In the summer of 2001, I happened to be driving through
the town of Sandown, NH, when I noticed an older motorcycle in someone's
yard for sale. Being the collector I am, I had to take a look a look at
it. What I had found was a pristine 1972 Yamaha R5-C with less then 3000
original miles! Unfortunately, no one was home, but after visiting later
in the day, I managed to get ahold of the seller, and 50$ poorer, I became
the proud owner of the beast. After spending some time procuring a new
set of points (thank god for ebay) and putting a battery in it, I convinced
it to run, as it has ever since. Hopefully this summer I will get some
pics of it up.
A several years ago, my brother managed to pick up
an 81' Yamaha IT 175 from a guy he knew for $15, and after losing interest
in it, gave it to me. After putting in a new piston/rings, it ran amazingly
well, and so became my offroad machine of choice. Because of the fact that
the IT was one of the fastest bikes in its class, it has many of the innovations
found on newer bikes ( aluminum monoshock swingarm, expansion pipe, general
frame specs of newer bikes, etc). It also has the benfit of being far cheaper
to own. Not to metion really fast. Of course, with its enduro gearing,
it doesn't do the best on a MX course, but for old logging roads and
gravel pits, the only bike that can keep up with me is a 250 or larger.
Not bad for less than 100 bucks.
More to come later.......