1978 Yamaha TT500 Flattrack Project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Valleyrider, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    willie..some inspiration. Or an Idea on what not to build. My old TT500 tracker... I am sure not nearly as nice as yours is going to be...pretty much stock with a Kawi front wheel and de-raked..budget race bike

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  2. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Welcome aboard. Hold on tight, it's likely to be a bumpy ride!!
    Left the offset to the Pro's at Buchanans...

    I'll probabaly be a track inspector.... Face down in the first corner:lol3
    Wish I had a short track out back to practice on!!

    We'll have to see how well it handles like this. Running out of time for this season. I'll probably hold off until next winter and do eveything I'd like to do now...
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  3. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Nice Jeff!! My TT is not going to be as nice as the DT1. I want to ride this one and not worry about getting roosted! The track in Airway Heights is a very sandy cushion. Like riding in a media blast booth.
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  4. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    WOW!!! The "Big Brown Truck" just made a stop at my house.

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  5. JN3n

    JN3n Been here awhile

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    The Mitas Flattrack tire is a very good tire. Google them . AMA # 12 brad Baker has been riding on them . They are being raced on in Europe and here in the states.
    What track are you going to be riding on when you finish the 500 ? Let Me know and I will hook you up on what tire to use. I won"t bullshit you , I know what tire works best on most tracks nation wide .
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  6. JN3n

    JN3n Been here awhile

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    If you are racing a cushion then a Mitas is the best tire made. Next would be a cut Maxxis or Goodyear ...
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  7. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Joe Kopps track in Airway Heights WA.
    http://www.spokanespeedway.com/
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  8. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Been thinking about building one and getting out there and play a little.Only thing I will start getting a little faster and having a ball and before I know it I'm over the handlebars and at 57 it will hurt...................:eek1
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  9. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Hey!!!!! It's over the bars or over the hills....
    I'm 65 and yeah it may hurt, but it'll get better:evil
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  10. Xcuvator

    Xcuvator Justa Venturer

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    Just have fun.
    BTW Cushion tracks are the reason there are no spectators/money/future in flat track racing.
    Quads, training wheels etc .....
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  11. JN3n

    JN3n Been here awhile

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    I am 55 and raced almost every weekend last year.During the outdoor season . Two classes every weekend sometimes three.
    I don't do indoors much in the winter because I hate driving 3 or 4 hundred miles each way to get to an indoor shorttrack .
    Get out there and have some fun !
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  12. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Great read! Love old tt500, tt600s. Mr. Yamaha will love your bulit of the 500!!
    And unheated work place just sucks! I know!!! 28 is COLD!!:huh:lol3
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  13. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    The weather has warmed up the last couple of days.
    There was an Industrial Accident on Monday...

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    The report would have read; "While attempting to harvest a swingarm from an old SR frame, a 6 lb maul "Bounced" after impact with the swingarm bolt and took out my middle finger". After numerous expletives in as many languages as I could come up with...

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    Back to work today. After letting the finger heal a bit, the frame loop got shortened and welded back on to work with the Knight seat.

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    Got the motor off the work bench and set in the frame. Tomorrow, the mounts and oil lines are getting cleaned up and installed.

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    Tank and seat are there to give me that "Oh Boy, I got something done" feeling. The back in getting sore working bent over...

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  14. Cogswell

    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    Man that finger looks painful !

    Good job on the pictures, keep them coming I'm enjoying the build. :clap


    Mike
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  15. motomike14

    motomike14 Thumper Crusader

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    Cool to see another 78 model get revived.

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    What kind of front end/wheel are you running? I have a Betor on my street-tracker with a DID 19 incher. Looking to build another tracker soon with an 81 I have sitting around.
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  16. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks! Not sure what front hub, but the rim is a DID 19.
    The forks are Yamaha YX600. I'm sorta running out of time, first practice day is April 13 and two day race weekend (shorttrack Saturday, TT on Sunday) the next week.
    After the season ends in October, the bike will be taken apart, frame will get powder coated and I hope to have CNC clamps and a set of R6 forks. I have a Radian swingarm, but it wil required some work to get it in condition to use. Lot's more I'd like to do and will get there once I have more time and funds.
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  17. Xcuvator

    Xcuvator Justa Venturer

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    Really cool. I need to get off my duff and get a project going...
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  18. duckman44

    duckman44 Been here awhile

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    Great project!
    You are giving me motivation to get out into my garage and get started on my summer project.
    1977 Yamaha XS400 soon to be cafe.
    Thanks for the great pics.
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  19. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    OK... Get after those projects!!
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  20. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    It's like Christmas every time the "Big Brown Truck" pulls up!!!!

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    Got the motor bolted in tight and all the oil lines connected. The Jemco pipe is bolted up and I'M Jonesin to get it running. The Maxxis tire, 36mm carb and sprockets are on their way and should be in the first of next week.

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