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Offline Scout63

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Honda SLís
« on: April 14, 2021, 09:21:55 PM »
A friend gave me a Honda SL100, an SL125, an extra 125 engine, three extra heads and two extra sets of forks.  Iíll post pictures tomorrow to ensure that no one is envious. The mice moved out at least 30 years ago and everything is locked up and rusty.  Iím thinking of building a stripped teaching bike. What could possibly go wrong?
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2021, 10:07:33 PM »
A friend gave me a Honda SL100, an SL125, an extra 125 engine, three extra heads and two extra sets of forks.  Iíll post pictures tomorrow to ensure that no one is envious. The mice moved out at least 30 years ago and everything is locked up and rusty.  Iím thinking of building a stripped teaching bike. What could possibly go wrong?
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2021, 11:05:48 PM »
I had a '72 SL125 growing up, one of my favorite machines I have ever owned.
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2021, 01:52:43 AM »
Yíall have seen this a hundred times, but my all time favourite.


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Re: Honda SLís
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2021, 04:45:46 AM »
Yíall have seen this a hundred times, but my all time favourite.


Age 14, 1972
Made me feel happier than I thought was possible.

The bikes of that era had classic lines, or maybe the lines became classic to us because of our age.  You were born a year before me.

One of the best things marketing ploys the Big Four ever did was to make the little bikes look like the big bikes.  The big four were distinctive, but each brand was like a motorcycle "family."  Made it very easy for us yutes to imagine we were on big bikes......

Alas, I was too poor to own anything cool back then, but, imagination ruled the day anyway!
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2021, 04:59:22 AM »
The bikes of that era had classic lines, or maybe the lines became classic to us because of our age.  You were born a year before me.

One of the best things marketing ploys the Big Four ever did was to make the little bikes look like the big bikes.  The big four were distinctive, but each brand was like a motorcycle "family."  Made it very easy for us yutes to imagine we were on big bikes......

Alas, I was too poor to own anything cool back then, but, imagination ruled the day anyway!
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We were not a well off family, but my Dad was also a lifelong biker and itís true that the SL70 was a stretch for him, but it came with a list of demands that were non negotiable.
On my little CT110 even now, the sound and the smell of the burning mud on the pipe make 50 years disappear and Iím transported back to a simpler time.

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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2021, 07:19:17 AM »
FYI , Iíve a friend whoís into vintage dirt bikes & was absolutely beaming when he acquired an SL100 ! According to him 125ís are relatively common 100ís are hens teeth .

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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2021, 07:48:37 AM »
Good luck with the project. I just love those little SL's..  Just awesome bikes!! 
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2021, 07:49:14 PM »
I had an SL125 in 1972, when I was 15. Stripped off the electrics and put knobbies on it and Boge shocks and it was fantastic. Not fast, just fantastic.
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2021, 09:25:40 PM »
Iíll post progress pics. Both bikes are very rusty and pistons are locked.  My niece wants to learn wrenching, So we are going to dismantle and build them both side by side.  I did some quick checking and parts are much less expensive than Iím used to with Guzzis, BMWs and Nortonís. Also without wiring lights they should be easy builds. Iím worried about the condition of one of the frames but weíll see.
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Re: Honda SLís
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2021, 04:05:28 PM »
Iíll post progress pics. Both bikes are very rusty and pistons are locked.  My niece wants to learn wrenching, So we are going to dismantle and build them both side by side.  I did some quick checking and parts are much less expensive than Iím used to with Guzzis, BMWs and Nortonís. Also without wiring lights they should be easy builds. Iím worried about the condition of one of the frames but weíll see.

One of my trails bikes, a Honda TL250, is currently suffering from a stuck piston. What is the best way to free that? It sat in my shed since 2006......bad on me.
Scott

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