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Offline twosmoke

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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2017, 08:36:00 AM »
Great finds on the pipes Colin. £ 15.00 is laughable for a decent pipe. You certainly lucked out there.

Was the NOS pipe an ebay find in Canada? $ 200 is cheap too.

Diesel wise I've got an Urban Tiger Fireblade that's only done a couple of thousand miles from new, an XR400, Husqvarna Nuda 900R and an MV Agusta F3 800 RC.

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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2017, 09:48:35 AM »
No, the exhaust from Canada was a Google search with the part number & an old Yam dealer can up among others. I know, flukey. ???? But I did have to pay £20 import duty.
I love the sound of the MV F3's, a brilliant triple.
The urban tiger is an iconic model too, your collection just gets better.????????



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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2017, 05:37:53 PM »
That's a great find Colin. Hope you are still working on yours and I wonder if my frame's painted yet.
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2017, 07:06:52 PM »
Paul, you are supposed to be relaxing in Majorca, what you doing on here????


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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2017, 08:09:31 PM »
Just checking in.  In a relaxed holiday sort of way
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2017, 08:12:32 PM »
A good result for the search for my old RD400, I couldn't believe the guy I sold it to still had it & it's still in Leicestershire. Looks good in the photos as well.


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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2017, 10:36:23 AM »
Latest progress (Looking much more 'RD' like now that the tank is on!)...





Colin,

I showed my restorer your pictures of your tank and he said it looks like it would be fairly easy to sort out the dent and restore the tank.

Let me know if you would like his details and I'll put you in touch.
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2017, 10:41:14 AM »
She is looking nice & pristine.
That would be good to get an idea of price, as I said the tank is really clean on the inside & I would like to use it.
Send me a private message if your sources are a trade secret


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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2017, 09:48:22 AM »
This is a photo taken before the restoration...



Still looks pretty good!

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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2017, 06:53:19 PM »
You're right, it did still look good.
Is the paintwork a different shade of Marine Blue now or is it the light playing tricks in the photos you took in the garage.


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Re: 1978 RD400c Blue YHP919S
« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2017, 07:32:11 PM »
Looks like it's now Brigade Blue
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2017, 12:59:01 AM »
If you look at the photo, you can see that the speed block graphics on the side panels are the wrong way round.
What happened was that I had a minor spill on a bit of diesel on the Abbey Lane in Leics. I ended up flipped over the bars on my back in the road.

Dream Machine were given the job of repainting the tank and panels and they didn't do a very good job.

Colour now looks right to me. I think it's because the photo of the bike is outside compared with the other garage photo's of the resto.
That blue changes depending on what light you look at it under.

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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2017, 10:16:00 AM »
The Marine Blue does seem to come in many different shades & thought it was the light making it seem a different colour blue.
I had a CBR600 painted by dream machine a few years back & was surprised they didn't use graphics, they hand painted the lettering.
I didn't notice the speed block school boy error until you mentioned it.
Under close scrutiny the wheels were painted black too, but I'm glad you have now left them as they came, silver/bare alloy.
I hope you suffered no lasting injuries after the Abbey Lane crash


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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2017, 11:24:44 AM »
Colin,

I painted the wheels black. I had first painted them gold, which I realised straightaway after peeling off the masking tape that they looked awful (seemed like a good idea at the time). I immediately re-masked them and painted them black which looked much better. Painting the rough cast areas was because they were impossible to keep clean. The refurbed ones are now back to rough cast, but with a seal lacquer. Rims have been machined so that they are perfect.
The whole theme with the resto is to return it to standard spec as far as possible. Even parked the 'Boyson' reeds (another period 'improvement' that was common practice at the time) and gone back to standard.

The off I had was only very low speed going across a junction, and I'm sure due to a diesel spill. The front went, so couldn't save it.
Just ended up with a sore shoulder for a couple of days, followed by a bill for repairs.

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« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2017, 01:39:17 PM »
The wheels on my present 400c were in a sorry state, so I had them shot blasted & sprayed a dull silver, do try & look like bare alloy.
The wheels were always a nightmare back them to keep them looking good, the dreaded ally fur spots looked really bad.
I'm going down the standard spec route too, but I have fitted stainless bolts where I can, the original soft bolts & screws used to drive me mad.
Presently looking at some Hagon shocks, what have you fitted?
I bought some cheap eBay shocks, but the chainguard didn't fit. Looked good but wrong dimensions.
Just bought a DID chain, so that's next to fit.


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