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Old 29th June 2012, 17:20   #16
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People who like modified vehicles will surely like this vehicle. Im sure you like it too. But I must say the Yamaha font is an eye-sore. Will look better if you change it to the original logo.

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Are you very short?
Ok cancel that last question Lepp!

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Old 29th June 2012, 18:43   #18
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Fantastic work, mate. You deserve 5 stars for your work on the 350. Love the 'wasp'.

Just one afterthought though - you may gain a few precious bhp's by revising the sharp twist on the exhaust pipes. It looks aesthetically pleasing indeed, but for a performance minded observer they do stick out as something to optimize.

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Old 29th June 2012, 18:59   #19
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Hey Ad.... aka Khodays, nice paint scheme and an awesome paint finish to boot. Is this the same old Blue bike? Looking at the engine spec's I can tell that she must be going like stink... RDs rock man, period.
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The bike currently runs a lightened crank, wisecos, ported and polished by my tuner and friend Antony, who currently holds the record for the fastest RD in a drag strip, does a genuine 100MPH. As of now the bike sees duty only on highways with my wife as a pillion most of the times, so as you can see, full peak handling is my no 1 criteria.
Beautiful bike there sir!

Have been dreaming of getting an RD350 and turning it into a Cafe Racer, but like they say, it ain't no cafe till it hit the Ton!
So my question, would a stock RD350 do the ton? If no, can it do a genuine ton in a not-so-drag racing-spec?

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Old 30th June 2012, 11:26   #21
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The best RD non stock RD that I have seen till now. The way you are describing its everyday useability. I am impressed. Hats off to you for keeping this bike in reliable running condition. Its a stunner.
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Old 30th June 2012, 13:11   #22
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thats a very well modded RD350.
love the color combo and execution.
it sure gets what you needed,a sleeper bike as the mods keep it looking as a 100cc 2 stroker.

do have to admire your courage in changing a classic to something like this and some may still want to stick to the original but i sure loved this.

btw,what paint have you used on the exhaust?
doesnt it peel off due to higher temp.?
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Old 30th June 2012, 13:46   #23
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Color quality looks excellent and looks that it will stay like this for years to come.

IMHPO & NOM: I would love RD in its stock looks which is the best.In view of the purist,I would have never changed even a stock handlebar as well.However,joy of riding which you are getting on this machine will be actually very important.

Kudos for keeping RD tradition alive.
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Just one afterthought though - you may gain a few precious bhp's by revising the sharp twist on the exhaust pipes. It looks aesthetically pleasing indeed, but for a performance minded observer they do stick out as something to optimize.

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They look strikingly similar to the motocarrera's. I suppose the designer wouldn't have overlooked that aspect and probably they perform optimally.

Were they made/designed by Antony, Adrian?
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Looks lovely! Must ride like a dream.

My suggestions:

Replace the headlight with a Enfield Thunderbird unit - all chrome, costs Rs. 928 for the set.

Restore the classic twin pod console.

The front mudguard looks too modern, like ebonho pointed out.
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Old 30th June 2012, 19:53   #26
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Excellent!

No other word for your aesthetic work. You and the other folks on the forum doing up RD350s' make me want to relive my youth , when I used to drive this. But then the horrors of Escorts after sales service that I lived through come back to mind. So for now I am content admiring your work and perseverence in rebuilding and maintaining these great bikes.

Ride safe and have fun with the wind in your face.
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The bike currently runs a lightened crank, wisecos, ported and polished by my tuner and friend Antony
Congratulations,its bike made with lot of heart.

Purely from the looks point of view, how about fitting that headlamp lower and having different indicators and rear view mirrors?
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Old 1st July 2012, 19:16   #28
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Brilliant paint job.
Awesome colour combo.
Looks very composed.
Beautiful finishing, loved the bike.
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Nice clean looking RD350 after a long time! Looks great !! Even today, when I see (or when anyone sees) a Yamaha RD350 or a Yamaha RX100 killing the competition at the signals, it brings a smile on the face unknowingly. Though there are very few good examples remaining.

As others have said, the front mudguard is the only thing which doesn't gel with the bike.
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Ok cancel that last question Lepp!

Doc here
Yo doc, wats up man, long time mate , the seat is shaped to take a gel pad for long rides, butt aint what it used to be

Thanks guys for all the kind words and not so kind words, well, the dome, the meters and front mud guard choice and placement is all dictated by the front fork dia, as the front end is from FZ, its huge, and there would be too many extensions to get those things fitted and I was more concerned with the handling, that I am happy with, so I can let go a few things in the looks department.

I-Chief, yes man, it goes like a stink, in the 3.5k to 8K RPM range, shes a hoot.

Ajaybiz - Dealing with frequent cycle parts was a big issue, I needed a RD350 which I can take at the drop of a hat with good handling to boot, so this is the culmination, good luck on your cafe racer project

Shyn - A good stock 350 HT on points or a good CDI would push close to 150KMPH, but getting the next 10 is a call which you need to take with your tuner, mine has been mildy ported keeping engine life and durability as the main requirement, with a set of matched pipes, I can cruise all day long in 100 plus and for the mental state there is enough on tap to blow my mind .

As for the bits on the bike, engine wise, its a US spec, mildly ported, running wisecos on its second set of rings, CDI is from Ravi Nagesh, this present rebore has run 35K, will run for another 20K comfortably.

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