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Motopreserve
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  • From:USA

Date Posted:11/07/2017 12:48 PMCopy HTML

Hey folks.  Been meaning to hop on this board and introduce myself since I began working on a 1972 XL250 Motosport.  Always loved these little bikes, and was motivated to pick one up when my ex-girlfriend had expressed interest in learning to ride.  Figured it would be the perfect learner bike for someone her height, allowing her to sit flat-footed, even with the large(ish) seat and semi-knobby tires. 

Was able to pick this one up from a old-timer, retired bike mechanic in New Hampshire.  Ran when I bought it - but cosmetically it needed some help.  I had decided not to go full factory-restoration, and give it a little personal flair.  Other than paint, seat cover, handlebars, battery and tires, I have kept the rest stock.  Cleaning off the 40 year old mud was the biggest challenge!  Have it pretty well sorted, and it's nearly back together and ready for tuning.   

I have a question that I am hoping you all can help me with.  I have replaced the throttle and clutch cables, but have reused the Tach and Speedo cables that were on the bike when I bought it.  They are in decent shape and have been lubed.  The gauges are in the stock location on the headlight mount/perch, but both cables seem to be too long.  Not sure if this is because they had previously been replaced with incorrect length, or if my issue is with the current routing. 

The Speedo cable should work fine - with no dramatic kinks in the run.  But the Tach cable, despite being routed through the clips etc has a tough kink up at the gauge.  Does anyone have a link to a good photo that depicts the proper routing - and/or a measurement for the proper length of the Tach cable?  I'd like to be sure I know the correct length before I order a new cable.  Any help would be much appreciated.

Couple pics showing the new color scheme....






MatsXL #1
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  • From:Sweden

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/03/2017 7:20 AMCopy HTML

Hi, I found these pics showing cable routing, can't remember where now. 
Hope they help, even though I guess you may have sorted it already.


Motopreserve #2
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  • Posts:4
  • From:USA

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/03/2017 1:04 PMCopy HTML

Thanks so much for the reply! 

I have seen diagrams in the shop manual I have, but despite my best efforts, the cable routing still seem funky. I'm going to try a few things and see if I can get the twists and turns to be a little more mellow.  Not sure if I have the correct tach cable or not (my biggest concern). 

Appreciate the help.

Scott
XLKirk #3
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  • From:USA

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/04/2017 10:44 PMCopy HTML

Here's a pic off of my bike from a few years ago. It's a stock configuration. Do you have these cable brackets?

Motopreserve #4
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  • From:USA

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/05/2017 12:05 PMCopy HTML

Thanks so much for the reply and the detailed pic.  I do have all the cable brackets you show except the small rubber one on the front fender (need to find it or order a new one).  The second photo from the manual above doesn't show the Tach cable through there - but I see you have yours routed that way.  Looks like routing it through that fender hoop may help pull it down/out enough to take up the extra length I have now. 

It looks like i may also have one additional bracket than you're using (PIC ADDED - right side of bike secured on the backside of the ignition mount).  Currently I have it routed through that too like in the photo/manual.  I think if I have to route it through the fender hoop, I'll need to remove it from this additional bracket.  It would cause it to pull in odd directions.

Appreciate all the help folks.

Scott
MatsXL #5
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  • From:Sweden

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/05/2017 1:28 PMCopy HTML

Just adding to the confusion, I'll show an alternate routing from my bike then. :)



Motopreserve #6
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  • From:USA

Re:Intro and cable routing....

Date Posted:12/05/2017 1:51 PMCopy HTML

Actually, your photo shows exactly how I have it routed now.  This is the routing that leaves too much length up top at the Tach/headlight area.  This is what makes me think I have a cable that is too long.  It's the one that came with the bike - so maybe I should try to find a stock one (or at least confirmed stock length).

Appreciate the pics.  Not confusing, everything helps narrow it down... :)


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