Hey all, thanks for creating such a great forum. Stumbled upon 3 bikes in the Utah desert while picking antiques with my GF (she owns a small antique store). The owner/hoarder had passed at the ripe age of 92 and his son had spent a month just cleaning out the upstairs alone. It was ridiculous, I helped clear a path into the basement and 3 of us spent an entire week just taking out what was in there.
During a break in the action I wandered the back yard and found 2 bikes under a tarp that had weathered completely through on the west facing side and a 50's Tote Goat on its side next to them, went back and made a deal, all three for $500.
I rode an XL175 as a kid (heavy bike for a 14 y/o) and my dad rode the XL350 so I have fond memories of these bikes before I got let loose on the 125 and 250 Elsinores of the mid 70's era.
The bikes I got are the '78 XL125 and a '72 CL350, the old guy bought both brand new according to his son and put 3525 miles on the 350 and 2026 on the 125. both are in factory condition, no mods and both are suffering from inevitable surface rust. the tank on the 125 seems pretty clean but the tank on the 350 has a varnish and residue that stinks like hell in it so I'll have to tumble that one for sure.
I have a ''76 BMW 75/6 barn find that a buddy tore down and got back up running for me as a trade deal, I ride it here in Utah on the back roads and enjoy it. I'm planning on doing the same with these bikes but since we are in the desert near old mining and ghost towns it just makes sense to have a couple of enduros (I know, 350 not a true enduro but can handle the many dirt roads out here) to explore with the GF.
All that being said I am not a mechanic nor do I pretend to be. I have a shop with tools and space to tear these down and leave them for an extended period of time, I grew up in an auto body shop but I was a painter and spent my time prepping, painting and detailing so I know that side but the mechanical side I'll leave to the pros. Ive been perusing many threads here but I might ask for help finding one that is specific about tear downs and rebuilds for someone not totally hip on sequencing?
Anyway thanks again and I am open to any help or constructive criticism as I am a newb at this for sure.
ps. I'm not incapable, this is a project I've had for over a decade, you know how these things go...