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Author Topic: What's going on now over at Ichiban Moto ?  (Read 46968 times)

Offline Ichiban Moto

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What's going on now over at Ichiban Moto ?
« on: Sep 04, 2013, 20:20:44 »
Part 1, the bike introduction vid :




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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #1 on: Sep 04, 2013, 20:24:09 »
Welcome to DTT. There are a few of those 500s here on the site  (though they're called XS or TXs in the US). In facr the nicest of them is Scotts bike of the month on the banner.
That shit's bananas.

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #2 on: Sep 04, 2013, 20:33:15 »
To kind mike !

Was just going to say I think that a XS as its a 77 ! Did they call them FZ500 someplace else ? Either way there a fun bike to ride and have to say lil more pep then I would of thought ! If you need any help just let us know and welcome to the DTT sir !

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #3 on: Sep 04, 2013, 22:51:47 »
That's definitely an XS500. Look at the VIN stamped into the neck.
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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #4 on: Sep 05, 2013, 00:38:10 »
I feel kinda stupid.. there is a Yamaha production label on the steering neck that shows it's an XS500 ... I double checked the number on the label, the stamp in the neck , the engine stamp and the title. They all match  :D  ...also , it is a 1978 model, not a 1977

thank you VonYinzer !

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #5 on: Sep 05, 2013, 08:28:37 »
No problem. The FZ line didn't come till way later and as far as I know, never came in a 500cc form. There's some great info on the XS500 here on DTT. The search function is your friend. Back in the 70s/80s there were a few guys making some real power with those engines, though its not cheap to do so (never is ;) ).
That shit's bananas.

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #6 on: Sep 05, 2013, 10:27:43 »
The engine number should start with 371 ##### I believe ! There is also the TX/XS forum to have a look at if you didn't already !

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #7 on: Sep 05, 2013, 10:44:40 »
The vin starts with a "1J3" (?) 

edit: thank you again VonYinzer,  mr. google confirms 1J3 vin#'s  are XS500

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #8 on: Sep 05, 2013, 10:52:51 »
Google the vin# and "yamaha".
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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #9 on: Sep 05, 2013, 12:23:38 »
The vin starts with a "1J3" (?) 

edit: thank you again VonYinzer,  mr. google confirms 1J3 vin#'s  are XS500

 Did some looking and seems the "1J3" is a US inport and the "371" is a EURO and theres only a few diff in them . like plastic fender and head design but make sure when ordering anything for it you check which is which !

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #10 on: Sep 05, 2013, 12:54:06 »
Inside the gas tank is some old sealant I want to remove... any ideas? I posted in the "Help" section:

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52970.msg593187#msg593187

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #11 on: Sep 05, 2013, 19:38:10 »
I need to find another carburetor  and  figure out how to clean the old tank sealer out before I can work on getting the engine running......

So in the meantime, I fabricated a new tail light bracket for a smaller light.  It and the license plate are now mounted up in the new location.

I made a video and put it on youtube here:


 

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #12 on: Sep 06, 2013, 10:41:09 »
Yeah, definitely a bit of a hodgepodge.... But they're a good base for a café racer!
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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #13 on: Sep 06, 2013, 20:02:15 »
I will do my best to de-hodge it !

So nobody has any experience ( successful anyway ) with a solvent ( Acetone, MEK etc. ) of any kind that will remove the gas tank coating inside.. based on my question in the "help" section. So I was basically provided a couple of recommendations:  a) have a radiator shop "burn it out" and re-coat it ... or option b) shit-can the tank and find something else. 

so.. being poor, I went with option c : I put some gas in it ,gave it a swish , drained and repeated. Then I filled it with gas yesterday.... checked later this afternoon and nothing drips gas, it seems fine and if MEK and Acetone can't remove tank coating, I'm sure gasoline will be just fine in it.

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Re: Ichiban Moto : Yamaha 500 cafe racer build
« Reply #14 on: Sep 20, 2013, 18:45:35 »
Some progress and an update: I have completed the café style handlebar conversion and customized my headlight  :D

Here is the handlebar youtube video:


Here is the custom headlight video on youtube:


 
Next I will start on the front fender removal and also work on the front brake  :)  and I still need to work on the carbs