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Engine ID mystery - XR 250? Year?

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I have called Honda here in Nova Scotia, and I have researched for a few days, but I can't find out what year the motor I have bought is...I found this on the block.  L250e L100633   It is "supposed" to be a late 80's XR 250.  But, I'm afraid it might be an older XL 250 for some reason.  (big heavy chrome kickstarter).  My 4 valve motor blew in my 84 XR 200 and this was supposed to be a project replacement engine.

 

Anyone have any input?    I don't have any access to the Frame or VIN the motor came from...long story.

 

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Judging by the cover that is on the left side of the cylinder head cover  and the fact that it is a single exhaust port motor I think you have a XR 200 motor on your hands, not an XR250R.  Also the jug on the cyllinder looks too small and "tapered" down to be a 250.  I'm no expert, but if I were you I would post these pictures on the 200 forum and see if you can get any hits. 

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Looks like a 70s vintage XL250 motor. If it is a five speed it is an XL or 80 XR250 motor, the 81 XR250R motor was a six speed. 

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I just went outside and took some pics!  

 

Also...it looks like my eyes were playing tricks on me the first night, because here that "L" wasn't an L after all.. it was a 1.  So here is the proper code.

 

 

L250E-1100633

 

I took a pic of that too

 

Thanks everyone.  Hope the pics help ya's help me.IMG_0578.JPGIMG_0577.JPGIMG_0574.JPGIMG_0572.JPGIMG_0571.JPGIMG_0570.JPG

 

 

Oh, and the shift pattern says 1 down 5 up I recall.

Edited by risingwaters

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I found a similar Honda XL250 motors.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-XL250-ENGINE-BOTTOM-END-L250E-1976-/380577994208?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts_13&hash=item589c3755e0&vxp=mtr

 

HONDA XL250 ENGINE BOTTOM END L250E - 1976

Bottom End for Honda Xl250 1976-78 - Engine number L250E-1102822 - Turns over - crank looks to be 

 

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/928697-honda-engine-id-number/

I got a 1975 Honda XL250 for $100 from a guy who was cleaning out his garage. After taking the engine apart, I discovered that it's not the original engine (1972-73 XL250)

L250E-1000604

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Honda's motorcycle ID Guide has different info than has been posted in this thread and its links, so I don't know who is correct but I'm inclined to believe the accuracy of American Honda's publication.

 

72-73 XL250 K0, engine no: SL250E-1000001 and on

74 XL250 K1, engine no: XL250E-2000001 and on

75 XL250 K2, engine no: XL250E-3000001and on

76 XL250, engine no: XL250E-4000001and on

78 XL250, engine no: XL250E-5000001and on

79 XL250, engine no: XL250E-5108504and on

80 XL250, engine no: MD01E-5200001and on

 

The S and X prefix seems to be missing on some of the posted engine numbers but the serials are a good guide to the model year.

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Honda's motorcycle ID Guide has different info than has been posted in this thread and its links, so I don't know who is correct but I'm inclined to believe the accuracy of American Honda's publication.

 

72-73 XL250 K0, engine no: SL250E-1000001 and on

74 XL250 K1, engine no: XL250E-2000001 and on

75 XL250 K2, engine no: XL250E-3000001and on

76 XL250, engine no: XL250E-4000001and on

78 XL250, engine no: XL250E-5000001and on

79 XL250, engine no: XL250E-5108504and on

80 XL250, engine no: MD01E-5200001and on

 

The S and X prefix seems to be missing on some of the posted engine numbers but the serials are a good guide to the model year.

 

 

Well...I think that tells the tale!  Looks like a 72 -73 xl250 and not a late 80's xr250 as I was told by the seller.    Ugh...I've been taken for a little ride, on an old XL!!   lol  

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At least on ebay you have recourse if the seller misrepresents.

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