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Old 08-06-2013, 08:35 AM   #1426
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I was going to add that my 83 XL250 is 12V. And that's the littlest 12V battery I've ever seen.

I haven't even started going through mine yet - probably not until Fall when it cools off here and humidity drops below 101%.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #1427
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Hey guys,

Just wanted to introduce myself and my bike. My name is Scott and I have a 78 xl125. It runs but needs working turn signals and a proper 6v taillight. The PO replaced the stock turn signals and taillight with 12v lighting and it doesnt work correctly. The turn signals never worked but the taillight did until recently when the 12v bulb finally burned out. They also installed a supertrapp muffler but the header pipe seems to be cut too short and I can feel it burning my leg if I try to hug the tank to close lol.

I've been trying to find a downpipe like this one http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648109 but havent had any luck. Not even sure what bike that is off of.

Here is a pic of my bike.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #1428
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Hey guys,

Just wanted to introduce myself and my bike. My name is Scott and I have a 78 xl125. It runs but needs working turn signals and a proper 6v taillight. The PO replaced the stock turn signals and taillight with 12v lighting and it doesnt work correctly. The turn signals never worked but the taillight did until recently when the 12v bulb finally burned out. They also installed a supertrapp muffler but the header pipe seems to be cut too short and I can feel it burning my leg if I try to hug the tank to close lol.

I've been trying to find a downpipe like this one http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648109 but havent had any luck. Not even sure what bike that is off of.

Here is a pic of my bike.
Have a look through here, it might help.
http://www.smebike.com/exhaust-motor...honda-8?page=1

It might be from a SL125.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:15 PM   #1429
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One of the best investments I ever made: a good Schumaker charger/conditioner. Amazon has them. The wee-tiny Yuasa 6 volt 6N4C-1B is at 73% charged down.

I'll probably turn it off and let it soak in tonight once it reaches 75%.




Tomorrow may be the first time this 4242 mile 1977 XL-125 has come to life in 3 or 4 years. Truly looking forward to it.

I have a '69 Moto Guzzi V7 with Buffalo faring and bags going up on the lift next!

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Old 08-09-2013, 10:44 AM   #1430
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Yeah! Tucked the 6 volt battery into place. Turned on the key.

The rear tail light was shining bright.

I have spark!

Soon thump thump soon.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:51 PM   #1431
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The XL lives! Just a minor look too... carb, battery, oil, chain.

Maiden voyage in 3 years, to the local Citgo station for beer. I root around and find 6 Dale's Pale Tall Boys.

Clerk said $3.51. I looked at him and pulled out my wallet. The old Eclipse tail pack slipped in nicely.

I won't be drinking all those tonight.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #1432
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Great thread!

I picked up this XL125 a few weeks ago for $600. It's in great shape and was used as a cabin bike for 20 years. Read, low mileage, kept indoors! So far it's the only vintage bike that I've purchased that didn't need major repair. Valve adjustment, oil change and a new battery and it was street legal and back on the road! Not to thrilled with the amature pin stripping, but it was done in white tape, so it can removed pretty easily.





Missing a side cover. Anyone have one?
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #1433
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considering an '83 250

should i get it? it's a little pricey for it's cosmetic condition. only spoke to the owner. says it runs excelent have yet to hear it. to be honest i'm a little skeered cuz it's so old and was decomissioned from street dress so the owner pieced together lights that do not look factory.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:51 PM   #1434
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should i get it? it's a little pricey for it's cosmetic condition. only spoke to the owner. says it runs excelent have yet to hear it. to be honest i'm a little skeered cuz it's so old and was decomissioned from street dress so the owner pieced together lights that do not look factory.
Is it an XL or XR? Check the VIN tag.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:15 PM   #1435
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XL125 down pipe
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:43 AM   #1436
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The XL lives! Just a minor look too... carb, battery, oil, chain.

Maiden voyage in 3 years, to the local Citgo station for beer. I root around and find 6 Dale's Pale Tall Boys.

Clerk said $3.51. I looked at him and pulled out my wallet. The old Eclipse tail pack slipped in nicely.

I won't be drinking all those tonight.

let's get an xl meet going!
I have an old 175 that is in a perpetual state of need but I would love to ride it over to the Wedge some night.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #1437
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Question Hey guys, Need help please, whats this 78 xl125 worth?

http://gander.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehic...AdIdZ516391869

I'm seriously considering purchasing this bike, but I'm not familiar with the old XL's. I'm 4 hrs drive away from the bike. What intelligent questions can I ask the seller? Any known issues with this bike? He says it starts first kick and idles no problem. No signal lights but says wiring is intact. Any feedback is welcome. Worth the $500 CAD?.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:07 PM   #1438
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I was looking at old xl250's, and had a bid on a bunch of bikes and motors on ebay, but it went over my budget.
I think an old sl/xl 125 or 175 would be more of what I want though, something very light and under powered to ride in the woods, just like when I was 15 years old....
Those bikes look like a lot of easy fun.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:48 AM   #1439
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I was looking at old xl250's, and had a bid on a bunch of bikes and motors on ebay, but it went over my budget.
I think an old sl/xl 125 or 175 would be more of what I want though, something very light and under powered to ride in the woods, just like when I was 15 years old....
Those bikes look like a lot of easy fun.
Not sure how long ago you were 15, but those old 125s were pretty much made for the typical mid seventies teen riders, meaning under 150-160 lbs and a skeleton made of rubber. If you are heavier than that and older than 25 it'll feel like you are riding a kids bike, not just underpowered but under engineered and not enough suspension. The XL175 tends to be more of an adult oriented bike but think cheaper and more basic than lighter and more nimble. The SL175 of course is a totally different deal, it's a twin and light and nimble are not really descriptors of it at all.

Now none of these 2 valve singles had anything close to decent suspensions on them until the very late '70s early '80s. Forks sucked and shocks were just springs with a shock shaped spring holder. The 250s and 350s are very different bikes, they are more serious designs, more robust designs that Honda wanted you to aspire to. The smaller bikes were built as more of a disposable, introduction to riding bikes, but then again this was the idea behind the Cub and look what happened to that
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:31 AM   #1440
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Thanks for the info.
I am 55 now, 6 foot, 190 pounds, and I know the smaller bikes are not going to be like KTM's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaLF6bQ5Lq0

That is the sort of thing I want to do.
It looks to be working for that guy...

I do need to sit on one to see what size they were.
There is an sl100 for sale local, was that the same size but smaller motor, or was it a smaller bike?

I had an xl250 back in the 70's and it was a great bike, and if I could find one of those not too far away I will pick it up, but I want to keep my options open.

The dirt is 5 miles from my house, mostly sand and hard pack, all flat, and you can go anyplace and do anything if you are legal.

I want something light, low, and old, with enough range to do 100 miles.

But that sl125 looks like a LOT of fun....



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Not sure how long ago you were 15, but those old 125s were pretty much made for the typical mid seventies teen riders, meaning under 150-160 lbs and a skeleton made of rubber. If you are heavier than that and older than 25 it'll feel like you are riding a kids bike, not just underpowered but under engineered and not enough suspension. The XL175 tends to be more of an adult oriented bike but think cheaper and more basic than lighter and more nimble. The SL175 of course is a totally different deal, it's a twin and light and nimble are not really descriptors of it at all.

Now none of these 2 valve singles had anything close to decent suspensions on them until the very late '70s early '80s. Forks sucked and shocks were just springs with a shock shaped spring holder. The 250s and 350s are very different bikes, they are more serious designs, more robust designs that Honda wanted you to aspire to. The smaller bikes were built as more of a disposable, introduction to riding bikes, but then again this was the idea behind the Cub and look what happened to that
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