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Old 02-22-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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Old Honda XL 350 suggestions

My dad has had a 1977 Honda XL 350 street legal bike since about 1989 (when it was in perfect condition). It has about 600 miles on it all off road. For the last 15 years it has sat in a barn and deteriorated.


It will still start and the engine is great. Tires are nearly 40 years old. I don't see the point to clean it up as is. Looking for advice on it. Do you think it would be better to part out then junk, cheaply fix up as unit (it is a complete bike) then sell?

I often see older Honda XR bikes without an engine or with blown engines. How different is this old 350cc engine than those made in the 1990s as far as fit goes? It would be cool to swap it in a XR250 or something.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:41 AM   #2
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if it were mine, i'd do what's necessary to bring it up to some off road riding and have some fun with it. the engine will not be a direct swap into a newer model. it could be done but will require modification to the newer frame.

how about posting some pics of the bike. i'm a sucker for the 70's XL's. i had a '75 XL 100.
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It won't be worth much parted out. Better off leaving whole and selling as is. My first dual sport was a 1983 Honda XL185s. I loved that thing. Some old fart will buy it. Post up some pictures.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:33 PM   #4
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if it were mine, i'd do what's necessary to bring it up to some off road riding and have some fun with it. the engine will not be a direct swap into a newer model. it could be done but will require modification to the newer frame.

how about posting some pics of the bike. i'm a sucker for the 70's XL's. i had a '75 XL 100.
this or just sell as is. Post up some pics. You might get a buyer off of here.
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Some old fart will buy it. Post up some pictures.
I resemble that comment.
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Do not kill the bike by parting it out.
It is not a valuable bike money wise, its a valuable bike because your pops had it.
If it was me, I'd secretly take it and restore/refreshen it up and give it back to your dad.
If that idea sucks, just advertise it and sell it as is, it wont get much but at least it might go to someone that wont kill it.
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I resemble that comment.
So do I. I think I'm older and fartier than you.
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The only thing it has going for it is low use and it is complete.

How much refreshing typically adds enough value to sell? Would it be worth it to get it road legal again or will I just lose any cash I put in it?
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Almost certain to lose cash, the question is what is the bike worth to you? If it really does run well, it might be worth it to replace tires and whatever small, misc. stuff it needs to be rideable, but beyond that you might just be throwing money away.

With the comments above, I'd say sell it complete to someone who will restore it, or if it means enough to you, fix it up and give it back to Dad or ride it yourself.
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no matter which route you choose, you're not going to make a ton of money from it. fix it and ride it or sell it as is. post pics here and watch the offers roll in.
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it is not worth much, and who ever gets it is going to spend a lot of time and money on it to make it what it used to be...post up what you want for it and you might be surprised....otherwise if you pay me a couple hundred this old fart will come haul it off for you.
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no matter which route you choose, you're not going to make a ton of money from it. fix it and ride it or sell it as is. post pics here and watch the offers roll in.
I was just looking for suggestions, this wasn't a cleverly disguised for sale ad. If I decide to sell on the board I will post pics in the ads section.

Thanks for the help.
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if it ain't love, it is going to be a pain in the , keep that in mind...
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if it ain't love, it is going to be a pain in the , keep that in mind...
I don't think it will be too bad. It is a really simple bike. I just know I don't have a desire to ride it on the street, and for off road I think would rather have a more modern setup instead.

It would be nice to have one that is really nice but I wanted to get some input on how much fixing up is adding value and how much would be personal satisfaction.
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it already runs, the only way to add value now is to make it mint, and if you did that via spending a ton, still the word "value" is a relative term. Its not a big money bike, so if you dont care either way, get rid of it, get some coin for it and get what you really want, I do see its not a "it was my dads bike" thing, so press on and just know, your not sitting on a gold mine, but there are those that would take it and do it justice no matter the value.
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I was just looking for suggestions, this wasn't a cleverly disguised for sale ad. If I decide to sell on the board I will post pics in the ads section.

Thanks for the help.
I just want to see the thing!!.................
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Throw some tires on it and ride that thing, they are cool old bikes and you won't get more then 300-600$ for it anyways.
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oh and as a dirt bike, it sucks...it is just a cl with high pipes. The last one I had was a '72 model. If you want a bike to ride in the dirt, sell that thing and use the money to buy a set of tires for the dirt bike you buy.
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