A case in point…

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - WORKSHOP -

Our Project Yamaha RD350 is likely to re­main work in progress for some time and one of the ar­eas that, in my opin­ion, lets the bike down is the outer en­gine cases. Yamaha’s adop­tion of semi matt black cases was more to do with cost sav­ing than looks. Be­fore the RD’S fore­run­ner, the YR5, Yamaha en­gine cases had been satin sil­ver but this ne­ces­si­tated a de­cent base metal sur­face which added cost: us­ing a flat black re­quired min­i­mal prepa­ra­tion prior to a quick blast of paint. Time and use had taken its toll on the 350’s cases so they’ve re­ceived the High Cal­i­bre Coat­ings treat­ment and how much bet­ter do they look for it? Mu­cho, I reckon! All the scuffs, grazes and miss­ing paint are gone with noth­ing but su­per ef­fec­tive black and satin al­loy. Come the rid­ing sea­son the RD will look just that lit­tle bit ti­dier.

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