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Offline Tom S

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My lucky day!
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:09:24 PM »
A friend who thinks he's getting too old to ride MC's (he's only 68) called me up a few weeks ago and told me to come and get his 1998 WR400 Yamaha.  Like most things he owns, he put a ton of money in it and hardly rode it.  I bet it's only got 400 miles on it.  This engine is one cylinder of the famous first generation R1 with 5 valves and revs to the moon!  He put a Baja Designs dual sport kit on it, Bark Busters, a Recluse clutch, an oversize front rotor, MT21 dual sport tires, had the add-on battery replaced with a lithium one, and a larger gas tank.  For a dual sport bike, the Bark Busters were over-kill, so I had David Beaman (never do anything yourself if you can afford to have someone do it for you) put flag style hand guards on it.  The over-size gas tank was ugly, so he put the stock tank back on it, which is fine for my local purposes for it.  When I got it back it felt like it needed to shift one more time to reach the 6th gear that it didn't have, so I bought a one tooth larger, 15 tooth counter sprocket for it.  I haven't put it on yet, but I don't think it will make first gear too high for my intended purpose for it of just getting me to where we last finished chopping in and maintaining local trails.

If I like the bike as much as I think I will I'll probably send him a grand or so to keep me from feeling guilty, even though he said he just wanted it to go to a good home.  If I don't like it I'll sell it and send him the money.  Stay tuned.
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Re: My lucky day!
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2017, 05:14:26 PM »
I need better friends ;) 

Sounds great Tom, enjoy it. 
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Re: My lucky day!
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2017, 09:55:34 PM »
Definitely one sweet machine!
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