Yamaha RZV500R The 35 year quest...

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

  1. iconman

    iconman Good vibrations

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    Fantastic work. Well done.
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  2. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy I'm not half as good as I think I thought I was

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    Nice drilled calliper bolt.
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  3. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Motorcycle ADD Supporter

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    Dang! Talk about an awesome build! Sweet! :thumb
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  4. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    :thumb Thanks guys for all the positive comments and likes since the very beginning.
    Helped the motivation when winter was taking it's toll on my brain.
    Rain on and off for at least 3 days, so that will give me time to finish salvaging the lower fairings.
    I'll get them on, then try and pry my wife phone from her so I can get a couple good videos after things dry up....(or I might just get out my GoPro and do a good one)
  5. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun Supporter

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    Such a great job. TBH, that bike came out so nice I would be hesitant to ride it.
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  6. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    I can see your argument, but isn't the point of building the bike to ride it ?
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  7. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun Supporter

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    I know, buttttttttttt, fuck look at those pipes.
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  8. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    The pipes won't change much if you keep the bike clean. I had an RD500 (the Euro version) with a set of Jolly Moto pipes with similar welds, and they didn't change when ridden.

    I wish I had mine back. :cry

    What mine looks like now - different exhausts now though.
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  9. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun Supporter

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    Nice pic Scott!
  10. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    I built it, because I want to hear and feel all 4 125cc cylinders running as hard as was originally intended 35 years ago.
    That is the biggest reason I did not go back to 100% original at this point.
    I want to ride it, use it, smell it.....get back all the time I have put into it, building and thinking about it.

    Not in the rain, not a daily rider to work, not to haul anyone around.......but it will get worked over on back roads in the sun.
    Then after 3-4 years, I might give it some time off for good behaviour .......

    All together now, still a few odd and ends that I need to take care of as I ride it more, and get things dialed in.
    But it is basically done as of today......the first time I have ever seen it in person completely together.


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    Pictures are crap quality, but the sun should be out Sunday, so I will try to get some time on the bike and get better (officially done) pictures



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  11. Bigbore4

    Bigbore4 Long timer

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    As I look around your cave in the pic I must tell you with all due respect...

    You Suck

    That is an awesome collection, well done sir!
  12. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Really top notch job, on an awesome bike! That's a project to be very proud of.
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  13. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Some proof it moves on it's own.....:happay:happay:happay:happay:happay



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  14. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Taking it easy on the back roads breaking it in.....

  15. Roofchop

    Roofchop Hands up mother stickers, this is a f**k up!

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    Need video with noise......:D

    Beat me too it!


    Where are your gloves.........:hide
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  16. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    That's so awesome that you have been able to fulfill your quest! :beer
    And the bike sounds really sweet.
    Congrats!
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  17. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    It only took 35 years and more $$$ than I had imagined.....but I did it....
    ...........another bucket item checked off.... :beer
    Very happy with it so far, but I've only started the fun part of break in.....time will tell if I screwed up or not.
    And it will sound better once I can start running it like I want (shifting at red line) with more time as well

    In the sun, and as clean as it ever will be from this point on I am guessing :bmwrider


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  18. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Sunofabitch, that looks and sounds great!
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  19. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    That’s some good stuff.
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  20. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    Outstanding.
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