1972 Honda SL70 K0 #1

VIN# SL70-1077986

Summer Yellow

This is the bike that started the old bike collection craze.  I got my original drivers license at 14 years of age on a Red 1971 Honda SL70.  You will find a picture of that bike with me on it in the Old Bike Pictures section.  I bought this bike without really caring if it was all original or not and just wanted to re-live the memories and have a bike to run around on.  The bike had been taken apart at some point and the frame was repainted, but in a dark grey color.  The fenders were painted silver and the engine cases were done with black krinkle spray paint.  The gas tank and side covers were in nice shape and I would later discover that the tank was an almost new tank found on a Honda dealer's shelf.

Initially, I just redid the engine covers and fenders and played around with it a bit.  The bike runs really well, but it just took its’ place in the living room.   After a bit, I changed the color to the Aquarius blue because I had purchased another SL70 with red body work that was really nice.  The bike remained this way until March 2004 when I took it down to the frame and restored it properly.  I discovered a lot about SL70’s with this bike and realized over time that almost all bolts etc were not original ones.  The restoration included sanding and painting the frame and refurbishing the engine cases.  I had to find a chain guard as well as a rear brake return spring that was missing.  I put a Summer Yellow body kit on it as I had robbed the Aquarius Blue kit for another bike.

I think the pictures tell the story on this one as it turned out really nice.  The pictures on the following pages tell the story of the restoration.  This was a pretty nice bike to begin with, so it didn't require an engine rebuild and I already had a painted kit available.  Take a look at the clock in the pictures as I took lots of shots to see the progress.  Believe it or not, it only took a bit over 14 hours of labor to disassemble, sand, repaint, replace and reassemble the bike.

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