Why the AG200? No really…why?

I have a bit of blog-burnout after the carb clean series, so if you’re looking for info and tips for the AG200 then you should move on to the next post! This one has little to do with Yamaha’s AG bike, it’s more about me and the answer to why? Why do I bother with the AG200?

A friend of mine (old time biker) told me once if you really love bikes you will love them all, and that if I really wanted to restore classics, then start with an AG bike because if you can get an old AG bike back on the road then you can get anything back on the road! He was right. I started working on AG bikes years ago and bringing them back from the brink always seems more fulfilling than other bikes.

The only way I can describe it is what I call mechanical sympathy or mechanical empathy if you like. It has effected me since childhood; I hate it when people abuse and neglect machinery. Silly huh? I understand that these things are just tools to get a job done but I have got to the point in my life where I stop trying to suppress things that people tell me are weird or stupid…when something is in your blood let it go!

I have empathy for living things too like most people, but unlike most people if I see a machine suffering it eats at my engineering soul! No one abuses machinery like farmers, and I pity any poor machine that falls into their hands! I get a pile of rubble off a farmer and re-task it to other areas, to other people who, even though they don’t treat them like I do, still give them a much easier time than their original owners.

Back from the deadTake the two AGs in my workshop at the moment…it’s like bringing back the dead! The later ’03 blue one on the right in particular is in diabolical condition to the point where I have put the engine aside for another day! I have another engine for it and I am slowly bringing it back to a point where I would be happy to ride it myself one day out into the bush.

I already have a friend interested in the machine and he takes notice of the project to the point where I hope he will take it on when I’m done. Life is slowly being injected into this bike part by part as I restore or replace them. It’s a cool experience that I find relaxing and fulfilling while not very profitable! But I don’t do it for profit, I do it for fun and strangely, I am slowly starting to build a small community of mates who sometimes enjoy the slow, two wheeled world out in the boonies.

I think a lot of us who are technically minded (three quarters of the world population can stop reading right here!) like to master something in their lifetime. I would like to master the AG200. I am a long way from it at the moment but it is something I enjoy working towards. Whether its the model history and the part changes between those models, the maintenance tips to prolong the service life, cheaper and/or stronger parts options than the Yamaha stuff or just the small mods to make it better at a particular task, I would like to be an AG200 Ninja!

Now, time to check back into rehab…



9 thoughts on “Why the AG200? No really…why?

  1. Big Thanks here from the USA.
    The information on this super little bike has been invaluable to me as this model was never released in the US and information is very scarce. I bought on in decent shape in Nicaragua and want to keep it running forever. It is not unusual to see them and its cousin the XT, with over 85,000km on the clock and still running great.
    Did manage to get a service manual in English which helped a lot but nothing makes up for Hands on experience. Take a breath and keep them coming.
    I hope to see something on swing arm bushing replacements as I have some movement in mine and may be my next project.
    You are providing something that very few people can claim…information that it literally the best in the world. Believe me I have looked.

    Thanks for all the effort.

    1. Hi Pitt, thanks for the comments.
      This is the feedback that keeps me motivated…it means a lot and I thank you and all the the other people for their feedback, comments and encouragement.
      Have you seen the links to my service manuals? All the factory data and info is there but like you said, nothing beats hands on info. Yes, the swing-arm bushes are a common wear item and its a pretty big job to replace them but it just takes time and isn’t difficult to do. I recently did some on two bikes and am kicking myself for not documenting it. It is coming though so keep watching here.
      Thanks again

  2. I’m another who is tuning in.
    Fo you know if you can swap the front ends on ag200s? By that, i mean front small wheel drum brake to big wheel disc brake?

    1. Hi Bob
      Not 100% sure of any swaps yet, but the one I intend to explore more is the front end from a late DT175. Same diameter forks, just not sure if the spacing between the wheels is similar. Watch this space!

  3. Hi AG200 riders,

    I’m a motorcycle rider in California and I’m looking for an AG200. Does anyone know of a place where I can buy replacement parts or just have a look at one of the bikes?


    1. Hi Zac
      As you are probably aware, the AG200 didn’t make it to the US. They do sell them in Central America though so if you’re really keen, they aren’t too far away. What parts are you after? A lot of stuff is interchangeable with sister models.

      1. Hi AGman,

        Thanks for the reply! Right now I’m looking for the front and rear racks from the AG200. Any thought about where I could get those? I found a place in Australia.

        – Zac

        1. Hi Zac
          What’s the plans for the Racks? Be careful with second hand racks from here. They can get banged up (especially the front), the rear ones can get chopped to accommodate shovel racks and the paint is thin from Yamaha so they rust pretty readily. Let me know how you get on…

  4. People i wanted to know what is the life expectancy for a AG200. Great motorcycle i cant complain! bought it for a great deal i dont change it for no one. But since this motorcycle is consider to be a heavy duty motorcycle, normally is 100000 kilometers that is like 85000 miles. But we this is since they are heavy duty built to last forever what would be consider a time to think about a replacement.

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