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Old 6th July 2010, 19:43   #1
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Default Yamaha RD350 cafe racer idea.

Restoration of my RD is done, just doing some small tits n bits here n there to improve the performance. All these days stored many parts which i feel is enough to make another bike but this time wanted to do something very much non stock looks, so decided to why not one cafe racer?
I was visiting may sites for these cafe racers and bike from Twinline inspired me a lot and typical Indian mind worked out why not do a copy or say take inspiration to make one bike, Paint job will be sure same rest of the things are as follows.
1)Engine Indian gearbox with US spec barrels, stock ART pistons or wiseco, US spec crank set, US spec clutch bell unit and heads(works out cheap).
2)Stock US spec carbs with UNi filters and bigger jets.
3)Stock chassis need suggestions for rearsets(again cheap ones).
4)Forks will be again stock but going to do tig welding to mount disc break(preferred Karizma unit, again advices are welcomed).
5)Rear wheel stock but with Hero Honda hunk shocks along with stock swing arms.
6)Pipes, using US spec pipe or local chambers(as of now cant afford good pipes).
7)Good local clipons, stock headlight and indicators with similar fairing as below picture(using just top half of the fairing, dont want to suffocate the engine).
8 )seat may be bit smaller to accommodate just one rider and rest will cover with fiber crafted rear cowl.
9)Ignition again no choice apart from going with RDD CDi or points 8) .
10)Gas tank stock but need to alter to extend the length to give proper cafe racer looks.
11)Side panels not sure whether to retain or remove, need advice.
12)Front and Rear fenders not sure.
13)Speedo and RPM again not sure.
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http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-rd350-custom
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Old 6th July 2010, 20:53   #2
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My best wishes & here're some of my opinions for you with my limited knowledge
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4)Forks will be again stock but going to do tig welding to mount disc break(preferred Karizma unit, again advices are welcomed).
Use a FZ front fork & change the oil to little more viscous than the stock FZ's fork oil.

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5)Rear wheel stock but with Hero Honda hunk shocks along with stock swing arms.
I would prefer sticking to stock unless the measurements are the same on swing arms. Instead of hunk's rear suspension, try RE's gas suspension, its a direct fit again.

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7)Good local clipons, stock headlight and indicators with similar fairing as below picture(using just top half of the fairing, dont want to suffocate the engine).
You can use the new Pulsar's clip-ons; in that case the front forks should be of Pulsar's & not FZ. But I doubt if Pulsar 220's or the new 150's front suspension can be used.

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11)Side panels not sure whether to retain or remove, need advice.
If you decide to skip the side panels, use a plate with some number painted on it to give the real cafe racer look. But my preference is always to expose the frame instead of side panels to give the retro looks.

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12)Front and Rear fenders not sure.
You can probably skip them

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13)Speedo and RPM again not sure.
Skip the usual analog meters & instead get a digital one so that you can get the retro looks & measure the speed at the same time.

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Hi,
I'm sure the bike will look great, and perform well,
BUT
are there enough RDs available that one can be knackered?

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Best wishes to your project Ajay. I am sucker for cafe racers specially the Triumph Bonneville cafe racer. Would be hooked to your thread to see how it comes out.
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