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Old 11th August 2015, 09:41   #16
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The outer cover on the magneto cover was little dented, looks like a bondo work, swapped it with my RX 100 cover, now need to get that buffed.

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So this thread went dormant for sometime, Here is couple of things that happened during this time. The chassis and other black bits and bobs got powdercoated, and are back. The chrome plated stuff will take two more weeks so the wheels are not yet assembled. I will give a sneak peak into the paint scheme, its yet to be clear coated.

A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_1756.jpg
A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_1757.jpg
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A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_1759.jpg

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I have started the assembly of the bike as on yesterday, the swing Arm, L brackets, side stand and T stem is installed on the bike as of yesterday.

I am Planning to install further parts today. The plated stuff will take 2 weeks(I will visit him next weekend) The tyres, rims will be done by that time. The cylinder is procured and is in the lathe for a re bore and honing.

A long list of items are to be procured, hoping to finish the build by EOM.

Pics to follow.

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The tank and side panels have been clear coated, looks fab. I wanted to give you sneak peak rather than the full view hence the crazy angles.

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Side Covers

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Look at the depth of the colour

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I was not getting time, so the restoration is very slow, slower than anticipated, it took me 30 minutes to do this much, waiting for some stuff

A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_1780.jpg

All monograms procured.
RD handle Procured and chrome bar end weights attached
Handle yokes procured and attached
New Meter plate procured and pilot lamps attached

There is a big dream of mine, hopefully might be fulfilling it today evening. Need your prayers, I will unfold the 2 page story if it goes well today.


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There is a big dream of mine, hopefully might be fulfilling it today evening. Need your prayers, I will unfold the 2 page story if it goes well today.
Hey Pramod I hope your build comes out as you expect it to. I always look forward to your restoration threads as it gives me some valuable tips while I restore my RE's. One of my RE's is due for painting and subsequent servicing and your threads give me the inspiration to go ahead.

Waiting with bated breath to see the Yamaha RX135 in flesh.
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Fantastic stuff man. I had got my RX135 5-speed restored last year by my trusted mech and had a great time at the garage. The best part was being a part of the whole build wherein I could sit at the garage in the evenings and work with the mech.


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The tank and side panels have been clear coated, looks fab. I wanted to give you sneak peak rather than the full view hence the crazy angles.
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The last image, looks like the sticker has peeled a wee bit .Did you apply a clear coat over the stickers at all ?
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Hey Pramod I hope your build comes out as you expect it to. I always look forward to your restoration threads as it gives me some valuable tips while I restore my RE's. One of my RE's is due for painting and subsequent servicing and your threads give me the inspiration to go ahead.

Waiting with bated breath to see the Yamaha RX135 in flesh.
its going to be gorgeous, I promise you. Its every bit of how I wanted, only difference is belongs to an office mate. I have no photographer to assist me, my pics are usually post washing hands .

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Fantastic stuff man. I had got my RX135 5-speed restored last year by my trusted mech and had a great time at the garage. The best part was being a part of the whole build wherein I could sit at the garage in the evenings and work with the mech.
isn't that the most awesome part, I used to sit and watch friendly neighbourhood mechs since childhood. Even today, we never spend money for hiring a plumber, electrician, small carpentry works, LPG leaks....the list will go on. Its fun to be a handyman

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The last image, looks like the sticker has peeled a wee bit .Did you apply a clear coat over the stickers at all ?
This sticker has lesser adhesion than normal sticker, but its covered in clear(not visible in the pics) this was as per the painter one of the best work he has done recently.

Spoiler alrert, a new thread is coming soon this time a bike I fell in love with the first time I saw. I am going to see it tonight, if all works well I might pick her up tonight.

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Yesterday Got all the nickel plated bits and bobs, the assembly was in full swing yesterday. Will hand over the wheels for fixing spokes, trueing and installing bearings.

Did an experiment with the shocks, this was the shocks which were in service in my RD, that time the springs were grey and the shock inserts were grey as well. I have nickel plated the spring along with painting the inserts in the same duster golden brown.

A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_18218.jpg

I know most of you do not like too much of bling, trust me, this is going to be a treat when done.

My workshop cum sitout was encroached by mom, she placed some knickknacks in the sitout now I have extremely limited space to build this bike. I liked small spaces since childhood so I am happy

some pics of WIP

A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_1829.jpg
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I am hoping to complete it by this month, I know its a tall order but someone has to do it

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a sneak peak

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After having a very heated discussions with the "purists" I decided to abandon this thread, but the numerous PMs from friends helped me decide against my decision. This is the end result.

A ground up restoration: Yamaha RX135 4-speed-img_3273.jpg
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I have decided to complete the Run in myself, to avoid any issues. Bike would be handed over to my friend after the run in.

There are 2 more buns in the oven and Rx 135 5 speed and an RXZ(both are my bikes)

I have procured all the body panels for the RXZ in 5 speed blue and the RX 135 5 speed is gone for painting, which I will hopefully get today.

The work on the 5 speed will begin this weekend it will be dismantled tonite and tomorrow and the chassis would be given for welding and powder coating

Assembly will begin early next month(hopefully )


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Awesome restoration mate. The Classic Yamaha RX series still manages to grab attention among those sea of bikes in the background. The choice of colour brown is also very unique and different from what I have seen on restored Yamaha RX series bikes.

I know the blood, sweat, time and a bucket load of emotions that goes in restoring a motorcycle to one's taste and liking. I have gone through the same while restoring my vintage beauties. But the end result is worth it and nothing makes you more happy than seeing your efforts transforming into a moving, living and breathing art. Your restoration shows as if the RX135 has just rolled out of the hotly baked production line from erstwhile Escorts Yamaha. I get inspiration from you Pramod mate. Keep up the good job.
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Awesome restoration mate. The Classic Yamaha RX series still manages to grab attention among those sea of bikes in the background. The choice of colour brown is also very unique and different from what I have seen on restored Yamaha RX series bikes.

I know the blood, sweat, time and a bucket load of emotions that goes in restoring a motorcycle to one's taste and liking. I have gone through the same while restoring my vintage beauties. But the end result is worth it and nothing makes you more happy than seeing your efforts transforming into a moving, living and breathing art. Your restoration shows as if the RX135 has just rolled out of the hotly baked production line from erstwhile Escorts Yamaha. I get inspiration from you Pramod mate. Keep up the good job.

Thanks for those kind words, I dreamed this combination many moons before I started doing this bike. this looks much better in person than those pics. I am glad we have fellow minded people on this forum, no one understands the pressure we through while restoring bikes for someone else as a non money making venture. This guy for whom I built this bike is a team member who reports into me. I cant even imagine screwing this one up. The stakes were very high on this one.

Any competent workshop can assemble a bike better than this in weeks time but its the pure passion and fun which drives us forward. I am not ashamed to say that I lost money on this one as well and not just money but 5 figures, but I don't care as long as people will appreciate what I did and will keep me motivated.

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These are some really strong words

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Thanks for those kind words, I dreamed this combination many moons before I started doing this bike. this looks much better in person than those pics. I am glad we have fellow minded people on this forum, no one understands the pressure we through while restoring bikes for someone else as a non money making venture. This guy for whom I built this bike is a team member who reports into me. I cant even imagine screwing this one up. The stakes were very high on this one.
I really admire your passion and dedication for restoring classic motorcycles mate. Among many other some of the things I am sucker for are: attention to detail, clean work, no unwanted additions or modifications, choice of colour, quality parts, sticking to factory specifications and finally to see the restored bike as if it has just rolled out of the factory. I can see all these aspects in your restoration. Besides we both share one more common thing apart from restoring classic bikes, yes the Mitsubishi Lancer.
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Mate any restoration done with heart takes time but the result is to be cherished. I took me two full years to restore my 1969 B1 Bullet Standard. I was aware about the money as I knew restoring a beaten down classic will require some money. All those worries about time and money spent vanished once I saw the B1 Bullet completely transformed from what it was. I was even more happy while taking the delivery of my restored 1969 B1 Bullet than taking the delivery of my brand new Tbird500.

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Yes mate I was sitting over one more restoration since a long time, your this thread on restoration has acted like a trigger to my imagination. I am looking at restoring my 1961 G2 Bullet soon.
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Besides we both share one more common thing apart from restoring classic bikes, yes the Mitsubishi Lancer
The lancer will undergo another restoration, I will be retiring it from active duty by next year and will buy a workhorse, this car will have some really special treatment, I am not spilling the beans now but its going to be the first one in Kerala.

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Yes mate I was sitting over one more restoration since a long time, your this thread on restoration has acted like a trigger to my imagination. I am looking at restoring my 1961 G2 Bullet soon.
Best of luck with your restoration, let me know if I can help in any way.

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