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    1969 Yamaha L5T

    Whats up everybody. This is my first cafe build and i was wondering if anybody has ever worked on one of these bikes before. Any info would help.
    Its classified as a mini bike with an 100cc motor. Thinking of swapping the motor for a more powerful one. Any suggestions of what size i should go?

    Izzy

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    Oh lord, the natives are sure to attack you on this one. First off, you used the words "cafe" and "build" in your first ever post. Thats a no-no around here. Secondly, you did not fill out your bio and you have not provided any information about yourself or the bike before asking for advice. It is just a common courtesy.

    1. Fill out your bio.
    2. Provide some info on yourself: how much experience do you have with motorcycles? How mechanically inclined are you?

    Do this and you will be more likely to get the kind of info you are looking for.
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    I would agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.

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    Little frame/ little motor.
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    Damn my bad didn't know there was some rules to follow. Won't happen again!
    This probably doesn't sound surprising, but this is my first bike so sue me if i sound a little lost
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    Lol I didn't make the rules, but I'm sure you would rather me tell you these "rules" than let you learn them on your own. I see too many newbies who make these mistakes so I figured I would help you out.

    If this is your first bike then you should be taking a different approach.
    Does it run? Is it ready to ride on the street? If it is, then the correct course of action would be to leave it the fuck alone. As far as customization is concerned. Sure, go ahead and get your hands dirty doing standard maintenance on it, like new tires, batter, plugs, ignition, spark plugs/wires, things of that nature. Stuff to make it more reliable. I can tell you from experience, which means I learned the hard way, if you get a vintage bike as your first bike, just ride the damn thing, or sell it and buy something modern. Because it is much more fun to spend time in the seat than in the shop, especially with your first bike. Food for thought.
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    I'll take that tiny little 100cc engine off your hands...

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    I am a newbie! To the forum and motorcycles!!! lol
    So yeah its my first bike. Its not running right now but thats the first thing I'm going to get done. The plan was to ride it for a while then eventually start thinking about upgrading. Either engine or new bike entirely.
    Izzy

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    Well since it doesn't run, then I would recommend getting it running, and ride the balls off of it. Either that, or get it running and sell it. That is a somewhat rare bike, I don't know how valuable it is, but it is unusual, so there may be a market out there for it to some collector. If you can find someone to buy it for a good price, I would. Unless you are attached to it. Then I would look into buying something like a ninja 250/500 for your first bike. You will have so much more fun on a more modern bike. Nowhere near as many aggravations or headaches associated with old bikes. And they just plain ride better. You will grow as a rider more quickly.
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    that bike is too complete, too rare and too nice to hack up.
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    1. Check out Dean's RD400 thread.

    2. Copy what he is doing.

    3. Sit back and enjoy that badass little scrambler.

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