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Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Dieago on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:47 am

Long story short Ive worked for yamaha twice and Suzuki twice im 56yo and now I work on boats and doo's and it all started with the first bike I ever owned for 35.00 back in 1975 or 6 and also first thing I ever twisted a wrench on! and now here I am. I drove 700 miles to buy this bike it is clean and scratchless nearly.
Has not one part missing and not restored. horn even works original grips and mirrors. But folks I am in desperate need of a front fender that I can prep and paint for some reason the po cut the front of fender off 4-5 inches.
Thanks Don in Texas
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Butcher on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:52 am

Howdy Don. Welcome aboard. You may want to post in the "Wanted" section...

http://suzukits.informe.com/forum/wanted-f66/


A nice tidy TS125 you have there! Good find. Normally folk remove all road gear and hit the dirt. Your one looks like the exception!
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby overrun on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:15 am

Beauty! The fenders I'm nearly certain would have been chromed.
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Dieago on Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:54 am

TC was chrome TS was molded plastic
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Butcher on Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:32 am

Mod moving post to "Introduction" section...

Post progress in the 125 section...
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:32 am

Good luck with the fender. check the asian ebay sites for NOS.
The TS125 and the TS185 both came with either the chrome or the painted guard. Suzuki sold them as trail bias or street bias. Some markets only scored the trail bias with high painted guard.
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New postby overrun on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:32 pm

Can anyone show my a 1972 anything with a plastic fender? I know there are more markets than the U. S. and I know I don't know everything.

Bike looks great with yhose fenders.
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:37 pm

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New postby overrun on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:39 pm

Which market, and are they original? (need to add "original" after I edit all the tyops.)
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:43 pm

Postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:32 pm

Good luck with the fender. check the asian ebay sites for NOS.
The TS125 and the TS185 both came with either the chrome or the painted guard. Suzuki sold them as trail bias or street bias. Some markets only scored the trail bias with high painted guard.


Ive seen both in OZ. that pic I assume is US as its from Suzukicycles.org. very reputable website.
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Dieago on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:58 pm

all I know is Im looking for a plastic one any color. found a bike with seized motor for 500 i think I'm going to offer him 200 and drive few 100 to get it.
Im also in search of a ts250 or 185 yamaha ct2 gt 185 . all to restore Anybody remember motox bikes from mexico Carabela's? They had junk for engines.
Back in early 80's at shop I had a 76 ts 400 clean! I chopped motor out of ts and put it in the carebelas frame! I get sick thinking about that every time!
But in 1984 it was no big deal.
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby Dieago on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:01 pm

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Hey mybad is that the way they came overseas? that looks like a 72 with a 71 tail light from this side of water?
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New postby Dieago on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:16 pm

And here is my origanal 1972 in the trunk of 66 impala I was 14ish and gave like 35.00 for it
sit my butt down on 5 gallon bucket and got it running carb cleaning and points
here I am many years later a home owner and many bikes later all stemmed from what I learned fixing that old bike.
This is why i found a clean one and drove 700 miles to buy it. The guy on craigslist thought I was nutz driving that far for a old enduro
but it even came with the origanl title dated 1974. tool kit and owners manual under seat. both spare fuses still in the little clear bag
Im still blown away
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New postby MyBad on Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:34 pm

Suzuki were a bit "sloppy" with end of line models. Some of the first models of the year were known to come with last years components.
From my more than foggy memory. 71 and 72 came with round, also early 73
73 came with the wide double bubble also early 74
74 had the tombstone also early 75
75 came with the rounded square.
Indicators were also variable

less common are steel fork legs on early 74 though a mix of chrome or painted legs on earlier models was common. New year models start around march/april but those sold Jan/feb were still considered to be that year model as long as the paint and graphics met the years design.

Confusing again is the different street model sold in Japan and some minor markets.
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Re: Hello everyone and my new toy help

New postby kbzx6r on Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:53 pm

Good job Dieago. That's a beautiful bike and a great survivor find after all these years. Congratulations!

I used to have an identical one that I bought new from a Suzuki dealership where I was working at the time. You are correct that the fenders were plastic. Your stubby one might even be what's left of the one it was born with.

Ebay has a front fender that you could use.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUZUKI-TS100-TS125-TS400-TS250-TM100-TM125-TM400-TM250-Front-Fender-NEW/182929569231
The reason I suggest this specific one is that not drilled for the mounting holes. Your front fender mounts with side bolts to a bracket which mounts to the lower triple clamp. Later TS125 fenders mount directly to the lower triple clamp with bolts on the top of the fender. Those are easy to find (even NOS) and and MAY work on your bike, but you would need to verify the bolt hole pattern is the same as your bracket. However, if you want something as close as possible to original, the one above is probably your best bet. Just drill the holes to fit your bracket, re-paint it with the correct orange color and you're good to go.
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