I recently bought this 1986 Yamaha TT225 for $400! from a friend of a friend (the kid didn't come with it, that's my boy). He bought it new in '86, never rode it, decided to unload it to
me. Great guy, in fact I may have sold him on buying a Savage. I bought it in "needs a little TLC condition". New tires too. Trail riding and dirt biking is so much fun!
started with an oil, filter and plug change when I got it home. ($20)
It was a bitch to start when I bought it--make that a REAL bitch to start. So I rebuilt the carb with a kit (my first time ever)
and it starts on one kick now. It also helps that I replaced the air cleaner which was clogged and disintegrating. (Carb kit and air cleaner about $30).
I also changed the fork seals (about $30), as
oil was drooling down the lower fork legs and the front suspension sucked--another first for me.
So now the bike handles and runs new, seriously. I'll be changing the chain and
sprockets (about $60) within weeks and the brake fluid ($10) has to be replaced. Other than that, this bike is a dream. Yeah, the tank plastic yellowed, but other than that the bike is in
really great shape.
I also bought some replacement parts on eBay in case I need them: front fender, brake line, clutch cable, and rotor protector for about $30.
So I have about $600 dollars
into this bike! The gear ran me about another $150: helmet, goggles, gloves.