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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#16 Post by Gio » Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:10 pm

They look great, nothing like the manky ones you removed :smt003.

So how long until we see a bike that looks like its just rolled off the production lines ? :smt001
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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#17 Post by BikerGran » Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:50 pm

Come on Gio - 'restoration' usually means something that goes on for years and years - oh and a bit more time cos that didn't work, on the road by summer? Which summer though? And so on.......

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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#18 Post by Gio » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:17 pm

BikerGran wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:50 pm
Come on Gio - 'restoration' usually means something that goes on for years and years - oh and a bit more time cos that didn't work, on the road by summer? Which summer though? And so on.......

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Well it depends if you have all the pieces of the jigsaw dunnit, if my project bike was like that, I'd be sweating to get it back together pronto. :smt003
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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#19 Post by mangocrazy » Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:17 pm

I'm not intending to make it a concours restoration. The only reason I'm doing this to the engine is that it was in such a manky condition before and while I'm cleaning it up it costs very little more to do a proper job. The rolling chassis will be pretty much the same as when I put it away in the garage 30 years ago (but it is in quite nice condition). The only parts that have had the full resto job have been the front brake calipers, and they were in a similar state to the engine. Here's the rolling chassis:

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I'd really like to get it back on the road for August 2020, as that is the 40th anniversary of the 350LC arriving in the UK, and also my ownership of this bike. Will I manage that? I have no idea...

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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#20 Post by Gio » Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:33 am

It looks remarkably well preserved for its age. :smt023
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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#21 Post by mangocrazy » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:14 am

Gio wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:33 am
It looks remarkably well preserved for its age. :smt023
It's fortunate in a way that it hasn't had recent use and no ethanol has got anywhere near it. The inside of the tank is pretty much rust-free, which is a bonus. And I think I'll run it on pre-mix rather than use the Autolube pump, so that should help preserve the inside as well. There are a few slightly scabby bits on the frame, but I'll probably just give them a dab of smooth black Hammerite.

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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#22 Post by fatboy » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:26 pm

mangocrazy wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:50 pm
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Thoses casings look brand new!
That's the wonder of vapour blasting, Bobbi. I couldn't believe it when I first saw them, after the state they were in before. Very impressed. I'm making sure my hands are clean when I handle them now... :smt003
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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#23 Post by mangocrazy » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:27 pm

fatboy wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:26 pm
mangocrazy wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:50 pm
BikerGran wrote:
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:27 pm
Thoses casings look brand new!
That's the wonder of vapour blasting, Bobbi. I couldn't believe it when I first saw them, after the state they were in before. Very impressed. I'm making sure my hands are clean when I handle them now... :smt003
That will massively reduce the risk of your bike contracting Corona cigar virus
It's getting close to the 'at-risk' group - it'll be 40 in August... :smt003

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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#24 Post by BikerGran » Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:52 pm

That bike is just SOOOO pretty!
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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#25 Post by mangocrazy » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:36 pm

BikerGran wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:52 pm
That bike is just SOOOO pretty!
Thanks Bobbi! :smt004 Bike manufacturers don't make 'pretty' bikes any more. They're all angry, angular Terminator-styled things or galumphing great adventure bikes with ridiculous amounts of panniers, headlights and bash plates. Or sad, dull utilitarian things.

Ho hum. Must be getting old...

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Re: Yamaha RD350LC restoration.

#26 Post by BikerGran » Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:38 pm

mangocrazy wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:36 pm
BikerGran wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:52 pm
That bike is just SOOOO pretty!
Thanks Bobbi! :smt004 Bike manufacturers don't make 'pretty' bikes any more. They're all angry, angular Terminator-styled things or galumphing great adventure bikes with ridiculous amounts of panniers, headlights and bash plates. Or sad, dull utilitarian things.

Ho hum. Must be getting old...
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