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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Yamaha stro­kers Gunny, Fife, Scot­land

My hobby is get­ting out of hand. From left to right are: 1985 UK Yamaha RD350 F1 con­verted to N1 spec. It’s un­re­stored but run­ning and road­wor­thy. Next is a 1987 RD125LC Mk2 French im­port; it’s full-power with YPVS. Next to that is a 1983 RD125LC 10W, again French but road le­gal and reg­is­tered on a Y plate. It’d been laid up since the ’90s and the fuel tank con­tained what looked like rusty wa­ter, so I put white vine­gar in there for a week get­ting reg­u­lar shakes then pow­er­washed it out and it came up fine. The last one is my 1985 RD80MX which had been laid up in Ger­many for 20 years. It’s had an en­gine re­build and it started third kick. It’s un­re­stored but I painted the en­gine cases, bar­rel and head while the en­gine was out. It’s only done 5000 miles. I bought the 350 in 2014 and all the rest in the last year start­ing with the DT200R French im­port once I re­al­ized how easy it was to get it reg­is­tered. I wouldn’t hes­i­tate do­ing that again.

That’s 680cc of RD. Nice DT200R (above)

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