1989 RM250 and shop build

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1/4/2020 4:27 PM

When I was in High School I would drool all over the 89 RM’s when picking up parts for my IT200 at Reading Cycles. Now that I am older, and have some disposable income I have decided not only to start building the bike, but also equipping the shop the way I have always wanted.

For now the shop is restricted to the basement until I can get a garage built in the spring. Once that is done the shop will move into the existing garage.

Starting point



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1/4/2020 5:56 PM

BRING IT!

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1/4/2020 6:49 PM

Looks like a nice clean bike to start with... 👍

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1/4/2020 10:53 PM

After a bath and the discovery I didn’t see when buying it at night from FB Marketplace




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1/4/2020 10:59 PM

And the first trip to Harbor Freight to get a bike lift.




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1/5/2020 6:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2020 6:09 AM

Remove or place some foam over the edge of the bike lift pedal on the lift....your shins will thank me later....the frame dent is no big deal, there are a few options depending on what your end goal is.

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1/5/2020 7:24 AM

sandman768 wrote:

Remove or place some foam over the edge of the bike lift pedal on the lift....your shins will thank me later....the frame dent is no big deal, there are a few options depending on what your end goal is.

Thanks man. I also got this adjustable lift to help stabilize the bike as it comes apart. I have hit my shin once. You are probably correct to say it will happen more often.





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1/5/2020 7:44 AM

Also got this engine stand



And all these that I have been getting away without owning for too long


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1/5/2020 6:31 PM

Looking forward to following this. That era RM's were awesome.

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1/5/2020 6:53 PM

Well the cases are split (my first time ever btw). Everything looks good with the exception of a worn cylinder, a small ding in the head, and a heavily corroded magneto.




I found a new magneto on FB. While talking to the guy it turned out he had a non dented 02 frame so I got that too.





Just a few little things to do, a new steering stop and I want to add weld on tabs for a skid plate. So in the spirit of this build I have decided to learn how to weld. 🙂



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1/12/2020 7:50 AM

sandman768 wrote:

Remove or place some foam over the edge of the bike lift pedal on the lift....your shins will thank me later....the frame dent is no big deal, there are a few options depending on what your end goal is.

lappedrider wrote:

Thanks man. I also got this adjustable lift to help stabilize the bike as it comes apart. I have hit my shin once. You are probably correct to say it will happen more often.





Where is that stand and the engine stand from? I just use a 2x4 box for and engine stand but that looks pretty slick!

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1/12/2020 8:38 AM

yak651 wrote:

Where is that stand and the engine stand from? I just use a 2x4 box for and engine stand but that looks pretty slick!

The engine stand is from Motorsports Products and I got it through Rocky Mountain. Its also available on Amazon.

The bike lift is Harbor Freight. The black scissor lift is from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07QV6J5YN?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

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2/15/2020 6:17 PM

While the frame is taking some time to get powder coated the shop is coming along











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2/15/2020 6:21 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2020 6:22 PM

No matter how old kids get the appreciate a big ass box






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2/15/2020 7:40 PM

Wow... that vapor blast cabinet will come in handy👍

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2/16/2020 4:26 AM

I'm jealous... You hit the lottery bro 😂

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2/16/2020 8:21 AM

^ as the kids say, I'm helly jelly of your equipment! Hell yea!

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2/16/2020 6:32 PM

Is that the weekend warrior? Been considering one myself!

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2/16/2020 8:53 PM

450exc115 wrote:

Is that the weekend warrior? Been considering one myself!

It is. Went back and forth between it and the Microhone for a while. Hope to have it running in a week or two and will report on how well it works.

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2/17/2020 12:26 AM

lappedrider wrote:

While the frame is taking some time to get powder coated the shop is coming along











This is so cool! I'm in the same stage as you and its almost comical. Same compressor, same vaporhoning cabinet and about a week out from having my shop done. I'm stoked for you and that beautiful Rm! Enjoy

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Throwbackmxguy

2/17/2020 5:11 AM

Manbearpig wrote:

This is so cool! I'm in the same stage as you and its almost comical. Same compressor, same vaporhoning cabinet and about a week out from having my shop done. I'm stoked for you and that beautiful Rm! Enjoy

That’s awesome! Feels like it’s taking forever, but it will be so awesome when it’s all done. If things like this are ever truly complete. 🙂

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2/17/2020 8:52 AM

lappedrider wrote:

That’s awesome! Feels like it’s taking forever, but it will be so awesome when it’s all done. If things like this are ever truly complete. 🙂

I hear ya man. I'm 5 months into my little shop and it's driving me crazy....and my wife would love to park her car in the garage this year. Haha

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Throwbackmxguy

2/18/2020 5:03 PM

Back from powder!


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2/19/2020 2:18 PM

I found this in my area, thought I would alert you just in case you might be interested:

1989 Robb Herring RH250 Factory works Suzuki MXA Seat Cover - $100 (Royse city, TX)

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2/23/2020 6:16 PM



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3/2/2020 5:27 AM








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3/2/2020 5:35 AM

Looks like the cabinet is well worth it by how well those cases clean up. How long did it take for the main case?

I've had luck with removing bolts using pre heat of the rim and a reverse cut drill bit.

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3/2/2020 11:44 AM

450exc115 wrote:

Looks like the cabinet is well worth it by how well those cases clean up. How long did it take for the main case?

I've had luck with removing bolts using pre heat of the rim and a reverse cut drill bit.

The main case would have taken about a half hour if it wasn’t for the heavy corrosion from where the stator went bad. I ended up spending about an hour and a half trying to clean it up. Including breaks.

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3/4/2020 6:14 PM

Anyone have a good system for cataloging all this stuff?

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3/5/2020 5:04 AM

When I have a parts order come in like that, I I immediately verify all parts are correct & what I ordered, then label each part bag with a sharpie. I then compare new part to old, if it can be done. I also use zip lock plastic bags during teardown to separate sub assemblies. Then just work on each sub assembly at a time, this keeps me organized. With everything labeled and separated I can take a month off and still come back and know right where I was with the build.

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