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“I’m delighted to finally be able to send you a picture of my 1981 RD350LC,” writes Bob Daniels of Notts. “I have been the owner of the bike since 1999 and this is my second attempt at restoring it. When I purchased the bike it was in a sorry state and was fitted with a 4L1 engine, which ran like a dog.
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“I got the remains of the original engine with it, and rebuilt that one with all new bearings, TZ rods, YPVS pistons and a fettling of the ports. I stripped the bike down to the bare frame, which was then shotblasted and powder coated. All the aluminium was sent to Calledines Polishers in Bilsthorpe, who did a fantastic job. Finally, when I had saved enough cash, came a brand-new set of Gibson Allspeed pipes, which look and sound superb. I have built this bike to ride, not to show, and it’s fantastic to ride.”Enjoy more Classic Motorcycle Mechanics reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.