Check out Bob Davis on his 1972 Yamaha YD57 ‘Cafe Racer’. Want to see your pride and joy in our magazine, on our website and on our social media pages? Then fill in the form here>>
Bob Davis says: “I’ve always been a regular reader of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics and I have been an enthusiastic rider since the 1960s. I have had a varied selection of bikes including BSAs, Triumphs, Nortons, Velocettes and now Yamahas. The first photo is of me back in the 60s on my 1939 Velocette KSS 350cc. complete with Ace bars. A friend of mine had it for sale at £10 and I managed to knock him down to £8.50!”
“I had the inlet bored out to take an Amal GP carburettor, large inlet valve and a MK 8 KTT cam. For a 350 it went like the clappers and my pal on his 500 Dominator had a hard time keeping up! I later fitted the engine into a Featherbed frame, along with a Manx tank/seat, alloy rims and clip-ons for the ‘Café Racer’ look, as you did back then. Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of it. It was a real head turner back then.
“I had a few Yamahas in the 80s and then stopped riding. When I retired in 2013 I decided to get back involved with motorcycles and now restoring vintage Japanese two-strokes with my son-in-law. The picture is of me on the 1972 Yamaha YDS7 ‘Café Racer’ we built up last year from a pile of bits. We are now restoring a 1979 Yamaha RD250F.”
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