This is 'the' bike that was the inspiration for my rebuild as well...mostly the paint job and the bellypan i can only comment that it is a fantastic detailing job although some of the bike add-ons are questionable mine is sticking with Yamaha upgrades only, from around the period the bike was made still in production after nearly 8 years...hope to get it assembled this year!!
The pipes are a bit naff, they cause the belly pan to be a poor fit and the welding is like pigeon shit. Otherwise it's a very shiney bike and I like it.
Have to agree here - overall bike let down by v poor pipe welds - looks like a MIG effort when they should have been TIG'd - reckon I could do better and I'm a total newb on TIG.
I've some Martin Johnson "kit" exhausts to fit to my Fahron Tuned RD375LC in a month or so - as well as some petrol tanks, so we'll see eh?
Otherwise very nice bike.
totally agree , the pipes in general and how the belly pan fits badly lets it down ,no way in my books the best looking lc ,nice none the less bet it carburates badly too if you look at the massive step where the belly meets the baffle cone
It is lovely but IMO would be even lovelier with a shorter swingarm I still think that the RGV arm looks too long in an LC frame and messes up the looks.
I always think rgv arms look too long as well. Glad its just not me!
RGV swingers ARE much longer than std LC swingers !
That's why I went for a CBR400 NC29 "Banana" Swingers are very close to original LC dimensions - only about and inch and a half longer - the RGV swingers are a fair bit longer and alters the bikes quick turn in (apparently - I haven't ridden one so couldn't confirm or deny).
NC23 non-banana swingers also do a top job.
NKRacing do a full conversion to both swingers - with welded adjustable ride-height shock bracket and all the required machining on swingarm pivot thingy (sorry -not awake yet) for correct central alignment - for about £250.
As for purchase costs vs RGV stuff - I bought (last month) a complete CBR400 NC29 "V-Banana" swing-arm/Rear wheel with sprocket, spindle, adjusters, carrier & rubbers/Rear caliper with bracket and brake pedal etc/front wheel with disks & spindle etc, as well as the hugger and chain guard - all for just £125 - ahem, yep that's £125 for ALL of it.
Try and find someone breaking a whole bike, and make an offer for all of the above in one go - works out a LOT cheaper - figure on £65-120 for the swinger on it's own from a breaker.
Now watch'em CBR spares prices SOAR - lol.
Check out my threads for the one about the CBR rear end conversions - got lots piccies of bikes with them on - TASTY!
The other side of fitting a longer swingarm is the fact you have a more stable bike They need jacking up a bit at the back but a longer swinger won't turn the bike into a barge LOL
Prices are mad for RGV stuff but it's supply and demand,it's the way of the world
Yep - motorway riders'll appreciate it - but if you live on small island like me , where it's all start, point, accelerate hard, brake hard, repeat - the tight-turn characteristics are preferable - but hey ho they're both a better bet than the spaghetti-strength standard swingarm and forks eh ?
True, it's a great looking bike. And it's also the inspiration for my paint job, although mines not yella.. It has some nice touches to, engineering has evolved since this was built and there are some fantastic bikes out there these days..
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Post by biffabacon67 on Jan 20, 2014 16:39:59 GMT 1
Is it only me, but does anyone else think the RGV swing arm moves the back wheel too far back and makes the arse end look out of proportion. I know its a popular mod but not for me i'm afraid. Other than that, a lovely looking bike!!
If your not gonna thrash it leave it in the garage !! Toys include, 99 Honda Blackbird 03 Honda CBR600F 1980 Yamaha RD400F 81 250lc (in process of being restored, very slowly !!) 1980 Honda XL500S (finished!!) 1980 Yamaha RD250f (most recent purchase, light restoration)
Take away the bulk of what's around the duck tail and it looks too... bare.
The big floppy ear indicators have been replaced with thumb nails, the mud guard isn't there as well as the number plate, the tail light has been recessed. The light colour of the wheel visually "separates" it from the duck tail, helped by the black tire and too top it off the seat is black, further isolating the sparse duck tail.
The seat also angles up so looking down the line of the tank, along the seat makes the duck tail look like it was sorta "sat on top", see the pic without the seat to appreciate this.
This isn't a criticism really but if the cans were on either side, a lighter colour and put in between the duck tail and wheel the whole ass end, looking from both sides, would work better, IMHO.
Stankflapper did demonstrate the effectiveness of doing it on his FZR/RD350 Hybrid, as found on 2strokesdownunder and RZRD500.com