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Old 09-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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1982 xt200

I went and looked at a 1982 xt200 today.
I never heard of one before.
The bike is in rough shape, but it does run, and its cheap, so I told the guy I would take it if he can get a title for it.
It was never changed into his name, from the original owner in another state, 15 years ago.
I am not sure if that is going to be a problem or not....

Very interesting bike, it looks like a TW200 motor, only the side case where the countershaft sprocket is looks different.
The speedometer looks the same as a TW 200, as do a lot of other parts.

The bike is VERY light, about 200 pounds dry, and wet only adds a few pounds.

Leaking fork seals, minor oil leaks, carb gummed up a bit, but the bike ran and did not smoke or make bad noises. Spokes and wheels good, seat ok, no rust in gas tank, headlight does not work, no tail light fit, worn chain but the sprockets look ok.

Its a full size bike, but its really light with some suspension...
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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I went and looked at a 1982 xt200 today.
I never heard of one before.
The bike is in rough shape, but it does run, and its cheap, so I told the guy I would take it if he can get a title for it.
It was never changed into his name, from the original owner in another state, 15 years ago.
I am not sure if that is going to be a problem or not....

Very interesting bike, it looks like a TW200 motor, only the side case where the countershaft sprocket is looks different.
The speedometer looks the same as a TW 200, as do a lot of other parts.

The bike is VERY light, about 200 pounds dry, and wet only adds a few pounds.

Leaking fork seals, minor oil leaks, carb gummed up a bit, but the bike ran and did not smoke or make bad noises. Spokes and wheels good, seat ok, no rust in gas tank, headlight does not work, no tail light fit, worn chain but the sprockets look ok.

Its a full size bike, but its really light with some suspension...
I have a rear fender for that bike. I bought it for the tail light, which happens to be the same one the XT550 uses except the XT200 had a 6v bulb.

If you buy the bike you're welcome to it (the fender, not the tail light).
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
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I hope to get it, it has fenders, but the tail light was taken off.
The guy may be able to find it, or not....

I should be able to come up with something if needed.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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I did a little research and it seems like some parts off a TW200 are the same, and some off an old xt250 are the same.

The motor looks the same, has the same bore and stoke and compression ratio as a TW200. It looks like the speedo is the same, and an old xt250 tail light looks the same, along with the headlight.

I wonder if an xt250 shock would fit and if the forks are the same...

I suppose a TW200 carb and cables would work.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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I got the bike today, the seller was a real nice guy and dropped it off at my house, and would not take any money to do so!

I cleaned the carb, a round slide non pumper, cleaned the petcock, dumped in a bunch of sea foam, and kicked the bike 10,000 times, when it started.
All it would do is almost idle, and after it warmed up and I did some adjustments, and I could get it to take some throttle without the choke.
It seemed to run better and better, but still not right, but I did a few blasts up and down the street.
No headlight , no baffle, shifter and brake pedal bent up, the bike is a hoot!
Seems fast for a 200.

I have a LOT of work to do!
Only 4000 miles on it, but neglected and abused, and used only as a dirt bike.

Motor seems good, no smoke after the initial big cloud, wheels good, seat good, might need fork seals, needs an air filter.

Needs a baffle!
This bike is going to be fun.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:04 AM   #6
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interesting. how about some images
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:20 AM   #7
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I do not have any web hosting for pictures.
The bike started 2nd kick today.
I removed the gas tank, dumped the sludge out, filled with new gas and some sea foam, and it started 2nd kick.

I need to POR 15 the tank, and need a new petcock, the one on the bike has no screens on the intake!

I found the headlight bulb is blown, 6 volt, 35 watt, 5.25 inch, and it seems rare or expensive....

I see no place for a battery on the bike???

I put an order in bike bandit for some odds and ends, and need to get a bunch more stuff (tail light, pod air filter, speedometer, headlight, clutch cable adjuster, etc) but I am going to run it a bit, power wash the mung off, change the oil, then take the bike apart.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #8
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Today was a power wash, oil change, I went over all the electrical connections with contact cleaner and dielectric grease, adjusted the valves (intake was tight), fixed the bent up shifter and brake pedal, and 2 more carb cleanings.
It starts easy, and idles well, but will not take any throttle until its hot and you have to work up to higher rpms. Once at higher rpm's, it runs ok.

So the carb is soaking in seafoam, which seems to be doing nothing.
Something in the carb is screwed up, but the passages are clear.

The bike looked a LOT better after the power wash.
Its a shame it runs like crap....

What is a good carb cleaner to soak the thing in?
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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Remove any rubber seals and O-rings. Soak in Pine-Sol. You'll be amazed , it'll look like new.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:33 PM   #10
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Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:30 PM   #11
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interesting. how about some images
It started out like this?



And yes, the specs here say the weight is 216 lbs dry.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...xt200%2082.htm

Congratulations, Brett! I know you've been hunting for a while - it should be a good bike for your purposes.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #12
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Yep, used to look just like that.
Now it looks dirty.

Wow, that pine sol really works!
The inside of the carb looks like new!

I got insurance today, and ordered a crap load of parts.
I hope I can get it to run...
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:31 AM   #13
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Checked the cam timing and cam chain last night, looks good.
Put the carb back together after the pine sol, but I did find a rebuild kit on line I am waiting for.
I think I will POR-15 the gas tank and fit a new petcock before trying it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:54 AM   #14
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Last night was pulling the clutch cover off to adjust the clutch, which had the cable adjusters all the way out at both ends.
I wanted to look in there anyway, as the cover had orange sealant all over it, showing someone had run amuck in there.

I did the clutch adjustment just fine, but found a gear tooth in the sump.
Came off the kick start idler gear, which works fine anyway, and does not get used except for kick starting, so not a huge deal.
Everything else looked good.

I pulled the exhaust off and will hit it with lots of BBQ paint while I wait for parts to arrive.
I painted the shifter and brake pedal, dark greay hammertone paint, just for fun.
I went to Sears Hardware and got a buch of stainless allen screws for case screws and other things, and also some rubber gomets for the side covers.
I need to braze then paint the exhaust heat shield, its starting to crack.

Plenty of fun, I enjoy this sort of thing, I just wish parts were still sold for the bike.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
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Check out Bike Bandit:
http://www.bikebandit.com/houseofmot...200j/o/m147088

Looks like they can get a lot of parts for it (not the exhaust shield, though).

Sounds like you're having fun with your project!
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