Monday, October 11, 2010
One of the most distinctively American motorcycle designs in the "scrambler"- a street bike with off-road features, usually elevated exhaust pipe and wide, elevated handlebars. Honda's contribution to this fad was its CL series of the 60s and 70s- bikes more or less identical to CB-series bikes with the aforementioned cosmetic changes.
The CL350 was reportedly the least popular of the 350s of that era (it was built from 1968 through 1974) but not because it wasn't a solid, dependable bike. With a typically reliable Honda parallel twin producing a claimed 36HP, it was a fun bike with plenty of power. But while 350s were popular "big bikes" during much of the 50s and 60s, 1969 brought the CB750, which changed the rules of the game. The 350s were never as popular after that.
This particular '72 CL350 (in Candy Panther Gold) is currently getting a thorough tuneup and detailing job in Barry's garage.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Yes, Barry works on 3- and 4-wheelers too, from time to time. This one belongs to his friend Jason, and Barry's helping him get it back to spec. The 200x is powered by an OHC 199cc engine, and like most Honda 4-strokes, it has gobs of torque and is easy to ride. With a 6-speed transmission there isn't much terrain it can't handle. The wide rear axle made the 200X more stable than a lot of 3-wheelers, too, making it one of the best off-road trikes of that era.
This may look pretty far gone to some, but after Barry's spent a few weeks (or months, depending on his schedule!) on it, it'll look like it just rolled out of the showroom. The tank is seriously dented and rusted, but the badges are there, and they're hard to come by. Compression is good, the wheels are cleaning up nicely, and the carb is ready to be reassembled. It'll be on the road before too long.
The TC90 may have a small engine, but it's a rotary valve engine, with an advertised 11HP at 7800RPM! That's pretty impressive for 90cc.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The XR200 was a very popular trail bike made from around 1980 through 2002. Like all Honda trail bikes, it has a very wide power band, and is a very pleasant bike to ride. There are lighting kits available to make it street legal, and performance parts available to turn it into a competition bike as well. The XR200 was based on the XR125 engine, Honda's intent being to make a bike with almost as much power as the XR250, but a lot lighter in weight. Contemporary reviewers noted that the XR250 felt like an underpowered 500, while the XR200 felt like a hot 125.
This particular XR200 runs good, and looks good, too. But when Barry's done with it, it'll run even better, and it'll look a lot cleaner, too. Interested? You can contact Barry at the email address shown in the upper right hand corner of the page. (Update: It's gone.)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Haven't been any projects here in a while, but this Yamaha DT 175 just came into the garage. With a reed valve 171cc engine and a five-speed gearbox, the DT 175 was the best of the 1970s 175cc enduros, easily outrunning the Honda XL 175 we featured a while back.
At low revs the engine produced modest power, and even beginners felt comfortable on it. But it produced 16.5HP at 7,000RPMs- around 25% more than the XL175. This is a fun, rugged bike that's darn near indestructible.