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How can you tell a make of a bike

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  1. yeffcox8
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    Hello, my name is Jeff and I'm just getting into ridding bikes. Well my neighbor just recently gave me a bike, it is a 1980 Yamaha but I don't know the make. He did not have a title for the bike so I had the cops come out and run the vin and they said I could get a title for it but they don't have any record of the bike. Does anyone know how I can go about figuring the make of the bike so I can order the parts I need so I can fix the bike. I really appericate anybodys help in this matter.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  2. tunc
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    welcome to you from downunder
    give us the vin number
    on the neck of the frame or even the engine mumber and see what we can do

  3. yeffcox8
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    Thank you for the welcome, the number on the engine is 4R3-000821. Just want to say thank you for your help I appericate it.

  4. flazh680
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    Lookie what you got

    XS850H 1981 Street 4R3

  5. yeffcox8
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    Alright thank you I really appericate it, now hopefully I can find parts cause I have been searching and a lot of the parts have been discontuned, maybe you can help me. Can you interchange parts from one make of bike to another?

  6. micg10
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    welcome to the family. post a pic so can all enjoy it with you.

  7. yeffcox8
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    I will after I'm done putting it back together and I have all the parts I need. Cause right now I have it all a part trying to get it running.

  8. flakkerbhil
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    Welcome! Hope you get it running!

  9. flazh680
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    Alright thank you I really appericate it, now hopefully I can find parts cause I have been searching and a lot of the parts have been discontuned, maybe you can help me. Can you interchange parts from one make of bike to another?
    I have a program that will cross reference your part numbers and list every bike that shares the same part. making it easier to find parts.

    Which parts do you need? The website listed below a good place to use when finding part numbers

    partforyamaha.com/pages/parts/viewbybrand/2/Yamaha.aspx

    Start by making a list of parts you need The more important ones like battery , Plugs , spark plug Wires .

    Also Check the Fuse block should be under the seat. Chances are the connections are corroded and maybe even broken . You can get a basic fuse block from radio shack for about 3 dollars and wire connectors too

    I used this one : radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062258

    These will work too. a little more expensive but you can use the blade type fuses .

    radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102783

    more than likely replacing Fuse Block that should be first and foremost on that list, then check every connection most are plug in type ends and can get corroded as well but all you will have to do is clean them up with electrical cleaner or batter y cleaner or baking soda and water solution. I would use about 1/2 cup of baking sota to 1 gal of water . and get some clean fresh water for rinsing .

    The second Item you will need is a NEW BATTERY. unless its a kick start. On average most batteries should be replaced every 2 years depending on how long it sits. a new battery will discharge at a rate of 1% per day, in 3 or more months of not running the battery will be completely dead. get a battery tender for the battery to keep it charged up during idle times. do not attempt to jump start the bike with the car or truck running. it may cause more problems than you want.

    3rd replace the plugs & Wires look at then and check to see how its was running when it did by reading the plug. this link will help you with this

    dansmc.com/spark_plugs/spark_plugs_catalog.html

    Dans MC is a great place to learn more about how to get it running and keep it running.

    Now I would suggest you find a service manual for that bike. it will be a very useful tool when you get stressed out , Read it good a few times.

    hope this helps you more.

  10. micg10
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    Hey Flash,
    give yourself a "pat on the back", its answers like that make me proud to be part of this site.

  11. retzdaret
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    Hey Flash,give yourself a "pat on the back", its answers like that make me proud to be part of this site.
    Could not agree more.

  12. yeffcox8
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    Wow flash thanks I really appericate your help with this along with everyone else. The parts I need is the battery box, air filter box, and the front mastercyclender with the brake lever. But I deffently check those site out. Once again thanks again and I will be posting pictures and keeping everyone update on the prgress.

  13. flazh680
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    Thanks micg10

    Until 4 years ago I had no clue about these vintage bikes I can pretty much answer you or send you to someone who can . I have had lots of help and information from guys all over the net and I intend on paying back by helping others which is why I petitioned the forum members to create another branch forum for our vintage bikes. come on down and visit us at the vintage yamaha forums.

    In the last 4 monthsI have been absent from here trying to keep my life straight during this time of limiting non essentials, I plan to get more training in repairing motorcycles by next spring so I can repair bikes on the side.

  14. LiddleBen
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    Welcome to the forum. The Make is Yamaha. The model is the number you asked for. Just trying to avoid confusion in the future. How about some pics?.,L.B.

  15. tunc
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    heres a owner manual link that might help
    biker.net/owners_manual/xs850g_owners_manual.htm

  16. retzdarraiter
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    Hey Flash,give yourself a "pat on the back", its answers like that make me proud to be part of this site.
    +1!

  17. yeffcox8
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    How do you get to the vintage cycle forum?

  18. yeffcox8
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    I'll be posting pictures in a couple of days right now it is all apart trying to get it running.

  19. retzdaret
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    Here is a link to our vintage section if that's what you mean. It looks like you have posted there already though.

    I need some HELP!!

  20. Shebhertezz
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    Welcome from Canada!

    Flashe's post is one of the reasons I love this forum. Everyone is so helpful and never makes me feel that any question I ask as a newbie is stupid.

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