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Old 02-09-2007, 02:43 PM   #16
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Great find Don. Those bikes went like hell. I loved the sound and smell of those old two strokes.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:19 PM   #17
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Anybody have a Yamaha RZ350 for sale?
I have a friend emptying his garage - RZ350 for sale. PM me if you are interested.

Congrats on the water buffalo - cool ride. A friend picked up a green 500 titan last week.
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Old 02-09-2007, 03:52 PM   #18
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I'll try and find the picture, I race one in production class back in the late 70s, Ron Grant motor, it was wicked fast, and wabble just a little bit in turn one (the drag strip at the time) as Sears Point.

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Old 02-09-2007, 05:37 PM   #19
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Wow ! I am surprised at the interest in this bike. Thanks for the helpful info and comments.


I'm hunting around Central NY for barn bikes - what's your secret/modus operandi? I've only been able to see ones that others have cast off after they found them in the barn. Any suggestions?
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Wish I had a good answer for you, but all I can give you is networking, with everyone you know that has an interest in motorcycles. Friends, fellow riders, sales staff and mechanics at the local shops, and most importantly, individuals that privately acquire or collect vintage bikes. I usually have a line on 3 or 4 at a time, but normally 1 of every 10 pans out. Send me a PM and let me know what you are looking for and I might turn one up. I found a CB750 tuesday, and knew a fellow advrider was looking for one, called him, and he bought it the next day. Good luck !

Damn!! Nice find. I've had alot of two stroke dirtbikes, but not street. Anybody have a Yamaha RZ350 for sale?

I know where a mid-70's H-2 is, PM if interested.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:14 PM   #20
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I have a friend emptying his garage - RZ350 for sale. PM me if you are interested.

Congrats on the water buffalo - cool ride. A friend picked up a green 500 titan last week.
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:16 PM   #21
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I know where a mid-70's H-2 is, PM if interested.
Nice bike, but I want a Yamaha RZ350 2 smoker.
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:24 PM   #22
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MAN AWESOME
I have had dozens of those things ...
Shave that head and attack those intakes with a dremel RIGHT AWAY

DUDE I am real jealious
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:23 PM   #23
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W.Weber would be so jealous!
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:57 PM   #24
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'Kettles are cool.

Here's one from the Moto-Carrera sponsored 2-Stroke rally they have in L.A. every summer.






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Old 02-11-2007, 02:01 AM   #25
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Nice bike, always wanted one, one day maybe.

Over here in the UK they are called Kettle's, and the club is big and strong, check out the link below and enjoy the vid. and your "new" old bike.....

http://www.thekettleclub.org.uk/
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Old 02-12-2007, 08:08 PM   #26
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I let mine sit for 18 years in the basement (long story). Cleaned tank and carbs, bought a battery and it started right up!
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:09 AM   #27
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I'm working on one of those at the moment for a friend/collector. It runs, but smokes badly and fouls out the center plug. We are thinking it has a bad labrinth(center) crank seal. Not unusual for 2-strokes that have sat.
It's a bit of a daunting task. As far as I can tell, the only folks that are rebuilding triple pressed-together cranks is Falicon, and the labor is $400!
And then there is a problem of parts availability.
Good luck, as you will probably need it.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:24 AM   #28
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I'm working on one of those at the moment for a friend/collector. It runs, but smokes badly and fouls out the center plug. We are thinking it has a bad labrinth(center) crank seal. Not unusual for 2-strokes that have sat.
It's a bit of a daunting task. As far as I can tell, the only folks that are rebuilding triple pressed-together cranks is Falicon, and the labor is $400!
And then there is a problem of parts availability.
Good luck, as you will probably need it.
I am hoping to get started on this bike in a couple of weeks. I have looked over it quite thoroughly and have a plan together. The crankshaft seals are the only item that concerns me. If seal replacement is needed, I will probably pass it on to another advrider that would have an interest. I know of too many available vintage bikes to spend massive funds on this bike.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:35 AM   #29
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Great find. It sure is nice when they're complete. My first bike was its baby brother- a 75 GT550, which launched my love for Triples.

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Old 02-13-2007, 09:07 AM   #30
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I am hoping to get started on this bike in a couple of weeks. I have looked over it quite thoroughly and have a plan together. The crankshaft seals are the only item that concerns me. If seal replacement is needed, I will probably pass it on to another advrider that would have an interest. I know of too many available vintage bikes to spend massive funds on this bike.
That's a good idea to be thinking about the crank seals. I fixed a '71 Kaw H1 couple of years ago, thrust washer in the trans was gone. While I had the thing apart, it was obvious the seals were toast. About $600 parts and labor to press it apart and fix the seals and some of the bearings. Friend had one new in 75, fun bike.
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