Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: West Of The Mississippi
I've got a Yamaha TT600 that I'm doing a ground-up on.
Hilarious story with mine:
I mentioned to some co-workers that I was looking for an old thumper to restore. A friend of mine said "Ya know I think Jim has an old Yamaha. Maybe he might want to sell it?".
So I call Jim at work and he says he has an '83 Yamaha TT600 that doesn't start too good but runs good once started.
So on a Saturday morning I go over to Jim's house to take a look at the bike.
There is Jim in the driveway, sweating profusely, trying to get the bike started. BTW - Jim is a pretty big boy so I KNOW this thing is a bitch to start. LOL
Finally he gets it started and it sounds good. No smoke, everything is there. It's been put away wet a few times but nothing I can't fix.
So, cash exchanges hands, I get the original certificate of origin, load the bike up and I'm on my way home.
Now, I owned both a Honda XL-500 and XL-600 back in the eighties and I know if you start them right, they are not too bad - do it wrong and they can break a leg.
So I start tearing the old TT600 down and the first thing I find that is wrong? The automatic compression release cable is broken. LOL
I still haven't had the heart to tell Jim that he'd been starting the bike with no compression release all those years. ;-)
As far as the motor in your bike, Rotax has made good motors for a long, long time.
If memory serves me correctly, they are related to Bombardier and are Canadian.
I got a list of demands written on the palm of my hand...