Shifting Ahead

 So,the great little orange DS6C is all completed and completely practical.She’s been highway examined and I am simply ready on this pal to make up his thoughts if he’ll purchase it or not.I will give him another week after which I begin to promote it.So,now it is time to transfer on to the subsequent challenge.At first I used to be desirous about constructing a 1970 R5 however then I thought of issues and determined it is time to return to this actually candy 1966 Yamaha that I began however by no means completed.It is a keeper however it is time to end it.The bike has a narrative that goes all the best way again to my youth .The day I bought my drivers license in 1965 I purchased a brand new Yamaha YJ1 .I knew nothing about bikes or tips on how to experience one.Went to the native Yamaha Dealership . checked out all of the bikes and acquired the most affordable bike there.It price below $300 {dollars} new and the seller may get the insurance coverage and plates for me bringing the whole to a shade over $375.I went for it ! Subsequent day it was prepared and he took me outdoors the store in a parking house within the highway and confirmed me tips on how to work the controls .After I confirmed him I may work them he instructed me to go up the highway for a mile or so and are available again.It was a Friday afternoon and there was visitors however I used to be fearless and off I went.Got here again ,he slaps me on the again and says “you are good to go” and there started this journey that has lasted for 57 years this Might and nonetheless continues. This can be a 1965 YJ1 I not too not too long ago purchased am going to revive sooner or later down the highway .It’s precisely the identical bike as my first !

 So,I rode  and rode ,Crossed the nation in 1969 on my third motorbike ,a 1965 Yamaha YDS3 . 


Stored driving and bought a DS6C in 1972 .Rode it to Newfoundland and all kinds of different cool locations.Within the late 80’s began to get into motorbike restoration .I found there have been others into the Japanese bikes too and began making connections.Began going to this classic Japanese bike present at White Rose MC in PA. Made a lot of pals and acquired tons and many components.It was the 90’s now,I used to be in my prime .One 12 months there I met this man who it turned out was from my dwelling city. He noticed the NY plates on my R5 that I had ridden there.As we had been speaking he tells me about his unique 1966 Yamaha YM1 .He ‘s telling me the place he purchased it and it was the identical place the place my first bike got here from.His had been left to take a seat unused in his storage for the reason that mid 80’s shut to fifteen years in the past and the motor was caught.He requested if I might have a look at it and I did. This was round 1998.Years glided by.We would stumble upon one another on the bike present and sooner or later he instructed me  he’d prefer to deliver me the bike to evaluate it for a restoration. This was round 2012 .

 So I pull off the heads and see that the motor is strong rust.

 It took me 3 days to get the cylinders off with out damaging them. I instructed him what I discovered and what it may price to repair . He determined he did not need to spend that sort of cash so he requested me what I’d give him for it. We lastly arrived at $700 bucks and it was mine. He was joyful that I used to be going to reserve it and instructed me he nonetheless had all the unique paperwork from when he purchased it. So,a 12 months or two go by and I’ve it largely completed  when he meets me on the bike present once more with all this paperwork. I could not imagine my eyes after I have a look at these things.There in my fingers some 50 years later I’ve the unique invoice of sale signed by the man who set me out on this unbelievable journey ! My pal handed away a pair years again.He did get to see his previous bike close to completion .His passing form of took the wind out of my sails and the bike has simply been sitting ready on me to complete it safely tucked away within the shed with my different tasks. Right here it’s the method he noticed it

And right here it’s right this moment within the shed ready:

Right this moment is a moist and dreary day right here in NY.Late March climate for certain.Subsequent good day when it is sunny and dry out it is being moved into my workshop and just like the orange one which additionally sat for years unfinished it too might be completed.Should not take a lot ,some sprucing ,changes , new tires and that is about it. The motor has been all rebuilt as has the remainder of the bike .It is time has come . So,now it is time to head right down to the basement and put a clutch collectively for the RD350 motor I am constructing for my good pal Paul.As soon as the clutch is collectively I’ll do the ultimate meeting and convey it again to him liberating me as much as begin the 1966 YM1 .I like being retired !