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Bought an old ex race 99 from a fellow in Ireland - sound motor with flowed head and running a dynojet + full race system. Looked like a sad old bus shelter from a bygone era, but for the price of a bag of coal I was in project heaven :))

Here it is at the Larne ferry terminal on route to Scotland:

 

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So once I got the bike home I set about stripping off the gubbins to see what was going on underneath - to my delight there was a decent Akrapovic full exhaust system under all of the wrap..no holes and no welds, just a slightly damaged can. The subframe on the first gen Yam's have always annoyed me considerably (why the buggery is it welded into place?!) so out came the grinder and off popped the crap! I had a 2nd gen R6 seat unit knocking about the garage so I proceeded to get the carpet tape out and stuck it on there to see what the overall aesthetic would be like to the beady eye - also cropped n sculpted the skirt of the fairing into a 3/4 job:

 

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The R6 seat unit thang has been done to deaded in my opinion, so I scouted online for something a little different, although it had to be in the same family of Yamaha. Bingo! Came across an R1M unit and call me crazy...but I just had to purchase one so that I could pull off the fancy side flashing aero garb! I reckoned it would take me close to the RC8 unit, which it did, but then I had to whittle away the underside of it to lose a few excess moments. It worked out particularly user friendly, in comparison to the 6 unit it looks like a thoroughbred. Nice one! :)

As well as trimming a percentage from the underside I cropped it a bit shorter at the front and fashioned it to hug the tank..

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Carpet taped the bugger to the bike and it all started to make sense...

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Now the Arty Farty bit! Cut out a couple of side plate templates in 6mm mdf to make like a faux gp-style subframe/battery cage. I wanted it to look as factory as poss so it had to slot into the existing mainframe uprights and also follow the lines of the seat unit - four small triangular billet plates will be welded onto the stems for a clean look:

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Sourced a lovely little SC-Performance can and link pipe online, unused and cheap...trouble was the can was jammed so tightly into the link it took me 30mins to hammer the bugger free!

A bit of mucking around is needed to get the overall aesthetic on point..(do I sling it underneath or have it 3/4 length and kicking up?)

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In the meantime the old rad is whipped off and replaced with a 'works style' all alloy unit from Poland - the usual clusterfuckery of brackets being on the piss and the fan thermostat hole missing. Fortunately I know a good alloy welder and the entire train crash was properly rectified...
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I'm digging the flow of this pipe mockup - was too worried that a short underslung would mess around with the fuelling...

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Got a bit carried away with the grinder and the 3/4 fairing suddenly found itself coming across all bikini-like! Got the skirt aligning with the underside of the seat unit so I reckon it works..

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Pipe all welded up and looking neat - apart from the fixings at the headers the pipe will be held together and supported by a total of 16 springs...

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looking good, can is better there than underslung, I was digging the 3/4 fairing it was pretty kool
Nice one, Yan! I agree with you on the fairing front, but I wanted to see my new shiny radiator, lol!
...something kinda love/hate quirky about it now, I'll see how it looks with a decent paint scheme and then decide..

I like this combination a lot, the French always do great schemes!
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Not normally much of a 3/4 guy, and def not a bikini guy but you nailed the lines on both concepts and made me like 'em. Killing it with that tail choice, too.
 

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Not normally much of a 3/4 guy, and def not a bikini guy but you nailed the lines on both concepts and made me like 'em. Killing it with that tail choice, too.
Kind words - muchas gracias mi amigo!

It's a happier engine with the plastic cloak removed!

I refashioned the new gen R1M tail unit - it's a proper slender moment viewed from the back which makes everything else really pop fatness!

Picking up the subframe side plates next week - watch this space :)
 
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