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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from the great state of Texas

Hello all, I'm returning to dirt riding after a 40 year break and appreciate all the knowledge you possess. I picked up a beautiful 1992 250 EXC. Like myself, a little long in the tooth, a little beat around the edges, but still possessing a whole lot of soul. Keep the faith, and I ask for grace voth on the track and with inane questions.
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Welcome to the forum lostpatriot. I love those old 2 strokes.
Jam a picture and a post in the vintage 2 stroke area if you can and haven't yet. We have some handy vintage 2 stroke members here. "Rangerman" would love to see it.
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Welcome to the forum lostpatriot. I love those old 2 strokes.
Jam a picture and a post in the vintage 2 stroke area if you can and haven't yet. We have some handy vintage 2 stroke members here. "Rangerman" would love to see it.
Thanks Rangerman, and will do. It'll be a few weeks before photos are available as I left my bike with my son at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.

Thanks again for warm welcome.

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Thanks Rangerman, and will do. It'll be a few weeks before photos are available as I left my bike with my son at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.

Thanks again for warm welcome.
I'm Dw buddy, but no worries, Rangerman is another one of our members here.
Good luck with the bike.
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Smile Welcome to the forum...

Well I need to start checking this Starting Line category more often because it seems that I might be missing a few "vintage newcomers". My fault entirely. That being said please accept my formal welcome LostPatriot.
As DW already mentioned when you have an opportunity post lots of pictures of your vintage '92EXC. We would be interested to see them and accompany a back story if you feel so inclined.
You mentioned being away from motorcycles for 40 years, so you and me have that in common. My time away was approximately 20 years. After our first son was born my perspective on life changed in regards to my responsibilities to my wife and child. Motorcycles were rightfully deemed a risk that I was not willing to take, so I put that interest away for a time. Now that both our sons are grown and on their own, motorcycles have made a return and are here to stay the duration.


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Hello Gents, my apologies for the lack of communication, as I allowed life to overwhelm my civility. I'll post some pics before too long, but am able to share from deciphering the s/n, she's a '91. She has lived a varied life of a traveling whore, having been to Oregon, Co, Ok, and now Tx. ( That I know of). She's been rode hard, neglected to some degree, but has a spark left in her to still give a little joy.

The basics - no lights front or back, missing a grill (think I located one in Baton Rouge), no slider and hasnt had one for some time (suggestions?), has worn decals and plastics, but overall, makes me extremely hapoy. I broke her in at Durhamtown a month back, and just now stretching her legs in Tx. I may not do a lot to her other than aforementioned grill and slider, as well as add the cosmetics of a tail light lens. When time permits I'll tear in to her carb as she runs like a 2 pack a day, 26 year old bar rag.

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Hello Gents, my apologies for the lack of communication, as I allowed life to overwhelm my civility. I'll post some pics before too long, but am able to share from deciphering the s/n, she's a '91. She has lived a varied life of a traveling whore, having been to Oregon, Co, Ok, and now Tx. ( That I know of). She's been rode hard, neglected to some degree, but has a spark left in her to still give a little joy.

The basics - no lights front or back, missing a grill (think I located one in Baton Rouge), no slider and hasnt had one for some time (suggestions?), has worn decals and plastics, but overall, makes me extremely hapoy. I broke her in at Durhamtown a month back, and just now stretching her legs in Tx. I may not do a lot to her other than aforementioned grill and slider, as well as add the cosmetics of a taul light lens. When time permits I'll tear intonher carb as she runs like a 2 lack a day, 26 year old bar rag.

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Nothing wrong with a roughy mate. You just need to give her a little loving. A little tlc goes a long way
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A little tender lovin indeed. I shall call her "One-Eye". The headlight is intermittent, and given her history and penchant for being passed around, reminds me of a lady I met when a younger man. She too was a little rough for wear, had a bullet wound scar from a previous brawl, and one eye that always was stairing a little left of the other.

I tried OneEye with 100 octane @32% mix. Seemed to run fine until I realized the tank has a leak. I've changed the crank case a couple of times and all appears to be well there. Other than the tank repair, the more immediate issues appear to be with replacing lost/damaged items like radiator grills, repack exhaust, replace missing screws, and perhaps replacing the missing tail light lens, and eventually, getting the carb sorted. Rangerman mentioned repairing running lights may not be in the best interest of the bike, so I'll likely let that (complete light(s)repair) go other than the cosmetic lens. I do meed to source or mod a slider as OneEye has been running without lrotection on the swingarm for far too long. Any ideas?

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This chain slider is pretty close if not the exact one.

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/122017554416

I'd also pull the swing arm pivot bolt and
check the needle bearings.
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I'd also pull the swing arm pivot bolt and
check the needle bearings.
+1 on that.
A dodgy trick I use to do as well if I had to keep the bike mobile and couldn't get swing arm bearings or you were on a budget, is to mark and turn your inner rings and bolt 90 deg from where it currently is. As the swing arm only moves a certain amount, a lot of the time it has only worn in one spot.

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1997 suzuki rmx250
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