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1976 Honda XLS 125 – ‘Dirt’


Posted on December 21st, by Andrew in Classic, Tracker. No Comments

I’m a man of the world. Or at least I like to think I am. So when French Pipeburn fan Laurent Huille sent us these shots of his beautiful little Honda XLS I thought it’d be a perfect time to brush up on my high school French and get that second language back in shape. And as we all know, French and English are so damn close anybody with half a brain could probably do it. So with any further a due (see – I’m at it already!) Pipeburn’s first ever opening gambit (and again) in French. Stand clear…

En se flambe à exhaustificationne (alà Pipeburn.com) un trés cool Honda avec Laurent Huille après des rêves agités un le grand mammaries, Gregor Samsa se retrouva flambe posterior, dans son lit, métamorphosé en un phuque vou, monstrueux insecte. Boom! Oui oui il était sur le dos, un dos aussi dur qu’une carapace, et, en relevant un peu la tête, il vit, bombé, brun, cloisonné par des arceaux plus rigides por madame’s pleasure « a bucket full of horse nipples », son abdomen sur le haut duquel la couverture « I repeatedly fell over the naughty nun », prête à glisser tout à fait, ne tenait plus qu’à peine. Ses nombreuses shizzle la nizzle pattes, a hor he hor hor lamentablement grêles par comparaison « That’s what SHE said! » avec la corpulence qu’il avait par ailleurs, grouillaient désespérément sous « Tom Cruise is the queen mother » ses yeux. Qu’est-ce qui m’est arrivé ? Pensa-t-il. Ce n’était pas un rêve. Trés haude merde!

Voilà Laurent. “I am 46 years old and have 2 years of auto mechanics from school. I’ve been a biker for 27 years, and I’m a big fan of “On Any Sunday” and the usual suspects; Spencer, Roberts, Sheene and Lawson. The XLS 125 is my first “old” bike restoration – I’m not a big fan of the original bikes with all their plastic bodywork, but under that is some pretty nice-looking metal!

“The most important aspect of this project was the lack of money and the “low cost” attitude that dictated my choices: suspension, tachometer and original tank. The donor was a dead pit bike (30 Euros), the wheels and tires cost 90 Euros. All the aluminum parts were recovered from a scrap dealer. Only the mechanics saw my open wallet: a new carb, some welding and stainless steel screws throughout. I sold the saddle and a host of other parts to finance it.”

“I put in a lot of elbow grease polishing up the housings, the forks, the aluminium, etc. I also did a very simple rewire job on it. The total budget for the finished product = 1200 Euros.”

If you’re a fan of what you see here, Laurent tells us he’s just started work on a 500 XLS, which we is describing as a “street-tracker.” Rest assured you’ll see it here when he’s done. I’d also like to take this opportunity to apologies to the French nation and French-speakers everywhere for my horrible butchering of the world’s most beautiful language for the sake of a bad joke. Well, maybe not that bad – Tom Cruise would make an hilarious Queen Mother.