does it annoy you? older bikes

im in the process of rebuilding a 99 husqvarna 4 stroke to do a supermoto conversion. it was purchased from somebody that should not work on let alone ride a bike u know the type of yokle im talking about, they would wrather spend half an hour polishing a swingarm than making sure the carb is on right. but honestly the more work i do the more damage i find here and there and its not all stuff that can be easily or cheaply replaced. so for any of you out there that dont have 1 and 2 year old bikes does it ever rack your nerves that no matter how much work you do and parts you replace its still gonna be rough around the edges. i just had to vent :applause: blah im gonna go watch the houston sx now

Yea I know that feeling. I do some of the work on friends bikes and you start out doing something simple and it turns into a head ache :applause: . You start off fine then find this bent or that broke or something else striped.

It's seams like my buddies always forget to mention that they started the project,took a horrible turn,then re-assembled it and brought it over. Then the answer to every question becomes "I never touched that since I've had it".

or if you helped fix the bike then they sell it right after to make a profit of your work!

i few years ago i had a 89 kx 250 it was a prety good bike but everytime i looked closely at it something was broken. i noticed a few teeth were missing off the sprocket so i bend down to look at it and see busted spokes on the rear rim. one day it wouldnt start so i throw a wrench on the spark plug and put some force on it to unscrew the plug, and the whole motor moves a little, i look closer and both front motor mounts are broken. it was my first bike that i ever worked on myself, i was maby 16. it was a good learning experience, i learned to pull motors and replace all kinds of gaskets and ext ext. when i bought my 426 it was sooo nice having a bike that didnt have so much broken crap on it haha

From this:

94CR250-PreCapnAmerica.jpg

To this:

CapnAmerica.jpg

Yeah. I feel your pain.

It's a learning experience. I hadda do the same thing with my first 2t, a 1979 Suzuki RM125. When my dad and I bought it, the only thing we knew about 2t's is that the oil had to be mixed in the gas. I learned real quick what maintenance was, since the guy we bought it from had no idea what he was doing. Once it was up to speed maintenance wise, it was a great beginner's 2t bike.

Im having the same problem with my (new to me) yz250.It all started as a water pump gasket and a front brake line.To a top end rebuild,radiators,etc.etc.so far im looking at $1,000 to add + the 500 for the bike:censored:

bills pile up fast when you're trying to catch up on 5+ years of maintenace/wear and tear, damn i need to sell my bikes and get a newer big bore ktm husaberg or newer husky

the owner of my 125 overtightened every bolt, did service his airfilter because you can tell dirt got into the carb and the scoring on the cylindr wall. and there was no grease in the linkage. it sucked lol

oh this thread reminds me, my buddy has a 2001 yz250f, the last ride that bike was on was in smith valley nevada, the valves were so shot that we had to bump start his bike every time. then he looped on a prety nasty hillclimb, and the bike looped over his head and came tumbling back down the hill. bend the bars, broken levers, ripped most of the exhaust off, bent the subframe really bad, broken plastics. ect ect. he just bought a 450, but wants to fix the bike so his friends can ride it. hes thinking it will be $1,200 to fix the bike, i kinda think that he could part it out and take the money from that and add the $1,200 to that money and buy something else. but idk

If you have to rebuild anything that has been let go, use my simple formula: Total up what you think the whole project will cost, then double it. That will put you somewhere in the ballpark. And it doesnt matter what you're fixing. It work just as good on trucks, bicycles, and rc cars as it does on bikes. My badass XR80 project started at $300 and ended up costing ~$650.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By Bryan Bosch

      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Star battles Through All-New Format Hell’s Gate to Finish Second
      February 11, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has earned a strong second place at the 2018 Hell’s Gate extreme enduro. With an all-new format for this year, concluding in a 20-minute sprint race, the event posed a fresh challenge for the five-time winner.
      For the first time ever, the event kicked off with a Prologue race on the Friday night. Designed to set the starting order for Saturday’s race, the Prologue was an endurocross style event held close to the hosting Il Ciocco Hotel. Although it provided a great spectacle for the fans, the race results were eventually scrapped due to issues with the course.
      Saturday’s heat race went well for Jarvis. An expert at managing his pace, the Brit did exactly what he had to do over the five-laps, finishing fourth aboard his Husqvarna FE 250 in the cold conditions of the Tuscan hills. The position gave him a good start for the night race, which saw riders set off at 3.30pm for a tough three-hour multi-lap event.
      At the conclusion of the night race, the top-10 riders were given a 15-minute break before contesting the new 20-minute endurocross in the arena area of the venue. In freezing conditions, the riders fought bar-to-bar in front of the record-crowd of spectators to decide the overall winner. With the final results calculated on the sum of the previous legs, Jarvis was announced as runner-up, just a few minutes behind eventual winner Mario Roman.
      Graham Jarvis: “I really enjoyed the racing today, I always do here at Hell’s Gate. It’s been a tough couple of days and I’m still getting used to riding the 4-stroke, but the bike has been absolutely faultless over the entire weekend. It has been pretty close between the top-four all day and it’s all come down to the final 20-minute race off. It would have been nice to take my sixth win at the event, but I’m happy with second.”
      Results – Hells Gate 2018
      1. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:06:03
      2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:57
      3. Travis Teasdale (Beta) 3:12:45
      4. Diego Nicoletti (Husqvarna) 3:32:14
      5. Sonny Goggia (KTM) 3:39:26
      6. Michele Bosi (Beta) 3:46:15
       
      Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc.
      Husqvarna has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models.
      Rockstar Energy Drink
      Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com
      Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH

    • By deanmellor
      My top end went on m 98 cr 125, the needle bearing clip came out and broke apart and shrapnel got everywhere and blew it up. I cleaned out the top end and washed out the crank with the bike upside down. the bike starts up great and seems to run fine but im getting a weird di-di-di-di-di-di-di noise coming from the motor. i tried adjust the power valve and tightening everything but the noise is still there. Here is a link to a video where you can hear the sound. It gets louder as rpm's get higher and at really low rpm barely idling it goes away. I am pretty new to bikes and 2 strokes so any help would be appreciated.
      https://youtu.be/msfU8WCXg8E
    • By RidingWithStyle
      In need of Cycra Handguards (probends) for my bike. Need 1 1/8 clamp size for renthal twinwalls. Message me if you have any for sale at a good price! 
    • By Baja Designs
      Hello CRF450R Owners,
      Bailey here with Baja Designs.  We recognize ThumperTalk as one of the go-to sources for information on the CRF450R and we receive emails daily regarding the best inexpensive light setup or purchasing the B1K setup ran by Ox Motorsports.  We would like this thread to be a General Discussion area for members and guests to discuss Dual Sport Kits (DSK), Lights, and Lighting Acessories based upon stock and modified charging systems.  Please Post up if you have any questions or comments CRF450R related! 
      www.bajadesigns.com

    • By Chumbag
      I want to get a cheaper used FMF exhaust for my bike. The one on eBay I was looking at had some dents in it. Do dents in the muffler have a big impact on the performance? Also the pipe looks to be turned the wrong way does that rotate? I don't want to buy this if the pipe will not rotate because I think it looks like its turned the wrong way and wouldn't fit.