BIKE BUILD: JEREMY MCGRATH TRIBUTE YAMAHA YZ250


4 hours in the past | Phrases: Matt Bernard | Images: Charlie Brown

Mitch Smith is a type of extremely proficient people, that bloke you understand that’s good at bloody the whole lot. Apart from being a former Professional skier and a profitable restaurateur, amongst different issues, he owns a enterprise known as 74 Works – specialists in specialty coatings and vapor blasting.

74 Works is answerable for some superb builds, together with the Venture E and the 2022 Yamaha YZ250 – Chad Reed reproduction. Their newest construct, is that this eye-catching Jeremy McGrath tribute bike, the 2000 Yamaha YZ250 is by no shock, completely stunning. We’ll go it to Mitch to fill us in what it took to create this masterpiece….

THE KING’S MACHINE

Jeremy McGrath’s 2000 Yamaha YZ250 was the bike bike that received the primary AMA Supercross sequence of the millennium, piloted by the winningest Supercross rider of all time. Jeremy McGrath is, in no unsure phrases, the rider largely answerable for the profile that Supercross now enjoys.

I owned a ‘98 YZ250 which was a really comparable machine, and beloved it.  The YZ was arguably the measure of two-stroke bikes from the late 90’s by way of early 2000’s.  After which they made that  four-stroke factor which was additionally widespread…

Watching MC race Supercross was a privilege akin to watching Michael Jordan play basketball – he simply dominated. He introduced a brand new stage of precision, finesse and elegance to Supercross that was, for my part, the pivotal second for contemporary method. This bike represents all of that to me, and is the end result of dominance for that interval.

Jeremy McGrath on the take a look at monitor on his Yamaha YZ250

THE BODY

I discovered an honest trying donor bike on FB.  It was really fairly a discover as it’s one of some that was ADR complied again in its day.  I consider this was to allow it to be raced in Aussie off-road competitors. I purchased it sight unseen and had it freighted to us in Mt Magnificence.

As is usually the case, when the bike arrived, it was lower than common, however had good bones.  So, the exorcism of filth, neglect and time started. We shortly realised that we’d must do some body surgical procedure as she’d completed some gymnastics in some unspecified time in the future and had a ding that was going to be each visually and structurally no good. There have been additionally the same old dings within the backside rails. 

We received one other body from a wrecker – queue catastrophe music.  The telltale crease within the down tube and stretched welds on the highest tube instructed us that it had a brand new and not-improved head angle – presumably from its efficiency in aforementioned terra firma gymnastica.

Enter the third body…Luke Hamilton is an incredible welder and nice pal.  He’s additionally fairly useful on a motorcycle and has a watch for element. Luke was in a position to part out the body and transplant it into the unique with abilities we mere mortal welding hacks can solely dream of.  The peg mounts have been additionally constructed again up and re-bored to accommodate bigger diameter stainless pins and backside rails repaired, together with engine mounts and steering cease.

Having the body repairs sorted, I used to be ready to take a look at the swing arm and, once more, one of many telltale indicators of age with these models is the fretting under the chain slider the place vibration, dust and so forth have their approach.  Thankfully, there weren’t any large gashes, cracks or caught chain adjusters so off to Luke it went to be constructed again up and labored again.  Once more, the outcomes have been nothing wanting excellent.  We vapourblasted it, blocked it out by hand to get that OEM brushed end again into it after which clear Cerakoted it.

THE BUILD

By this time, Clint Morrison and Todd Beatson, of Morrison Moto Storage, had sifted by way of the remainder of the bike, thrown most of it over their shoulder and began a protracted listing.  This bike was by no means going to be a tart up half-arsed effort, it’s not how Clint and Todd roll, it’s not how I roll.  This bike deserved to be completed correctly – not cheaply.

  • We vapourblasted the engine circumstances and the boys at MMG constructed her up
  • Circumstances matched, new OEM 2003-23 crank with Professional-X connecting rod
  • New OEM transmission and foremost bearings
  • Hinson clutch basket with OEM hub, stress plate and clutch plates
  • New OEM 03-23 cylinder
  • Wossner piston
  • Powerflow Engineering labored OEM cylinder head
  • V-force reeds and block
  • Ciscos power-valve spring
  • Professional-Circuit works pipe and customized Professional-Circuit muffler massaged by Luke Hamilton to duplicate MC’s Supercross unit
  • Carbi was vapourblasted and re-built with new settings and hoses 
  • Water pump and different items coated in customized Cerakote
  • Lightspeed carbon ignition/clutch covers and even some Lightspeed carbon engine mounts from their race inventory back-log of their US warehouse – these have been particular!
  • Full new nickel bolt equipment from Spec-bolt

THE BLING

We chemically stripped, de-rusted and internally rust handled the body, then powdercoated it utilizing Prismatic Powders.  There are a couple of haters on powdercoating frames… to not throw anybody underneath the bus, however in the event you’re taking your moto gear to an industrial powdercoater who offers with safety doorways, pool fences and bull bars all day and anticipating an excellent consequence, you’re most likely going to be dissatisfied.  Suffice to say I wouldn’t take my automotive to a mob that paints homes and count on an excessive amount of.  There is no such thing as a comparability between good paint and good powder, not for sturdiness, end, adhesion, efficiency and safety, they’re not even in the identical race. However I digress..

The sub-frame was stripped, vapourblasted and labored by hand to get as shut as visually attainable to the titanium unit MC had.  I then blued the welds and utilized clear Cerakote.

The entire brake system was vapourblasted and rebuilt with new the whole lot.  We used a contemporary rear grasp with built-in reservoir, new OEM rear line  and braided Goodridge entrance line, new OEM 270mm entrance disc, new OEM Brembo rear disc.

The blokes at Whitehouse Bikes in Albury have been in a position to seek out an OEM tank, kick starter, rear brake pedal and the rest Yamaha we would have liked.

SUSPENSION

We purchased a set of SSS KYB forks and shock from an ‘07 YZ250F.  Forks have been pulled down and tubes despatched off for Kashima Coating by Chad’s Offroad.  MMG totally re-valved and rebuilt the fork and shock, shock physique/{hardware} in customized Cerakote, spring in our manufacturing unit KYB reproduction powdercoat.

A fast rundown of some however not all different elements –

  • seat cowl by Mario at Topline
  • graphics by A-BOMB MX
  • Renthal twin wall bars
  • Works Connection clutch perch
  • Domino throttle
  • customized interval right EZE triple clamps and billet hubs on new Excel hoops
  • Bridgestone tyres,
  • AFAM sprockets
  • DID gold chain

There have been dozens of hours spent sourcing elements globally, as mundane as suspension linkages that are not obtainable, however needed to be OEM for this construct.  Each bearing, nut and bolt have been changed.

THE BIG QUESTION

The tip result’s a motorcycle that’s as shut as fairly attainable to the real article.  This isn’t a social media raffle job.  We construct bikes correctly – not cheaply, from a security standpoint alone, that is actually vital to each 74WORKS and MMG.

The 2000 McGrath YZ250 tribute reproduction has been constructed to journey and admire.  I’ll be trustworthy, it hasn’t had a drop of gas in it nor has the kickstarter been cycled.  I continually battle with myself that the bike is just too good to journey, and too good to not.  It’d be a disgrace both approach!

With the distinctive wide selection gearbox considerably much like at this time’s YZ250X, engine bundle and ‘old-man gentle’ suspension MMG put on this factor, it’s been set as much as do some VMX and gentleman’s laps of your native, however within the traditional dilemma confronted by all that go down the rabbit gap of a top quality construct… will it ever be ridden?  I feel so, it’s only a matter of time and as one in all my mates put it, I’m an orchid and thus solely come out when situations are excellent!

Thanks for studying about my bike.  We’re presently engaged on this bike’s nemesis – the 2001 KX SR250 that de-throned it and the King himself.  Keep tuned for the 2001 Ricky Carmichael KX250.