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20190406_165037.jpgYesterday I purchased a Suzuki TS 125 it has been imported from Canada , it was stated in the advert that it was a 1973 model but i think it is a later 1975. The bike was located in Brighton so a two hundred mile round trip to collect it.

The reason I wanted to do one of these bikes is very simple, way back in my childhood my Dad got me one so i could race, I raced in the Stevenage school boy scramble club. The one I had then was a 1972 J model. 

The engine is a 125cc two stroke.

When lifting it onto the back of the van i could tell it is much lighter than a Bantam or I have got stronger.

Me age ?  with both hands up adjusting me googles

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I must say the new bike looked much worse than the photos . The seller provided me with a new seat cover.

All the hard to find bits appear to be there but time will tell. sourcing parts for these is not simple, they all appear to be in the USA and the postage is ridiculous. It needs a front mudguard, the only one i can find is in the Philippines. Eye watering price. 

I'm not sure how far to go with this one, keep it original or paint it the same colour as the one i had. 

How it looked when I picked it up.

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How it would have looked new.

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Keep it as it is, Dave. Cheap seat cover from Aliexpress. I had a TS 185 back in the 80s, super little bike, wish I still had it (mind you, I could say that about all my bikes).

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

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Thank you Coccorico. Lucky for me he gave me a new seat cover minus the seat strap. 

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What about a pattern front mudguard? There must be something about that could be fettled to fit? Are you going to put it on the road, or just use it for trials?

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a 77 Honda CB125S. I have a 74 Kawasaki S3 400 and a B175 waiting for restoration. A 1980 Honda CB400N waiting for MOT.  Everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. 

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Lovely little bike, I really like the shape of that tank.

Could you make a sheet steel strengthening piece up and place it inside the mudguard to start off, some folk do plastic 'welding' now and lots of tools and equipment have been invented so garages etc can repair bumpers and interioir trims etc? An araldite type repair or even glassfibre too to help hold it all together, plus filler and a spray job might all be cheaper than a USA sourced item?

Even an ally or steel one, sprayed to look like plastic (!) would be more preferable to shelling out, nowhere near as safe as plastic or hard rubber though of course.

Folk are using three dimension printers too, costing thousands to buy, a mudguard could be designed in two bits that might be welded back together as one? ETc, etc, etc.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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I plan to put it back on the road. I'm in rush to get it done. According to  the seller it does run. well see. I need to get a battery, it is 6 volts these are easy to get in the UK. I have ordered a work shop manual I already have the spare parts number book.

It would be nice if there was a owners forum like the Bantam one. 

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Dave, the problem is the front part just crumbled into bits . I might look at an alloy one.

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BSAdave said
Dave, the problem is the front part just crumbled into bits . I might look at an alloy one.  

Yes, I see now, on the second picture, had looked at the first one mostly.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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** Please log in to view ** should help.Nifty little bikes I had the 185 which was only sold because I needed a longer range bike and could not keep 2.

67 D10. and a D7    2007 Honda Hornet FA. Honda CD200 81 93 Yamaha TTR 250 Raid, Sinnis SC 125.   75 Montesa Cota 247 an electric scooter of Famous make.

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Thank you for all your help, loads of good memories attached to this model of bike.

If you think Bantam bikes wiring is complicated you should see the wiring on this. 

Long shot, do you know if you would need a charged up battery to get it running ?

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Looks like it's magneto ign, see ** Please log in to view **.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, 6 runners (when I get time!) and a still in progress Morini 250

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No .Have the Haynes manual for these No218.If you wish I can quote it on any points whilst you track one down.the 125 is flywheelmag and points{ but 185 capacitor  Bantam Energy transfer style}.points gap is 0.3 to0.4mm  b77hc plug gapped to 0.5 0.6mm

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If you need spares these people are very helpful, I used them for my 77 GT250.

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Good Luck!

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Once again thank you for all your help.

I cleaned the carb, bleed the oil pump, not having a new plug I cleaned the old one which is a Champion L82C ??. I removed the air filter and cleaned all the dust out of the airbox along with a few dead spiders. 

Checked for a spark, and low and behold it had one. I swished the tank with fresh petrol them empted it out, it  was a little bit discoloured but not to bad, I will give it a further proper clean out.

I put the choke on and gave it a kick on the third kick it fired up then died straight away, Gave it a few more and it burst into life, This was with out the air filter in place.

I let it run for about twenty seconds.

It sounded OK , I will drain out the old two stroke oil which is blue in colour and replace the gearbox oil, it has no chain so didn't ride it. , The wiring is a bit of a mess, found a green wire coming from the mag , will have to look where this connects to, Also could not see the earth wire for the battery.

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The wiring diagram in the manual shows the solid green as redundant.The three wires from the mag proper are shewn as y/w b/y y/r

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Book 218 arrived today. Trying to remember how we did things on these bikes 40 years ago is not easy.

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40 hours is getting hard these days..209lb of fun here though do not bull it up .A pattern guard will not detract.. this style of bike suits looking employed.

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Been busy,

I ordered a universal front mudguard for £13.00 and it arrived this morning and was soon fitted, im not sure if i like it but it does the job.

 

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I took the carb apart to give it a good clean, the bike would run but only on half throttle , I have ordered a rebuild kit as the gaskets will need replacing.

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I have been working on the seat pan, first off i de greased it the got rid of the rust and treated the pan to a liberal coating of Krust. This was left over night then yesterday morning i sprayed it with etch primmer, this morning I re sprayed the whole seat with another coat of normal primmer once dry it was sprayed black.  The rubbers were masked off.

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