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Author Topic: My first bike, the 1974 XL100  (Read 3535 times)

Offline iatethepeach

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #20 on: Jun 22, 2016, 17:35:51 »
The weather and other factors aligned and I finally got around to painting a bunch of stuff. High temp paint and primer on the pipe, oil-resistant engine enamel on the airbox, and appliance epoxy on the toolbox and bash plate. This weekend I'll try to fire this bike up!


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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #21 on: Jun 26, 2016, 13:07:11 »
Saturday morning I got out of bed early like a kid at Christmas and rode the scrambler up to my mom and dad's. There wasn't a whole lot left to do before an attempt to start the XL- just some adjustments and bolting on parts I'd cleaned and painted and a few new things.

The air filter fit just fine without that crazy mesh.



I replaced the intake insulator and gaskets and installed a new throttle cable.







The tank got a new petcock and cap, and I installed an inline filter (which invariably interfere with the choke lever on these bikes). Then I put in a little gasoline from my dad's mower, crossed my fingers and gave it a few kicks. Two for two!! Besides a couple minutes of the pipe blowing out the dust it accumulated while sitting for 30 years, the bike started and ran like it'd been ridden the day before. Woohoo!
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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #22 on: Jun 26, 2016, 13:08:18 »

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #23 on: Jun 26, 2016, 13:16:56 »
Woot! That paint looks sharp too. Awesome!


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Offline iatethepeach

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #24 on: Jun 26, 2016, 13:34:59 »
Thanks! The paint looks a lot better through the lens of my crap smartphone camera than in real life, but it's not bad. I got lucky.



The bike idles very nicely after adjusting the carb- although thereís gotta be plenty of residual evaporust, motor oil, and kerosene in the tank from cleaning it, the motor idled all on its own while the high-temp paint was curing and didnít miss a beat. The CL couldn't do that and I've been messing with it for months.

After hastily installing a new drive chain and adjusting the clutch and brakes, I hopped on and spent a half hour braaapping around with a goofy grin on my face. It was very satisfying to take the first ride on it in the same fields where I rode it when I was a kid.


Offline iatethepeach

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #25 on: Jun 27, 2016, 22:02:52 »
Yesterday was a big day! I taught my gf how to ride.



She only got the clutch out once without stalling it before some leftover evaporust/oil sludge clogged the carb. The look of disappointment on her face when I told her she wouldn't be able to ride again was priceless. But after dinner I drained and cleaned everything and she spent the rest of the evening shifting between first and second and making figure eights in the field.


Offline WhyNot

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #27 on: Jun 28, 2016, 07:59:12 »
Looks great..............sounded purdy good too.

Wish I could get my little 100 going that good.

The wife wanted to ride it when I did have it going, but wasn't running the best, plus had to push start it due to kicker shaft stripped.

One of these days..........
2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
1990 Mitsubishi MM needs engine rebuild

Offline iatethepeach

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #28 on: Jun 28, 2016, 10:42:32 »
That's so great to see.

Yeah. She's been asking me to teach her to ride for a while. I would've let her ride the CL, but it sometimes dies while idling and its gearbox needs a little finesse. I didn't want it to be a morale killer. All we need now are new tires and panniers for the XL and we're headed for Mexico. HA HA!

Looks great..............sounded purdy good too.

Thanks, budlite. I see those kick-start shafts on ebay all the time. What else does your CB need to get it running? These bikes are fun.

Offline WhyNot

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Re: My first bike, the 1974 XL100
« Reply #29 on: Jun 28, 2016, 15:36:57 »

Thanks, budlite. I see those kick-start shafts on ebay all the time. What else does your CB need to get it running? These bikes are fun.

Yeah, I got another kicker shaft.

Just needs me to get up off the lazy toochie and work on it........................I'll have to pull the engine back out, split it......all that stuff.

It's hot as crap, I've got everything I  need to do what needs to be done, just procrastinating.

Just got a new pool installed, so everything work related is non existing when i get off of wok.
2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted (being lazy)
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
1972 Honda CB100K2 needs kicker shaft
1990 Mitsubishi MM needs engine rebuild