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Author Topic: 1972 Yamaha R5  (Read 1183 times)

Offline eddie747

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1972 Yamaha R5
« on: May 06, 2017, 08:06:19 »
I picked up this beauty just last night. The story is that it was built in 1975 but the tags expired in 76, so its sat in storage since then and looks like it was never even ridden. It has all the trick 70's parts on it, lockheed brakes, kim tab mags, koni shocks, bassani pipes, and dunstall bodywork. I couldnt be more excited with the bike and even more excited to get it back on the road and screamin!




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Offline Alex jb

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2017, 08:16:11 »
Fantastic piece of history right there!
Great find.


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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2017, 08:28:00 »
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2017, 09:15:47 »
Nice!! So rad man, it's like a time capsule

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Offline SF

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2017, 09:21:21 »
Love those wheels man.


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72 R5
75 CB550 PROJECT
72/73 S2 RACE BIKE
72 CB350 MOM'S BIKE

Offline eddie747

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 12:07:46 »
I am gonna start on it this week to get it running, with how clean it is i dont think it will take much work. Whoever built it back in the day did a great job and put a lot of time into it


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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2017, 12:25:58 »
That thing is sweet.  I just finished a Dunstall GT750 Suzuki in bright yellow. Are those Basanni pipes?  they are supposed to be the best street pipes for normal /spirited riding.

Offline eddie747

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 12:44:05 »
Yup, basanni's and they look brand new


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Offline SF

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 15:03:30 »
Is there a lower faring?


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Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2017, 15:43:56 »
What a great find, very cool bike.
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2017, 16:31:23 »
That body kit and fairing did not include a belly pan.  The fairing stopped at the top of the crankcases.

Offline eddie747

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2017, 20:46:11 »
Finally got to tearing into the bike, i didn't have spark but after getting the bodywork off the battery ground was off and i'm assuming its from 1975. The carbs are ultra clean and just need float bowl gaskets. The rest of the bike looks great except for dust and the plated frame will clean up gorgeous. If my local shop has the gaskets there is a good chance i could have it running this weekend.




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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2017, 21:07:37 »
That carb is remarkably clean.  Nickel plated frame too? Someone spend a small fortune on building that. I'd consider fitting new crank seals though just to avoid the inevitable melt down of old crank seals.

Offline SF

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2017, 21:43:48 »
That carb is remarkably clean.  Nickel plated frame too? Someone spend a small fortune on building that. I'd consider fitting new crank seals though just to avoid the inevitable melt down of old crank seals.
I 2nd that, they will for sure!


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75 CB550 PROJECT
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72 CB350 MOM'S BIKE

Offline eddie747

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2017, 00:13:02 »
Thats the plan, just want to get it lit off  to make sure all is good. Then since i already have the cases split i'm most likely going to drop in the 6 speed


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