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Offline alanski

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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #30 on: May 04, 2022, 08:22:09 PM »
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #31 on: May 04, 2022, 08:33:41 PM »
paintwork is back !!
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #32 on: May 04, 2022, 08:53:28 PM »
That looks better then when it came out of the showroom. Your previous skills are shining through  :) :)


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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2022, 10:16:04 AM »
Totally agree with Astute Greaser, like I said before, your attention to detail is brilliant. Whoever is lucky enough to own this bike when finished will certainly have a show stopper. I too am doing one but mine has a strange story behind it, but I don't think it's quite as good as yours.

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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #34 on: May 05, 2022, 04:58:33 PM »
Thanks guys its not mint but exceptionally clean with no corrosion as exhausts do have various marks and one downpipe has a weld repair but would re-chrome same as mudguards if someone wants it mint or even higgspeeds or similar but these are the originals and I think pretty tidy. My aim was to refresh and make it usable I just got carried away as usual but I've tried to keep as many original parts including fittings so it looks like its a year old one according to a mate who looked at it yesterday. The wheels still have the diamond cut on all of them and I just repainted not polished and no clear coat so next owner can polish up and clear coat or just leave and keep polishing same as exhausts. I'm going to mot it even though not required just for piece of mind for next owner and do a few miles of running in going to a few local things over next couple of weeks to make sure all is good then it will be up for sale.
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2022, 05:28:34 PM »
Do a few miles? LOL. If you are selling I would let the new owner run her in, RDs are very addictive you know and you might end up keeping it, not that there is anything wrong in that.

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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #36 on: May 05, 2022, 08:57:43 PM »
lol they are indeed that's why I've had so many and I am already looking for the next one well couple, one to do and sell and one for me to keep but will be a bit modified possibly 250/350 hybrid if not a 400 if I can find one that's all together for a reasonable price.
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #37 on: May 06, 2022, 10:18:20 AM »
I have just looked back through your photo's and realised that I had not put one like against any of them so I have rectified that, your photo diary is like your work and deserves all the credit it gets, I think all the other members were so interested in the photo's they forgot, like me, to hit the like button.

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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2022, 11:12:30 AM »
Hopefully all finished now, rear caliper had to go to local engineering shop to get damn bleed nipple out as it snapped then easy out snapped in it, now rebuilt with new nipple, piston and seals, ebc pads, braided rear line, rear master cylinder rebuilt fully and all bled up. It's had a few heat cycles now and Will go for a little test run when its dry and sunny before the weekend when I shall go to the Super Sausage Cafe on the A5 on sunday and if all is good mot next week.
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2022, 10:37:36 AM »
I have done 150 miles so far on it running in and all is good even self indicators work! Been to a couple of local shows and lots of positive comments so happy days and will be up for sale shortly as I sold this.......
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which made room for this 1979 250F .....
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I have been trying to get it for 25 years and finally dragged it out of a garage where its been hibernating for 20 years so its a keeper, Was originally silver hence black wheels and was a very well known local bike that was tuned and faster than 350lc back in the day and will be getting a full make over and set up on dyno when i've finished the 250E that also snuck in and is the middle of its makeover ready to sell as well....
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2022, 08:49:14 AM »
I have been busy stripping and rebuilding the 250e and it's nearly finished just awaiting paintwork back and new fork stanchions to arrive so they can be rebuilt not so many pictures as the rebuild was same as the yellow 250f then it will be fire up time. both this and the yellow one will be for sale very soon then I can get on with stripping and rebuilding my keeper a tuned 250f.
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #41 on: June 18, 2022, 07:37:32 AM »

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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #42 on: June 18, 2022, 12:59:18 PM »
Excellent work all round, top job  8)

I must admit, I do have lawnmower envy too, are you going to restore that as well?
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #43 on: June 18, 2022, 02:44:35 PM »
lol it is due another makeover as I did it about 10 years ago as we don't actually have any grass both gardens are gravel or slate with exception of a small piece of astro turf for grandkids in rear garden. The white e has not come up too bad tbh exhausts need re-chrome or replace and the allegedly fully rebuilt engine I did not strip as assured all good upon fire up today on 3rd kick rattles like a complete bast@rd so will need rebore and pistons etc at least but no worries next owner will be happy it has been done properly and they can run it in lol as not finished running in the yellow one yet.
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Re: 1980 Yamaha RD250F
« Reply #44 on: June 20, 2022, 08:59:49 PM »

What a great photograph of two lovely bikes
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