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  1. Chipewa

    Yamaha 125TTR Won't Start

    Ill check that out thanks. The kick has absolutely no resistance at all. Probably going to end up pulling it apart.
  2. Chipewa

    Yamaha 125TTR Won't Start

    Thanks for the reply. I was just curious if this may be the issue because the kick lever has no tension what so ever, as it does not even begin to turn the engine over. Pretty much the only way to start it is to spray starting fluid in air filter, close lid, get a running start, cross your fingers and bum start it. If the kick was not turning engine over, what would that possibly mean? Chip
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    Yamaha 125TTR Won't Start

    Hey Thumpers, I have a 2008/2009 TTR 125 that won't start. It was a family bike purchased brand new from Yamaha dealer that has been cold blooded since day 1. This bike has been used and abused. I hate to admit it but for a lot of this bike's life, it was only being started using starting fluid spray. At this point it has been sitting in the garage not being used and it is very very rare that someone is able to get it started. It feels like it has no compression whatsoever when kicked. I have cleaned the carb but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Is there a way to test the compression and find out what is going on? Thanks, Chip
  4. Hey guys, I have a 1969 (approximately) Honda Z50. It was given to me after my uncle died. He would ride it around the dirt lake road between our families houses with a beer in one hand and a cigarette hanging out of the side of his mouth laughing the entire way. If you've ever seen or owned a Z50, they are a little ridiculous. All I wanted when I was younger was to ride his mini bike but I never got the opportunity. After he died, it sat in his garage for a number of years until i eventually came to own it. Unfortunately after sitting for so long, it is not starting at the moment. In addition he was not much of a mechanic so it needs some serious TLC. I thought it would be a great honor to restore it in his name and put it back on those lake roads. I need help guys. I can figure my way out around a bike but I am a little curious where to start with this old hunk. I would be happy to get it running again but I am also looking at possibly engine swapping this little guy (80cc or 125cc) if possible. And I know what you're thinking, "waste of time.. or this idiot has too much time on your hands"......agreed but I think you can agree that would be pretty badass. And for the short amount of time this thing gets used it would be a fun little project for nights at the lake. If you have any advice on where exactly to start or if the engine swap is possible please let me know. Not looking to hear from any of you automatic 'nay-sayers,' have a little imagination and appeal to your younger 12 year old self. Thanks, Chip
  5. Been riding for a number of years, on and off road. Not a serious dirt biker for the last few years but would like to get back into riding off road. Riding consists of: Mostly NW trail riding and log roads, something I can ride straight out of my garage. Occasional although very rare track day, and occasionally paddle tires in NW sand dunes Important features: somewhat light weight, torqued high (KTM in mind), looking for power and speed readily available when I need it on a straight away, versatility. Would like to make street legal if possible (just for getting around from trail to trail) but not a necessity. Like the weight and balance of many 250's and 230's but thinking I should probably look for something a little bigger. Long time fan of KTM and have not rode but really liking 300XC-W. Can anyone provide a little guidance or direction?
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