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BikeMaster Rebuild: 1980 Suzuki RM100 – Front Tire, Handlebars and Carburetor

BikeMaster Rebuild: 1980 Suzuki RM100 – Front Tire, Handlebars and Carburetor
By Steve Mayes November 9, 2017

It's always a refreshing sight to have your bike projects standing on their own and your parts bin becoming more and more empty. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Our RM-100 had been sitting for a good number of years and the front tire felt “brick” hard. The BikeMaster heavy-duty tire iron made short work of changing out the front tire.

We went with an aluminum style handlebar in silver to give it the old look but with a modern feel. Aesthetically, we want our old RM-100 to look time period correct as much as possible, so we went with old school levers and kept the original bar clamps.

With the front wheel mounted and a new set of handlebars, we finally had a rolling chassis.

As expected, the carb was in dire straits. Somewhere down the line a previous owner tried to stop a float-bowl leak with red gasket sealer. This is never a good idea because pieces of the sealer will break off and clog every passage it can find. After a complete disassembly of the carb and a thorough cleaning with BikeMaster contact cleaner, our carburetor is ready to feed the engine once again.


Front wheel is straight but needs new meat.


Front wheel and handlebars mounted.


Clutch lever, grips and kill switch added.


The carburetor needed some serious help.


BikeMaster Contact Cleaner to the rescue.



Up Next: Cables, installing the carburetor and adding the throttle assembly.