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Author Topic: Vintage Privateer Smoker (RD350 Race Bike)  (Read 47960 times)

Offline JSJamboree

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Vintage Privateer Smoker (RD350 Race Bike)
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:58:01 »
Had the itch for a smoker after building up 3 different Hondas to various levels.  Decent ones are getting impossible to find on a budget so I ended up spending more than I really wanted to on a pretty decent one.  Ran but pissed gas EVERYWHERE, should have only needed carb work and I was tired of looking so I bit.

It came with the stock tank, could of side covers, stock exhaust and a few other small odds and ends.  A week after I picked this up, I found another RD350 for $400 that came with enough parts to build two bikes (except only one motor).  Saw that RD350 jugs were going for $300 on ebay so I figured even If I parted it out it was work that.  No title though.  Been fighting with my DMV and finally got a nice older lady to do an override and get me a title on bill of sale and police inspection.

Everything on it is in great shape, I dont think there is one speck of shit on the rims, they look perfect.  So, the original RD that i bought Im just going to return to stock and drive it around.  This guy here is going to become my gem.  Idea is a full fairing cafe bike, some basic motor/exhaust mods but I want to leave it a street bike. 

Current plan is to have the bike modified, together, and running by barber.  Then, over the winter take it apart and make it all pretty.  Thats a pretty quick timeline for me, so we'll see how it works.

I have been REALLY bad at keeping up with build threads, but since this is my first RD, first time working with full fairings, first time working with fiberglass, i'll likely be taking lots of pics and asking for help and opinions on stuff to do.  So, please keep an eye out.

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013, 11:14:03 »
About time!
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2013, 11:33:52 »
About time!

Yeah, ive been stuck working on my CB350 so I had something for the Thaw to ride.  I have three homebrews kegged in my fridge, so I have plunty of garage juice.  I need to get a compression tester so I can see if the cylinders are doing well.  Might not matter, I will likely take it to a shop and have it re-honed and put some new rings in it since i'll be into it anyways replacing seals and whatnot.

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2013, 15:32:02 »
Welp, already bad news... Got a call today from the BMV that they officially changed their rules and we can no longer title on bill of sale only... So at this point im going to have to try a much longer process and try my luck here in indiana or try the old vermont trick...

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #4 on: Jun 04, 2013, 17:02:46 »
Sent out my paperwork and cash to the VT department of motor vehicles, will have to wait and see if I can get the registration that way.  Don't want to get to far into a project if I cant title the damn thing.

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #5 on: Jun 04, 2013, 17:25:14 »
A friend here in PA just did the same thing. Hopefully it works for both of ya.
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #6 on: Jun 06, 2013, 23:19:33 »
It is about time i almost forgot about this bike if you need anything let me or von know one of us has it forsure

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #7 on: Jun 06, 2013, 23:46:59 »
I got a great tank for that bike that i tring to sell pm me if your intressed

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #8 on: Jun 06, 2013, 23:48:59 »
Yup ^^^
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

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Re: First Vintage Race Inspired Smoker
« Reply #9 on: Jun 07, 2013, 00:01:36 »
I got a great tank for that bike that i tring to sell pm me if your intressed

I can see the CL ad now: "3 RD400 tanks for sale, slightly modified"
unplug the connectors from the harness and multimeter the shit out of them

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