1994 Yamaha YZF750R - Vandal

Sonreir

Oregon
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Last week I was made aware of this (supposedly) running and titled YZF750R on Facebook Marketplace. Seller was asking $1000 for it and it was only a three hour drive away. After a bit of back and forth and several other potential buyers either backing out or not showing up, I was able to grab it. I nearly walked away because it took the seller almost an hour to get the bike to run and the bike was advertised as having a title, but did not. Apparently, "previous owner having a title that never made its way to me" counts as being titled. Also, "never been down", means "fell over in the back of the truck but somehow still ended up with rash on the left side" is a thing... At least it came with replacement "plastics" which turned out to be fiberglass.

Anyway, I decided to try my luck and pulled the trigger. The bike runs and rides but is a little rough. The chain is dry and the brake pads are paper thin. Every plastic piece that can be broken, is. There's a slight leak coming from the clutch reservoir and I think there's an air leak at the carbs (idle hunts between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm with the choke on, but gradually improves as the bike warms up and the choke is turned off).

Kind of unsure on what to do with it right now, but sort of leaning toward getting the fiberglass replacements installed and bringing the bike back to near stock appearance. Not very confident in my ability to do the cutouts without screwing something up, but we'll see.
 

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Maritime

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Signing up. I'm good with whatever you do to it. Just sort the title issue before you drop and real $$ into it. I know you know that.
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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Yup. Got the bill of sale sitting at my desk right now. Going to hit the DMV at lunch and see what's up.
 

canyoncarver

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You know I'm in.. I love the YZF750 and the fact you own one now too. The issue between 2 and 3k rpm "could" be a sticky EXUP valve in the exhaust. If not, carb boot are still available. I dig the "Vandal".
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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Shot down at the DMV (for now).

A bill of sale from PO isn't going to cut it.

The DMV gave me details of the owner-of-record, so we'll go that route.
 

Maritime

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there is also the VT route if need be. Or the Sell it to Irk and he sells it back all legal from Georgia
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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there is also the VT route if need be. Or the Sell it to Irk and he sells it back all legal from Georgia
Lots of options. I've also got a business associate who is registered as a dealer in Oregon and they can just go into the DMV and get a title for any bike in their possession. That route is $350, though, so I'll take a look at some other avenues, first.
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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For sure. I contacted the PO and he thinks he can get the signature of the owner. I've got all the necessary paperwork filled out, so it'll all go into the mail tomorrow and hopefully get it back soon.
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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The bike has been sitting in the shop for a while, during the time in which I am trying to sort out the paperwork. Found it like this, this morning. No petcock that I can see, so I'm assuming it's either vacuum operated, or a function of the fuel pump? Either way. Looks like I overflowed the engine cases with fuel. Guess I have some work to do.
 

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Sonreir

Oregon
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My impatience got the better of me, so I pulled all the plastics this afternoon. Checked up on the tank situation (petcock leaked a bit, but then stopped, intermittent?) and looked over the air filter.

And because I can't not mess with the electrics, I installed one of our flasher relays and swapped out the rear bulbs for some LEDs.

Tomorrow I'll drain the cases.
 

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Sonreir

Oregon
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Also found this weird module thing in the tail. I'm assuming it's sort of like a trailer module to make the two rear bulbs work for brakes as well as turns.
 

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Rider52

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Also found this weird module thing in the tail. I'm assuming it's sort of like a trailer module to make the two rear bulbs work for brakes as well as turns.
Maybe for a flashing rear brake light. One of our Ninjas had one installed by the PO. It was wired differently than suggested and flashed the brake light and both rear turn signals
 

canyoncarver

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Oh man I love these bikes. I'm glad this one is in the hands of an electrical wiz. I'll probably hit you up for some bits and ideas on mine.
 

Sonreir

Oregon
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Maybe for a flashing rear brake light. One of our Ninjas had one installed by the PO. It was wired differently than suggested and flashed the brake light and both rear turn signals
Doesn't appear to be, no. Rear brake lights work as expected, but with only two sets of bulbs, the left and right sides are pulling double duty. Based on the wire colors this module-thing is tapped into, but fairly confident it's meant to operate the bulbs like a trailer.

Oh man I love these bikes. I'm glad this one is in the hands of an electrical wiz. I'll probably hit you up for some bits and ideas on mine.
No plans to go too crazy just yet, but we'll see where I end up. :p
 

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