I've been a biker for many years, and I already have a couple of classic bikes (LC350 ypvs, Honda CBR600 1990 vintage), and I just bought this little beauty.
I'm not going to do a nut and bolt restoration, as I think it looks quite good in it's naturally used state, so more of a sympathetic make over you might say.
I've joined the forum as this is the first little trailie I've had, and not having a lot of experience with Suzuki's I thought it would be a good way to get some of the help I am undoubtably going to need.
I'll try not to be too much of a nuisence, as I am fairly self sufficient, but sometimes you just have to ask the experts.
She is a '79-'89 model, although I believe the 100 model was dropped in about '82? I bet she is an '80/'81. On the alluminium plate on the steering stem (behind headlight) will be the year (80 or 81 I bet).
FYI the 'ER' (as they are called in commonwealth countries and yours is a TS. Same thing) can easily be converted to a 125. Simply swap in a 125 barrel and piston / rings and you are good to go. Ex. chamber and even the carb (even the jetting) is shared between the 100/125. Be a good opportunity to drop in some dual stage #602 Boyesen power reeds Oh and perform a port-match. Or just enjoy her!
Anyhow, yours has 'TS' on the seat so she is the US model. I suspect the jetting is jetted to be more kind to dolphins, pot smoking greenies and unicorns compared to the 'ER' model, so will run slightly leaner with slightly less power.
Nice bike. Give you $5 for her (just kiddin'). Thanks for the photo!
ps. I would recommend fitting new LHS crank seal. Seal can be replaced without splitting the crankcase.
pps. I had a closer look at her and the petrol cap is metallic. Ones i have seen are plastic. She might be a '79? Let us know.
ppps. Bike is pretty much a 125, but 100cc so keep this in mind when parts searching. Frame is pretty much identical.
Is she CDI or points? The ER is points and can be upgraded with ignition system from a TF100 / TF125, which is CDI. Stator, flywheel, CDI box and HT coil. Is worth doing (for one's sanity) and adds nice advancement curve / more power. Anyhow, I will shut up now (got a little excited!). TF is farm variant and was sold in commonwealth countries only. So hard to find in America...
Well it arrived today in the back of a van, and I've had a good chance to give her the once over.
As always the photographs flattered her quite a bit, but for a forty year old she's wearing quite well. The main thing is that the engine runs and sounds sweet, although not had a chance to ride her yet as the rear tyre is as flat as a flat thing, so off to get a new inner tube in the morning.
Other good points are, the exhaust looks solid, the rims and spokes look nice and clean (most unusual this side of the pond) the plastics are good as is the seat base and cover, all in all a good start to get a nice tidy bike.
I had a good look for that aluminium plate you were talking about Butcher, and all I could see was two small holes where it could have been riveted back in the day, but it ain't there now. On the plus point the chassis and engine nombers are nice and clear so no probs on that front.
The main use is going to be as a runaround at the holiday home with some light off roading very occasionally.
Well that's about it for now, I'll post some updates as and when they happen.
Paul that plate is like a VIN (before VIN's). I suspect that the plate would be necessary to get her Regoed / WOF again legally. Good luck on that. Might have to get her registered as a new bike...
Yea get her all muddy!
Might be prudent to replace the front inner-tube too.
Check wheel bearings and regrease swingarm pivot and steering stem (stem is a 2 man job almost! Don't over tighten it). Lube cables. check oil pump alignment as per manual. Clean fuel filter in tank and in the tap / petcock bowl.
You are lucky if tank doesn't leak (from bottom seam, tap side) and the seat pan is A1. Rust is their enemy.
ps. Service, clean and re-oil air filter. Filter is most likely stuffed and may fall apart. Would not hurt to clean the carb too. New gaskets for her.