Shed Bikes

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Scottysix9, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    My buddy for 20 plus years finally told me to come get the bikes. They are a '69 AT1E and a '72 Suzuki TS 400.

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    I first laid eyes on the pair 20 years ago. I knew the 400 from Dirt Bike Magazine. Rick Sieman wrote about the the TM 400, saying it was one of the few bike that actually scared him with it's light switch powerband and awful handling. I guessed that the TS is a TM with lights.

    Anyone that knows the difference between the two, please let me know. I sent Mr. Sieman an email and am awaiting his reply.

    I told my buddy Rick that I wanted the 400 that night, the first time I saw it. I gave him $500 about ten years later during a night of heavy drinking. Yeah, I took advantage of him during a moment of weakness, but, what are friends for?

    Rick and his sister had a catering business for many years that they finally closed this year. Pueblo, Colorado is a dump and I am surprised that they lasted as long as they did. His sister can't find a job and is losing her home. The bikes had lived in her shed for 14 years.

    He called me last week and told me to come get the bikes. The deal with the Yamaha is for me to make it run and sell it, giving his sister the money.

    When we pulled the bikes out of the shed last Sunday, I got really excited. I did not take any pictures of the bikes in the shed because I am stupid. They were dusty, had empty boxes piled on them and looked amazing.

    Flat tires, bad fork seals and the Yamaha had puked it's injector oil all over the cases at one point. I could see beyond these minor flaws and recognized the flawless bikes before me.

    Priapism.

    The ride home was spent with one eye on the road and one one the treasures in the back of my truck. Every car that passed me I expected the thumbs up from because they knew the gold in my bed.

    No one gave a shit.

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    An hour of rain and six dollars at the car wash had the bikes showing their potential.
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  2. wvboy

    wvboy Been here awhile

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    I had a TS 400, great bike :clap
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  3. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    i believe ts has different cdi and head, and probably different porting. should be tamer. probably has longer 1st and 2nd gear.
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  4. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    TS is a way tamer ride than a TM - and for "normal" riding, a much better machine for it :wink:

    You are one lucky chap ........ soopa-doopa :clap

    And shame on all those boring NORMAL folk who didn't wave at the sight of 2 x rare bikes like that :lol3
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  5. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    I spent a little time with the pressure washer, degreaser and a brush.

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    Some metal polish worked well.

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    Minty fresh breath.

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    I dig the crazy coil, man.

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  6. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Coulda been worse.

    I had a couple older Ducatis on a trailer once. Driving down the freeway, no one seemed to notice.

    ...Until a guy on a current(?) Yamaha sportbike (no idea which one) slowed down as he passed, then pulled up next to me... I looked over, he was looking at me so I waved... he proceeded to shake his head no, flip me off, and speed away.

    Whatever. :1drink
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  7. MitchG

    MitchG Iron Collector

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    Verrrry good find. Love the 400, very versatile and utilitarian bike with different setups.
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  8. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    The state may allow me to use this plate.


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    Suzuki.


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    Yamaha.
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  9. eric123

    eric123 Gott Mit Uns

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    You should sell the Yamaha to yourself and give her the money...
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  10. woodschip

    woodschip Adventurer

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    Give her at least half of the money:lol3
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  11. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Good score :clap
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  12. Bugsy

    Bugsy Adventurer

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    GREAT SCORE!!!!! Those 400's are great bikes but I wouldn't pass either of them up!!
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  13. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    Still waiting on parts to make it run.

    Waiting is the hardest part.
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  14. bluedxj

    bluedxj Adventurer

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    nice find those cleaned up pretty good.
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  15. Center-stand

    Center-stand Long timer

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    If you were going to sell it to yourself, you should have done it before you cleaned it up.:evil
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  16. Brunow - 007

    Brunow - 007 Bantam Fever

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    Nice sunday bike!
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  17. Skowinski

    Skowinski Eukaryote

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    Very nice bikes! Now, two old bikes to work on is probably going to be a burden to you. In the interest of reducing your suffering, I will offer to take the Yamaha and work on it myself. I'll promise to send pics. Let me know when you want me to come pick it up. :wink:
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  18. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    The Yamaha now has 1419 miles. It runs great. Starts before I can remove my thumb from the button. $50 for a battery. Another $25 for fork seals, a petcock gasket and an o-ring for the carb.

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    In the above pictures, the oil injection tank is missing from the left side and the pump cover on the right. I ran a tank of pre-mix through it to make sure the injection pump was working. It is.

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    Poor lighting pictures. It's a garage, not a studio.

    And then this character decided to take it for a rip, but needed to adjust the throttle cable.

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  19. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    nice one, now you have to keep it so she has something to ride come middle school.
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  20. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    My buddy JeffyPoo forgetting how to use a clutch.
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