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Old 04-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #631
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:26 PM   #632
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thanks guys, I like the looks of that cheng shin tire
I couldn't find the dual sport kenda, I have the trackmasters for my xl 200 but it has normal size tires lol
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:32 PM   #633
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What are these old XL's worth

A good freind want's my 86 XR200 (in great original shape by the way) for his 14 year old. I've tried to sell it for $750 a few times, and everyone says what a great looking bike it is but nobody has bought it

He want's to trade me a 75 XL250 and a mid 80's YZ80 plus a little cash.

The YZ interests me none, unless I could trade down to a 50cc something for my boy to learn to ride. It needs a new top end from the sounds of it.
...but
The 75 XL250 is a cool old bike. The odo shows 6500 miles. The tank is dented but not rusted. It's all there. He said it gave him troubles running last year, and he dosen't have the time to work on it. It would be a fairly easy resto I think. I'd likely just rebuild the carb, and throw some knobs on it for the summer. If it proved worthy, I'd tear into it over the winter.

Would the value of a cleaned up original XL250 exceed the value of a cleaned up 86 XR200?

Vague question, I know. I forgot the camera when I rode down to look at it

I'm torn
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:55 PM   #634
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I'm no expert on the value, but I think it could. Mostly because they are street legal and they are getting more scarce. The 86 thorugh 88 xr200r's also seem to hold their value pretty well. They are really nimble woods bikes. Much more desirable to many than the later model 200r. They seem to be popular with the ahrma cross country bunch.

I watched your thread with a good deal of interest when you had it in the classifieds. Can't believe it didn't sell. I would like to have it but the shipping to TN puts it a little over the top for me. You aren't heading east anytime soon are you? Best of luck with it either way.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:38 PM   #635
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KennyH- Thanks for the response. At this point I'm leaning towards trading, regardless of the end financial gain or loss. The XR200 will bring more joy to a young man this summer, than it will to me sitting in the garage. I seem to get more joy out of bringing machines back to life, and the old XL250 just has a cool old scrambler style to it. I'll stop and gets some pics of the old girl tommorrow, and actually take a close look at the YZ which is probably faster than both of the Honda's

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:18 PM   #636
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KennyH- Thanks for the response. At this point I'm leaning towards trading, regardless of the end financial gain or loss. The XR200 will bring more joy to a young man this summer, than it will to me sitting in the garage. I seem to get more joy out of bringing machines back to life, and the old XL250 just has a cool old scrambler style to it. I'll stop and gets some pics of the old girl tommorrow, and actually take a close look at the YZ which is probably faster than both of the Honda's
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I'd at least try & hear the XL run before the trade.(be wary of a worn out cam chain tensioner)
Or at the very least... Do a compression test if you don't want to put
more money in the motor than the whole bike's worth like me.

My '73 XL is not an investment though...
it's a love affair,so I don't mind.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:48 PM   #637
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Is 6500 miles alot for this motor? I've never had a Honda thumper with an odo. They just seem to go forever.

Would the 75 XL250 be a 6 or 12 volt system?

Are there any gas tanks available for these? Any oversized plastic tanks from a different bike known to work?

Wheels are 21/18 so tires should be no problem.

If the motor is toast, I could always part the bike rather than keep going deeper down the rabbit hole. Nah. That makes too much sense
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:24 AM   #638
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Is 6500 miles alot for this motor? I've never had a Honda thumper with an odo. They just seem to go forever.
Would the 75 XL250 be a 6 or 12 volt system?
Are there any gas tanks available for these? Any oversized plastic tanks from a different bike known to work?
Wheels are 21/18 so tires should be no problem.
If the motor is toast, I could always part the bike rather than keep going deeper down the rabbit hole. Nah. That makes too much sense
Mines making some noise but still running
after being highly neglected by her previous original owner & me.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=619
I plan on rebuilding the motor next winter or when she blows up.
Whichever comes 1st.
Considering it's a Honda ... probably next winter.

They're 6 volt... My '73s headlight ain't very bright at all.
Clarke makes a couple of plastic tanks that will hold more fuel
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Join the Old Rice XL forum for lots of info...
http://www.oldrice.com/xl_page.htm
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:11 AM   #639
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They are great looking bikes. I bought a 76 new, but they had a completely different look and a different motor.

There is a local craiglist ad here for a 72 priced at 1000$. It doesn't appear to be in as good shape as jittermonkey's bike. Of course, asking and getting are two different things.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:53 AM   #640
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I dont think 6500 miles is high. Most I've seen have something in that neighborhood and still run strong. I've got a 175 with over 9000 and the thing runs and looks like its new. I have a '76 XL250 with almost 20,000 miles on it and it runs like a top. No idea if the motor on the 250 has ever been rebuilt- I think it was just very well maintained and ridden a LOT early in its life, then parked in a barn where it sat for years.

As to the cam chain noise- also been my experience that some are a little noisy compared to others. You just want to be darn sure that any noise isnt coming from the camshaft. There were no bearings- it runs right in the aluminum in the head, so if it was ever run low on oil theres a good chance that the head / cam journals could be worn. There are ways to fix that- megacycle needle bearing cam and line boring the head, but it can get $pendy.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:04 AM   #641
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned, does the xl250 have a title?
If so it will be worth considerably more and much easier to sell if you ever decide to.

It makes a big difference if the original exhaust is in place and in relatively good shape.
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Ya'll are killin' me. I would really like to run across a running, plated, XL 125 - 350. I think I've been avoiding this thread since it was started (Thanks a LOT Dorkpunch!) but a work stoppage (fortunately not accompanied by a pay stoppage) has me chillin' at my desk, reading threads about people doing stuff while I'm not!

There's an XL350 here in Las Vegas http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/searc...minAsk=&maxAsk=
but $1500 seems a bit high. What do you think?
ooooooh! Here's one more in my price range!
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcy/2335969602.html
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:17 AM   #643
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Ya'll are killin' me. I would really like to run across a running, plated, XL 250 or 350. I think I've been avoiding this thread since it was started (Thanks a LOT Dorkpunch!) but a work stoppage (fortunately not accompanied by a pay stoppage) has me chillin' at my desk, reading threads about people doing stuff while I'm not!

There's an XL350 here in Las Vegas http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/searc...minAsk=&maxAsk=
but $1500 seems a bit high. What do you think?
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:22 AM   #644
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned, does the xl250 have a title?
If so it will be worth considerably more and much easier to sell if you ever decide to.

It makes a big difference if the original exhaust is in place and in relatively good shape.
No title would be a deal breaker for meHis wife is looking for it. It hasen't been registered for road use in 10 years. Luckily, SD is a very friendly DMV state. Even my little XR200 is titled/insured for road use

The stock exhaust is all there, as is the cool little heat shield. The pipe has some surface rust, but should clean up nicely.

The 1+' of snow forecasted here today could delay my transaction. I will still try and go down for some photos.

Thanks to all for taking the time to respond....and with good info
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Ya'll are killin' me. I would really like to run across a running, plated, XL 125 - 350. I think I've been avoiding this thread since it was started (Thanks a LOT Dorkpunch!) but a work stoppage (fortunately not accompanied by a pay stoppage) has me chillin' at my desk, reading threads about people doing stuff while I'm not!

There's an XL350 here in Las Vegas http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/searc...minAsk=&maxAsk=
but $1500 seems a bit high. What do you think?
ooooooh! Here's one more in my price range!
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mcy/2335969602.html

I'm 90% certain the first one belongs to a member on the oldrice forum... cant remember his name but I KNOW i've seen those pictures before. I think its had a lot of work done to it. Not a bad price if its in good shape.

I've got an XL or 4 I'd sell you... I've got the twin to the second one- a '76 XL250. But mine looks good. And runs good. Askin $1,200, but for an ADVer I'd go $1,000.
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