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1974 Honda XL 350 purchased for $500 in the spring of 2011
with 4,700 original miles.
start and the throttle was frozen. Cleaned and oiled the throttle and cable,
installed a new plug, points, wiring and connectors… Started on first kick and
has been running every since! Fall 2011 I
decided to convert into a street tracker.
Engine remains fully- stock but did remove original air-box and
installed a new K & N air filter.Purchased and
refinished a used but custom made glass tail section that I re-glassed,
finished and primed. Fabricated new seat
pan and utilized foam from original seat which was quite torn. Purchased new
leather and upholstered with new leather seat cover.
I removed a battered
exhaust system that came off a 76 XL model. Purchased an original but rusty (no
holes) exhaust system and refinished. Also purchased separately a used chrome
heat shield. Added fiber exhaust wrap at neck coming out of head…intense heat
kept burning the paint off.Lowered the front
end to match the rear by installing an 18” front wheel off of an 82 Kawasaki CSR
305 street bike. Fabricated new wheel spacers, replaced knobby tires with new
70% street / 30% off-road tires. Front – Michelin 3.00, Rear – 4.10 Shinko. Removed
front brake assembly and speedo. Kept tach but Re-positioned using original
headlight bracket.Cleaned and
refinished tank inside and out then painted to original color and scheme by a
friend who is experienced with custom paint applications. This included the
glass tail section to match as well. Installed new fuel pet-cock and replaced
fuel lines. Fabricated
number plates, added new hand grips, mirrors, fork protectors, front L.E.D.
headlight, rear tail/brake light and front and rear mini signal lights. Chiseled off
years of old grease and dirt, cleaned, greased and oiled bike front to back,
tightened every nut, bolt and fastener, adjusted every cable and
away we go! Next year… strip and paint frame and engine.
enjoyed the pics as much as I have enjoyed this project! It sure is an awesome
feeling to roll down the road on a 38 year old vintage machine that has been
brought back to life…
Kevin Door County,
If you would like us to build you a street tracker, email firstname.lastname@example.org
It's a Bubba Shobert
replica made from an Ascot VT500, built by Eric Bickel, in Grass Valley.