Suzuki TS Thread

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by wfopete, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Nice one!
    I've just returned from a small late night ride around the neighbourhood:
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  2. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I had a TC 100 and a TC 125 when I was a kid, wish I still had them.

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  3. LWC3077

    LWC3077 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for reply, that should help me. 46T is pretty big so i assume you dont do much open road riding, mostly tight stuff?
    You forgot to answer question about tyre size, but i think i will try 120/90 x 18

    Do you like the quicker steering? A magazine test i got says they are pretty raked out from std and 400mm is a full 40mm longer than the stock shocks.
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  4. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    I've been riding last sunday, clearly not enough speed....
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  5. telmo744

    telmo744 n00b

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    Yesterday I've got my bike borrowed back from a friend. :clap

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    '89 TS125R (SF15A), about 85000km driven and still on original rear shock...

    He liked her a lot, but says he suits best its (much newer) Triumph Scrambler. :jack

    Whatever... :fpalm


    Love my TS, not a racing machine but sounds wonderful...Not in a million years I would sell this cute Suzi!! :raabia
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  6. Motodeficient

    Motodeficient Been here awhile

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    Hey guys,

    Just picked up a 72 TS125 today... I've always wanted a 2-stroke that I could ride on the road, they just sounds cool.

    Seems to run pretty good but I think with a carb clean and some fresh gas it should run even better. I plan to ride this mostly on the road around the neighbor hood.

    I got the tail light working today but the headlight is toast. Those are hard to find. Anyone have one they want to part with? Thinking about retrofitting a different socket into the headlight so I can put a more standard bulb in there without having to replace the entire sealed unit.

    Ordered a few things off ebay for it tonight. New tach cable, bulbs for the speedo/tach, new 6v battery, mirrors.

    What does the battery actually do on this bike? The tail light is working without a good battery hooked up. The horn works, but it is very very weak.
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  7. wingdog

    wingdog n00b

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    My wife had this ts when I met her in 84. We still have it. 1973 td 250.

    Attached Files:

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  8. Motodeficient

    Motodeficient Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know what GE type bulb would go in the taillight of a 72 TS125? I popped a GE 1157 (12v) in there by sanding down one of the contact pins, but it was only a single filament bulb. I need a dual filament single contact 6v pin that fits into the same socket as a GE 1157?
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  9. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #103 Supporter

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    GE 1154 is what you need... I found an LED version on line that works really nice - bright and low current draw.
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  10. farmer58ZA

    farmer58ZA Adventurer

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    Bought a '72 TS250 a couple of years ago and turned into a VMX mount for the Pre-75 class:

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    Complete with Montesa forks and home made pipe!
    Regards
    David
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  11. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #103 Supporter

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    Nice job! Did you do the math and design your expansion chamber for a particular power characteristic, or just wing it?
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  12. farmer58ZA

    farmer58ZA Adventurer

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    Thanks Miguel
    I did the calc's off Gordon Jennings formulae. Drew and made up the templates on my dining room table, cut the sheet with a jigsaw. Bent the sections with a rubber hammer over a pipe mandrel. Header is from an auto shop. Practical issues always mean that the pipe is never really as per formula. Bike goes well but is no fire breather. Needs a bigger than stock 28mm carb to wake it up now.
    Regards
    David
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  13. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #103 Supporter

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    Shave about 2lbs off that flywheel (go to an internal rotor), raise the exhaust port about 1.5mm, open the transfers as much as possible, and put a 36mm Mikuni on it. It'll run hard!
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  14. slideways

    slideways EspaƱa

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    Try to find one of the factory hop up kits. I did a few of these in 1970 it turned the docile TS into what eventually became the TM250.

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  15. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #103 Supporter

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    Those are like gold! I wish I could find one of the hop-up kits for a TS185...

    In the meantime, I have a '71 185 running a Kawasaki snowmobile piston that displaces 220cc. It pulls pretty good for a 185 ;-)
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  16. ADVill

    ADVill Been here awhile

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    Picked up a little gem

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  17. Old Queenslander

    Old Queenslander Been here awhile

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    I posted this elsewhere but this was one of my favourite bikes.
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  18. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    They'll run if you let 'em

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  19. Pocketsprocket

    Pocketsprocket Been here awhile

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    Nice TS185. I put many a mile on one back in the 70s, great motorcycle! looks like Oregon woods in the background?
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  20. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    It's actually a TC 185 and it's in the Bohemia mining area above Cottage Grove, Or. If you're in Eugene, come play with us some time. look at the regional forums.