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  • First resto: 74' Yamaha RD200

    Where do I start, I don't even know if it's a '74 yet. I posted in the 2 stroke area, and the newb's area and received a warm welcome, thanks all. It was recommended that I start a "project" thread.

    Story goes like this. Dad has this bike, it's been out the back under a tarp (in the weather) for 30 years, it's complete, but ceased up, and has some surface rust and corrosion, etc. It's basically a mess. Anyway, he said I could take it. Something for me to tinker with (since I gave up tinkering with cars years ago).

    When I know more about it, I'll post more, but I hope to restore this thing.

    I'll honestly say I don't know a hell of a lot about bikes, but I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty, I've built engines/gearboxes before. My daily ride is a two stroke Vespa, hehe

    I'm hoping to post progress, and learn a thing or two. Very keen to learn from others here, especially those who have owned, do own, or have rebuilt one of these (or something similar). Be prepared for a million questions!

    Planning to go pick it up next weekend, will get pics up at when I do! (maybe even some pics as-is, in the back yard, under the tarp? hahahaha *face palm*

    Cheers, James
    JamesM
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    Last edited by JamesM; 26-05-2011, 02:57 PM. Reason: topic title change
    on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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    welcome and good luck with the project James. i've got an RD400 project moving along very slowly on here. good to see another old smoker getting some love

    let's see some pics!

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    • #3
      Will grab pics this weekend when I go pick the bike up. as is (under the tarps), moving it, getting it home, etc. You'll flip out when you see how rooted it is. haha
      on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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      • #4
        Bugger - I should have brought that RD200 project over from Brisbane, after all. This guy has some parts netbikes Motorcycle Auctions Motorcycles Classifieds Motorcycle Sales Cafe Racer classic vintage motorcycles
        “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. - W Churchill”

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        • #5
          Thanks mate, I sent the guy a text to see what he has left, pitty he started wrecking it, it looked 90% complete. For reference, the bike I have is in similar condition, judging by the pictures. Will get some pics of mine up this weekend, or sooner. Of course, once I have it in my garage and I'm pulling it down, the epic questions and updates will begin!
          on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SPman View Post
            Bugger - I should have brought that RD200 project over from Brisbane, after all. This guy has some parts netbikes Motorcycle Auctions Motorcycles Classifieds Motorcycle Sales Cafe Racer classic vintage motorcycles
            I "txt" the guy, asking what he had left of the wreck, only has what is listed at this link, not too much that interests me, except maybe the muddy and the complete rear wheel. I'll take another look at the project before starting my parts search I think!
            on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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            • #7
              well here it is guys, pics as promised.

              I think I'm in a little over my head here?
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              • #8
                Hahaha, great condition!

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                • #9
                  Hehehehe.

                  That is an RD200, but not the one I am restoring

                  This is the bike dad crashed. Turns out it's a 77'. Dad still has the 'coffin' tank and front muddy too

                  Pics of actual project will be up tonight!
                  on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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                  • #10
                    some pics, just before pulling it out, and after a quick cleanup. Compliance plate says it's a 1975, but the aircooledrd forum says the shape makes it a 73/74 (RD200A). The frame and engine num's match. Biggest problems that I can see from a visual inspection are the badly rusted forks, and the silencers.

                    Only thing missing (from what I can tell) on the entire bike, is the kick start lever.

                    Found the key for the bike too, but it doesn't do anything in the ignition, the numbers do match. No key for the tank, and the tank is locked

                    Dad and I emptied two cans of WD40 on to it, and eventually managed to free up the chain. Easily selected neutral, and was able to turn the rear wheel. Front wheel is still seized up, will give it another few day's of WD-soaking before I move it.

                    The bloke that owned it before dad has re-painted it red, and painted various other things at the same time (engine, levers, mirrors, etc), in a way, it's preserved the bike well! I'll get more photo's up on my site

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                    • #11
                      better than the one in the first pic! it doesn't look so bad. seems like most of the important stuff is still in good shape. you can get your hands on new fork stanchions and pipes shouldn't be a major issue. are you looking to restore it to (close to) original condition?

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                      • #12
                        From what I've read, pipes are the hardest to acquire. when I get these ones off I'll take em to a pro to see if they can be restored and re-chromed. I plan to restore it to original condition (factory) if possible! I've put a heap more pics up on my site Yamaha RD200 | a full restoration of my fathers RD200
                        on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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                        • #13
                          wow, what a week. I've been at home most of the week with a nasty stomach bug, only just got to have another look at the bike today..

                          I’ve started the tear down, removed the silencers, headers, seat, fuel tank, oil tank, battery box, chain guard, chain, clutch lever, and the clutch-lever side engine cover (disaster, see pic).

                          Check out the photo’s. It’s too hard to tell if the silencers are recoverable from the rust, a pro will need to take a look. The battery box is fairly well rusted and needs repair or replacing, the air filter housings are also quite rusted. The engine-side sprocket is missing teeth and wrecked.

                          It looks like water and god knows what else has been in one cylinder judging from the mess inside the exhaust port. It’s like the headers were slightly loose, not properly mated to the engine, therefore the gap has let the weather inside.

                          I am wondering if the engine covers are supposed to be sealed at all with some kind of sealer, around the magneto/gen area. As you can see from the pics, water has gotten in and had a field day with basically everything, it’s a total mess. Best way to clean this? Advice is welcome!

                          go to my site, for the bigger versions:



                          JamesM
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                          Last edited by JamesM; 26-05-2011, 04:33 PM.
                          on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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                          • #14
                            damn! i thought mine had seen some time in the rain but yours wins hands down. i think you'd do well to get yourself a new ignition set up but you might be able to salvage that with a lot of careful and determined work on the original

                            looks like that cog is toast too. no doubt the chain is well and truly gone so i guess you can put those on your list of part to buy. don't let the dirt put you off though. keep going, it'll only get better!

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                            • #15
                              I would say a bunch of components will be damaged beyond function in there. "a new ignition setup" easier said than done... from where exactly? hehehe
                              on a journey to restore an old 75' Yamaha RD200 http://rd200.com/

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