Posted January 08, 2005 - 08:16 PM
would anyone be able point me to some places to find parts or just general information and specs on this bike???
what other years have interchangable parts with the 1981 model??
Or better yet would anyone here in california happen to have one that i would be able to buy as a parts bike??
Any information would be greatly appreciated
Posted January 09, 2005 - 01:13 AM
I have an 81 RM465. The bike is awesome, but they didn't build many so parts are really hard to find. If you're in So Cal, Cole Brothers Suzuki in North Hollywood and Larry Lilly Honda/Suzuki in Lancaster have both been great at finding stuff for me. E-bay has also been a great source of hard to find parts. Most older bikes bring far more bank to the owners if they part 'em out rather than sell them complete, so there always seems to be a good listing. As far as the chassis goes, up thu '85 should be mostly interchangable (disk brake front end from '84 up would be a good mod if you can find one...), but as far as motor, I think they went water cooled in '83, so 81 and 82 are about it. Maier Racing up in Nor Cal still makes plastic for these bikes as well. You can order direct or thru Chaparral, Rocky Mountain ATV or a dozen other on line resources. DG is about the only source for pipes, if you need one.
I think I've got an extra Clymer manual for the full floaters...pm me if you want it.
You'll love the bike. I think tthe back end of my 465 is still better than the back end on my WR426...
Posted January 09, 2005 - 04:02 AM
Posted January 09, 2005 - 06:42 AM
Posted January 10, 2005 - 09:50 AM
I had an 82 RM250Z w/Full Floater. That thing ripped.
I remember cold seizing my brothers 82. It was a helluva bike but that cold seizing prob kinda sucked.
Posted January 10, 2005 - 10:09 AM
full floater was sweet................
Posted January 10, 2005 - 11:20 AM
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Posted January 26, 2005 - 07:53 AM
And keep plugging away on that one, the parts are out there. My 1973 Penton looked worse when I started and it is gorgeous now (18 months and a few $K later)
Posted January 26, 2005 - 08:24 AM
It ain't that much work! Air cooled is simple and cheep (sort of). EBay has been a good source for my 465. If you need a new tank, Clarke and IMS both make a desert tank that works pretty well. DG still makes pipes for 'em. Works Performance can handle she shock if it needs more than just nitrogen. Motion Industries is a good source of bearings for swing arm, rocker, steering head, crank (mains, not rods), just be sure to bring in your old ones or get the Suzuki parts guy to research the AFBA number for you. Don't let those guys talking about a lot of work discourage you. the work is almost as much fun as the riding!
I've done this to a 465 that was in just about the same shape when i got it, so if you have questions, PM me.