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Martin Wrigley's 1984 Yamaha RD200E

I bought the bike about 5 months ago, unseen from a paper add. I rung the bloke who described the bike over the phone, which sounded ok. He did however make an impression over the phone on how the engine sounded and said it was knackered. The bike has only done 12k miles with 4 owners, matching numbers, so i thought it couldn't be that bad so I bought it and had it couriered to me.

It arrived and I checked it over and was pleased, its was worth it in parts alone. I thought the engine needed small ends, so these were replaced alone with a set of rings and it didn't cure it. It was
"piston slap" and needed a re-bore. £60 for the rebore and £60 for rings and NOS pistons and it runs as sweet as a nut.

I bought a NOS front mudguard from France, re-chromed the rear, the pipes, bars, re-zinced all the nuts and bolts, new cables, and carb e=internals ( as it was a pig to start from cold) and repainted the
engine casings. The frame and black parts have been powder coated in black gloss and it looks great.

It now stops and starts like it should, haven't gone to daft with the throttle as needs running in for a bit but done about 50 miles and not missed a beat.

I was going to keep it but may have to sell to fund my next project, a 350LC.


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