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I was recently given this motorcycle from the collection of one of my dad's pool cleaning customers. I know the engine is from a 1976 XL350, I know it is has a massive Sudco-built carb, magnesium side covers, and that's about it.  Any ideas as to either the history of this bike (specific to this bike or general information about what class this would have raced in) or specifically the frame? I've found some similar designs, but nothing exactly like I have. Some of the main differences: multiple mounting points for rear shock, rectangular stock on frame cross bar, and heavy gusseting at neck.

Once I trace down the spark issue, I would love to get this out on the track. I've always had an interest in flat track but have always been more of a street (old CBs) and trail (CRF450X) guy. This is the nudge to get me into it! :)  I live in Santa Cruz, CA, any recommendations on a good way to get started?





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Re: XL350 Flat Tracker, any info?

Krumple
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​That is one beautiful specimen.  I also have a very clean restored XL350.  

 I see that no one has responded here.  Please feel free to contact me at [hidden email] or 415-320-7889.

thanks,

Randy

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM, XL350FlatTrack [via California Flat Track Association (CFTA)] <[hidden email]> wrote:
I was recently given this motorcycle from the collection of one of my dad's pool cleaning customers. I know the engine is from a 1976 XL350, I know it is has a massive Sudco-built carb, magnesium side covers, and that's about it.  Any ideas as to either the history of this bike (specific to this bike or general information about what class this would have raced in) or specifically the frame? I've found some similar designs, but nothing exactly like I have. Some of the main differences: multiple mounting points for rear shock, rectangular stock on frame cross bar, and heavy gusseting at neck.

Once I trace down the spark issue, I would love to get this out on the track. I've always had an interest in flat track but have always been more of a street (old CBs) and trail (CRF450X) guy. This is the nudge to get me into it! :)  I live in Santa Cruz, CA, any recommendations on a good way to get started?








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Re: XL350 Flat Tracker, any info?

Rod Lake
Hello,
I have raced Honda XL350's for quite a few years, I have seen most specialty frames. I have three possible ideas on the maker of the frame.
1. The welds on the headstock look to me like the frame was a one off, it has Star Frame glass on it, (tank at least, it might be a Boss, or Shell seat) that is a midwestern made frame, pretty popular in the midwest.
2. It is a Star frame, but The welding doesn't look accurate, I have a star frame, most had a star welded in the head stock.
3. It is a Wasco frame. Wasco frames were made in Washington, by Dick Wascher, they were good handling frames, Dick didn't really have his own fiberglass tank and seat, usually people put other glass on them.
That is my three cents, I never saw this bike run in Northern California, I would have remembered it, well at least I think I would have. I have been dropped on my head a time or two.
I have many extra break parts and levers that might fit, when you are getting it ready for the track, let me know, you can look through my parts and have whatever you need to get it going, it should be simple.
Have fun,
Rod Lake
Rodlake@gmail.com

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Re: XL350 Flat Tracker, any info?

Don6cyl
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Hi, This frame and swing arm is definitely a Cheney chassis. I have one and and have seen many in the Eastern USA.
Jerry has been around a long time but I'm not sure when he started to build frames. There are built to accept almost any motor hence the wide spacing of the tubes in the front and center under the seat. They handle well but are large and gorky looking. Hard to argue with results though.

You can look at his web site and confirm my declaration.
 http://www.flattrackaccessories.com/

I'm surprised Rod Lake did not know what it was. I understand he owns lots of bikes but they must all be west coast built. LOL C&J, Redline, Knight, Champion, Lazer, Panther, KR, Carol and Shell perhaps.

Cheers
Don
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