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Old 07-13-2012, 04:27 AM   #5521
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I just picked up this 1966 Yamaha YL1 100cc twin. Two carbs, two exhausts, two stroke. Needs some TLC. I'm thinking it might make a cool little cafe bike to race between Starbucks around town and backroads. Or should I just restore it?
that bike doesn't look like it even needs a restore. keep the patina, clean it up and ride it. they are little screamers.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:05 AM   #5522
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Sweet! I've always had a thing for those Yamaha twins, though I've never owned one or even ridden one. Cool cafe though.
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A very complex engine for a twin with awesome torque and a beautiful engine feel. They used to blow up on the Autobahn in Germany when the first came out due to overheating. The countermeasure by Yamaha was to install oil cooler kits.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:16 PM   #5523
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:25 PM   #5524
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That's a cool build. Like what people are doing with those bikes. Would that be a brat or what category would you put it in?
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:45 AM   #5525
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Don't know what a "brat" is, but this would be a ratty cafe, maybe? Nice footwear too!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #5526
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Just wondering if it runs properly with those carbs, filters and pipes?
In a word, yes.

The filters are UNI's, carbs are tuned nicely, and the pipes are baffled. Runs well, starts first kick.

You can see how long the baffles are--soon after turning parallel to the ground, they get about 1/2" larger in diameter.

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Old 07-15-2012, 01:23 PM   #5527
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Somehow those slashcut pipes seem just right, ace cafe!
Thank you!

This means a lot coming from someone in the UK!

It could use a lot more work, and is farther along than when the pics were taken. As it is, it's a great rider, without having busted the bank on anything yet.

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Old 07-17-2012, 07:55 AM   #5528
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:34 AM   #5529
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^^Saw that on the WildGuzzi board. Really well done. I'll bet it's a blast to ride.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #5530
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^^Saw that on the WildGuzzi board. Really well done. I'll bet it's a blast to ride.
It's really fun to ride, but as a big guy (240lbs 6'2") I do feel a little self conscious on it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:55 PM   #5531
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Built this RD350 for short, fast romps and fogging mosquitos from my yard. It's a blast!
Which rear shocks did you use..?
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:20 AM   #5532
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Classic twintwosmoke, sweet.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:58 AM   #5533
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I have to get used to shifting on the right side, after shifting on the left for 36 years. Picking this one up tomorrow.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:54 AM   #5534
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I have to get used to shifting on the right side, after shifting on the left for 36 years. Picking this one up tomorrow.
It's only a problem in panic situations, i.e. most of the time.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:10 PM   #5535
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You can build a linkage to cross over, but it really doesn't take too much to get used to.

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