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Author Topic: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far  (Read 14718 times)

Offline ob1xl

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #45 on: Jun 30, 2012, 22:42:43 »
Cpl more
« Last Edit: Jun 30, 2012, 22:45:34 by ob1xl »

Offline 7aliveatlast7

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #46 on: Jul 01, 2012, 09:51:17 »
man is that thing cool!!  i think a brown or tan seat would look sweet, too.  and good thinking on wanting to match the grips.  here's where i bought my grips:

https://www.battlescooterstore.com/sess/utn;jsessionid=154ff0462804bea/shopdata/index.shopscript

they have a pretty wide selection of browns and tans (or "natural" i suppose is the correct term).  i knew i wanted natural colored grips for my bike, and that's the best selection i found of old school grips.

Offline ob1xl

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #47 on: Jul 01, 2012, 12:06:54 »
Thx! 7alive!  I think its petty unique so far.
And thx for the link. They do have a brown grip set I would go with if I go Brown on the seat!

Offline rays650cafe

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #48 on: Jul 01, 2012, 15:19:48 »
Looks really good! I vote for black,tan/brown would look good too.
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Offline 7aliveatlast7

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #49 on: Jul 01, 2012, 15:32:19 »
Thx! 7alive!  I think its petty unique so far.
And thx for the link. They do have a brown grip set I would go with if I go Brown on the seat!

sure thing! i think brown would be sweet, definitely not as common as black.  i'm planning on matching my grips, seat, and exhaust wrap within the same color family.  i feel like repeating certain colors like that can make, at least in this case, a seat look like less of an afterthought and more of a planned out idea haha.

Offline smv

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #50 on: Jul 02, 2012, 03:52:13 »
sweeeeeeeeeeeeet

Offline casper3043

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #51 on: Jul 02, 2012, 12:16:26 »
i'm really lovin' this thing...very clean and simple.

i guess i'll be the first to vote against brown. the black/chrome, red combo is perfect. introducing another color into the field would be confusing. i like the black fork. it almost disappears against the tire/wheel. i would spray the headers with the black hi temp spray. but hey, its your bike and you're doing helluva good job so far.

Offline ob1xl

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #52 on: Jul 02, 2012, 17:20:48 »
Thx Casper!
i want to wrap the pipe with some exhaust wrap.....if i stay with the black seat i would probably do a black/grey wrap...if i go dark brown on the seat maybe a tan wrap or white? i dunno
i polished the other fork yesterday so will probably just leave the forks polished and call it a day.....
also painted the headlight bucket and the front and rear hubs...
ill possibly have a pic tonight

Offline Dfinnegan

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #53 on: Jul 03, 2012, 19:11:36 »
Dude looking sick!! Now that I see both legs, go black.  Tan wrap and I would do up a brown seat and run whatever grips you want. 
I am diggin this build!!

Offline jackditch

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #54 on: Jul 16, 2012, 21:36:32 »
This bike is looking rad. Wrenching during naps too! Gotta be done. Like that knobby front tire. Keep this thing blacked out.
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Offline ob1xl

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #55 on: Jul 17, 2012, 11:51:56 »
Thx jackditch.
Been outa state for a good week, plus 4th of July holiday week rock crawling, slowed progress. I should be able to get back on it this weekend. I was able to get the front fork springs cut to length and really like where its sitting.
Also bought a cool 63' Ford falcon 2 door hardtop that has been taking some of my time.  Bought it from the original owner and it had been sitting on a farm in Colorado.  It's pretty cool and all original.  got it running and gonna give it the right stance and Probly sell it.  Although its really growing on me and my kid too.
Back to the bike....I took a layer of the seat padding off to thin it out cuz I think that after I get it upholstered it woulda been too fat and I want a more sleek look.
« Last Edit: Jul 17, 2012, 11:59:07 by ob1xl »

Offline ob1xl

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #56 on: Jul 17, 2012, 12:06:18 »
Need to get some bolts to mount the passenger pegs and figure out how to keep them from rotating down. Maybe a little weld bubble on the side of the bracket.  And find the paint for the frame if I dont do powder.  Also forgot that I finally painted the front and rear beak plates.
I also want to run the old school dark yellow headlight. I think it will compliment the look of the bike! With the yellow chain and yellow Honda wings on the tank.
« Last Edit: Jul 17, 2012, 12:17:10 by ob1xl »

Offline shamus

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #57 on: Jul 17, 2012, 12:40:41 »
Excellent work so far.
My xs360 build:

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37624.msg408051#msg408051

1976 Yamaha XS360
1977 Yamaha TT500

Offline Kleebs

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #58 on: Jul 17, 2012, 16:41:54 »
Love this build.  I'm restoring my dad's 1975 xl175 at the moment (slowly  :-\).  You're doing a great job on this.

One thing though,  are you planning on painting that rear fender?  It sticks out like a sore thumb to me.

Offline Kleebs

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Re: 1975 Honda xl350 brat? tracker? project so far
« Reply #59 on: Jul 17, 2012, 17:12:43 »
Instead of Black or brown, what if you did a red seat to match the red in the tank?  it would certainly be different.  8) Please excuse my shitty paint edit job.  And feel free to ignore it as well! :D  I can assure there will be no hard feelings.

Also, I want to clarify my fender statement.  I think the chrome fender would look great with the polished forks and the exhaust how it is now.  But if you decide to go with the black forks and pipe wrap, I think a black fender would look better.