Jef Ashcroft’s Norick Abe YZR500 replica

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I swapped a Kawasaki H1 triple in per­fect work­ing or­der for a box of bits and a Yamaha RD500LC engine. The guy I got it from had the same idea as me but didn’t get round to it but most of the parts he’d bought for it had no chance of fit­ting to­gether. It’s a TZR125 4DL frame and the only rea­son the engine fit was be­cause the frame was wide enough: just, ev­ery lug had to be grounded off and re-welded. Then there was the swingarm: it took me two years to build it (all my own work), paint and all. It was the worst thing I’ve ever done but when you ride it and it hits the power­band it was worth it! Any­way it would be the ic­ing on the cake if you fea­tured this bike!

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