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Old October 16th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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I have been coaxing my friend, Chris, to get back into motorcycling for the last couple years. He had ridden dirt bikes since he was 11, but his YZ had been out of commission for the last few years. He had started to show a little more interest this year. He didn't have a big budget for a bike, which is probably what kept him from thinking about it much. I had just sold my XR200r, it was a great bike to start out on, but I'm a little too big for it and I hadn't ridden it much at all this year. Well, since I had gotten rid of one, I felt the need to replace it, so I had been scanning craigslist for a while, when I came upon a great little bike to get my friend back into riding. It was a 1982 Yamaha XT200. I sent him pictures and info. He got a little excited about it, I was too. If he got a bike, I would have somebody to ride with. We made a plan to check it out this weekend. He came up to Gladwin from Grand Rapids and we went up to Traverse City on Friday to check it out, the ad read:

"82 xt200 with recent engine re-build/bored over, all internals replaced. New tires, gears/chain, fork seals and oil replaced. Runs and drives great on or off road. "

He was asking $600, but after a couple emails, he said he would consider $500. He was heading off to school in Marquette and couldn't take it with him. After talking, we found out that it was an older gentleman who owned it and did all the work on it. This kid owned it for less than a year and used it to commute back and forth to work. It started up right away and ran great. It looked pretty good too. The only major imperfection was a small dent in the gas tank. It is missing the turn signals, but the wiring is still there. So, we took it home with us.


Now once I had found this bike and sent it to Chris, I began looking for a dual sport for myself. Luck would find that there was a 2009 KLX250S for sale less than a half hour away from me. So, Chris has spent the night on Friday, up in Gladwin, so we got up Saturday morning to go check out the KLX. This bike was in awesome shape. We found out that he had bought it used to commute back and forth to work. He put about 500 miles on it and decided he wanted a sportster. Apparently, he bought a sportster and within the first 15 minutes, he passed out while riding it and totaled it, ending up in the hospital and without a memory of how it happened. So, he no longer felt comfortable riding a motorcycle. So I took it for a test ride and I really liked it. The only things I didn't like were that he had chopped off the tail section of the fender and that the headlight had some moisture in in, basically very minor things. Within the last 100 miles he had taken it to Steven's Cycle in Bay City to have the leaky valve cover gasket replaced, the valves adjusted, and the oil changed. SCORE! I ended up getting the bike for $2350, which seemed ok to me, since the blue book on it is about $3400. Fall really is the best time to buy bikes!



So, now we have the winter to tune them up and farkle them to do what we want: trail riding day trips and hopefully some overnighters or 2-3 day trips on the MCCCT. :)

It will work out perfectly now that I have an insulated heated garage :)

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Old October 16th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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So, is 'farkling' what you call it when you put all the hippy stickers on it? .

Nice finds Mike. I wouldn't mind getting something a bit more off road capable in the future. Maybe once I get a few more miles under my belt on the Ninja. Have fun with the farkling, what ever that means. :D
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Farkles are the little additions that you make to a bike that make it more useful. I plan on adding handguards, skid plate, and a cyclerack. Today, I already wired a 12v outlet to run gPS. :)
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Took it out on the MCCCT today. Did 50 miles. Kind of chilly, but fulfilling.


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Did some farkling, LC4X.

I added a skidplate, Tusk Handguards and Handlebars.

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Did 30 miles of backroads yesterday afternoon.

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