Update 1982 Yz250j

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  • Satch0922

Posted October 14, 2005 - 11:45 AM


You spent all that time & $, why not put a new clutch lever on it?

If you read the very first post....I explained I am not finished. Anyway thanks for looking. Seems Science has a reading problem....93GT said his 1976 CR was a POS...not the 1982 YZ.....jeez.


Posted October 14, 2005 - 12:12 PM


OK, I read his post wrong. It still doesn't change the fact that the YZ20J was an ill handling pile! I hope you are displaying it proudly & not racing the vintage events! In the hands of a talent like RJ and some factory setup it was a decent bike. W/the success that Yamaha had w/the wc'd 1981 YZ125 I/we all expected a better effort.
That being said, again, you did an excellent job on the restore. I'm just a perfectionist about levers and such. Lord knows, I've bent a few!

  • Mike_socal

Posted October 14, 2005 - 12:35 PM


You've done a nice job!

  • 93gt

Posted October 14, 2005 - 03:10 PM


I agree w/93GT. That bike was a pile! When it came out, everybody wanted one because the '81 YZ125 was such a great bike. I was lucky enough to ride my friends before I put $ down. It was way to top heavy. Can't believe RJ & Glover rode production based bikes back then! I had an '81 that I rode for 2 1/2 seasons, just to be sure Yamaha got it right.
However, great job on the restoration. It looks awesome. You spent all that time & $, why not put a new clutch lever on it?

The bike that was a pile was the Honda he sold me, not the YZ. Hell when I was that age, any new bike was cool! The bikes I could afford with my lawn mowing $$ were mostly turds! My CR lasted about oh 3 rides before the chain flew off and destroyed the cases. It would foul plugs so fast, well, lets just say it was the worst pile of machinery Ive owned!! It was the caveat emptor lesson bike! (I think I said that right!) Satch, the bike is very cool! Its not often you see something that old in a dirt bike thats in any kind of shape!

  • Satch0922

Posted October 14, 2005 - 03:17 PM


well there are four reasons I restored this bike:

1. A good friend and riding buddy gave it to me. That presents a challenge!
2. It's a Yamaha
3. It's the first year the 250 was watercooled (good or not)
4. It was the last year Hannah rode for Yamaha.

I am sure I can come up with others. The leaky cooling system has been remedied.....rerouted with formed hoses like the OW bikes. The suspension has been completely gone through and the shock was reworked.....it will be much better than new. It has 756's on it....:banghead:, the cylinder is rebuilt and polished, the clutch is brand new and modified for easier pull. It has been geared to the specs of people who raced this bike back in the day. That may be different for today's tracks however you won't see me hitting any big doubles on this bike! LOL Tables, small doubles, whoops....like the old days when the bike was built.

I am really looking forward to getting it finished and working the bugs out. And yes....I will race it ....shoot I raced the old YZ426 ! LOL

  • grayracer513

Posted October 14, 2005 - 03:22 PM


.......curb weight is what the bike weighs. That is how they used to measure them before they figured out they could trick people ...

Yep. Curb weight is what the bike weighs ready to ride, with half a tank of gas by default, or in this case, one gallon, as specified.

Dry weights are offered on the flimsy premise that it's what the machinery actually weighs, and doesn't even include the fork or shock oil. It doesn't mean much unless you're entering it in a Soap Box Derby.

  • Satch0922

Posted October 15, 2005 - 12:16 PM


My 1980 YZ250G was 218 lbs....now THAT was a sweet bike! :banghead: (yeah I was #9 back then too)
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  • mxmark

Posted October 15, 2005 - 01:46 PM


My 1980 YZ250G was 218 lbs....now THAT was a sweet bike! :banghead: (yeah I was #9 back then too)
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Cool resort project, I have a 1980 YZ125G rips and 1981 YZ465H hard to ride but I can do the Doubles at Starwest.
Thank You Mark

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  • Satch0922

Posted October 15, 2005 - 02:33 PM


Cool resort project, I have a 1980 YZ125G rips and 1981 YZ465H hard to ride but I can do the Doubles at Starwest.
Thank You Mark

The 1980 YZ125 was a trip! The chain on the right side (ala Honda and Husky) but that think was light and fast! The 465 was the last big 2-smoke Yamaha made that ran correctly! :banghead:

  • Satch0922

Posted October 15, 2005 - 02:43 PM


and I had a 1977 YZ125......in 1977 :banghead: #9 as well.....damn I am getting old! The 1977 YZ was faster than the 1978 (we had one of them as well...you can see it in the background). The sweet ticket was to take the 1978 pipe and put it on the 1977 bike....that was unreal !!!! :banghead: Apparently that was not a secret as you had to wait 3 months for a pipe from Yamaha...the a/m pipes that came out for the 1977 were exactly like the 1978 Yamaha pipe! :lol:
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  • machoman_#618

Posted October 15, 2005 - 04:48 PM


I just hate you!

  • Satch0922

Posted October 15, 2005 - 04:55 PM


hey!!!! If I ever see you on the track.....I am gonna land on you like Bubba did RC....I promise!


  • greenracer

Posted October 15, 2005 - 05:34 PM


Great job on the resto! My brother and I have taken up vintage racing in between modern mx races. He races a maico 490 and im currently restoring a 1982 kx 125(back fender number plate). The vintage races are great. Its amazing to see the awesome condition of all the old bikes. Brings back great memories of racing in the 80's.

  • machoman_#618

Posted October 15, 2005 - 05:46 PM


lol, I'll pass that sounds like it would hurt!

  • yz_for_me

Posted October 16, 2005 - 03:56 PM


Great project Satch. The old girl's lookin sweet. Great job. :banghead:

  • cowboyona426

Posted October 18, 2005 - 01:50 PM


OK Satch fess up... you dug up an original photo and photochopped it to make it look like it was in your driveway... nice try :banghead: Looks great man, you did an awesome job.

  • Satch0922

Posted October 18, 2005 - 05:01 PM


thanks Chase! :banghead:

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