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    I know, But...

    ...just listening to this thing on tickover makes me wish I was 19 again. Mine was never as pretty as this but I had one and it was wild


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    Proper money now.. The cash people part with for classic fords, FS1E's, RDs, etc is kind a crazy when compared to stuff on the market. Modern ducati or an ancient haggerd rusty 50cc ??

    Still great memories.. Tho I knew people who didnt live past that phase, just passed the junction and had a think of my teenage mate who died in his TZR250 there, another passed on the above RD.. Another life ruined by heavy injury jumping from a 125 to 600 in the village close. Had a high attrition rate among our lot.

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    Us too and probably for similar reasons. Two brothers on an RD200 jumped a red light, both dead. Two pals on a GPZ750 both dead, rider went from ( I think ) a GT185 to a GPZ750 and it was too much too soon.

    Looking at prices now it's just gone bonkers. There's a barn find 350 YDS7 so real old 1970s scrap and it's £1200.
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    I'm just now completing the ground-up, nut and bolt restoration of a basket case '81 4l0 RD350LC yamaha 2-stroke screamer. I have rebuilt the engine with ported cylinders and converted to an o-ring head system. Bike was a white/blue '81 to start with but the paint and decal set has arrived to do it up in "mars bar" black.I'm planning serious acts of blue smoke hooliganism!
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    Cool, got any pictures? Mine was ported and had the reed valves replaced with two piece ones ( Boyeson from vague memory ) and the carb jets replaced with bigger ones. Damn that was a fast bike; just bonkers to ride.

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    A few photos from the process
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    Pressure testing the rebuilt motor...
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    What a fantastic project. Do you know how much you've spent or not?

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    Well… Sorta… Bought the basket case for US$1000.00, spent about $800 on boring, porting, head work and pistons, $200 for a pair of the updated 31K carbs which I've re-built and re-jetted, and about another grand on parts, seals, missing bits from UK sources, paint and supplies, nuts and bolts, etc. All together I'm into it for about US$ 3000 (£2000 pre Brexit) plus a lot of time and labor, BUT in the UK now, nicely restored LC's are bringing in the neighborhood of £5000, and these bikes are MUCH rarer here (in US currently) than there. I'll sure as hell be the only kid on my block with an LC!

    I'd LOVE to be able to ship this bike (or one of several others I have in the States) over to have with us at the place in Phuket, but importing a bike into Thailand? Faggetaboutit!

    Hope to have it on the road in another couple of weeks if things go well. It's an '81 bike that was blown up (seized) in '82 and has been disassembled and sitting in a shed for 30 years… Soon to be back in the glorious sunshine pissing off the tightasses with blue smoke and no fcuking respect for authority!
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    £2k is an absolute bargain for one of those. I would love to get my hands on one. The powervalve ones that came next bring less money but the design hasn't stood the test of time. To my eye, those original ones still look great.

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    More bike porn...

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    Prep and paint machined barrels and head….

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    body panel work and epoxy filler

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    Every bit of the bike gone over, rebuilt, restored, repaired or replaced
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    Plastic bits restored, resealed, and sorted...

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    New Tapered roller bearings installed to replace original uncaged loose-ball units at headstock...

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    Every threaded hole on the freshly powder coated frame re-tapped and checked….

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    The finish on that frame looks lovely. What an awesome project.

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    Sensational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve@thaib View Post
    The finish on that frame looks lovely. What an awesome project.
    Yeah, that's the fresh powder coating after a sandblast . It's the correct gloss black for these bikes, add another US$300 to the above budget…. I was going to paint the frame, but whatever Yamaha used originally was so tough, I couldn't get it off. I tried everything I could think of including methyl chloride and aircraft stripper, and that stuff wouldn't budge. As the only local sandblasters were also the powdercoaters, I said fcuk it... in for a penny, in for a pound! I'm glad I did now as it does look the tits for sure.

    That's been the problem with this build from the start. I've had ambitions to control the budget from the beginning, but at every decision point, I just couldn't go for the "OK" solution, or "Probably good enough". I knew I'd always be nagged and bothered by anything half assed or not quite correct, it's my perfectionist streak, and my personal sense of craftsmanship. Every detail that looks spot on, new, and perfect makes anything next to it that isn't up to the same standard look like crap. I've replaced lots of usable bits with painfully sourced and paid for "New Old Stock" parts, or spent hours disassembling and restoring/prepping/polishing/repainting bits that were perfectly serviceable just because I had raised the bar on myself as the build progressed. The project escalated itself from a "rebuild the motor and get it back on the road" kind of thing to a full on restoration.

    There will be aspects of the build that might not pass a full anorak level inspection, but there won't be too many. Also a few deviations from original for improved function or durability such as modern tapered headstock bearings (these bikes are famous for nasty tank-slappers) and steering damper, and stainless steel fasteners under the fenders and behind the bodywork for improved corrosion resistance. Also braided stainless (but still black) brake lines to replace the original spongy rubber OEM gear. On these older single pot calipers I want all the help I can get.

    It's taken more time and money than I planned, but as I start the final paintwork and assembly, I know I'm satisfied with the foundation work I've done, and that as this bike will be a rider, not a garage queen, I don't regret a single thing I've done with regard to appearance (even the stuff you can't see from the outside) or performance/reliability.

    So interesting that you should post a video of my exact bike. I knew there are a few mad bikers on here, but didn't realize anybody was as mad as me about this queer old shit...

    Cheers,

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    I know I've posted this before but this was mine. I think the pic was from 1983 but the bike was 1980 ( I think ). I was just a skint kid and the bike was tatty but the engine had been done properly and it was fast. I think they maybe felt faster than they actually were because of the way the power came in, it was like flicking a light switch.

    You are right about steering dampers, they shake their heads pretty badly without them.

    It's interesting thinking about a restoration like that. Maybe there's as much pleasure in doing the work and wallowing in the nostalgia as there is in having them running and being able to ride them?

    I reckon if I had one as nice as yours is going to be finished I would sit and look at it rather than watch TV. My pal had a CB550/4 and I was fascinated by it, I found it beautiful to look at and spent ages just admiring the detail on it. He swapped it for a bloody hideous Kawasaki in the end; soulless bar steward.


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    Cool bike, and totally hoolie… steering damper, stripped off pillion pegs, indicators, side stand, center stand, shaved front mudder, clubman bars, meatball number plates, "custom" paint… looks like it's been down a few times at the track. Just add some cheap shades and a Simpson helmet. Chuchgoers scream and policemen scowl.

    That is one SERIOUSLY disreputable bike!
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    Now HERE's a LC for you

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    LOL
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    ^ Sacrilege!!

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    Heyup Steve,

    Didnt know you was into bikes as well. Next time your up my way pop in. I have just got a Diavel with full Termi system and some other nice bits. It could wake the dead when it fires up, jeez its loud, but well nice.

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    Well, bike is all built and running now, purrs like a kitten at 1200 idle, and snaps like a nasty bitch with a flick of the throttle. two coats of 2k clear are on and wet sanded, decals for mars bar black are applied, and tomorrow the last 3-4 coats of clear go on to bury the decals followed by wetsand at 1000, and 1500 grit, buff, polish and swirl-out and wax. A little carb sorting, and jetting on the Mikuni's and it's off to piss on the Prius drivers....

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    On a further note, I'm likely going to be dropping the dime on a pretty red MV Augusta 910 Brutale on Tuesday. Another startlingly hooliganistic machine..... Stripped, Naked, and Brutally sexy, like a hopped up Moroccan stripper with her hands on the coffee table, and lash marks all across her upturned ass!

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