Finally done.... "Works" HRC XR75 ??

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7/25/2019 8:54 AM










So.... although I've built several full size vintage show bikes and racers with period correct race mods, this is my first mini build. Obviously it HAD to be an XR75 since that's what we all had for pit bikes back then.

This one was in semi sketchy condition which is what you'd expect for a 42 yo thrashed mini . But it was a good base starting point.

First it was stripped down ,engine popped apart, finely bead blasted, painted in VMX red at 50% gloss, new bearings, seals, Big bore High compression Wiseco piston, Custom ground high performance cam, new valves, A PVL ignition, billet intake and a 24 mm Mikuni rounded out the engine.
The frame was repaired in a few spots, kick stand cut off and ground smooth and painted in the same VMX red at full gloss as was the fuel tank. Used cut down Elsinore forks in the front. Works Gassers in the rear attached to an authentic DG alloy arm, A DG race exhaust was found ,stripped and I did my special "scotchbrite wheel" procedure on it, lol. made an alloy rear brake stay , adapted some modern footpegs, and had old Vital member Clayton Miller do some bronze cerakoting work on the valve cover, triples , clutch cable guide and a couple other pieces. Mika mini bars,old school Oury grips (still my favorite !!) and shorty Maguras handle the controls. I had a local upholsterer conjur up an HRC blue seat cover , polished up some DID rims and anodized them gold and slipped a nice Pirelli on the rear and an IRC on the front.All the hardware is polished stainless allen heads, found a couple of NOS axles (the originals were beyond refinishing) And my man at TJ ghosted in my "277" on the big number 1 ,pretty cool !! And the "L" pays a little tribute to my wife (her initial) for putting up with my crazy Vintage bike disease.

Finished product came out better than I expected, now I'm almost afraid to use it for what I intended.
I'm a little torn on putting any period correct decals that I originally planned on doing, because it looks so damn good naked.
So any comments, critique and advice is welcomed .
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7/25/2019 9:14 AM

it is saawwweeeet!! as is. Great job and great eye for detail. You should be very happy with that lil' thumper

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I was G before the "moto drive" to Vital

7/25/2019 9:17 AM

Thanks G, took longer than I hoped , but had a couple of big bikes to finish at the same time.

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7/25/2019 9:18 AM

maybe just a DG decal on arm?


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I was G before the "moto drive" to Vital

7/25/2019 9:24 AM

Yeah, I may do that. I have those and the wrap around DG exhaust decal , just wasn't sure if it would muddy it up too much. I may need to stare at it a week or two before I start slapping on the decals. I started with omnipresent BelRay front fender decal the decided to stop for further review.

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7/25/2019 9:25 AM

She’s a beauty Clark!

Brings back memories. After a Rupp mini bike, my first “real” motorcycle was an XR in ‘73 I think. Rode the wheels off of that thing!

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7/25/2019 9:28 AM

Thanks, lol. Yep, I started on a Rupp pull start too !!! But XR's were EVERYWHERE , and we all had them at one time or another. They still make the best pit bikes in my opinion. Bulletproof and comfortable to ride

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7/25/2019 10:58 AM

That is one bad ass mini! I love it.

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7/25/2019 12:04 PM

That thing looks unbelievable
Great work. Does someone make an aluminum kicker for XRs?

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7/25/2019 12:07 PM

That thing looks unbelievable
Great work. Does someone make an aluminum kicker for XRs?

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7/25/2019 12:14 PM

Thanks, I couldn't find an aluminum kicker ,so i had the stocker "hard chromed" them massaged it on my scotchbrite wheel. Gave it a brushed aluminum look.

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7/25/2019 7:48 PM

Super nice, Probro! Thank you for the notice on it.

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Harrison Backmon, Esq.

7/26/2019 5:23 AM

source for XR stuff..........
https://www.re-mx.com/

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Larry Navarro - Spring,TX. Damm glad to meetcha!

7/26/2019 6:20 AM

wfoyz250 wrote:

source for XR stuff..........
https://www.re-mx.com/

Yeah, Dan hooked me up with an NOS fuel tap , the rear sprocket and possibly the cables , but there aren't many stock pieces on this bike.

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7/26/2019 7:09 AM

Less is more.......
Looks great as is!

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7/26/2019 7:30 AM

WOW - amazing job!

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7/26/2019 7:38 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/26/2019 7:39 AM

backinthesaddleagain wrote:

WOW - amazing job!

Thanks oldsocal and BITS ,it did come out even better than I hoped.

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7/26/2019 8:45 AM

That's RAD!!!!

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7/26/2019 2:13 PM

chuckie108 wrote:

That's RAD!!!!

Thanks Chuckie

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7/27/2019 11:22 AM

Just how lovely is that- great job! Paintwork looks stunning.
Wish I never sold mine 12 years ago but needed full resto and alot of time and dedication I never had.

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Always was an excellent rider ...... at crashing usually

Moto Aspes, you know you want one

7/27/2019 1:43 PM

a22 wrote:

Just how lovely is that- great job! Paintwork looks stunning.
Wish I never sold mine 12 years ago but needed full resto and alot of time and dedication I never had.

Thanks for the kind words.

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7/27/2019 4:55 PM

That is so nice.

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7/27/2019 6:08 PM

Top of the line work! Excellent Tribute bike! Great skills!
I've always wanted to build a "Vulcan" XR.

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8/7/2019 6:59 PM

nice detail. dont forget to go ride it !

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8/9/2019 5:02 PM

Very nice!! I’m glad you did the motor red - I’ve been debating doing that with my ‘78. Looking at your bike I think it looks good. I wanna make mine a mini Marty Smith replica. Have the Fox Airshox for the rear and the CR80 forks. Just need an aluminum swingarm now. Thanks for the inspiration

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8/9/2019 6:18 PM

swatdoc wrote:

Very nice!! I’m glad you did the motor red - I’ve been debating doing that with my ‘78. Looking at your bike I think it looks good. I wanna make mine a mini Marty Smith replica. Have the Fox Airshox for the rear and the CR80 forks. Just need an aluminum swingarm now. Thanks for the inspiration

Thanks--I was tossing around doing the engine in black, but the original plan was to build a mini Red Rocket,so I went with it. I'm really happy with the decision to do the matching red but cutting the gloss to 50% . It looks REALLY good in real life. The pics really don't do it justice. As I was nearing completion I started to let some of Baileys Grand National bike influence slip into the build, as in the blue seat cover ,fork boots and plate backgrounds and the HRC decals. But I'm 100% happy with the results. Good luck with yours and make sure you post pics.

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8/12/2019 12:43 AM

Not a good resto!
It's too good and i'd put it straight in the pool room (trophy room) no i'd ride it nope on second thoughts i'd leave it in the pool room but jeez it would be good to ride.
Good luck with your decision

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8/12/2019 11:38 AM

Richard Tease II wrote:

Not a good resto!
It's too good and i'd put it straight in the pool room (trophy room) no i'd ride it nope on second thoughts i'd leave it in the pool room but jeez it would be good to ride.
Good luck with your decision

Thanks !! Well---- I do have others to ride, so it may end up in the "Show only" side of the garage/shop, but I actually have ridden it around our home track (when it was dry,lol) runs pretty good but its probably destined to sit next to the Fox Suzuki , The CH industries Elsinore and the DG 100. Sometimes I hate when they turn out TOO good .

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8/13/2019 9:24 AM

Amazing work OldPro! I too grew up on one of these legendary bikes...had a '78 XR-75. Love everything you did, and bonus on the gold rims, DG swinger, TJ graphics and m id 80's HRC color scheme! That looks like a lifelong keeper to me. Congrats!!

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8/13/2019 11:35 AM

mxracer106 wrote:

Amazing work OldPro! I too grew up on one of these legendary bikes...had a '78 XR-75. Love everything you did, and bonus on the gold rims, DG swinger, TJ graphics and m id 80's HRC color scheme! That looks like a lifelong keeper to me. Congrats!!

Thanks 106, yeah its probably going into "after my death" collection to my daughter ,lol

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