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Stripping down my xl650 to remove the engine,got all the top bits off and decided to have a go at the exhaust.Laying down to check where it was bolted on i notice the frame looked a bit dodgy,using a lever found the frame was completely rusted through and detached.So people get out and check yours,mines a 2001 model and it was moteed.Looks like i will have to scrap mine as its beyond repair.
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Hey thats bad news and bloody dangerous! But make sure you check it out well before you write it off its amazing what a good fabricater/welder might do putting new sections in.
 

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Hi i agree it is dangerous but the engine is still holding it all together,and some bikes don't have lower frame rails.
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Hi i agree it is dangerous but the engine is still holding it all together,and some bikes don't have lower frame rails.
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Fair comment,but the ones without lower rails have been designed with the engine as a stressed member, its a matter of whether its strong enough.
 

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Oh dear,not good at all.I'm sure that someone else on this site had the same problem, a little while ago.Could have been last year. Sure you could find the post if you cared to take a look.
 

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Hi no pics,but mine was broke where the circular tubes join the lumpy bit(have a look and you will see what i mean)
 

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Look in this video at 14:15 on the resto of an RD07. The whole vid is interesting BTW
Rust must be a British thing because my 1988 RD03 has only two sposts of surface rust, no bigger than a small coin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=859&v=oJQoJ6asx2Y
 

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that's a bit of bad luck there is plenty of well skilled lads building chopper frames even . its just a case of finding the right man for the job who wont try and put a saddle on you good luck with it and thanks for the heads up .
 

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Got the exhaust off today so i thought i would post a pic.There is evidence of previous welding in that area and looks like its been snapped for a while.If i stripped it and had it repaired and by the time i had done all the other jobs i would be lucky to get my money back so i am going to strip it.
 

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That's repairable. Half a day tops. Probably less.
I would still swap a better frame. The rust you see usually hides rust you don't see. The frame is probably rotten all over from the inside.

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That rust looks very localised. The head of the engine cover bolt seems to have suffered as well? Might this have been caused by a poorly routed battery vent tube or an acid spill?
 

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I would still swap a better frame. The rust you see usually hides rust you don't see. The frame is probably rotten all over from the inside.

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I dunno, it looks like it's rusted from the outside in this instance.
So much for the Honda legendary build quality :)
It is a 14/15yr old bike.

The comment re battery acid could be very valid as the corrosion looks localised & steelwork looks to be eaten from the outside - what is the rest of the frame like?
 

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The rest of the frame is average but thats the only real problem area,there is evidence of previous welding in that area.Could be a valid point about the battery breather but the present battery has no breather.
 
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