Honda XL250: Let the games begin

The Honda XL250 tank needs some lovin'

The Honda XL250 tank needs some lovin’

Doesn’t look like we will get a chance to really dig into the 1972 Honda XL250 before I head off on tour again.  But like squirrels scavenging nuts for the winter, parts have been gathered, so the minute I’m back, this thing is getting the special treatment…

The Honda XL250 is in need of a bath…

Like lovers on a tree, someone left their mark behind on this one...

Like lovers on a tree, someone left their mark behind on this one…

The basic parts have all been acquired from various sources, quite a few that were different than the ones we typically turn to for the larger Honda’s.  Although this is not much different in size from a CB350, being a single, it seems different suppliers are specializing in parts for this thing.

Aside from the basics, which will make this bike safe and ready for some fun on the back-roads of Vermont, there will be some cosmetic upgrades to the ol’ gal.  The tank will be one of the first things we mess with – to see if we can revive it, back to it’s original glory.  I love patina, but this tank has been marked by some young lover, with initials carved right down to the bare metal.  No need to let love create rust…

The carbs will get the patented dip...

The carbs will get the patented dip…

A close look under the hood and you can see that there is grime and mud everywhere.  Years of off-road riding has left its mark as well, and the carbs are the first to get a bath!

Stay tuned as we get some real updates happening.  Soon, this bike will be hauling off down the road, in search of some real Green Mountain adventures…

4 thoughts on “Honda XL250: Let the games begin

        1. The initials are great. But the whole thing may be consumed by rust if we wait too long….

          I promise, it will be the last thing to go.

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