I have kinda dropped the ball on blogging here. So many tasty beers and motorcycle tribulations have passed by since returning from Afghanistan. So if you had never seen a picture of the New/Old Yamaha, this is what she looked like back in December:
|Frost on the seat lets you know this shot is really from December|
Big padded sissybar, buckhorn chrome handlebars, only one somewhat floppy rearview mirror, stuck clutch, hadn't run in... some time. But the bones are good and there's comparatively little rust for a bike this old.
Fast forward to yesterday:
After a few months, I caved in and pushed the bike to a mercifully close-by shop to have the clutch and electrical business professionally sorted out. He also rebuilt the front brake cylinder and gave me an overall inspection.
New handlebars/grips/mirrors. These handlebars are black-coated carbon steel intended for 4-wheel ATVs, but I liked them. It's hard to shop online for something like that unless you already know exactly what you want.
I bought these coyote-tan pouches to increase the carrying capacity of my medium rucksack for Afghanistan, but now they make tidy little saddlebags that loop right over the frame beneath the seat.
|Found a permanent destination for that mustache patch|
|The vinyl seat is in great shape for its age|
|photo by Sean Delshadi of Cycle World|
|1973 Yamaha TX650 by MWPerformance|
|1974 Yamaha XS 650 by Wesley Case|
|Pre-war Vincent Rapide|
|1979 Iron Head Harley Sportster customized by Aaron Buck|
|Triumph T120? I didn't take the best of notes on all of these|