Archive | October, 2009

The gift of time

Hi everyone!

As always when there’s a lot of things to do, time just never seems to be enough. However there is always a point when things start to ease up and you find yourself with more time on your hands than you expect, now if that”s because you have less to do or if you’re just better at getting things done compared to before varies.

The point is that after two weeks of little activity it’s time to get moving once more! Ironically we hit a new weekly record in the number of visitors to the site week 42. On average we have more than 150 unique visitors each day with a lot of you visiting more than just once, a number that seemed like a distant dream not long ago.

Now on to the real news! We’ve put the AS2J ‘Drive’ back together again and taken it out for a test drive, it runs like a dream. You can see the finished result on the project page along with the same video of the test drive as below. Annoyingly the battery in the camera died about the same time as it started raining so the video ends a bit abruptly.

One of the first people we got in contact with when we started restoring the 125s a few years back was a man named Jan from Norway, he was a big help for us. He’s recently uploaded a couple of videos of his AS3 up and running on Youtube, you should check them out too!


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Well, this bike was every bit as good as we could have imagined when we got it! We took it apart and put it back together again with a quick change of cylinders and pistons, a piston ring had broken inside the right cylinder and scraped it. Fortunately it’s nothing worse than what can be fixed with a re-bore so in the end we’ll end up with a spare set of .50 oversized cylinders. Something quite amazing is that it still has the same tires that was put on it in the factory, what probably happened was that the piston ring broke and instead of fixing it they simply put the bike in storage and forgot about it, bad luck for them, great for us.

Anyhow, we put the bike back together and decided to take it out for a test drive! The great thing is that it looks almost like new, it hasn’t got the same perfection in details as the complete restorations but it will still do well at shows and we can drive it around a bit without fear of wear.

We’ll take it out on a longer trip sometime when the weather is right, at the moment all the days are gray and rainy so it stays inside for now.

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Special delivery


It has been a few intense weeks here at Yamaparts, both with the motorcycles and in the rest of my life. We’ve just had four (4!) new bikes delivered! Two AS3 and two AS1. And three of them are in surprisingly good condition, fit for restoration. One of the AS3s though was a bit worse but it can still be used for parts, it’s the one on the bench with the crazy handlebar! But still, overall they are nice, the paint is not terribly faded which is a good sign though you can never know for sure until you open them up!

Unfortunately I have a bit of bad news: due to a bit of a scheduling issue my time is severely limited the coming two weeks so the updates will be a bit further apart and I won’t be able to answer all the questions we get as quickly as before but don’t fear, I will answer them!

And before that: the second red AS2C project is complete! We have a full gallery up as well, you can find it here. The nice thing about this AS2C is the fact that all the painted parts apart from the frame and swing arm, the front and rear fender and the seat are all brand new original parts! Finding the parts are getting harder and harder but we managed to pull this one together!


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