1979 Honda XL500S – update 7

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1979 Honda XL500S – update 7 Other than building the seat base, the exhaust system and fittings there hasn’t been too much “fabrication” to do on this bike so far. There are a couple of things that do need sorted out, other than the electrical system, wheels, brakes, etc, etc; Handlebars, switches and cables Headlight […]

Elsie the Lambretta update 4

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Elsie the Lambretta update 4 So finding parts for a 67 year old scooter still hasn’t got any easier. Some engine parts and what not have appeared on ebay but freight costs have proved to be prohibitive. Even with a functioning engine the LC still wouldn’t be a good candidate for a restoration as it […]

1979 Honda XL500S – update 1

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1979 Honda XL500S – update 1 I had read on one of the thumper forums that replacing the XL swingarm with the FT one was possible with not too much hassle. The FT is wider at the mounting point and longer with the bottom shock mounts a little further back than the XL one. After […]

1979 Honda XL500S

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1979 Honda XL500S While scooters are what I generally like to work on and ride, I have had a number of different bikes over the years. One of my favorites was a 1979 Honda XL500s. It was one of those dual purpose bikes that you used on the road but could also take to a […]

Douglas 42L2 update 2

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Douglas 42L2 update 2 The PX motor installation has provided some challenges although I never expected this would be easy. Basically it seems there are 3 brackets available for changing the original Douglas 125 engine for a PX – two specifically for the PX200 and another for a PX150 or a standard VBB or Super 150 […]

Douglas 42L2 update 1

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Douglas 42L2 update 1 Scooters made in the 1950’s had different frame styles and engines than the more recent scooters. Engine side cowl has a bump that cuts into the frame. There is a small door below the choke and fuel levers which hinges toward the headset. For models with 8″ wheels this is where the […]