I got chatting with some guys at work that have dirt bikes and started getting the bug again. Back in the UK my favourite bike was a 90 odd Suzuki RM125, I didn’t want to spend much money so when I saw this 1992 version going cheap I had to go check it out. There are some issues with it but I ended up doing a good deal and bringing it home.
Here’s how it looked after I had fixed up and was ready to sell it.
To Do List
Fix spring on rear brake lever
Clean throttle assembly for quick return action
Bike stand – picked up a project stool from Home Depot, thanks to Ion and Eduardo.
Oil sump plug seal – got a fibre one
Replace gear oil – old stuff looked in great shape
Fix ding in front rim
Straighten rear rim
New split link for chain – found it!
Drill and tap new holes in lower fork clamp for mudguard
Clean carb/throttle slide – emptied the float bowl, checked jets
Front caliper slider seals – $4 each, thanks TSR
New front brake lever – $20
New kill switch – $15, TSR
New gas – mixed at about 35:1
No spark, new CDI – 1st one from eBay, 1987 DOA; 2nd one from eBay, unknown year, also DOA! 3rd one from eBay, brand new aftermarket, finally it runs!!!
Repair seat bolt nut(s) – welded new nuts on
Replace rear shock upper mount bearing – lower replaced as well
Front number plate – got one off an 89 RM250 $40
Handlebars – straightened a bit but still not quite right