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Old 03-04-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Yamahopper Update:

SmokeU is a wonderful guy who is going to have a long and sucessful life. He's a straight shooter, and if he ever offers you a bike, buy it! And he ride a Concours, so he's got that going for him too.

Yes, "RC" arrived today, and I'll be damned, it's the very bike I learned on in '73. It's dirty, really, really dirty, but there is almost no corrosion on it at all! All the parts are there with the exception of the front turn signals, which Smokester says were removed when a Vetter fairing was put on it. It has 6k miles. The guages are there, the stock exhaust is there, the chrome is chromey, DAMN, this is going to be such a blast to restore! There's liquid in the gas tank, but I suspect it's decades old, but I didn't see any rust in there. There's oil in the injection tank, so that means it's clean and it doesn't leak. The air filter looks like Egyptian papyrus. That may be a trick to find OEM size, and I do want to use the original airbox. But I can always go with the 'shroom filters in a pinch.

Tomorrow I'm going to Gunk it into submission, then put PB Blaster on every nut, bolt, and screw. That can all sink in while I head to Daytona (BTW: LR says he's having a great time at Bike Week and met some Obama folks that made him Chairperson on the Chicago Conference on Global Warming) and when I get back I'll start going over the various parts. I bought a brand new impact driver...I remember needing it on my first one when it was only a few years old, I imagine every fastener is going to be great fun to get loose

I'm guessing a few weeks to get it to a point where I can crank it. Then a couple more weeks to get the brakes and tires sorted out. At that point I'll start taking my toothbrush and Dremel polishing tips to it and get it all shiny again. I might even be able to save the paint; I think there's enough to buff out! And I have a new seat cover on the way, it's handmade by a guy in CA who specialises in Japanese bike seats. He even puts the Yamaha lettering on the back.

Here's the feeelthy peectures. M
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:09 PM   #3
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Love the smell of two smoke. Get good at making gaskets as buying them if you can find them will break the bank. At least they are easier to restore (no head work).
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Lots of coolness here. Enjoy, Ken!
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #5
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Ah yes. As the air over Florida turns blue from the smashed fingers curses as well as the cloud of exhaust gas..........
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Here ya go Klazy. This site will help.

Sounds cool every time you click on it too.

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A single tear slid down my cheek looking at those pictures...
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A single tear slid down my cheek looking at those pictures...
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