Thanks 350 guy.. For now I'm going with these. they came in a box of parts. Look home made but i think i can tidy them up. Not sure if I will use that motor now. I have a few others to choose from. Might build another one more race orientated .
ok, an update however so small. Found a tin of primer and some bog. So i glued the clear headlight lens into place, bit a bog and primer. i think it came up great. gunna have a crack at painting it myself down the track. cheers boys.
To me these are right up there with the best race replicas of all time , if not THE best , but then I’m biased. Back in the day when the 400 was all the rage, I could so easily have gone in that direction but wanted an RD with that magic number. I think it was watching them do the business at Brands Hatch against big 4 strokes in the early seventies. Love seeing bikes like this in parades if not racing.
I think the long tanks are better for or if you need to stretch out a bit. I did mean the rd350 when production raced but I think whatever the class the 350 yams are great, TR3 being one, and as it’s air cooled is not a million miles away from the reed-valved RD. A mate did a race on a butterfly blue rd250 against TZs at brands on the Indy circuit, leading off the line and for a lap or so, was televised as well. Might have been one of his first races as he was still wearing a novice jacket, I remember the commentator saying so and so is in the lead but I don’t think he’s going to be there for very long, he did finish 6th though. And I think he was on Avon speed masters of all things.
Sorry all to witter on just a bit more about this but it was good to see the production racers that didn’t have aftermarket fairings on as you could see exactly what they were. Modern super bikes can be all colours and they don’t stand out for being a kaw or yam or bmw. In the 70s it was obvious if was Barry ditchburn or Dave potter in green or yellow. Going back to the 350s and in this case TZ, a rider local to me held the outright 350 ( international, not club ) lap record at brands for a while . Last I knew he was still doing something like classic Spa on one and must be well into his 70s.