1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project



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    1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Hello all,

    I picked this up from Craigslist last week for $100. Maybe some of you are interested maybe some of you are not, but I figured I'll post anyway. I know these have a reputation for being crappy bikes, but I am hoping running this for 12 months will make it easier to insure my DRZ/KLR next year .

    The bike has not run for around 5 years and has been stored outside for some of it. I plan to get it running, change the necessary parts and have some fun on it this summer!

    Parts on order so far are:

    1) Battery
    2) Chain and sprockets
    3) Tyres
    4) Front and rear brake shoes

    Everything else seems to be ok so far, just a little surface rust. I am going to paint her matt black, fit some dirt handle bars and have a blast! It would be great to hear any suggestions of how I could make it better, I'm pretty new to the Toronto scene.

    This how I bought it:



    Front Shoes de-bonded:



    Chain was so seized, the bike would barely roll!



    More Pics to follow....
    Last edited by avsjack; 06-03-2012 at 01:17 PM.

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Fuel leaking from Carb? I have not looked yet, but I am expecting diaphragm issues or similar:

    Carb Leak (sm).jpg

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    There's no rubber diaphragm in that carb, it's a Mikuni round slide. You will need new o-rings and probably a float valve. This bike is dead simple, you'll get it running in no time.
    Safety third, right after style and comfort.



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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Hi RetroGrouch,

    Thank you for the details, the carb is last on the list but I have a spare one, needles and jets etc that came with the bike. I plan to get the rest of the bits on so that it is ridable and then assess the situation.

    Thanks again for the input! Very much appreciated!

    Jack

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    It looks like a nice little project. Have fun. Have you checked the frame for any twists? Is there any rust in the tank?

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Quote Originally Posted by TorontoBoy View Post
    It looks like a nice little project. Have fun. Have you checked the frame for any twists? Is there any rust in the tank?
    Hello TorontoBoy,

    Yes, that was my first concern too, frame looks to b straight and believe it or not, the tank is as clean as a whistle inside! Looking forward to getting it running as soon as I get a battery for it!

    Thanks!

    Jack

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Brakes (sm).jpg
    Front brake shoes debonded
    Last edited by avsjack; 05-29-2012 at 10:01 PM.

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Stripped for day one:
    Last edited by avsjack; 05-29-2012 at 10:35 PM.

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Mudgard split, modification to follow, involves a hacksaw

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Rusty rear shocks, the RH is far worse as the LH one is covered in chain oil and cleaned up like new! ha

    Last edited by avsjack; 05-29-2012 at 10:44 PM.

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Excessively worn rear sprocket:

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    Stripped ready for cleaning and paint:

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    Re: 1981 Yamaha Exciter 185cc Project

    Complete, now everything in the future is getting painted Matt Black. It is quite possible the easiest process ever! Well after years of spending days at a time preparing vehicles for conventional automotive paints, this goes on in seconds.

    The bike owes me around $450 before safety and plates! I am very happy with the outcome, I may change the piston and ring this winter....




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