1999 Honda XL
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I have owned this bike for 14 years66650 miles with a full service history.
The Varadero, as standard, has the following flaws and these have been rectified as follows:Fuel pump can fail -replaced with a Facet Cube solid state fuel pumpCan chain tensioners can fail - replaced with manually adjustable onesExhaust gaskets do fail- the entire exhaust system was removed last year and replaced with the following:New manifold gaskets at the cylinder heads, new stainless steel studs and nuts in the cylinder headsNew brass bushes at all joints (there are three of them and these will not corrode or need replacing, unlike the original gaskets..)New A4 (316) stainless steel clamps.It is not an easy job to do, particularthe joint between the main system and the short pipe running off the rear cylinder head and unfortunately on these bikes itвЂ™s not a matter of if this will failвЂ¦
In addition, the bike has the following:Oxford heated gripsSinisalo hand guardsGivi Airflow screen - adjustable; I like to be able to ride at speed with my visor up..
Givi top boxUprated headlight bulbsFront mudguard extension
Last year I carried out the following:The clutch was changed and uprated springs fitted, the following bearings were changed - head, front and rear wheels, suspension linkageFront and rear brake disks were changed and a brand new (result on eBay) rear brake calliper fittedPads are all good, brake fluid was changed and front callipers cleaned
The engine coolant and front fork oiland spark plugs were changed at the last service.The DID Gold X ring chain and JT sprockets are in good condition, the front sprocket has been replaced with one a single tooth smaller (16 to 15) to give a small increase in acceleration, a small decrease in top speed. This causes the Speedo to read about 7% fast but the extra pep this gives the bike is, in my opinion, worth it. Easy to revert to standard if you prefer..
The tyres are Michelin Road 5 Trail (Adventure) which have done approx 1,000 miles from new
This bike has covered 66,000 and is good for many more - this is not the usual tired old dog!It looks like crap by design - I live in London and bike theft is a problem - but no-one is interested in this bike!It is cosmetically poor; but mechanically good; I have carried out all work myself and so know the bike really well.IвЂ™ve copper-slipped every nut, bolt and fastener as IвЂ™ve worked on the bike so youвЂ™ll find nothing seized.I never intended to sell this bike but selling because of the ULEZ in London; I have replaced it with another, newer Varadero, which gives an indication of my feelings towards this motorcycle.IвЂ™ve just had it MotвЂ™ed so it comes with a full year
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