1972 Honda SL70 K0 #4

VIN#  SL70-1075074

Light Ruby Red

This bike started out as a Light Ruby Red and was purchased from the original owner.  He was in his 70’s and had owned three Honda dealerships.  Over the years, every time Honda came out with a bike he liked, he assembled one and put it back.  He did this to an SL70 along with about 70 other bikes.  I found this through some deep research and managed to buy it just as he was coming to the decision to part out his collection.  He told me that it had only been moved from dealership to museum to storage and around a bit and that it really hadn’t ever been ridden.  I agreed to a price, which I thought was high, but figured that I was buying one the most original and untouched bikes around.  We arranged shipping and when the bike arrived, it was a bit of a surprise.  The left hand side point cover had been replaced with a later model cover, and the seat was smooth as a whistle and was an NOS item from an XL70.  The exhaust baffle was missing and the owner had scratched the front fender while loading the bike for shipping.  It wouldn’t start and it was pretty obvious that the carburetor was full of sludge as it stunk really badly of old gas.  Even with all this, the bike really did look like it had hardly been ridden.  The Trail Wing tires still looked pretty new.

I put the bike up for a bit and finally decided that the bike deserved a restoration.  The pictures following will show that it went down to the frame and it turned out really nice.  After rebuilding the carburetor and assembled, it started on the first kick.  The engine is in fantastic shape and the bike runs and drives nicely.  I started the restoration on this bike and was going to make it Aquarius Blue, but because of the originality of it, I went back Light Ruby Red after having the original tank repainted around the original badges.  Therefore, some of the pictures from the restoration are in 'blue'.

I'm working on reproducing the SL70 Tank Badges.  If you are interested in some, please let me know.

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