- Mar 7, 2001
After a couple of weekends of riding I decided I was to the point I wanted to do some maintenance and adjustments on my 99 Husky 125. What a pain. I got the bike up on a stand and loosened the drain plug, it is off center and hits the frame. It will come out with a little wiggling but to put it back you need to have the threads in exactly the right position to let it clear the frame. Putting the drain plug back in only took me 45 minutes. To adjust the shock preload I had to remove the subframe (seat, air box, rear fender, muffler mount). Then I had to reassemble it before I could measure to see if I adjusted it enough. I don't know how long it took, but it's close enough. Then the compression adjustments need a special tool (or pliers if tool is unavailable) because they are so hard to turn. And the rebound adjustment screw is not visable unless you have the rear end compressed about 3 inches. OK got that done and went to the front. Rebound is right on top easy to get to, but the compression is on the bottom and you have to lay on your back on the ground to see them. Ok got that done. The bike has much better low than I expected and great top but it stumbles in the middle. I decided to drop the needle one clip spot. Have to either remove the carb or the tank to get to the screws that hold the slide in. I went with the carb. Mikuni flat slides seem to be a little tricky to disassemble. Getting the throttle cable out of the slotted screw that holds the needle was becoming too much and I was about to give up when the thing popped out sending the throttle spring flying. After retrieving the parts, changing the clip and reassembling it is all back together and ready to go. It's been a while since I've had a bike but I swear my old 89 KTM 250 was much eaiser to do maintenance on. Are all the new bikes this much of a pain?