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Here is my resto-mod RD500 1GE. It’s rea­son­ably stan­dard but has some changes to make it more us­able and fun to ride in the mod­ern world. All changes can be un­bolted! It has: Pretech 4 Pot calipers, 300mm Front Brembo discs, Yamaha MT-09 front mas­ter cylin­der, Race-tech car­tridge em­u­la­tors, Dy­mag 17in wheels with 120 front and 180 rear shod with Pirelli Su­per­cor­sas, TSA ex­pan­sion cham­bers, paint­work by Mark Cord­well, Nitron rear shock with black spring, Ven­hill brake lines and a Brembo Rear Disc. I did a lot of the work my­self, but needed lots of pro­fes­sional help as was by Daz Wood and of avail­able spare time Martin at M E Mo­tor­cy­cles of Burtonon-trent did the fi­nal build – also a big thank you to lots of other providers like Granby Yamaha, Fowlers of Bris­tol, To­tal Blast Ser­vices of Coalville, Vapour­worx of Ne­whall, the late Dan He­garty of RTR Mo­tor­cy­cles at Bing­ham and many more. I was warned that the dif­fer­ent wheel and tyre sizes would ruin the han­dling but in fact the han­dling is su­perb by OEM stan­dards and it now feels like a 250 rather than a heavy­weight 500. Its han­dling is now very light with a fast turn in and no signs of in­sta­bil­ity. The up­graded brakes give me much more con­fi­dence in mod­ern traf­fic. My plan was to make the bike look stan­dard at first glance and that the changes would not be too no­tice­able un­less the bike was ex­am­ined closely. This was my first full restora­tion – hence all the help and more listed above – if I’d known how dif­fi­cult it was I would never have started the pro­ject – so it’s a good job that I didn’t know! Keep up the good work at

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