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    Yamaha RD 350 LC all day every day, nothing else comes close man.
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    Elements of the past and the future combining to make something not quite as good as either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greasyspoon View Post
    Yamaha RD 350 LC all day every day, nothing else comes close man.
    I was going to say 1972 yamaha TD3, that's pretty close.

    Simple to work on light fast.
    … and rare as hens teeth.

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    Sold my TD3 last month.

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    ducati 851, 1989 to 1991.

    i have a customer who perseveres with a guzzi v50 shitbox, and he asked me if a bevel drive 900ss would make a good everyday bike. frankly, he deserves it.

    i've tried to love laverda sfc, but riding them just makes me shake my head in bewilderment.

    by far the most usable italian 70's twin is a guzzi, and the lm is the sweety. it's almost a normal bike compared to the others.
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    [QUOTE=brad black;318304]i have a customer who perseveres with a guzzi v50 shitbox, and he asked me if a bevel drive 900ss would make a good everyday bike. frankly, he deserves it.QUOTE]

    Tell him a CX500 has a motor like a Ferrari compared to his V50.

    Give him a business card from a good psychiatrist.

    My god V50's are junk.

    Big Guzzi Fine Ugg!

    Danger, is my business."

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    Manx Norton 1962 spec.

    Or replica in 92mm bore built with modern guts so it will take lost of abuse. 18 gauge chassis, lots of extra magnesium and titanium to keep the weight down to around the 240lbs Mark. Then
    go scare the modern stuff.
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    Can't wait to see how you are going to shed 100 pounds from a Norton Manx :I
    … maybe if you remove the rider and everything needed to ride it, like pegs and bars, seat n' all that other superfluous stuff :|

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    I've always had a soft spot for this little critter...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Can't wait to see how you are going to shed 100 pounds from a Norton Manx :I
    … maybe if you remove the rider and everything needed to ride it, like pegs and bars, seat n' all that other superfluous stuff :|
    Here's how

    The original manx was built for THE MANX, bumpy roads and hours of vibration etc so it needed to be built like a tractor. Below is a 92mm bore spec of a bike I built in 2006 at 250lbs with oil no fuel, I am sure I could get another 10lbs off as fairing brackets were steel and I used a steering damper which I never needed, plus a full alloy primary cover which could be halfed and some other stuff.

    Magnesium head with alloy skull.
    Arrows titanium con rod
    titanium valves, collars, all engine bolts and studs. Internal locking nuts in titanium too.
    Magnesium lighthouse tower.
    Linton PVL programmable ignition, 1/3 the weight of a Lucas 2MTT, alloy drive pulley's and belt
    One piece crank fractionally lighter
    92 bore billet cylinder with nikasil lining.
    Omega two ring matrix slipper piston, pin size same as manx 350.
    Everything else inside the engine as per original(ish)

    Carb 42mm Gardiner, match box float chamber. Exhaust was high level blown and un silenced but doubt I would get away with this today.

    5 speed full magnesium box, top and bottom bolts in titanium inc adjuster.

    Frame in 18 Gauge, arm in 16 gauge.

    swing arm spindle in titanium, like wise front and rear spindles in titanium, likewise all of the frame chassis bolts.

    Newby clutch will titanium plain plates, alloy front pulley and belt

    Magnesium Fontana front hub and plates, works style rear hub in magnesium (not conical).

    Fork; alloy internals and mag slider, mag yokes with titanium pin.
    Shock; Works ultralite
    fabricated clip-ons in full alloy, alloy levers (domino GP which are mag with titanium pivot), alloy foot controls, reverse alloy lever on the gearbox.

    Slipper tank, lozenge oil tank.

    Alloy adjustable head steady and head steady plate

    Carbon seat base, fairing (Kirby flowline), rear wheel enclosure in carbon, no front fender.

    Scitsu rev counter.

    Simple with about 61hp at the back wheel which doesn't sound like much but it will get you round the indie circuit at Brands Hatch within touching distances of a modern 600.

    Not cheap but back then I had money. Not anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrialsRider View Post
    Can't wait to see how you are going to shed 100 pounds from a Norton Manx :I
    … maybe if you remove the rider and everything needed to ride it, like pegs and bars, seat n' all that other superfluous stuff :|
    During the years of racing at El Mirage I met a gentleman named Bob Bakker. He is a cousin of Nico Bakker the famed Dutch frame maker. Talking to him a few years ago he told me that Nico makes around 20 Manx frames in titanium each year. They come with a magnesium swing arm. Illegal for classic racing but as Bob said "Its hard to tel when the frame is painted black." Don't know how much weight you would save but for 20,000 euros it better be a hell of a lot.
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