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Sorry, too busy at the moment to find the old thread...

Had a few days off so i was able to get stuck into the RZ500 again. Made some really good progress in spite of a few minor set backs.

I let the pictures speak.



Yes, they are the original klms for this bike.



Cables everywhere. It's a good thing that I took heaps of pictures before I pulled this bike apart and it's been very handy to have the lap top in the work shop while I'm building this.

I also couldn't believe how many brackets were bent from his crash back 20 years ago. Even cable brackets were bent.

I was fiddling for a while to get them all adjust right again.



This is his original tool kit when he bought the bike.




Manage to fire it up today. Sounds great. Nice even smoke (even though it doesn't look like it) and pretty quiet too.

Such a relief to hear fire up after being in so many pieces as you would imagine.

Problem is now that I'm starting to want one of my own.
 

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what a neat 2stroke bike to restore! cant wait to see it finished and repaired
 

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Studricho:

Just once and only once, I heard one of these bikes running.
I was just going in to work, I had parked my car, got out and
started walking toward this bike. I had no idea what I
was listening to. It turns out, this guy was just finishing work
and just warming up the bike to go home. I approached it from
the back and saw no fewer than four exhaust pipes
emitting a light blue coloured smoke, and yes, that
familiar sweet smelling two stroke odor filled the air.

He was talking to someone else so I didn't get a chance to
talk to him. Once I realized what kind of bike it was and listened
to the sound of the four exhausts all singing in sweet harmony,
I spent the rest of that day in a state which could only be
described as an "out of body" experience. I can't imagine how
sweet it would be to crank on the throttle and have that motor
hit its powerband. You are a very lucky guy to be able to
enjoy even hearing that motor sing and smell that two stroke smell.
That was the first and only time I was lucky enough to have ever
seen or heard one of these bikes in all its red and white glory.
I am totally envious. Have fun and enjoy your project
 
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Thanks psidey. It's funny that growing up I never really followed anything in my life. Yeah I was into bikes, but I didn't know the famous riders even when I bump shoulders with them on a weekly basis sometimes.

It was only when I was chatting with this same bloke that was in the shop standing next to the Wayne Gardner full size cardboard cut out that it was actually Wayne Gardner himself.

I was very blessed (didn't know at the time) to be working at the time when many of the old bikes would pass through our doors.

RD, RZ, 250, 350 and 500. VFR1000, CB1000 boldor and all the other greats of the mid to late 80's and yet I didn't appreciate to now.

Yes, it's great to hear this thing and it does leave in a sense of a trance, I can still hear the bike now.

I love to get a you tube clip of it.
 

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Wayne's a ledgend, i have posters of him on the old Rothmans nsr up thru the shed and my good mates named after him haha.
that it all.
 

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i'm so jealous studricho, i've only seen one of these rz500's and it was in a motorcycle museum in tazi. they had it for sale too for a whopping 13K but it is a beautiful bike. it is quite an experience working on the 2t's. totally new scenery with all the power-valve cables, oil pump and beautiful expansion chambers. so are you just giving it a full rebuild turning her into an even wilder beast or just a fix?
 

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looks great stud, i want one now, finally got around to ordering a tyga kit and maggot can for the rvf, have been putting heaps of work into her with full service on the suspention and painted engine cases, serviced all the brakes. ill bring her up your way when she is done with rollingstoppie!
 
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Berky said:
looks great stud, i want one now, finally got around to ordering a tyga kit and maggot can for the rvf, have been putting heaps of work into her with full service on the suspention and painted engine cases, serviced all the brakes. ill bring her up your way when she is done with rollingstoppie!

That would be cool. maybe I could met up with you guys down your way.

And too think you thought that your old zzr250 was worth spending money on to get faster around a track.
 

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Excellent thread.

Need. More. Photos.


BroLy said:
I have one, the most fun bike ever.



Info, photos and VIDEOS of it runing on my website:

The latest video, a teaser, in 1080p HD quality:

GP ALIKE
Holy sheeeit dude, that's excellent!
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRAI3FYhn6Q

See if you can work out the other forum member in this short video of the bike running. I was actually filming it from my phone and yes I did get distract from the bike while filming. It sounds so good in the flesh.
 
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I can't tell cos he wasn't wearing happy pants...

:p
You got it in one. Notice the old school moto in background. 1976 RM 125.
 

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Mr Orange said:
BroLy said:
I have one, the most fun bike ever.



Info, photos and VIDEOS of it runing on my website:

The latest video, a teaser, in 1080p HD quality:

GP ALIKE
Holy sheeeit dude, that's excellent!
Made recently a new HD video of my tuned Yamaha RD 500 V4, check it out here:

 
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