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Offline Reving Kevin

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My old bikes.
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:15:57 PM »
Couple of pictures of me, and my brothers bikes from back in the day, 80's.

My KH400 (converted 250).



Later incarnation with H1B engine.



S2 350, rattle can paint job, loud expansions!



My 350LC.



With my brothers' Stealth 350LC.



Brother on his RD500 YPVS.

RD250 E, on the road.

YB100, restoration/customisation under way.

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Re: My old bikes.
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2019, 07:12:33 PM »
Cracking bikes!

Bet that H1 version was a bit of a handful...

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2019, 07:23:56 PM »
Nice, you've just got to have loud pipes, they save lives  ;D

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Re: My old bikes.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 06:07:47 PM »
Cracking bikes!

Bet that H1 version was a bit of a handful...

Colin

Not as much as I'd hoped it to be, unfortunately...It certainly had the aggressive look I wanted, but it suffered from bad vibration. As it hit the powerband, you could see 3 of everything  >:( and nuts and bolts started to unwind! My hands would be numb after any reasonable length ride. In some ways it was a success, I got the old H1B engine running from a box of rusty bits, married it into the existing KH wiring loom, made the engine fit in the frame, lots of things like that. I tried to rubber mount it, maybe the rubber wasn't stiff enough? I had some suspicions about the crank, never used that engineers again. But most of it I did with home tools in the garage, my Dad, who was an engineer, made the engine mounts for me from mock ups, that was about the most help I had. The K&N's probably didn't help either.

In the end I was disappointed with the usable performance. I took it along to that years Triple Club Rally and someone had done the same in a stock KH chassis, to a much better finish, and I was gutted. I couldn't keep up with the other lads in the gang,  (LC's, RD400's, GPZ550 etc), so I sold it and the KH400 engine to my mate, Kevin Melling who lived in Wickford - he was just setting out drag racing triples, so it got used for that - I went out and bought the secondhand LC, which was a terrific bike. About 18 months later, we all stopped riding or drifted off etc...and that was the end of that chapter.

This is it on our yearly trip to the IOW.

 
RD250 E, on the road.

YB100, restoration/customisation under way.

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Re: My old bikes.
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 06:16:09 PM »
Nice, you've just got to have loud pipes, they save lives  ;D

You certainly heard that bike coming! I think they were Figarolli, an Italian make, had terrific ground clearance, but very percussively noisy, as pea shooter type spannies are. Only time I saw similar was at a German H2 rally when the Italian contingent turned up. Their bikes (Kwack Triples) were all customised racer types, with the Figarolli exhasts and Del Orto carbs with bell mouths on them - they were a wild and stylish crew ;D
RD250 E, on the road.

YB100, restoration/customisation under way.

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Re: My old bikes.
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2019, 06:42:42 PM »
Interesting write-ups - thanks!

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2019, 06:45:56 PM »
I had a Suzuki ap50 with a pee shooter micron, my mates kept telling me to change it  ;D  it was so noisy it was embarrassingly loud.

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2019, 06:46:33 PM »
Thank you for the stories as well as the photographs
I'm sure Del would love something like that for the club magazine

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Offline Reving Kevin

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
Thank you for the stories as well as the photographs
I'm sure Del would love something like that for the club magazine

Well, there isn't much RD content, other than that I couldn't keep up with RD's - which would probably go down well I suppose :D

There's more silly stories to come, and at least one of my mates from the old days (  :P ) is on here too, so I'd better not exaggerate too much, or I'll be caught out  :o
RD250 E, on the road.

YB100, restoration/customisation under way.

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Re: My old bikes.
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 10:11:26 AM »
Does not have to be RD content.

Some good photos and sure there are some good stories that need sharing and putting in print.

Send it to me please

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