Yamaha RZV500R The 35 year quest...and other stroker stories

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by busa1300, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. NoelJ

    NoelJ Long timer

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    Cool report. Not a lot of guys can say they ran on the salt!
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  2. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Thanks for letting us tag along!
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  3. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    Great story and also thanks from me for the report. Lesson, less power more speed! A vintage class next and I'll join you in a Bert Munroe style, probably be the same age by the time I make it.
    Well done with the ashes spread too, can I book you for mine please?
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  4. YamRZ350

    YamRZ350 Been here awhile

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    Great story.
    How'd your buddy on the TZ do?
    You married up..!
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  5. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Thanks for taking everyone for a ride.

    And you get to live and ride another day.

    Watched some of the runs, saw the Dodge Ram pull the chute and spin out, twice.

    Looks like the salt is plenty loose. Spooky and steep learning curve.

    Now you can check that off your bucket list.
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  6. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    Who dat????????????
    Top class photo bombing on the Biltwell insta this morning.

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  7. villageidiot

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    I'm sure if your wife is anything like my wife*, she subconsciously knows when something is monumental for you, and therefore not only goes along with, but generally relishes in the level of your stokedness.

    bonneville is on my list as well.





    *yesterday was our 13th trip around the sun as a married couple, and nearing 20 together, so she tends to "get me"
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  8. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the kind words guys....:thumb
    Your all kinda my family from a far.
    And your input always helps me keep moving forward....even though I feel I’m going backwards at times.

    @Wildebeest90210 you kick ass as always with what you help me see, that I’m not aware of....thanks for that cool pic
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    And it would be an honor to take your ashes out there....but I’ll probably go before you....
  9. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    After 27 hours I’m home and bike is on concrete again....
    I’m dead..... cleaning starts tomorrow


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    Then I’m going to start looking for a black and orange 2008 Busa....depending on how long this salt stays in my blood.



    Love you guys....thanks for following



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  10. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Just got a call from the guy who bought my 78 GS1000 left for dead project a few years ago.
    He wants to come pick up my CBX now....

    Guess that could make the 2nd gen Busa search more interesting.... or maybe a RG500 engine out of Japan for my RGV frame on the table.....?
  11. Franque

    Franque Nilé na sohakélwa manga

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    That's awesome! In sticking with the thread, it should probably be the RG500 (also, I prefer the 2-smokers).
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  12. bbrz

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    While busa recovers, going to try to share some pictures of the great grandpa, and grandpa of a couple or his rides. hope it works. IMG_20210612_123234715_HDR.jpg IMG_20210612_123218892_HDR.jpg
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  13. mike

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    I just recently stumbled onto this thread. Used to go to the drag strip alot when I lived in texas. did not envy the guys sitting there in 100 degree heat in full leathers. Always thought i'd like to go to Bonneville for speed week. went by there in the winter about 10 years ago and it was all water!
    did not know that! anyway , great thread.
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  14. Crisis management

    Crisis management Latte riders FTW!

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    Thanks for the tale of your Bonneville adventures, a friend of mine built a supercharged Moto Guzzi 350 and took it to Bonneville twice trying to set a record, your comments about the difficulties of racing there where exactly the same as his.

    If you want some real name dropping, Burt Munro's son John, is a friend of the Guzzi builder...

    The only photo I could find, taken at Muriwai Beach, west coast just north of Auckland, New Zealand, during the first sand run .... broke the drive shaft... there were a lot of those mechanical fuck ups during the testing process!

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  15. sruss67

    sruss67 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great to hear you arrived home intact and safely, sounds like a bloody long trip home.
    Nice report on what it takes to run on the salt, wouldn't have realised it could be reasonably rough, and super happy you got 3 runs in, and are itching to maybe return again :photog

    Best of luck in finding either of those next projects, both sound awesome, and it would be cool to follow your progress with you.
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  16. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    When I’m at events I try to get all the pics I can of cool stuff. But this event, I was so busy trying to get to rider meetings, rookie meeting, tech inspection, tent-pit set up, and on my bike sitting in line to run.....I never got many pics :bash


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  17. busa1300

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    My friend with the TZ hasn’t had the luck he wanted yet, says his carbs need to be bigger, and he ran too small of a rear sprocket....he geared it for a theoretical 180....to hit 150 on the salt.... There is a lot of traction loss in the salt, but not that much. He had a bigger gear, but no extra chain or links. His best was a 119 in 5th

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  18. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    And some more
    The purple triple is the bike the guy was trying to start when he dropped over and left us for a while....no word was given on how he was doing after coming back to life.


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  19. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer Supporter

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    What's the deal with tires? I see many different road tyres, do you run at a high pressure? I'm surprised there isn't a specialist salt/sand tire from someone.
  20. sruss67

    sruss67 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Brilliant pics, and thanks for sharing.
    There is some incredible engineering across the wild array of bikes, and some you scratch your head at.
    Took me a minute to figure the postie bike in the fairing, lots of work in that one and many others :-)
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