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Old 09-15-2006, 12:13 PM   #1
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Anyone rocking a vintage thumper?

I for one am, and I love it.

I have a 1976 Honda XL250, that I love to death. I ride it to work every day, and I ride it everywhere I need to go when its not raining. Really saving the wear and tear on my car, but thats not why I do it.

This bike is just about unkillable, and is super reliable. It aint powerful, and it aint fast, but its fun, and with some coaxing, can go just about anywhere. I have been hitting up the few trails I can find around here, and I am dying for more.

Anyways, I have a thing for vintage stuff, especially vintage thumpers. Love em love em love em.

Here she is in all her ratty glory. I bought it in the beginning of July for $150. It needed a coil/condenser, a kickstarter, which I knew it would need, and a COMPLETE REWIRING, which I didnt know it would need when I bought it



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Old 09-15-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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Had a XL350 for a while, great bikes. Check out
http://www.XLintperformance.com
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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I had a 72 XL250 from 72 until about 88. I moved on to street bikes back then but now getting back into dirt bikes, commute on a KLR650. Have a 97 JTX320 and a 74 TY250 that I hope to get running soon.
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:32 PM   #4
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Heres my currentl daily driver... I LOVE the xls. my goal in life is to have at least all of the 250s and 350s from '72 to '78. 5 down, 5 to go! Course, that doesnt mean i turn any of the others away, th XL500 is a blast and i think the 175 will be fun once i get it back together. Sprinkle in a TL, a CT, and an MT for added fun.

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Old 09-15-2006, 01:32 PM   #5
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Old 09-15-2006, 01:43 PM   #6
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Hasn't run for 23 years. Where do I start?




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Old 09-15-2006, 02:07 PM   #7
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fresh gas, clean the carb, yup. thats about it! probably wont need much if its all there... although the DT400 IMHO wasnt a great bike... course, a lot of people say that about my XL's!
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Old 09-15-2006, 02:20 PM   #8
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:13 PM   #9
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Old 09-15-2006, 07:33 PM   #10
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I don't know if its old enough to be considered vintage, but I love my 1980 XT500!
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Old 09-15-2006, 08:42 PM   #11
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yup old bikes all the way man... current daily rider is a XL500R and have a '76 TT500 flattracker a '80 tt500 hunk of junk and a supa clean 1969 Kawasaki F3 (not a thumper but fun and my girlfriend thinks it is "cute")
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:28 AM   #12
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:12 AM   #13
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I'm in the process of buying an XL600R today. I've ridden many old-school bikes in my life, and the ultimate was an old XL500R when I was in HS. Now I'm 30 pounds heavier, so I figure the extra 100cc's should just about make up for the difference. And I love that classic Honda red. If all goes well, pics will be posted by the end of the weekend.
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Old 09-16-2006, 05:13 PM   #14
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Heres my currentl daily driver... I LOVE the xls. my goal in life is to have at least all of the 250s and 350s from '72 to '78. 5 down, 5 to go! Course, that doesnt mean i turn any of the others away, th XL500 is a blast and i think the 175 will be fun once i get it back together. Sprinkle in a TL, a CT, and an MT for added fun.

Man! A blast from the past and thanks for sharing. I had a similar bike and it was my daily rider in high school.
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:00 PM   #15
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i want a nice BSA B50 with some crazy CCM parts....
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