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Old 06-23-2009, 11:51 PM   #121
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Looking for a project?

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/mcy/1236692931.html

1979 Honda XR500 for $150. Needs some work.

Not mine, don't know anything about it. My wife said, "NO"
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:49 PM   #122
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Wink hhmmmm this might work.....

Found a '82 xl500 on CL for $500.00 running with no papers. The '82 has a proper 21" front that should swap in place of the 23", (wtf) that came stock in '79. This should allow for the use of "normal" of road rubber. Figure i can't loose cuz i'll just flea bay what ever I dont use. This project might work after all.... more to follow.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:52 PM   #123
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BTW i'm pretty much a noob at this. Am I posting in the correct forum? Figured "xl500 waste of time and money" was perfect but i'm not sure...

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Old 06-25-2009, 03:09 PM   #124
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The '82 has a proper 21" front that should swap in place of the 23", (wtf) that came stock in '79....
I'm no expert, but to swap a 21 for the 23 without making other changes could make the steering a little weird. Maybe not, has anyone here done this?

For myself, I like the 23, and at least one source still has a dual-sport tire for it. http://www.usm11otorcycletires.com/index.php?cPath=1_17_245
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:03 PM   #125
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I'm no expert, but to swap a 21 for the 23 without making other changes could make the steering a little weird. Maybe not, has anyone here done this?

For myself, I like the 23, and at least one source still has a dual-sport tire for it. http://www.usm11otorcycletires.com/i...cPath=1_17_245
I don't know how a 21 would be but I loved the handling of my XL500 with its 23" front wheel, and if I still owned it I would leave the front wheel alone. Tires are also available from Dennis Kirk.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:38 PM   #126
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I my '80 XL500s -- even if I do change out things on her; I'm saving all the OEM, so's if a collector in 10 years offers me $5k for her, I can say...




















"Fuck you! This is MY bike!"
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:09 AM   #127
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Just fixed a 1982 XL500R!

I just put a 1982 XL500R back on the road. A friend had it in the back of his garage and/or shed for a couple of years. Bought it for $400. Found a used/cracked rear fender and a rear brake/tail light on ebay. Bought a couple of mirrors and replacement front fender while at Mid Ohio a couple of weekends back. Titled and tagged it yesterday and now my 19 year old son is on two wheels!! Mother is a little worried but she'll get by just fine!!

Based on many of the comments made in this thread, this should be a fun bike for him (and me I hope)!

If I can get him off it I'll try to get some good quality pictures for those that need an XL "fix".
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:07 PM   #128
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Another noob that loves this thread!

Hello all,
Just another noob who wants to say I love this thread on the Honda xl/xr's.
This is a great site and I really enjoy the pics and stories. Really love MortimerSickle's 1979 XRized Honda! This 11 year old pc is living on borrowed time and it doesn't allow me to do much of anything so until it quits on me(and buy new) I won't be able to post any pics of my 1980 XL250S that I really enjoy riding. Thats all for now and Thanks to all who have posted stories and pics of their bikes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:29 AM   #129
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New Toy

I picked up this little gem a week ago. One-owner, pretty much OEM, rusty Supertrapp, 11,000 miles, $780.

Coming home:






I'm not sure which direction to go. It's all pretty original, tank's not even dented, runs great..... restore, ride or update. Hmmmmm....
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:46 AM   #130
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Wow, that looks like it is in great shape! Good luck with whatever direction you take it in!

Sidenote: Thats a sweet little trailer rig, is that custom? Any plans or schematics?
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:33 AM   #131
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Gorgeous bike.

Considering the condition, I vote for a restoration.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:57 AM   #132
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Gorgeous bike.

Considering the condition, I vote for a restoration.
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Old 08-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #133
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Sidenote: Thats a sweet little trailer rig, is that custom? Any plans or schematics?
That's a Trailer in a Bag:

http://trailerinabag.com/index.html

I've had it since January, towed my TDM the long way home (WI) from CA, and made several other trips. Packs up in the back of the SUV or a trunk, and tows very nicely.



(photo is Mississippi bridge @ Natchez, MS) Weighs 140 pounds, plus the optional Condor chock I have mounted. It takes me about 12 minutes of grunting to assemble or disassemble. I keep it in its duffel bag in the hall closet when not in use. I like it. About $1000 if you shop around.



JOE in WI

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Old 08-28-2009, 03:07 PM   #134
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Wow, a little on the pricey side when you consider that it is a single bike open trailer, but you cant beat the knock-down aspect of it. I recently moved from PA -> CA and there was no room for my trailer at my new residence. This is certainly an option now. Thanks for sharing !

/Thread derailment, sorry guys!
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:21 PM   #135
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perhaps this should be moves to another forum (mods)? but, I am in need of a head (top end) off of an xl500s, 79-81 model. I still haven't resolved the issues I developed after my bike partially seized due to the crankcase gasket not sealing correctly. she still runs like a top, but has developed some kind of wicked knock/tick from the head region that I can't get to go away.

If anyone has a good condition top end in the year range mentioned, and would like to help out a fellow member of the xl cult in maintaining these rare chick diggers of machines, I would greatly appreciate it. hit me up with a pm on what you got and what you are asking.
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