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Offline tliggin

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1972 Yamaha R5
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:54:12 pm »
1972 Yamaha R5

Parked in my Dad's garage probably 20 years.  Previous owner was his best friend from High School.  They went to Vietnam together.  I don't know if I can afford to restore it, but I'd like to at least get it to crank.  Kick starter moves easy, clutch cable moves easy.  Tranny seams ok.  Well the wife thinks it'll sell in 2 weeks.. I'm thinking winter project.  ;)

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2014, 05:03:31 am »
Good for you!  That "daring young man's flying machine" deserves to be put back on the road!



Neat bike and a real giant killer in its day.  Many are the big H-D and Britbike owners who were humbled by Yamaha's 350 twins.  The R5 grew into the RD series and to this day I think the two most fun letters in motorcycling are "RD".

Here's a website with all sorts of good info on the R5.  There's a problem with the site trying to redirect but the return button takes you right back and the links to the information work.  You can get PDF's of the owner's manual, factory shop manual and Clymer's shop manual here as well as useful stuff like parts and wiring diagrams.

http://www.lawrenceotoole.com/r5/archive/2004_04_01_r5archive.htm


Here's the link to the Yamaha factory shop manual: http://lawrenceotoole.com/r5/YamRD250350Man.pdf

Looks like a straightforward restoration since its all there.  You might think about joining the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle club (VJMC) as the club magazine is full of resources such as ads for paint shops specializing in replicating the original paint jobs.

https://www.vjmc.org/
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2014, 06:42:07 am »
how very cool.  hope you get to do the restoration.  start a thread and post pics if you can

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2014, 06:59:45 pm »
That is a sweet piece of machinery !! Good luck on the the resto, however, if you decide to sell it, PLEASE let me know, i would give it a great home ....
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 07:15:32 pm »
 :21 Nice score.I remember a buddy having a RD200.You will like it if you fix it.
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2014, 08:54:21 pm »
 Id clean thr carbs, put some fresh oil in it fresh gas and ride it around the neighborhood before i did much else.


I bet it'll run without much.
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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 09:13:23 pm »
If you do decide to get rid of it, please let me know, that would be a great homeschool technology class project.

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 08:53:37 am »
Looks pristine. Great find. Did the owner make it back from Viet Nam?
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Re: Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2014, 12:49:28 am »
Sarge, he did make it back.  But alcohol, ulcers, pancreatitus took him at 51.

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Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2014, 09:35:05 am »
The booze almost got me. I have 30 years sober in AA now.
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Re: Re: 1972 Yamaha R5
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2014, 11:26:28 pm »
Glad to hear it, Sarge.

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