NOW SOLD (18/07/2010)
OK, what's it worth?
I have a "C reg, 1986? I think" (Twin Headlamp) XL600LMF which has been lurking in the back of my garage for some time.
After seeing the amazing job Mel Jordan did with his bike some time back, I hunted one down with the intention of restoring it one day.
Reality and unemployment has sadly set in, so it's probably going to be the first casualty of a garage clearout. I've no experience of these bikes, and to be honest I've got Africa Twins and spares coming out of my ears, so working on them is easier for me.
Bike is a runner, but needs TLC, or preferably a nice restoration job on it.
Bike was in the middle of a partial restoration when I purchased it, and the previous owner told me the following.
Engine was partially rebuilt, with replacement head and valvetrain and various bearings.
Forks were rebuilt and repainted
Rear shock is excellent
Wheels were rebuilt with Heavy Duty Stainless Steel spokes and near mint original DID rims, and brand new Tourances (which are tubeless with those unique rims)
Brakes were rebuilt, front has Stainless steel line
New DID X-Ring Gold Chain and Sprockets
Bike is complete and original although the engine needs repainting (it's an odd mix of blue and black) and it has a stainless steel bolt kit fitted (which I don't like)
Bike has all original seat, panels, exhaust etc
If the price is right, I will sell it with a host of parts I've picked up for it over time including
Original red magnesium engine cases (both sides)
Nice good condition clean swingarm (in original anodized gold)
Spare big tank
Back light lense
And anything else I've forgotten!
If I end up keeping it, my intention was to do the following;
Blast and powdercoat the frame (quoted £60)
Repaint engine red
Repaint spare tank (currently in primer)
Repair or find a replacement battery tray
Fit replacement swingarm (which I have) as current one has cosmetic damage to gold anodizing from battery leakage.
It has a few electrical gremlins with the lights which I'll cure before it's officially on sale.
The bike has run in the past, and I have ridden it around a bit, BUT IT WILL NEED FURTHER WORK and should be considered an interesting project.
It's right at the back of the garage in a PITA place, but I'll try and drag it out to take some pics asap to post up.
So, what's it worth? Are you interested?
I'd like to say I'd take a swap, but the money is more important at the moment (edit) UNLESS you have a nice open top/Canadian canoe clogging up your garage!!!