Hi folks. We’ll, as per title, I have just bitten the bullet and bagged myself a GT125R, 08 when an opportunity which seemed to good to pass up came along. This bike has only covered 8.5k in its lifetime, and has been dry stored since the fella I bought it from purchased it several years ago. This was one of several bikes which this fella was having to move in a big hurry so he could make space for his latest impulse buy, a mint RS Turbo. He literally had two days to get the bikes away and I was stood there, so I made him a cheeky offer of just a few hundred pounds and ended up coming home with this little beauty on my trailer.😃
Now I am not bad on the spanners, and I have what I would call a fair understanding of mechanics, but I am by no means an expert. Self taught amateur is more like it, with all my experience being gained with cars and not bikes. Obviously I have a lot to learn, but this bike and the help of this forum will hopefully have her back on the road and me a bit better informed, in no time.
I’m not going to lie, the bike came to me running pretty rough, but with it sitting so long the issue was only thought to be carb related. I have had a few other bike owners review the videos of her running both before and after I cleaned the first carb I’ve ever stripped…lol and they are of the same opinion that its carbs. Overall, cleaning the carb, changing the fuel, sparks and filters has made her run better, but she is still not right. Oil is out at the minute and to me she sounds a little tappy (but again I have limited experience) so I am hoping to check the valve clearances and make sure all the timing marks are lined up later on today. The presence of an updated cam chain tensioner makes me a little nervous, along with the fact the air filter screws were completely seized (like they had never been off!) and there was quite a large dome of filings on the oil plug magnet. The one thing going in its favour is the fact that it is only 8.5k, though I shudder at the thought of how many years. Hopefully there isn’t anything there that can’t be put right even if the servicing has been questionable.
All in all I love the size of this bike, and am excited about working on it, learning from it, and ultimately riding it! This is not a project I take on myself either. My son and I will be working away at this with a view to me passing my test on it and then being able to then give him a sorted, learner legal bike to run around on when he turns 17. Hopefully the nice folks on here will be able to help steer me in the areas that are a bit grey for me, and likewise I wiĺl be happy to help out where I can from my own experiences.
Thanks for listening guys. Looking forward to the ride…🏍
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