OI! OK, so this isn't gonna be a chopper build thread, but figure it might fit in here...
I've been wanting another project because one can never have too many projects... i've got a sometimes daily driver '67 harley xlh that's got a build thread on that other forum... few pics of it here and there on chop cult, too. also have a few other harley projects stuffed in my basement.
figured it was time for something a bit different, then this pops up on Craigslist. a '77 Yamaha IT 250. it had everything i was looking for: cheap, cheap, 2 stroke, and it was pretty cheap too.
i've had a bunch of 2 stroke dirtbikes over the years, had a couple registered on the street.
$300, other than a craptastically horrid spray paint job its pretty clean and totally complete. top end was done not so long ago, starts on the first kick, pulls like a 2 stroke should.
first order of business was to pull the plastics and rid them of the paint.
30 minutes with a double edge razor blade gets down below the paint & oxidized plastic to an otherwise clean tank. i'll follow this with 600, 800, 100, 1200 grit wetsanding & hit it with a wool buffer.
- stock tank & side panels
- cut down front/rear fenders
- stock seat
- mild frame mods (decrease rake by 2 degrees, shave tabs, reinforce weak points)
- pipe, YZ porting, boysen reeds, otherwise stock 'smoker.
- modern fork & disc brake.... or....
- rebuild these forks & run an OSSA drum/front wheel (much larger TLS drum)
- 19" front rim
- dunlop K180s or something similar (i've got a set, but they're for another project)