Hello anyone out there, I have a 76 XL250K3 that I owned for a year before it was stolen off my drive whilst chained to my ZZR1100. Never saw the Kawasaki again, but the xl was found by the police leaning against the wall of a pub in Tibshelf Derbyshire about 5 miles away. The VIN plate was gone, and the ignition switch and the engine number ground off. I fitted a (probably wrong) pattern ignition switch then I restamped the number and put the bike in the garage . For thirteen years. Last week I woke up and thought the time has come to look at the XL.
The tyres were flat (and very cracked/perished) but pumped up. The carb slide was siezed and the clutch didn't release so I cleaned the carb on the kitchen table whilst She was out, emptied the remaining cupfull of fuel out of the tank, put in half a gallon of fresh Morrisons best unleaded and it started second kick thump thump thump. Rode it round the garden, clutch freed up a bit. Engine ticks over but wont go over about 3K revs. So I don't want to make it like new, but I do like things right. It has alloy rims, wrong exhaust,no toolbox, wrong handlebars, and a cracked /crazed rev counter glass. I will take a few snaps when I can and post them here. I have a parts book, and have sourced two tyres and tubes, a handlebar of the right part no (will need rechroming) mirrors, plug and as I have a bit of a workshop etc I will strip and service most parts myself and so, I have some questions.....Is it ever possible to get the exhaust. I live near the Micron factory but they don't do bike stuff any more. Is it just a case of watching ebay worldwide? Same for the front tyre hugging mudguard 61100-386-600 (mine has a plastic high up one which is wrong). Is the original 76 toolbox 83500-385-000 made of tin or plastic? The engine was originally silver painted but this will need re painting or should I polish the cases up, which is preferred? I plan to get the bike whole and legal, ride it this summer then consider a full strip and rebuild. I have the Haynes manual and some 'old bloke' experience in doing this stuff, as I have a few other old bikes that I also never use, including only one on the landing upstairs that She hoovers round but that is a 1923 Connaught Deluxe. I am out of touch so can anyone in the east midlands recommend a good chromer and a friendly powder coater if that is the way forward. Basically, any suggestions or assistance of any kind would be appreciated and I will try to post some progress pictures as and when I can. Cheers!