Post by Lucass2T on Oct 7, 2019 15:43:15 GMT -5
My signature is saying I have a 'Suzuki TS50X long time restoration project'. Thats still the case but there's some significant progess since last week.
A little background about this project:
Somewhere in 2016 I bought a friends Suzuki TS50X with registration papers for €75. It was sitting in his backyard for years and I just some day casually asked him if he wanted to get rid of it since he wasn't doing anything with it. He said yeah and we agreed on €75 which is actually very cheap, even if it was only a bare frame with papers.
It was cheap, but also a total basket case. It had rusty suspension, tired motor, some half-ass welded/baked exhaust which was total shit. It did had a good Mikuni VM20 tho. But in general nearly the entire bike was junk. I think I can use the skid plate, carb and front and rear fender. It's a shame I don't have any pics of it when I bought it. It didn't really motivate me to start working on it and it stayed somewhere in a friends garage for 3 years, until now.
Previous week I found a Belgian market Suzuki TS50W via facebook marketplace. It was a complete and bone stock bike. And it has the watercooled 6 speed! It made a very good basis to begin with. Belgian market mopeds are generally a little different from Dutch market mopeds. The Belgians had a bunch of different models compared to Holland. But they otherwise didn't got various models we here in Holland did get. They also have some different laws which meant belgian market mopeds were a bit faster than Dutch market onse. Their mopeds were allowed to legally reach 80kph (50mph) and kids from the age of 14 were allowed to ride. I think in France you are allowed to ride 125cc bikes when you're 16 which also means Aprilia RS125 and Cagiva Mito 125.
Anyway. The belgians had the watercooled 6 speed version of the 'fairly common' dutch market Suzuki TS50X. Back in the days here in Holland the TS50X was the less popular competitor to the Honda MT and MTX. The 'normal' Dutch TS50X had a aircooled 5 speed. The Dutch TS50X could reach 55mph with just a pipe and 16mm carb. Fairly fast and very comfortable bikes with their large wheels and long travel suspension. They came with 21 inch front an 18 rear.
Below you can see the difference between a very typical Dutch TS50X and the (to me) way less common and known Belgian TS50W.
This Belgian TS50W is a bit different from the Dutch TS50X. Engine wise it has a watercooled 6 speed which is super nice I think. Chassis wise it has a bit of a shorter seat and shorter rear shock. The bike is lower and looks and feels a bit smaller compared to the more dirtbike like Dutch TS50X. The radiator shrouds are also shaped a bit different. But apart from those things they're nearly identical.
It needs some work done to it because it has been sitting for nearly 10 years. the PO went on his face with it once according to some minor scuff marks here and there. The silencer is gone just like the left side radiator shroud. Our highly regarded member Mr.tsimi helped me find the missing parts in Japan, thank you buddy!
My goal is to have it running like new with a pipe and carb. I want to give it the looks of the 1986 RM125 with that 80's yellow/blue livery and blue engine cases.
In fact there's a guy who did his just like I want to do mine. He only didn't do the blue motor.
It needs to look like this eventually