cover on mine....

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...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-04-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Yeah, can't really tell from the video. Not sure...

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...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-02-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Xl500r

Got my 82 XL500R running today's after my restoration. Never heard it run before but it seems to be very loud.
Are they loud bikes anyway? Anything I can do to quieten it down? I've got the stock...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-19-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By john479
Posted in Thumpers section also

Posted in Thumpers section also
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By john479
More info

I'm getting good flow throught the petcock and needle. Can't see I have an intake leak as I've changed the o-rings on the rubber boot and spacer and they''re done up tight. Exhaust is fine as I...
Forum: Thumpers 02-19-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By john479
Honda XL500R starting problem

Hi all,
I'm in need of a little advice on my XL500R restoration.

I can't get it to start or when it does, it only runs for 5 seconds. I've found that if I hold my manual decompression lever on...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-19-2013, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By john479
Yes, I'm getting good flow throught the petcock...

Yes, I'm getting good flow throught the petcock and needle. Can't see I have an intake leak as I've changed the o-rings on the rubber boot and spacer and they''re done up tight. Exhaust is fine as I...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-19-2013, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By john479
Honda XL500R starting problem

Hi all,
I'm in need of a little advice on my XL500R restoration.

I can't get it to start or when it does, it only runs for 5 seconds. I've found that if I hold my manual decompression lever on...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-28-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,544
Posted By john479
My 81 TS250 used for enduros. Great fun with...

My 81 TS250 used for enduros. Great fun with plenty of power.

<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RqPUk8ii68wN28roH2yVntMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,304
Posted By john479
Hell yeah. I remember your thread. I like your...

Hell yeah. I remember your thread. I like your build, definitely something along those lines.
Forum: Old's Cool 11-09-2012, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,304
Posted By john479
OK OK, so it's not a cafe but I like it :lol3

OK OK, so it's not a cafe but I like it :lol3
Forum: Old's Cool 11-09-2012, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,304
Posted By john479
1978 Honda XL250 Cafe Racer Build

OK, so here goes...

I've rebuilt a few dirt bikes recently and aquired a 78 XL250 a few months ago. The intention was to restore it but since I got into motorbikes a few years ago I've always...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-24-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By john479
Thanks for the info Ernest. Hmmm... I'll try...

Thanks for the info Ernest.

Hmmm... I'll try again, once I push the clips on, they do open up a bit which makes them very easy to come off. I'll try again and make sure I squeeze them as much as...
Forum: Old's Cool 10-23-2012, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By john479
Tension and desparation on an SL125

Hi all,

I'm beginning to despair with my SL125. I'm continuously having problems with the cam chain tensioner set up. The little e-clip that goes on the tensioner bolt keeps coming off. I replaced...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-19-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By john479
Thanks for the replies. I've just found an...

Thanks for the replies.

I've just found an OEM Honda one that's a bit more money of course but I suppose will be better.

I take it the advancer should snap back quickly to fully closed when...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-18-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By john479
Aftermarket Spark Advancers

Hi all,

I'm in search of a new spark advancer for my 73 Honda SL125 as the one I have seems a bit sloppy. It works but the springs are loose when the advancer should be closed.

I've found an...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-15-2012, 05:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,379
Posted By john479
Yeah I agree that it sounds like a timing problem...

Yeah I agree that it sounds like a timing problem but why would it have started up that first time and ran well with no misfires and even restarted a number of times whilst the engine was still hot? ...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-14-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,379
Posted By john479
Checked valve timing and all is fine. Gave...

Checked valve timing and all is fine.

Gave the carb another really good clean and now I have it firing more often and had it running but only for like 3-5 seconds, taking choke off doesn't help so...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-31-2012, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,379
Posted By john479
I'm sure they are right. I will double check. One...

I'm sure they are right. I will double check. One thing I forgot to say is that I did stop and start it a couple of times when I got it running that first time and it seemed fine, started with no...
Forum: Old's Cool 08-31-2012, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,379
Posted By john479
Honda XL250S won't start

I am once again in need of some help.

I bought a 78 XL250S a couple of months ago and the seller said that they were finding it difficult to start but they had done nothing to try and fix the...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-26-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
Thanks very much redprimo, that explains a lot. I...

Thanks very much redprimo, that explains a lot. I shall get replacements ordered.

Also, if you or anyone else can advise; the seats and valves are about 1.7-1.8mm wide (for the exhaust side) and...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-25-2012, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2,340
Views: 626,648
Posted By john479
78 XL250 valve springs

Hi all,
I'm rebuilding my 78 XL250. Nothing really wrong with the engine that I've found apart from being low on compression. Just rebuilt the bottom end and now doing the top.

In my manual it...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-16-2012, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,111
Posted By john479
Thanks all. Reason I said Threebond 1104 was...

Thanks all.

Reason I said Threebond 1104 was because the newer stuff is much more expensive in the UK. The older 1104 is fairly reasonable.

I think I will give the Threebond a go.

Thanks...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-16-2012, 05:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,052
Posted By john479
Thanks Andy. I'm having some issues but I...

Thanks Andy.

I'm having some issues but I won't create a new thread as I know it is because of timing.

The symptoms of the bike are:
There is a slight tapping under hard acceleration at very...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-16-2012, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,111
Posted By john479
Liquid Gasket sealants

Hi,

I'm rebuilding my 78 XL250 and I've been looking at the various liquid sealants for the crankcase as there is no solid gasket for this engine.
Could someone advise me on what is best to use?...
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