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1975 XL 350 Newbie [message #301525] Mon, 09 December 2019 17:16 Go to next message
St George is currently offline  St George   United Kingdom
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Hi, just joined the forum. Based in Essex and have three bikes. Last bought a Honda new in 1971. Just bought an imported USA 1975 XL 350 with 8000 miles. Fitted a new coil and condensor and it's running like new. I am a bit surprised how difficult it is to find spares for sale compared with old BSA's and Triumphs. Like wise there are hardly any bikes about for sale. There is only one on Ebay at a dealership. Are these bikes unpopular or did they not produce many of these fine looking machines. I have tried to post a picture but the forum won't let me. I don't have a workshop manual yet so may ask a few questions. Thanks.
Re: 1975 XL 350 Newbie [message #301528 is a reply to message #301525] Wed, 11 December 2019 09:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
spagiratwink is currently offline  spagiratwink   United Kingdom
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Have a look through this site ,could help Wink
Re: 1975 XL 350 Newbie [message #301530 is a reply to message #301525] Wed, 11 December 2019 13:40 Go to previous message
Kakugo is currently offline  Kakugo   Italy
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The original 70's XL350 was mostly a US model: I'd say over 90% of production ended up there. It was mostly designed to cash on the contemporary US craze for "woodsers", bikes mostly designed to be ridden offroad non competitevely.
Of the remaining 10% or so most ended up in France where offroad riding was less constrained than in other European countries and little competition existed from domestic manufacturers selling two stroke machines.

The 1975 was the last "old style" model, as in 1976 Honda introduced a modified frame, a new cylinder head and other modifications to keep on selling the bike before it was replaced by the XL500S in 1979.

I think you'll find spares much easier to come by on US sites and to a lesser extent French sources.
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