Nigel Man­ning’s 1983 Honda XL125RC and Honda VF400F-D

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - FEEDBACK -

This was a bas­ket case that I was given and I like a chal­lenge (and bikes from 1983, I also own a Honda VF400FD). So the bike spent some years in my garage while I com­pleted an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree with the Open Univer­sity. Dur­ing this time, I was con­stantly look­ing for parts and re­fur­bish­ing parts. When I com­pleted my de­gree, the XL was now a mix of ‘new old stock’ and re­fur­bished parts wait­ing to be as­sem­bled. So I have spent the last cou­ple of years re­build­ing the XL and I have to say that I am very pleased with the re­sult. It is not per­fect (later model in­di­ca­tors, pat­tern bars etc.). I am re­ally sur­prised with the num­ber of blokes who come over to dis­cuss the good old days, when they see it.

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