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Dear Santa; All I want for Christmas is.. >
Posted By: Ricky Lee McBroom
Date: Friday, 22 December 2006, at 2:14 p.m.
..well, what I really want's
And looky, here's one for sale!
But I also want this;
Merry Christmas my Brothers in WIS-dom.. and I hope Santa's good to y'all!
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I had a couple of RD350s back in The Day.
Also a couple of Yammy dirt bikes;
Also a couple of Yammy dirt bikes;
} The 125 was nice, but the X6
} Hustler was the better buy.
Nah, if I was gonna get any Suzuki in the universe, it'd be that li'l 125 twin!
} when I wasn't wheeling Brit iron
} (had a YR2C that got flat-track styled,
} and YLI with full GYT kit and a Yetman
} frame, cafe-racer style..)
Major for that! -Ricky
My favorite Yamaha of all
The descendant of my old YR2C...
The attached pic is of the YR2, before I cut it down, and stripped of a TON of weight. The tank was replaced with one that looked a lot like a small Triumph Trophy tank, the seat was replaced with a solo dirt bike seat, rear fender was bobbed, as was the front. Dunlop Universals repalced the stiock tires. Exhausts were painted VHT flat black, but I left the guards chrome. The Headlight enclosure was replaced with a Bates chrome shell, and the instruments were remounted in separate enclosures from some spare parts pile.
Rear pegs were ditched, and the side panel covers /airbox were ditched, Made a battery cover from sheet metal, and used filter socks on the carbs. Handle bars were replaced with some flat track types, that had a bit more pull bent in to them.. Did a bit of tuning, mostly planing the heads for slightly higher compression, as well as some work on the exhaust baffles. Had to bump up the oil mix ratio as well..
The weight loss sure made a difference, as did the lower gearing over the
street model, it was just as much a point and squirt bike as the later RD's.
What a sweet bike that must've been!
Do you have any 'after' pictures? If so, I'd very much like to see them! Your list of mods, BTW, reads almost indentical to the one for my '72 RD350. The biggest difference, I s'pose, is that I sprang for a pair of high-dollar aftermarket expansion chambers. They made a huge difference right off the bat. In stock trim the RD would loft the wheel in 2nd with a mere twist o' the wrist. After it got the chambers, it would do so in 3rd.
Once I got the carbs sorted out (and that, sir, was a chore. I was in an' outta those carbs so many times, I could do 'em by feel. ), well.. it was just an amazing li'l bike! I guesstimate I was gettin' a good, solid 60 HP out of it, and perhaps as much as 70. On a good day. With the stars aligned just right.
I've kinda sorta got plans for a cafe racer based upon this li'l Honda;
In my dreams, I see it two different ways; a spare-no-expense modern blend of old and new a la this Spondon-framed CBX, and as a more vintage-sourced version of this;
I'm leaning more towards the latter!
} There were some other bikes,
} not all great..ROTFLMAO!
That's a K model, right?
1956 (I think) K motor, 750 CC, 60's frame, and whatever else would fit.
Motor cost me $50.00 took another $50.00 or so to get it running.
I wish I had "after" pics opf the YR2, but A lot of my bike pics from before I got married are nowhere to be found. I have a few of them, which I have scanned (as you can see from the K pic, they were in bad shape).
As far as tuning the YR2, there weren't many options, unless you had dealer connections, and could get TR2 racebike parts.
I'll see if I can cobble together a pic of what the YR eventually did look like.
I had a buddy who took a TD1 dirtbike and "streetified" it to look like a cafe racer sigle, little thing could really go, too..
I did have one other Harley, a 1941 FL, ex-police bike, biught at auction as a basket case, eventually cut it down bobber style. Horrible thing, but fun, ran like a freight train.
There were lots of others, most memorable ride was an afternoon on a borrowed 53 Vincent Black Shadow..
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