So I have an opportunity to pick up a project bike for my second bike. A Suzuki T350.
What I know: They made them about 5 years from 68-72. They are 2 strokes, but you don't mix the gas separately which helps with oil consumption. Parts are out there but aren't exactly plentiful.
Is this going to be too big of a project for my first?
Edit: I have to imagine it will just need a full tune up and hoses and the consumables replaced to get it running. Structurally it is all there, and I didnt spot too much rust either.
Depends greatly on what kind of project you intend it to be. It's a two stroke so mechanically, it is less complicated than an EX. At least, with regard to the engine.
Two strokes, if you are unfamiliar with them can land you on your head. Easily. They're not particularly unreliable or anything but the power is limited to a narrow band on the tach. You'll have nearly no thrust below that point and then sudden acceleration that you'd better be prepared for.
Then there's the oil. You have to have either a pre-mix of fuel and oil in the correct ratio, or an auto-injector that injects the correct amount of oil into the fuel as it enters the carburetor.
There is no oil in the crankcase because the transfer ports are at the bottom of the cylinder. Hence, you have to have lubrication of the cylinder walls or the engine will seize.
Then, there's the brakes. Or rather, the vague approximation of them. The bike you're taking on is from an era when braking was not highly evolved on production bikes. All things to keep in mind.
Is it too much for you? Again, that depends on what you intend this project to be. If you just want to get it running and ride it on occasion, then I'd say you aren't taking on too much.
Even if the engine is currently seized it isn't too big of deal to get it going again. The engines are dead simple to work on.
If you intend more than that....like a full restoration...that might be a bit over your head but not so far that you couldn't do it with a bit of professional help in places. All I got man.........sean
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