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I wanted a dual sport bike to explore some off highway areas. After looking at all the options out there, I chose a TW due to it's reliability and for the fact that it's basically a 2 wheeled tractor when the going gets tough. But, I'm the kind of guy that likes to buy beaters and refurbish them to make them suit me.



So, I found an old beater 92 model on Craigslist. I think the previous owner had parked it under a tree behind his trailer house while he cooked a batch of meth and he must have went to prison or something, because it obviously sat there many, many years. The bike was rough and rusty but seemed to have solid bones. Fortunately, despite it's obvious checkered past, it came with a clean title.



Day 1:





Tear down:





List of mods and parts used:

-Everything powdercoated. There is no paint on this bike anywhere.

-Ceramic coated exhaust

-All new Yamaha OEM plastics

-Every seal, bearing and o ring replaced. All of them. I hate leaks.

-New tires and tubes

-LED bulbs throughout

-ProTaper handlebars

-Jimbo shield

-Tusk hand guards

-Clarke tank

-Cyclerack rear rack

-X ring chain

-Pro Grips

-Seat Concepts seat

-Moose skid plate

-All Balls steering bearings

-All BelRay fluids throughout

-All new socket head screws throughout



Along the way, I did all maintenance including rebuilding forks, valve adjustment, carb rejet, cam chain adjust, etc.























In this picture you can see how the powder flops from deep red to bright orange in the sunlight. It really pops in the light but I can't seem to get pictures to show it. I'm not a photographer.



 

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I still need to get a gas cap vent tube, some better footpegs and a folding shifter, but other than that, it's finished.
 

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Amazing work and attention to detail: top notch!

There's just one thing I don't understand. Where's the mud?




Thank you for sharing, I think you've got a lot of envious on-lookers at this point.
 

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I am one of them. I really like all the little touches like the tappet and cam covers in red. You have me wishing that I ran a powdercoating shop!
 

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Someone is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good at powder coating ......Cool results. I like the seat cover real well. Enjoy the end product. OMM.
 

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I sure appreciate the nice words fellas. Early this year I did a much nicer restoration of an older 71 model Yamaha to display in my shop office in a glass case. It was a bit intense to say the least. I did this bike the opposite, that is, fun and built to ride and use. Less stressful for sure.
 

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You might notice that I like bikes with red frames and white bodywork. The 71 has been in my family since brand new and won't ever go anywhere. I restored every single thing on it. There were no two parts that could be removed from each other that I didn't do so. Every single individual part was given attention then reassembled. It made this TW restoration look like a casual effort.























 

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Great looking bikes! Just add a decal from a certain sports team and you would really have something!!

Now what logo would look really nice on either one of those??



<-----------------(hint)
 

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I'm not too big into logos really. I added the ADV rider because that's my main hangout. The RideDualSport.com logo is another site I frequent where a bunch of my customers hang out. Then, my shop logo of course. I was so happy when I figured out how to get the Tusk logos off the handguards.
 
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