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Honda thumper, how to start ?
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Starting a thumper it need to knows. But sometimes even to us specialists it happens to have difficulty in making it crack at the first time. There is a method to follow: - make sure you have gasoline and that the ignition is on for the XLRs. Also check on XLRs that the circuit breaker is set to ON. - lower the kick lever until you hear the small 'click' of the automatic decompressor. Let the kick lever go up. At this time you have to press the kick lever as hard and as quickly as possible in order to get the engine running as faster as possible. When cold, on the dual carburetor versions you will not open the throttle at all. When hot, slight opening around 10° of rotation at the handle. On the other hand, when cold on the single carburetor versions, the throttle must be opened slightly +/- 20 °.- when cold, put the choke fully. If it is more than 15° c, putting it in half may be enough. - once successful, if the engine is cold, the bike will be warmed up slowly while maintaining the throttle on the handle, so as not to stall. The choke will be lowered halfway as soon as the engine responds to the throttle. Finally, if she doesn't start on the 3rd or 4th kick, it means that you have flooded the spark plug. There are two solutions. The first one from Wales, go have a good beer with the friends and come back after 15 to 20 minutes. The second if you are in a hurry is to ventilate the engine. For that you will open the throttle fully, cut the choke, activate the hand decompressor and press the kick lever 4 to 5 times. By sending a lot of air and little gas you will dry the plug. After that you can do as if it were your first attempt. - a bike parked for more than a week or two will have gas in the carburetor which has reduced its ability to burn. It is good to drain the carburetor tank before attempting to start thanks to the small tank drain screw. Gasoline fresh from the tank greatly increases the ability to start.
To prevent any kick back you will never open the throttle more than 30°
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HONDA XR250 1988 restored n°42
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This beautifull girl was a first hand. After we restored she is now in Provence
Video YouTube here
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XR 350 1986 n°168 -kit 430 cm3-
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This XR have a 85mm big bore piston and a long stroke crankshaft which gives it a displacement of 430cm3 and a great boost with the same reliability. The gain is over the entire range of use.
The engine saw its cylinder head rectified, its valves changed, its rockers changed (very rare parts). The cam chain is new. The camshaft bearings have been changed. For the lower engine the left half crankcase was replaced, the gearbox ball bearings and the balancing arm were replaced. The carburetor have been clean and received a new tank seal.
The chassis will have a new rear tire to choose from: a very gripping Mitas or an FIM homologated Pirelli to participate to enduro without problem. The forks has been drained and the gaskets replaced. The brake caliper has been cleaned and the gaskets replaced, new Honda original pads. New foam air filter. New clutch cable, new hand decompressor cable, new handles grip, lever and clutch support replaced. New stickers, seat cover replaced, headlight visor replaced. Speedometer support, trainer and cable replaced. Original XR taillights replaced.
YouTube video here
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XL400R when she arrived end of 1982
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Honda introduce the new 400 XLR in 1982.
An efficient, modern bike that holds up against the XT
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XL600R arrived in October 1982
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The HONDA excitement continues, it was in 1982. Honda after to introduce a lot of new road bike like the GolWing, CBX1000, CX500 take care the road and trail use surfing on the Paris Dakar image.
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HONDA XR200R 1983 n°38
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Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Disassemble a Honda XR. Inspect, clean, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important things like the engine. Find the spare parts that are no longer available from the manufacturer and that's it.
contact@classic-red.frPhone. : 00336 07 98 11 37
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XR 350 1984 n°122
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This XR350 is now in a private collection since january 2021
Only 18326 km New front tire FIM certification, neuf transmission, neuw camshaft chain, new engine and oil filter, new spark plug, new foam filter, front forks with new oil, new front fork boots. Plastics in good condition.
Youtube video here
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XR 500 1984 n°121
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This CLASSIC RED XR500 1984 is in perfect condition with a "matching number" engine. The engine has been completely dismantled. The crankcase bearings are new, as is the timing chain. New FIM front tire, brakes OK, ultrasonic cleaned carburettors, new air filter, new spark plug, right exhaust muffler without oxidation, rear shock absorber works right, new seat cover, new rubber grips, new filter and engine oil mineral 20W50, secondary transmission in good condition with less than 25% wear, mudguards and side covers in very good condition not broken.
It is fitted with the very rary Honda genuine handguards that appeared in 1984 on this XR500.
The XR500 was one of the most used motorbike by private riders on the Paris Dakar that year. Robust, reliable, she even won the women's category.
This XR is for sale with its regular licence, Honda brand, type PE03
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HONDA XR200R 1983 n°134 -genuine speedometer and exhaust-
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Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1983.The bike has been completely dismantled in order to repaint the frame in the famous original Flash Red color.The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide.This bike hasn't hardly been driven as proof, it still has the original Honda handlebars with a pronounced rear hanger typical of US Baja style motorcycles.The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This XR was delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda brand, type ME04
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Rebuilt Honda XLR 250 1982
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Completely disassemble a Honda XL250R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert can monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
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Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
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Rebuilt Honda XLR 400
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Completely disassemble a Honda XL400R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert can monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
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HONDA XR200R 1983 n°31
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Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1983.The bike has been partialy dismantled in order to repaint the frame in the famous original Flash Red color.The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide.
The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This XR is delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda brand, type ME04
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HONDA CR500 RALLY GILLES LALAY
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GILLES LALAY was already a great international enduro rider when Honda recruited him. 
His racing program will include the Dakar he won in 1989 on the NXR but also the Atlas Rally which he will also win on this improbable CR500 recently restored by CLASSIC RED.
This motorcycle has been specially prepared by HONDA Japan with a 20 liter aluminum tank. 
HONDA France will add two 10-liter 'suitcases' (made by Christian CHAPLAIN) in order to increase the range to 200 km.
This copy is part of the personal collection of Cyril NEVEU.
There will be very few copies of this CR500 RALLYE entrusted to NEVEU for the rally in Tunisia where I had the honor of being its mechanic.
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CYRIL NEVEU HONDA XL500 PARIS DAKAR 1981
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In 1981 Cyril Neveu was recruited by Honda following his 2 previous victories on the already famous PARIS-DAKAR.To give itself the best chance of success Honda built an experienced rider's team. The XL500 was fitted by the Honda France racing service. By lack of experience for this type of very long race, the results will not be up to expectations. Many technical problems will not prevent the grumpy Cyril Neveu to finish in Dakar, last !
CLASSIC RED has just restored this XL500 in memory of this memorable year.
In 1982 Honda R&D will prepare him a super reliable XL550 which will allow to Cyril Neveu to win all the races of the year !
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XR 500 1983 n°53 rear wheel18", Supertrapp, reinforced handlebarr
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A strong baby booked this XR500. 110kg so we replaced the rear schock absorber and we set the front forks according to the rider. The engine and the chassis have past the 100 checkpoints according to Honda's original specifications.The muffler is a Supertrap, the rear wheel is 18" to make it easy to use FIM tire, the handlebarr is reinforced 28mm, front plate and speedometer US type
This is the second year of the 500 cc RFVC engine.It was developed in 600 from 1985 and then in 650 on the famous Dominator. The 500 being the playful because of its capacity to rev up faster than the 600.
The XR500 was one of the most used motorbike by private riders on the Paris Dakar that year. Robust, reliable, she even won the women's category.
This XR was sold with its regular licence, Honda brand, type PE03
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XR 500 1982
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Exceptional and rare XR500R model 1982 in perfect conditionThe original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
This bike has hardly been driven as proof, it still has the original Honda handlebars with a pronounced rear hanger typical of US Baja style motorcycles.
We imported this XR500 from Calgary to France by plane. Then go to UK to obtain a road registration and she came back to France to ride with a special collection registration V5.
This XR was delivered to a private museum
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HONDA XR200R 1982 n°176
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Very limited quantity for XR200R at Classic Red
Restoration in the rules for this superb XR200R model 1982..The restoration was done perfectly, that is to say that everything was not repainted to hide. New speedometer, exhaust line 'speciale', tire FIM certification, large foot peggs, AFAM strong alloy handlebarr.
The original engine has been revised and works perfectly.
Our XR are delivered with its collection registration licence, Honda
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CLASSIC RED in newspaper
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Where does Classic Red come from ? Why Classic Red ? Discover the report in La Vie de la Moto of July 2020

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Rebuilt Honda XLR 500 1982
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Completely disassemble a Honda XL500R. Inspect, clean, repair, repair, every part. Spend a lot of time on important elements such as the engine. Find craftspeople who are willing to work on "old" ones. Find the parts more available from the manufacturer and that's the job. A certified expert has monitored the reconstruction and certify the job quality.
contact@classic-red.com
Tél. : 06 07 98 11 37
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