Doesn’t take much to get the memory banks into gear – this time it was brought on by my current Arai coming back from a service as mentioned in the previous post —
Nuthin else would do other than to search through my galleries for a couple of pics showing my Arai Rapide from thirty years ago —
Here we are – the meat in the sandwich on the ex-Jim Moodie Honda VFR 400 NC30 – racing No 391 – coming out of the hairpin onto the main straight at Knockhill —
Same helmet – same circuit – different bike – down Duffus Dip on the short approach to McIntyre’s with my self-built Yamaha TDM 860 —
I loved that bike – built from my standard road going TDM – Howard Cross sorted the motor with some cunning lathe work and I did the rest.
Fitted a set of lightweight Marchesini wheels which had been destined for a pure Honda 250 two-stroke race bike. Chopped the standard fuel tank down so that my spare Yamaha FZR600 fibre glass tank cover would fit. Chopped off most of the rear subframe and fitted a fibreglass single seat unit from the same FZR600 source. Stuck in a Yamaha 1000 Exup fuel pump to.make sure she was delivering enough go-juice to the modified carb. Fitted a home-brewed exhaust system that frightened the Marshall’s at Donnington Park Race Circuit. Messed about with alternative sprockets – chain size – forced air induction and suchlike then finally fitted a natty little spare half fairing from one of my Honda VFR400 NC30’s and Ali at Bike Paints did the pink and purple paint shceme —
Sounds like a lot of work but it was all done and dusted over two weeks 👍🤠