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    Question Hello from Minnesota!

    Hello all. Just purchased my third bike today. Kinda scary purchase though... first bike I have purchased to become a cafe racer AND the first bike I have purchased without a title. 1966?? Yamaha YM1. It has a trail of bills of sales going back to 1981 from previous owner and his father (hasn't been registered since the 70s). It runs great, goes through the gears no problem and looks like nothing else I have ever had before. It is just... beautiful. 40xx original miles and all #s matching. VIN came back from police in WI as clear and checks out on NIBC Vin checker. You guys recommend the Vermont route (heard it is SUPER easy) or trying MNDOT?

    ANY help is appreciated in getting this beauty back on the road!

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    G-Fox

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    "The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music." ~ Hunter S Thompson

    -1966 Yamaha YM1 305 46xx miles.

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    "The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music." ~ Hunter S Thompson

    -1966 Yamaha YM1 305 46xx miles.

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    Update: Apparently... MNDMV is super easy to deal with. Just went in with 4 pictures, bill of sale and a statement of facts and the bike got its plates and title right then and there. Super stoked to ride now.
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    "The mind and body must be subjected to extreme stimulus, by means of drugs and music." ~ Hunter S Thompson

    -1966 Yamaha YM1 305 46xx miles.

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    Please give us a detailed idea of what modifications you want to make to the bike. That's too nice a survivor to hack up. Hopefully you're going to keep the option of returning it to stock?

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    Get some proper riding gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guinnessfox View Post
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    That kinda reminds me of where I sat on my XT500 - pretty much riding it from the back seat.
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    This is a cafe-racer. Anything you do to the looks will make it less of a cafe-racer. If you plan to only ride it in the sun, and have a good place to keep it when it isn't out on the street, I'd pick it apart and shine up the engine and other parts that might have some rust to it. If you (for some dorky reason) want to rebuild it, pleace don't make any changes that cannot be reversed, and don't sell off original parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolenare View Post
    This is a cafe-racer. Anything you do to the looks will make it less of a cafe-racer. If you plan to only ride it in the sun, and have a good place to keep it when it isn't out on the street, I'd pick it apart and shine up the engine and other parts that might have some rust to it. If you (for some dorky reason) want to rebuild it, pleace don't make any changes that cannot be reversed, and don't sell off original parts.
    It's not a cafe racer. It's a two person, two stroke, touring motorcycle.

    All it really needs is some lower euro - style bars, some modern tires and general maint.

    It's not the bike to butcher to follow some passing trend, either.

    Danger, is my business."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stolenare View Post
    This is a cafe-racer. Anything you do to the looks will make it less of a cafe-racer.
    How the fuck is this bike already a "cafe racer" ? It's a standard, stock, old 2 stroke that could barely pull the skin off a stale custard.

    This notion of "any old bike is a cafe racer" is really starting to piss me off.

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    If it were my bike, I'd likely upgrade the suspension and install some flat bars. The bars will give a somewhat cramped riding position without rear-sets but it sure would look good with them. Almost forgot, quality tires. I like Avon AM26's.
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