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Old 10-25-2012, 04:08 PM   #16
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Amazing that you don't see more Dusters,they sold them by the thousands but so few seem to have survived.You see tons of Yamaha 125 Enduro's (ATC 125 I believe) but rarely do you see any Suzuki's.Maybe because so many were converted to MX bikes before the TM125 was introduced?????
True-true..........I owned four TS125 Dusters. I bought a new 1972, rode it 5000 miles and traded for another new 1972 Duster for $125.00!! difference. The second Duster lasted about 2 weeks before it was totaled when a car hit me. So, I bought another '72 Duster and rode it until the new red 1973 Duster came out---------bought one of them also. Two of my best friends owned them and they were more popular where I lived than the AT1/AT2 Yamaha 125 Enduro.

I owned a 1973 TS400 for a while (evil bike for an 18 year old) and finally settled on a TS185K with a 21" front wheel conversion............It was the best Suzuki two stroke for what I did...........and BTW, Suzuki did sell a hop up kit for the TS series bikes.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:42 PM   #17
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True-true..........I owned four TS125 Dusters. I bought a new 1972, rode it 5000 miles and traded for another new 1972 Duster for $125.00!! difference. The second Duster lasted about 2 weeks before it was totaled when a car hit me. So, I bought another '72 Duster and rode it until the new red 1973 Duster came out---------bought one of them also. Two of my best friends owned them and they were more popular where I lived than the AT1/AT2 Yamaha 125 Enduro.

I owned a 1973 TS400 for a while (evil bike for an 18 year old) and finally settled on a TS185K with a 21" front wheel conversion............It was the best Suzuki two stroke for what I did...........and BTW, Suzuki did sell a hop up kit for the TS series bikes.

Very cool!!

I loved Suzuki's when I was a kid,In Texas you could get a license
for 100cc and under at age 15.It was my ticket to freedom in 1972 and I wore out a TC90 Blazer on the streets of Plano.

We rode trails and just basically had a great time.Then I got bigger bikes but have always loved (and missed) the old Enduro type bike.It was a go anywhere,do anything machine.

The TS 185 was a great bike,wasn't it called a Siera?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #18
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Very cool!!

I loved Suzuki's when I was a kid,In Texas you could get a license
for 100cc and under at age 15.It was my ticket to freedom in 1972 and I wore out a TC90 Blazer on the streets of Plano.

We rode trails and just basically had a great time.Then I got bigger bikes but have always loved (and missed) the old Enduro type bike.It was a go anywhere,do anything machine.

The TS 185 was a great bike,wasn't it called a Siera?

It was the Sierra..........mine was the yellow one. BTW, this is a great site dedicated to Suzuki.

http://www.suzukicycles.org/TS-TC-series/TS185.shtml

Now, if I could just find a very good condition 75-76 GT250 Hustler close and for a decent price.
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #19
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It was the Sierra..........mine was the yellow one. BTW, this is a great site dedicated to Suzuki.

http://www.suzukicycles.org/TS-TC-series/TS185.shtml

Now, if I could just find a very good condition 75-76 GT250 Hustler close and for a decent price.
Good luck finding a Hustler,I've never seen one in person!!!
I've seen a ton of the 380's and 550's with Ram Air but never a 250.

I think a running example will be a rare beast indeed.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #20
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Good luck finding a Hustler,I've never seen one in person!!!
I've seen a ton of the 380's and 550's with Ram Air but never a 250.

I think a running example will be a rare beast indeed.

I don't even get the words out of my mouth and.......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUK...item2ec2e422ba
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:36 AM   #21
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I don't even get the words out of my mouth and.......

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SUZUK...item2ec2e422ba


It's close enough for me to ride home, just about. $500 isn't a bad price for a runner with clean title. Arggggg! Must not buy!!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:18 AM   #22
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It's close enough for me to ride home, just about. $500 isn't a bad price for a runner with clean title. Arggggg! Must not buy!!!
EEEHHHH,whats $500,go grab it

If your under the age of 35 it's perfectly acceptable to impulse buy dumb shit,if your over 35 hide it in a friends garage for a couple weeks and tell your wife/girlfriend you loaned him some money and are holding the bike as collateral(the money never gets paid back).Make sure it;s a friend your wife already kinda doesn't like!!!!
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:27 AM   #23
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With all the talk of TS125 Dusters above, I figure I'll chime in. Here's the '72 TS125 that I just got running and riding. I've had it for a few years and I've been working on it bit by bit when not working on other projects. It appears to be pretty low mileage and has been well maintained. Unfortunately it's been stripped of most of its road gear. Other than the missing parts, everything is in great condition. I got it for next to nothing because one of the engine cases was cracked. The boss that the oil injection pump mounts to had a crack around its perimeter. I can't figure out what would have caused that, but I bought a set of used cases and rebuilt the motor into them. I've spent most of the day today riding it around out in the country and while it's not the fastest 2-stroke I've ever ridden, it's probably the best running. This thing just runs great, and it's a blast to ride.
When I saw this bike for sale I almost didn't buy it because I have a few other 100 and 125cc enduros, but I liked the shape of the exhaust on the TS so much I bought it anyway. After having ridden it, I'm very glad that I did. The black pipe with the chrome shield is striking, and I love the shape of it. It reminds me of early '70s Japanese big-bore motocrossers. The bike didn't come with a kicker, so I dug through my bin until I found one with the same splines. I think it might be from a CB750, and it's much bigger than needed.
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:10 PM   #24
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With all the talk of TS125 Dusters above, I figure I'll chime in. Here's the '72 TS125 that I just got running and riding. I've had it for a few years and I've been working on it bit by bit when not working on other projects. It appears to be pretty low mileage and has been well maintained. Unfortunately it's been stripped of most of its road gear. Other than the missing parts, everything is in great condition. I got it for next to nothing because one of the engine cases was cracked. The boss that the oil injection pump mounts to had a crack around its perimeter. I can't figure out what would have caused that, but I bought a set of used cases and rebuilt the motor into them. I've spent most of the day today riding it around out in the country and while it's not the fastest 2-stroke I've ever ridden, it's probably the best running. This thing just runs great, and it's a blast to ride.
When I saw this bike for sale I almost didn't buy it because I have a few other 100 and 125cc enduros, but I liked the shape of the exhaust on the TS so much I bought it anyway. After having ridden it, I'm very glad that I did. The black pipe with the chrome shield is striking, and I love the shape of it. It reminds me of early '70s Japanese big-bore motocrossers. The bike didn't come with a kicker, so I dug through my bin until I found one with the same splines. I think it might be from a CB750, and it's much bigger than needed.
Very nice! Glad to see your making progress bringing it back to life.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #25
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I found a couple more TS pics. What a great all around play bike

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #26
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EEEHHHH,whats $500,go grab it

If your under the age of 35 it's perfectly acceptable to impulse buy dumb shit,if your over 35 hide it in a friends garage for a couple weeks and tell your wife/girlfriend you loaned him some money and are holding the bike as collateral(the money never gets paid back).Make sure it;s a friend your wife already kinda doesn't like!!!!

That's a good one! I'll use it next time.

I've got to concentrate on this one first.

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #27
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That's a good one! I'll use it next time.

I've got to concentrate on this one first.

First love or did someone give it to you? That is one homely girl

P.S.Hope you can take a joke
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Yea, pretty beat, but got it from the original owner. She got it new and rode it around 9K. Last ten years, it was left out uncovered. I hope to clean it up, a lot!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:05 PM   #29
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Like a 11K redline on that thing, if I remember correctly.. Sky high for its day
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Like a 11K redline on that thing, if I remember correctly.. Sky high for its day

Sorry, I should have specified 9,000 miles.
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