Well, I'm back from my expedition to the North

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Timo Geusch, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    .... and I'm afraid the Wicked Uncle lost his bet as there does appear to be
    a piston going up and down inside the cylinder.

    Actually the bike does look rather nice, even from the side that wasn't
    photographed for the fleabay auction. Especially the silencer and the cover
    for it as I was a bit worried that they weren't present or in rather bad
    condition. Also with the bike came a second petrol tank, dented, and a
    couple of smaller parts plus the original wiring loom.

    So far, the list of parts needed looks like:

    - Choke cable (knew that)
    - Seat lock (ditto)
    - Front sprocket cover (ditto, and they all do that)
    - Rear brake light switch (hmm)
    - Battery and strap.
    - The emblems for the silencer. Fortunately, I can get replicas for those.

    The choke cable and seat lock are listed by Dave Silver, the rest I'll have
    to find out about...

    The bike has had a lot of money spent on it - the list of new or new-looking
    parts is as long as my arm. A lot of them are made out of unobtanium so who
    am I to complain? Paint job is nice (if I were to complain, there are a
    couple of scratches at the front of the mudguard), the chrome falls into
    the 'aged well, but aged' category (I'll probably rip off the three or four
    chrome bits and get them rechromed), the seat looks OK but worn. The frame
    has been stove enamelled and looks rather good.

    So, the list of jobs - well, I guess the first one is to get it running.
    Which probably means hooking up everything, plus getting a battery and
    hooking that up. Check the 'leccy bits if they're all working and progress
    from there.

    Depending on how the engine sounds when it's running I may or may not open
    it...

    Nevermind, first I need either a Honda workshop manual, a Haynes BOL or a
    Clymer manual.

    Oh, and I need to clean up the garage as I have *no* space in there now.
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 19, 2005
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    And rather importantly, a bolt for the lhs shock would come in useful.
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 19, 2005
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    .... and the other bit I forgot to stick in there.

    Many many thanks to Paul - xxx for helping me collect the bike and bringing
    it down to London on his trailer. Cheers mate.
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 19, 2005
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Timo Geusch composed the following;:
    Heheheh, no worries, a pleasure .. ;)

    I got back at about 7 to 7.30 ish, had a long bath and now feel ready for a
    few beers, so just off out to the local. Promise I won't get tooooo drunk
    ... hic!!
     
    Paul - xxx, Feb 19, 2005
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  5. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Timo Geusch
    <snaps fingers> Darn!

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    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Feb 20, 2005
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  6. Timo Geusch

    Champ Guest

    <snip>

    For those of us who have been away, it might be nice if you said what
    sort of fucking bike it is!
     
    Champ, Feb 24, 2005
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Champ composed the following;:
    Honda SL 250. circa '70s ish ...

    Very nice too. ;)

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    Paul - xxx, Feb 24, 2005
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  8. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Champ was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    You're not keeping a list? :)

    Right, for the grumpy old man and everybody else who wants to point
    and laugh, here's the beginnings of the writeup and two photos of the
    bike lashed to Paul's trailer:

    http://www.unixconsult.co.uk/bike/xl250.html
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 24, 2005
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  9. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Paul - xxx was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Actually an XL (although either frame or engine numbers actually start
    with SL - they're apparently close cousins), not an SL. An SL 250 of
    that vintage is considerably rarer still.
    And it's got more screws loose than its owner, and that's saying
    something...
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 24, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Timo Geusch says... A lad in the village I grew up in had one of those back in the late 70s.
    He died in a car crash when I was about 17, when a Mk1 Lotus Cortina he
    was a passenger in hit another car and broke in two. It was later
    discovered to be a welded and pop-rivetted together ringer. His dad
    lives next door to Mr and Mrs Ovenpaa.
     
    Lozzo, Feb 24, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Timo Geusch says...
    The SL was more of a proper trials bike as opposed to the XL's trail
    bike appearance.
     
    Lozzo, Feb 24, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Timo Geusch says...
    Non-original headlamp brackets :)

    IIRC the XL 250 motorsport had a little headlamp subframe that went
    behind the headlamp and located on the bottom yoke and clocks bracket.
    It also carried the indicators.
     
    Lozzo, Feb 24, 2005
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Lozzo was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    It's supposedly not bad off-road which is why it sold like hot cakes
    in the Southwestern US.

    Mind you, that one is so nice that I probably don't even want to take
    it greenlaning...
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 24, 2005
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    Ovenpaa Guest

    Sometime around Thu, 24 Feb 2005 22:36:53 +0000, Lozzo babbled on about:
    That would be Paul then.
     
    Ovenpaa, Feb 25, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Ovenpaa says...
    Yeah, smashing fella. Never found out what happened to the XL, it just
    disappeared.
     
    Lozzo, Feb 25, 2005
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Timo Geusch composed the following;:
    I didn't know, I always thought the SL was Silver and the XL was red.
    Heh

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    Paul - xxx, Feb 25, 2005
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  17. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Lozzo was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Remember the reg number? Would be funny in a strange way if it was the
    one downstairs...
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 25, 2005
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    Timo Geusch Guest

    Paul - xxx was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    The later XLs were mostly red, the early ones were actually only
    available in silver.
     
    Timo Geusch, Feb 25, 2005
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    Lozzo Guest

    Timo Geusch says...
    Be fucking realistic, please Timo. I've just had dinner and can't
    remember what it was.
     
    Lozzo, Feb 25, 2005
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Lozzo composed the following;:
    it was dinner ...

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    Paul - xxx, Feb 25, 2005
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