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74 Honda SL 125 S discussion forum:
29 years ago...
|29 years ago...|
|Fred said 2002-03-08 15:36|
I remember...buying an SL 125 for $400 in 1973. I was 15 and graduating from a CT 70. I weighed about 150 pounds and before I geared it down, the speedometer would read (yeas yea we know Japanese speedometers to be 10% optimistic) 75 MPH while the 12 HP single sang away at 10,000 plus. I did this once at night (no license yet) while an old high school friend listened from his house. The straightaway was long and he couldnīt believe how long he could hear the little Honda at red line. After I got it geared down, with a one tooth off counter shaft sprocket, I also put on a too big but effective (4") rear knobby tire. It now would top out at 55 MPH, but remember climbing things I canīt believe I went up. Isnīt peer pressure great? I mean cliffs of sand. Point it to the wall of sand, wind it out in 4th, punch 3rd at the bottom and donīt let off no matter what until you near the top, then chop the throttle just before you clear so you donīt loop it. Fun. Long controlled wheelies, even if they were the cheat and drag your legs variety, were a snap.
I always thought the SL line was an attractive group of bikes. I still enjoy looking at them and wouldnt mind doing a basic restoration to one. But I now weigh 280 pounds and put around on a geared down KDX 200. But this mid life guy can still take a trip in the memory banks to hearing that blue 125 singing away on a warm summer night. Fred Bates Derry NH
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