There’s been quite a lag in posts here at WB, but we’ve been tied up with some things. Last week end I dragged my buddy Alberto to Sacramento in the (extremely cool) van for a swap meet. He needed some small Honda bits, and I have plenty of other bikes to focus on, so I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to get any more projects. This is supposed to be the biggest motorcycle swap meet in Northern California, though apparently, it’s an early bird thing; we rolled in right at 11am and there were maybe 5 vendors left with some sad little piles of Harley parts. Walking up through the gates, we were greeted by some dipshit with his fat wife who said, “Does that van come with a rape kit?”. Alberto deftly said, “Let’s ask your sister” and it was funny. (He didn’t really, but afterwards, we agreed that it would have been a good comeback.)
We thought it was a bust, but then I saw a trailer with some piles of bike parts and a hopeful little twinkle of chrome peeking through. They were literally getting in the truck to drive away when he saw me looking at what I thought was a Honda Dream and he said, “a hundred bucks…”. I checked the compression and rolled it into the gears, seemed okay. I offered him $80 and a had him help me roll it into the van. So much for no more projects… at least it came with the title. It wasn’t til we got to Stockton that I realized it was a 2-stroke! After a bit of searching for the serial number, I am the new owner of a 1967 Yamaha YDS-5. The good news is, it’s nearly 100% there, which is good, because parts are kinda expensive and hard to find.
That’s a sexy speedo.
After a few days of futzing with ignition, condensers and carbs, I got spark and eventually started it up. It sounds awesome: like a damn dragon. I putted around the parking lot and it’s like slick shit. It soooo wants to get back to running condition. The more I work on this one, the more I look forward to riding it. I made a quick sketch in Photoshop from a stock image of a similar bike. More updates to come.
YDS-5 Mockup – but will probably use a darker blue.
Here’s a quick update on this little soldier. Complete rewire, new everything, powdercoated black with a tank from an XS650 Special. More to come.
Here’s a guy we found on Craigslist for cheap cheap. It had the stock faux-ape hangers and was super cute. Put in a new battery, coils air filter and cleaned the carbs, and he was good to go. Would have loved to chop it up and put a new seat on there, the 300 is pretty fun to ride around town. Had to make room for some must-haves that might come up, so I sold it to a guy who wanted a good rider that he could customize. I probably haven’t seen the last of this cutie.
Kidnapped Matt and jumped in the truck today to chase down a Honda CB750 waaaaay out of town. The ad was for a 1979, which is the first year of the Dual Overhead Cam – not terrible, but not as desirable/easy to work on as the single. However, in the picture, it looked like an earlier single. I decided to see anyway, they were asking $400 so I didn’t want to miss out.
Ye of little faith.
Sure enough, when we finally got out there, it was a 78 registered as a 79. Kapow. AND, it had a clean title, on non-op registration. Double Kapow. It only had one completely flat tire, so if we could dig it out of the dirt and lure the wasps away, we’d only have to halfway break our backs getting it into the truck. It is a big ‘ol heavy pig. Headed back to San Francisco and went straight through the car wash. Will post an update ASAP.
Blaine making some vroom vroom sounds.
It happened. I kinda had a hankerin for an old cab-over van and after way too much deliberation, a 1965 Handi-Van came up on Craigslist. On the way back from picking up the CB750, I called Blaine to come check it out with me. It was rough, but turned over and seemed to have good compression. So I took the boys for some pizza – after a little pep talk, I called the owner back and he was down to let me come back to pick it up later. Woot.
After some new plugs, cleaning the carb and repairing some little tricky bits, it turned over and fired up. Literally – at one point, we cranked it without the carb on and Blaine got kissed with a giant fireball. No biggie, we had a guy on firewatch.
After the mechanical was the only real body issue – that giant patch on the driver side where the PO had put in an air conditioner. I gave it a good kick and welded up a patch; after some bondo work, it looks pretty straight, and should fill in nicely.
Painting is on hold, we had an emergency Craigslist find and had to go pick up a 1983 BMW R100. Priorities must be in order. He’s a trooper, we’ve been to out to Stockton and Sacramento a couple of times (perhaps optimistically-confident in the radiator), and he’ll have to wait until there’s a long weekend to get a new paint job. Sanding sucks.
As for painting scheme, I’m thinking about colors something like this:
Blue & Yellow, FTW.
We finished our inaugural custom build this week – a 1981 CT110. We’ve been calling her ‘The Blonde’.
WBxCT – 1981 Honda CT110
The original had a seized top end, nasty paint, spiderwebs, no seat, all gnarl. We powdercoated the frame and rims, new rubber, seat grips… just about everything was refinished or replaced, topped off with handlebars from a BMW R90. I chopped the ass off the frame, which let me tuck the light and blinkers under the cargo rack. The stock exhaust was great for trailin’, but I had to put a little scooped pipe under the rebuilt engine. That bobbed front fender seemed the right way to go, too.
I’m pretty stoked on how it turned out – might have to break it in a little bit before the buyer picks it up…
Here are some BEFORE pics.
1971 Suzuki TC 120
Restoration / Tracker candidate.
The Misses and I drove across country for Christmas, and on the way back I made her stop to look at motorcycles. She’s a good sport, so we came back with a cool little Suzuki TC120.
Gonna get to work on it after our little honeymoon jaunt later this month.