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Old 03-07-2011, 03:09 AM   #1
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Honda XR 350R (1983) . She hasn't moved for 25 years !

Hello everybody !
This is my very first post in the forum . I've opened this thread because i recently got very very lucky and got possession of a Honda XR 350R ,the 1983 model. I got the motorbike almost for free ,which means that I exchanged my 3 days pay for a job of cleaning an old barn , with this beauty. The motorbike was into the barn and it seems that she didn't move at all for the last 25 years at least ! I found her at a corner of the place ,all covered up with dust and spider web . The old lady who owns the place was very pleased when I asked for the motorbike instead of my payment.
So here i am with this baby that rested for the last 25 years !!!
She looks very nice , after I've washed off the dirt .
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:15 AM   #2
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This is a photo of her in the daytime.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:32 AM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on the awesome find
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:46 AM   #4
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Nice find. Good price too.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:19 AM   #5
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Any ideas on where to start restoring her ? You see i haven't done anything like that before and there aren't any technicians around where i live . Does anyone have a repair manual for this model ? The only thing i did so far was to spray her with WD 40 anti-rust . I don't have any mechanical skills but I'm good at learning and following instructions ...
Any help will be greatly appreciated !
English are a foreign language to me ,so please pardon any mistakes ...
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:40 AM   #6
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Look for other posts about restoring older bikes, read all that you can. If you cannot afford a new chain, keep spraying WD40 on the one that you have. You will need to remove the carburetor and clean the inside of it. Search for info on carburetors and learn about them.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies . I'm doing my homework ...
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:17 AM   #8
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What's your first language? I can almost guarantee that we can find someone on hee to help translate if needed...

Nice bike and it seems to be in good shape. Your first steps should be:
- look online for a shop manual
- remove the spark plug, spray some WD40 in the cylinder and let it sit overnight.
- drain the old gas that's left in the gas tank.
- drain the oil, replace the oil filter and refill.
- remove the carburetor's float bowl (the bottom part) and check for dirt/mud/rust. Clean as much as you can.
- with the spark plug off, kick the bike a few times to get rid of the WD40 and circulate the oil in the engine.
- install new spark plug.
- fill with fresh gas.
- try to start it.

It probably will start after a half hour of kicking and cussing. Don't rev it up, don't try to ride it. Let it idle for about 15 minutes. Then change the oil again. At that point you can start on the rest (chain, tires, electricals...).


Good luck!
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:41 AM   #9
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I am Greek . Thanks for the advice .These are steps i can do ...
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:56 AM   #10
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As was posted above, be patient and clean the carb and such very well.
After an oil change, a new plug, and some fresh gas it will start. It's a Honda after all

Liquid Wrench, WD40 and Seafoam are great tools on an old machine that has been sitting for a while.

If the WD40 does not help the chain, remove it and soak it in a container of diesel fuel. This will loosen it up.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:10 AM   #11
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Will do all the above.Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:20 AM   #12
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Cool find....Looks like it's in good shape. I have to ask though what's with the chain by the front of the engine?
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:33 AM   #13
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Bad neighborhood I'm thinking.

The fact that it's not running wouldn't stop anyone from stealing it.
I had a 67 Chevy truck stolen from my locked yard at my shop, it had no carb, intake or distributor on the engine at the time.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:39 AM   #14
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WooHoo! Congratulations on a very nice find indeed.

I just picked up a 1985 XL350R (street legal brother to your XR) here that I am now in the process of restoring myself, though I think I have less work ahead of me than you do. Still, you are in a very good starting place. Parts for these older XR/XLs can be hard to find. Many, such as camshafts, cranks and pistons have been discontinued and there is little aftermarket support for 25+ year old motorcycles. E-bay, as much as I hate to admit it, can be a good source for hard to find items. Frequently, there are factory service manuals, NOS (New, Old Stock) parts and good used spares available. Also, on-line parts stores like Service Honda, Ron Ayers and the like have parts look-ups with exploded diagrams and part numbers. You can use these to see what parts from other models may fit your need.

As a side note, I am not certain about the European model XR350, but the US version only saw a single carburetor in 1985. The 1983 and 1984 models had twin carburetors on a progressive linkage, as I recall. It is possible a previous owner may have changed out the cylinder head in favor of switching to a single carb.

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Old 03-14-2011, 06:50 AM   #15
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Haven't touched her for a while . Past week was so cold that I could't do much 'cos I don't have a garage or something . Yesterday I took the carbs out and a friend of mine is going to clean them up with a special carb spray . The chain if off and into diesel fuel . The air filter is damaged -at least - and I'm going to try find a new one or I'll put together a home-made one .
I've ordered an Owners Service Manual from E-bay ,its been shipped over from U.S .
I'm going to buy an NGK DPR8EA-9 spark plug or an DPR8EIX-9 and a 90/90-21 front tyre. Rear tyre for later 'cos i'm on a strict budget (the Greek crisis and all).
The old lady still has a spark , a vivid one , and the headlight is O.K .
The only thing missing from the bike is the rear stop switch !
I'm a lucky bastard !!!
Some photos on the way ..
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