1975 Yamaha RD350(LC) Preservation-mod Hellride

irk miller

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Did a little test fit of the pipes and bodywork to see how stuff acts together. Right now, we’re not totally getting along.
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Those pipes hang quite a bit lower than TZ pipes of the era that fairing was designed for. Typically Yamaha tucked the pipes up tight under the motor/frame for maximum lean angle. That fairing has the H-L powervalve shaped top half with the lower part cut higher - like a C-D-E aftermarket shape. It's an interesting aftermarket design.

Fortunately there's enough material that it can be trimmed to clear the pipes and to get more leg/knee clearance.
 

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Made the switch to 17” spokes. Sourcing the 16” tires was just too much work, and I never found the exact size I wanted for the rear. I’ve built a few sets of these wheels made from GL1000 rear hoops, a GL front hub and a CB550 rear hub. Front rotors- YZF600r. Plus I like these Avon Streetrunners: 100/80-17 front, 130/70-17 rear.

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Is that seat to tank transition metal or fiberglass? Looks good
 

irk miller

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Is that seat to tank transition metal or fiberglass? Looks good
Aluminum, but I'll coat it in fiberglass so I can clean up the transition. Included in it's design is a tongue to lock into the tank mount.
 

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Careful - the 2T bikes can be addictive to ride. You'll be keeping the Georgia mosquito population in control next year!
 

irk miller

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Careful - the 2T bikes can be addictive to ride. You'll be keeping the Georgia mosquito population in control next year!
I'm hooked. I avoided them all these years, but now I have the IT and this. They're really fun to build.
 

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Agree with that last comment. Spokes look much better on that bike. I probably prefer it without a fairing too.

Not one of mine. Just an early twin shock TZ for inspiration without it's fairing.
 

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Agree with that last comment. Spokes look much better on that bike. I probably prefer it without a fairing too.

Not one of mine. Just an early twin shock TZ for inspiration without it's fairing.
This was one of mine just before it went to its new home:
 

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irk miller

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Agree with that last comment. Spokes look much better on that bike. I probably prefer it without a fairing too.

Not one of mine. Just an early twin shock TZ for inspiration without it's fairing.
I'm really loving this thing sans fairing, as well. And both of those TZs are inspirational.
 

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When this was mine, I always felt like i had to run the fairing because its so cool, but always enjoyed staring at it as much or more without the fairing.

You can always have the fairing as a rad piece of wall art. I also always thought it a shame to build a custom (ish) liquid cooled top end a/c motor, then cover it with a fairing. Maybe design the mounts to where they are not obvious and easily removable to where you can have it both ways?
 

pidjones

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Are the mounts really that noticable with the fairing off? Seems to be enough eye candy there to draw ones attention away from a few spurious mounts.
 

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I think the most difficult thing to work around will be placement of the headlight. The fairing is cut for a square light, and will likely play a little further out than it would normally be mounted. Otherwise, I don't see any real issue. However, as Hurco points out, the fairing with all of it's classic style and stickers is pretty frickin cool. It definitely needs to be utilized in some way, somewhere.
 

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the fairing with all of it's classic style and stickers is pretty frickin cool. It definitely needs to be utilized in some way, somewhere.
Sounds like you just need to build another bike with it
 

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Mount the headlamp inside the fairing on an easily detachable mount. I like to use R clips (axle clips as they are sometimes known) to the bike. Make the brackets that mount to the frame or motor quite short and use the next size up to make the mount that's glassed or bolted to the fairing. That way one slips over the other and is held in place with the R clips.

Headlight would be mounted to the front fairing mount and would have a QD plug.

You get a spare small headight and mount it on its own bracket with matching plug for QD fairing and headlamp. Plug N play as they say. Headlamp will not turn with the bars which would look different, but you could also make the front fairing bracket detach at the steering head and use a quick release headlamp mount on the triple clamps.

Where there's a will.......

Or build two bikes. I like that suggestion.
 

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