Practical Sportsbikes (UK)
Owner: Benedict Ireland Owned for: 27 years Paid: £1495 Resto cost: £3000
“When I bought my RZ350LC Japanese import in 1993 it had a YPVS front-end and K&NS. In late 2000 I was knocked off it and the bike languished in a lock-up for five years. The poor LC was in a soul-destroying state. However I got it straight and running. Then it seized on me.
“Tony Greenslade at Stinkwheels rebuilt the engine. I then left the bike outside for a year with the plugs out, so Stinkwheels rebuilt it again. And Otto Racs did a really beautiful job of the paint.
“I junked the knackered loom in favour of a new one from the LC Club. The clocks got mph faces to replace the km/h originals and a pair of new clock surrounds came from Simon Wells.
“I bought a Nitron shock for it and Brook Racing rebuilt the forks to full race spec. The brakes were swapped for Blue Spots using an NK Racing adaptor kit.
“I had a Pro-am belly pan painted by Tim ‘Scorch’ Peacock. And after 27 years my LC is now where I want it.”