//ArrowChat Code

Upcoming Events for the Next 120 Day(s)

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: G'day from Australia! - 1981 YT125H

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9

    G'day from Australia! - 1981 YT125H

    Hi all!

    New member here. I just picked up a 1981 Yamaha YT125H that I literally found on the side of the road, in a rubbish pile! I went and spoke to the owner who has a large collection of pre 1950s cars and bikes, and he "just didn't want the bloody thing in the way anymore!" He was happy to see it was going to a good home and helped my load it into my car.. How awesome!

    It is a bit rough, but not too bad! It hasn't been running for at least 10 years is my guess. I am in the process of getting it all sorted out. I now have the engine running great, and am awaiting a heap of parts to arrive (mostly from the USA, to me here in Australia) via eBay.

    I have everything ordered that I need to get it riding great, and looking awesome again. EXCEPT FOR THE PULL START MECHANISM THAT I AM MISSING!!! Does anyone have a complete pull start cover unit they wish to sell me? Let me know please!

    Thanks for having me here. Pics are attached.

    Cheers, Pez

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180430_200458.jpg 
Views:	16 
Size:	916.9 KB 
ID:	252437Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180430_204046.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	1.02 MB 
ID:	252438Attachment 252439
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG-20180519-WA0005-2.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	2.31 MB 
ID:	252440  
    Last edited by pezcat19; 05-19-2018 at 06:47 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Australia
    --
    455
    Quote Originally Posted by pezcat19 View Post
    Hi all!

    New member here. I just picked up a 1981 Yamaha YT125H that I literally found on the side of the road, in a rubbish pile! I went and spoke to the owner who has a large collection of pre 1950s cars and bikes, and he "just didn't want the bloody thing in the way anymore!" He was happy to see it was going to a good home and helped my load it into my car.. How awesome!

    It is a bit rough, but not too bad! It hasn't been running for at least 10 years is my guess. I am in the process of getting it all sorted out. I now have the engine running great, and am awaiting a heap of parts to arrive (mostly from the USA, to me here in Australia) via eBay.

    I have everything ordered that I need to get it riding great, and looking awesome again. EXCEPT FOR THE PULL START MECHANISM THAT I AM MISSING!!! Does anyone have a complete pull start cover unit they wish to sell me? Let me know please!

    Thanks for having me here. Pics are attached.

    Cheers, Pez

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180430_200458.jpg 
Views:	16 
Size:	916.9 KB 
ID:	252437Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180430_204046.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	1.02 MB 
ID:	252438Attachment 252439
    Awesome find!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Bunbury Western Australia
    --
    34
    Hi Pez ,welcome to 3ww mate! great to see another aussie here, nice score you got there, hard to find these complete recoils now they seem to get snapped up pretty quick on ebay. There is a guy on gumtree at the moment selling yt125 parts but not sure if he has the pull starter.
    Regards Carl
    82 Honda ATC 185s
    82 Honda ATC 185s restoration project (near complete)
    81 Yamaha Tri-Moto YT125h
    83 Yamaha Tri-Moto YT175k

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    Thanks Carl!

    It seems to be the only part I cannot find, anywhere. The guy on gumtree is not far from me. I have already been down that path and unfortunately, he is wrecking a bike that "had everything except the pull starter"!! No luck. (Also, very very high $$$ from him).

    Just 3 quick questions for you if thats OK:

    - What is the performance difference like between the 125 and the 175? I see you have both!

    - What side is the front brake drum assembly on your 125H? Mine was on the RHS but something tells me it was originally on the LHS?

    - Do you have some photos of your 125 I can see? I am wanting to get the stickers correct for the year, and if yours is as per original? that would help.

    Cheers

    Pez
    Last edited by pezcat19; 05-20-2018 at 03:06 AM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Bunbury Western Australia
    --
    34
    Hey Pez,
    The 125 & 175 are similar in performance, engine wise, however the transmission is a bit different ,I have had both these trikes on the beach vs each other from stop start , when it got up to the higher gears the 175 pulled away easily, it also helps having the front suspension. They are still surprisingly quick for a smaller engine.
    As far as I know the 81' 125h did not have a front brake - it is possible someone modified yours or it could be a later model -they came out later with front suspension & brakes. It would be on the left side normally.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1719.jpg 
Views:	15 
Size:	709.9 KB 
ID:	252457
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1720.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	621.8 KB 
ID:	252458
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1721.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	688.4 KB 
ID:	252459
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1722.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	655.2 KB 
ID:	252460

    The decals are mostly original, but I did get a couple of a guy on eBay in the US, this is pretty close to how they originally looked

    Regards Carl
    82 Honda ATC 185s
    82 Honda ATC 185s restoration project (near complete)
    81 Yamaha Tri-Moto YT125h
    83 Yamaha Tri-Moto YT175k

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    Thanks Carl! That is awesome info - those pictures really help too!

    Mine is definitely a 125h (81), but who knows if it is a later front wheel??. The forks look original, and the brake housing is "secured" to them with a hose clamp - this bit is obviously not original. I will look into this a bit more.

    I am fairly jealous of your two YT's- they are in great shape.

    My YT will park next to my Suzuki LT125 quadbike which I have had since I was a kid. Only the one 3 wheeled death machine here (so far)

    Cheers,

    Pez

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    Michigan
    --
    32
    Welcome to the forum! I have family in Lara Australia.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by ATCKevin View Post
    Welcome to the forum! I have family in Lara Australia.
    I have a friend who lives in Lara. (The James family.) Lara is about 2 hours drive from here.

    Cheers

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Mukilteo, Washington
    --
    1,482
    Nice job saving it from the trash pile! Someone buy this guy a Fosters!!!

    https://youtu.be/XfR9iY5y94s

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    Hahaha.

    Thanks mate. The problem is that real Australians don't drink Fosters. We don't throw "shrimps on the barbie" either!

    But I do have Kangaroos in my back yard and hopping down my street, so the stereotype isn't totally wrong.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    Hi all,

    Exciting update! It lives!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180526_155438  1.jpg 
Views:	13 
Size:	131.8 KB 
ID:	252563Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_20180526_161222  1.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	146.9 KB 
ID:	252564

    A whole heap of parts that I ordered via eBay USA arrived, so I got stuck into things today. Still need to find a complete pull start mechanism, and a new seat base (mine is rusty), but otherwise it is going well!

    Pez
    Last edited by pezcat19; 05-26-2018 at 05:36 AM.

  12. #12
    fabiodriven's Avatar
    fabiodriven is offline Aspiring romance novel cover model, and the Official 3WW slayer of thieves and swindlers. Catch me if you can
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    East Bridgewater, MA
    --
    9,588

    G'day from Australia! - 1981 YT125H

    You can join an Australian motorcycle gang now! Did you know The Toecutter by any chance?

    https://youtu.be/5eIS08r-HKc
    Last edited by fabiodriven; 05-26-2018 at 11:14 AM.
    85 Tri-Zinger 60
    86 ATC 250SX
    02 XR650L conversion
    84 ATC 480R

  13. #13
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    Australia
    --
    9
    haha

//ArrowChat Integreation Code //