1982 Suzuki GN125

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
Thanks guys, I appreciate the wisdom.. I ordered up two of those bolts. When I get them in the mail I will pull the covers and see what I am able to accomplish.
Irk, when I pull the stator cover is there a certain opening or area I'm going to be able to get pliers in to try to find this tensioner blade?
 

irk miller

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the wisdom.. I ordered up two of those bolts. When I get them in the mail I will pull the covers and see what I am able to accomplish.
Irk, when I pull the stator cover is there a certain opening or area I'm going to be able to get pliers in to try to find this tensioner blade?
In many cases, you'll see the cam chain and all its glory right behind the flywheel on engines where the cam chain is off to one side like that. My XR200 is made very similarly, and you can change the guides out through the stator cover and a cover in the side of the head. I haven't specifically worked on a GN125, so I am guessing here a bit, and looking at GN125 drawings. It's looks to my like you'll be able to get to it.
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
I pulled the stator cover and the stator off the engine case, right away I could see the bottom of the cam chain guide hanging down. I think I got really lucky, the guide didn't work it's way all the way down into the area where the stator and flywheel are, which I think it could have easily done. It took about 45minutes of pick-up sticks with your buttcheeks type concentration but I was able to work the guide back up into place without pulling the flywheel. Just waiting on the new bolt to show up.
Thanks again Irk and Maritime for the advice, it is much appreciated.
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
Any ideas where I can find replacement brake shoes and a coil for this bike? It is front and rear drum brake, I was unable to find shoes or coil online.
 

irk miller

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Going by part number, Ebay has several. Typical parts houses, like Suzuki Parts House shows them as unavailable. The Ebay listings show several model crosses, too.

The brake shoes are Suzuki Part number 54401-07810. Ebay search here. The same pads go to front and back.

The listing
here shows four different numbers, so you might get more options if you run all the numbers. They have several in stock, so looks to me like there is your source.

This listings claims to be your stock replacement coil
here, but there a bazillion of that very coil on Ebay, Amazon and other places. You might have to alter your mount. You can probably find one for half the price, even though $40 isn't too bad.
 

Rider52

Coast to Coast
Also check your local Suzuki dealer. I've had great luck getting parts for my early 80s small bikes as a lot of stuff was carried over year after year. I was told by Suzuki forum guys that my ALT50 gas cap was unobtanium. Walked into the Suzuki dealer and walked out with the correct cap for $5.00. The same gas cap is still used on some Suzuki off road bikes.
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
Hey all.. Just touching base... Ive put about 900 miles on my little scoot since I got it in early april. I have to say, this little bike has more character and personality than any of the vintage bikes I have ever owned... I really like this bike. It took me some time to get the hang of how and when it likes to be shifted and how to manage the throttle with the slide carb... only in the last 100miles or so I've really started to learn this bikes character and have started to really enjoy riding it... It's like dating a hot blondie for 3 months and then one date night you find out that she loves the Flyers, PBR and riding old motorcycles xD
 

iatethepeach

Coast to Coast
Hey, nice bike. I missed this back in April- I must have been distracted by the impending end of the world or something.

Did you get an antique plate? Registration is permanent and no annual inspection. By my calculations, that makes break-even after only a couple of years.
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
This weekend I am going to go through the bike to do all the 1500 and 3000 mile maintenance tasks according to the manual.
I was wanting to get some opinions from the Jedi Masters here.. I want to do a build on this bike, however, after a long ride today I decided I absolutely do not want to cut or chop anything on this bike, and I am not going to open the top end of the engine as had the jugs hones and new rings/top end gaskets were installed right before I purchased the bike.
So my rough plan is: - Update the rear suspension to a Progressive unit.. I want to rebuild or possibly replace the front forks.. The stock front forks seem a bit long to me and they are pretty squishy.. I was thinking possibly a cb175 set as a replacement?? I would like to put some Progressive fork springs in but have the front fork springs be an inch to 1.5 inches shorter than the stock units.
- fabricate a dash bracket and replace the factory clocks with a set of mini speedo/tach and tidy it in neatly to the triple tree
-put an let headlight unit on.. smaller led tail light
-I would like to replace the handlebars with either some 'W' bars with a 3inch rise(I believe my factory bars are 4inch rise) or some MX bars with 3inch rise. -I would like to replace the 17inch rear wheel with an 18inch unit
-smaller drive sprocket, and I think I the carb could use some adjustment on the pilot jet and jet needle.
-rebuild brakes
-rebuild clutch
-replace factory cables with new ones
I really dont want to change the DNA of this bike.. just improve some things and tidy it up a bit so that I like it... I love the way it runs and rides so I'm not going to do anything to throw a monkey wrench in that works...

Any opinions for possible fork/triple tree replacements or anything else would be greatly welcome.. Thank you in advance, cheers.
 

Luugo86

'73 CB350, '78 XS650 Cafe Killer
Hey, nice bike. I missed this back in April- I must have been distracted by the impending end of the world or something.

Did you get an antique plate? Registration is permanent and no annual inspection. By my calculations, that makes break-even after only a couple of years.
Hey man.. yep I have Antique plates on it... I really only ride it on the Amish back-country roads so I'm not worried about the mileage restrictions
 

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