1971 Honda SL70

Since my son was really ready for a larger bike when I had this project ready, it has never been riden more than 15 to 30 minutes since completion. The clutch was slipping a little in the higher gears last time I rode it. When I was a child, a neighbor got an XL 70 a couple years after mine. (about 73 or 74) It was almost the exact same bike except for a narower tank and turn signals. As a child I wished mine had blinkers for whatever reason. Thus, I decided to add blinkers to this project at the time. Now that I am through, I will probably take them back off to make the bike a more legit SL.

1971 Honda SL70

The first real motorcycle I ever called my own was a 1971 Honda SL70. It was a red one. I wish I knew how many miles I put on that litle bike from 1971 to 1978 or 79 when dad bought me a Twinstar. I remember having transmission problems a few times. We got pretty good at taking the transmission apart and replaceing 1st and / or 3rd gear. Around 2000 or 2001 I was in a storage shed at a local motorycle shop near Mayfield, KY at spotted this bike. It belonged to the business owner and he was not really interested in parting with the bike. He had seen a couple of other projects I had completed and trusted that I would actually restore the bike and not just move it to my place to let it set and rust some more. I bought it to build for my son, but as we were finishing the project, I realized my son was already big enough for the Twinstar. In short I restored the bike and it has not run 30 minutes since then. My grandson is now about ready to learn, maybe I can get him started on that bike like I did.