So,the clutch job on the 1971 Yamaha R5 is sweet ! I took it out yesterday after writing the earlier put up and went for a 50 mile trip.All is sweet ! Upon my return I set to work on the Chevy C20.I obtained it began ,moved it out to the entrance of the driveway and energy washed it.It is all able to drive to the scrap yard this morning .After I get that chore completed I will trip the R5 out east with a cease at this little bike store I do know of to get it inspected so she’s all authorized once more. Certain felt good to trip my previous good friend once more! I purchased this bike manner again in 1985 .Paid 185 bucks and he or she had about 5000 on the clock .Since that day I rode the crap out of it.Packing her up like a horse and hitting the interstate going to Mid Ohio to AMA’s Classic days 13 years in a row , the Japanese present in Pa extra instances than I can rely , and throughout New England and Northern NY for it. Now she has round 135,000 on it ! Right here she is on one in all her outings going to Mid Ohio .
And right here she is out using round domestically the best way most of her miles have been executed.
I am a 2 stroke man .Rode nothing however 2 strokes from 1965 till 2007 once I purchased my 1975 Moto Guzzi 850-T .I rode a 65 Yamaha throughout the nation in 1969 2 up from NY to LA California then again to NY a 12 months later,
Rode my 1969 Yamaha DS6C as much as Newfoundland within the mid 70’s .I nonetheless have this bike ! I restored in within the early 90’s and use it typically . This bike and the R5 won’t ever get bought so long as I am nonetheless respiratory !
Then and now pictures .
The bike has been through the ringer greater than as soon as.It was used ,abused,stolen , recovered ,rebuilt as a driver ,and at last restored.I’ve owned it for 51 years ! I do love my 2 strokes.Have fairly just a few of them and shortly I might be thinning the herd some . I feel this one goes to get bought subsequent ,my 1966 Yamaha YM1 . I’ve owned this since 1989 and restored it again within the early 90’s. She’s been good to me however it is time to cross it on to another person . This was the primary bike I ever restored. I discovered methods to do paint work so I may do that bike after which went on to color bikes for guys from everywhere in the nation.They’d ship me the elements ,I would paint them matching the manufacturing unit colours and paint schemes and ship the completed product again. Ah,the great previous days once we did enterprise through magazines like Outdated Bike Journal and Walnecks earlier than the web ! They had been good days.I made some life lengthy buddies doing this and buying and selling elements.Portray bikes led to auto restoration the place I additionally made some actually good buddies .
I restored this automotive within the mid 90’s .It was a very enjoyable undertaking doing a floor up resto in my buddies driveway !
This was a enjoyable construct and I loved this automotive for a great 12 years earlier than promoting her .She seemed pretty much as good the day I bought her as she did the day after I completed the construct.By no means noticed the climate was at all times garaged and solely used when the solar was shinning . I really like working with my palms . Effectively,possibly this winter I will go through the Moto Guzzi , ,get her all mounted up and able to do an extended distance trip like I did again in 2010 and 2014 . She’s nonetheless a very good dependable working bike that’s able to distance so that is the plan now.Go through the whole bike .Spend no matter it takes and head out mid summer season subsequent 12 months to the west.Get all the way down to southern California by September,take a look at Arizona in late September then head east throughout the south to the Barber Classic Competition in early October earlier than heading north up the Blue Ridge Parkway in the direction of residence. It is time to promote some shit to bankroll this journey and get my Moto Guzzi prepared for an additional good trip !