‘I reg­u­larly wrapped the bike around trees’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -

En­gi­neer Adam Bee­son wanted to pay homage to a Yamaha XT250 that his fa­ther bought him as a 12-year-old boy. So he did what most peo­ple would and bagged a 1976 TT500 im­port from Cal­i­for­nia. Hav­ing owned over 70 ma­chines in his time, he’s no stranger to fet­tling ei­ther: “I reg­u­larly wrapped the old XT around trees tear­ing about the fields in Nor­folk, so that was be­hind the urge to build a retro mo­tard.” It runs 50mm forks and there’s also a Wiseco high com­pres­sion pis­ton kit. Keep­ing with this theme, a cam kit has been fit­ted that is fur­ther helped by a mas­sive 40mm Mikuni flat­slide carb. The build took Adam 10 months: “The bike cost £4500 to buy and build, with end­less scratchy head mo­ments!”

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