Merry Christmas folk.
So I'm finally back, journey from hell. But anyways. I've fixed the main post and got the pictures working again. I got to see my lovely GasGas, forks are done and the entire electrical system was basically ripped out. Unfortunately I have no pictures but it was spaghetti everywhere, computer didnt work and the headlight and breaklights don't rely on it so they still work. However if someone plans on putting indicators back on it in the future I will be wishing them luck.
Bike has been raised and suspension set to my height and weight.
Gearbox still has issues, neutral is a bitch. The bike will not get into neutral the majority of the time. It will also some times pop out of gear and go to neutral. Therefore the gearbox oil change has not been done since it will have to be taken apart.
License plate and rear light had broken off after a failed hill-climb. So a metal bar was bolted onto the rear to hold it all together.
Whilst I was in France dad decided he wanted a bike in France and found himself a 1982 XT125 in good condition. Bike starts well but suffers from carb and fueling issues which means it stalls when going uphill. It was a barn find though so it's going for renovation. So far I know the tyres will be replaced, carb and tank will go for a thorough cleaning and the forks need to be done up as they are leaking. Gearbox and engine feel very smooth so I don't expect any surprises but we'll see.
@CYBER-NINJA The links on the main post are from 5-6 months ago, doesn't look like they work any more. When I get back I'll re-upload them somewhere and fix them. I'll also make another reply with the new bike and some photos But that won't be for at least 2 weeks since the objective at first was work, not bikes haha
So I've finally been able to ride my DT around, paperwork took ages but I've now been riding the bike for several days and enjoying myself! A few months ago my father and I decided to pass our CBT together so of course he now needed a bike. We ended up buying another DT in France and brought it back up with the my own DT, this was convenient as we had to head down to France anyway.
Here are some pictures of his at the time we bought it! She's a 2000 model with a 3MB head, hadn't run often for the past year and refused to start 2 days ago so we bought some spare spark plugs and I installed a new one, gave it a kick and off it went! Runs well but needs some tuning on the carb, likes to stall at times so I'll give it a clean when I can.
I also gave my bike a cleanup and some polish to bring some shine back out, only did a quick scrub on the wheels as night was falling.
@Louis-James As far as I know the idea of the DT200WR was to build a trail bike that could compete and win in enduro races. Though obviously that brings the question as to why go halfway... also they were being made at the time when 2-stroke emissions were starting to be criticised and overall the appeal of 2-strokes was dying down considerably. Luckily in recent years it has picked up again. But I think back in the 90s there weren't many people who actually wanted to put the money in said bike.
So it's been a while since I got my hands dirty. I've mostly been enjoying my Benelli ever since I got it back a couple months ago after I kinda got in an accident with it... but I'm forgetting that so don't remind me of it.
Anyway, my DT is now SORNed and has been in the garage for months now and since the cold has now settled in I don't see myself riding it any time soon and I don't plan on selling it. So I've decided to take it apart and give it a good clean, get rid of some rust and worn out screws and bolts. I still need to buy some basic tools I'm missing before going any further but for now I've undressed her and already discovered something I really do not like.
I found this, something I really don't appreciate. Screw that holds the faring has been replaced and whoever worked on it has put a screw that is way too long and then was stupid enough not to notice it punctured the fuel tank. This wasn't there last time I worked on the bike and considering I put it in a garage for carb cleaning, a brake service and an MOT about a year ago I can only assume a mechanic working there has fooked it up. I believe the tank is made from aluminium? But if someone knows better please tell me as I'll either be welding it or getting one of those plastic patch thingies or something.
That's what she looks like at the moment, as I said I still need a couple more tools before I want to go any further which I will get my hands on eventually. It's obvious in some areas the rust has settled in, especially on the rear. Plenty of bolts back there need replacing. As for rust patches I'll just sand them down and just spray over with primer and black paint, nothing major and most of it is hidden away so I am not bothered. Just happy I'm getting my hands dirty for once. One thing is for sure though, I need a heater in there!
So I got my A2 license and been browsing for a simple urban four-stroke that I could use when I just want to go that little bit further than the DT. Ideally as a Yamboy I was looking at an MT07 or even an MT03. But I'm very picky on the colours and besides that it was too expensive for me to afford. So I ended up browsing gumtree for other options and I just happened to have discovered and found that Benelli were back and there was one for sale 1 hour away from me. So looked at the reviews and decided to go see it. Gave it a good look around, checked the tax, insurance etc and I came to the decision that I'd buy. So low and behold, the Benelli BN302!
Honestly I think it is the best looking 300 on the market and comes with nice features. Upside-down forks with adjustable dampening, single side-mounted shock absorber with adjustable dampening. Single brembo disk at the back, dual brembo front disks at the front. Digital speedo and standard tachometer. Full LED lighting. Engine is a 300cc 38hp DOHC in-line twin, plenty power to enjoy for me and it likes high revs up to 11k. It's the cheapest 300 out there but actually has a lot to offer. The only 2 downsides really is the weight, it's almost 200kg! Very different to the DT for sure and also I find it relatively low. Then again I am 6 foot tall and have long legs so... make of that what you will.
2015 model so no ABS, but I've never had a bike with ABS so I'm really not fussed about it. Only ~4800 miles.
I'll put it simply, a YZ engine is bullet proof. Practically the same engine between the 125 and 250 and both are stupidly reliable. If you went by the book, you'd be taking apart the engine for inspection/rebuild after every race or "sortie". Which obviously not many people outside of a professional enviroment do, so my general advice on this is simple. If you ride smooth and with a good mixture, you should be getting about 60 hours on a top end. Both engines cost about the same to rebuild, the biggest difference is fuel consumption. You will be filling up more at petrol stations with a 250 than a 125 for sure. So it doesn't really matter when it comes to the technical aspect of it.
However, for a more "childish" approach. You will have a LOT more fun on the 125 if you're planning to be popping wheelies, letting the back wheel slide etc. It is a much more childish bike in that regard than the 250 and is more nervous, but if you one day want to do some hill climbing and you stall, that 125 will not get going again unlike the 250. A 250 is a much better bike if you ride in an enduro environment, a 125 is for the fields/tracks.
I sort of understand what calum is saying. But personally, I'd run it by the numbers. I have no experience with rolling roads, Dynos and rebuilding engines etc... But I have plenty of experience with getting the maximum of performance out of computers. Now you can build yourself a nice rig and all and it can run your programs, engines, games or whatever absolutely fine. But if you don't tune your rig and set it up properly, then you're just losing some of the extra kick. And in which case, I then have to go and run the numbers
If you're happy enough with a smooth ride, that's fine. If you want to push it to the limit then you'll need the numbers.
@Calum Yes, it certainly is a tidy bike. But I certainly don't plan to ride it to the UK, I'll most likely get a friend with a van once my summer is over in France. There is a family home there in the country, perfect for enduro trails. I currently plan on changing the tyres since they're road tyres, and as for modifications I like original stock best. But I wouldn't mind 2 or 3 new additions XP
@Biker_123 I only had time to ride it for a few days but when I did I certainly didn't feel anything wrong with it, always started on the 1st or 2nd kick. Engine was very smooth and so was the gearbox, it stayed in a garage and had been taken care of for several years by a very nice lady.
RT100 was a good bike, kept mine for a good 4-5 years before I grew too big for it. Mine hadn't been cared too well by its previous owner . When I picked it up it the guy said it hadn't run for several months. First time riding it the bike wouldn't stop losing power so we took it apart, found mud and dirt everywhere in the fuel tank, lines and in the carb. Spent a good day and a half cleaning it but after it ran well. Sticking it in neutral was always a challenge though, in fact most the time I didn't bother trying to get it in neutral. Either way, I don't regret having bought it as I had some good years on it