Nelson and Bruce317 were nice enough to help Ashwin's family make heads and tails out of his bikes. One of them was the bike we talked a lot about, his RD 350. Two stroke engines have always interested me. I bought the DS-7 from Sqrly last year, and had a chance to learn quite a bit from it. When I parted the bike out, I shipped Ashwin a box of parts he needed for the RD 350.
It was decided after Ashwins passing that I recieve the bike to rebuild. Naturally it will be an emotional build, but this bike is to celebrate his time with us. Nothing better than a rip snorting 2smoke to help remember your buddy by. Bruce was kind enough to bring the bike over, and all the boxes it came in. Ashwin and I talked about the ultimate cafe racer. A bike ready for street and track. I plan on making it a bike with minimal parts. Im not sure about the headlight, or taillight yet. Im guessing I will make a lcd taillight for it. Headlight and taillight will have quick disconnects for easy preperation for track days. Wheels are up in the air, Ashwin has spokes on the bike and mags in a box. I'd like to put sumo wheels on it to make it a standard 17" wheel. Have to see if the buget will allow for them.
I have been talking with the origional owner that gave Ashwin the bike. So far I have not found the title. The origional owner had one, so if it cannot be found I will ask him to do a lost title search for it. This bike will be for all of us to enjoy. It will be at bike nights, rides, and other social gatherings for anyone to ride. When I go to track days with the SV the RD 350 will also be on the trailer. Rip a 2smoke around a track with modern day suspention and brakes. It sounds like a hoot. Bring your own spark plugs. Haha.
The engine is the big question mark. It used to spin, but now is locked up. I have been soaking the engine in oil for a few days, and it is freeing up a bit. I am also missing quite a few parts off of it, so I am searching for a donor engine for parts. Parts are still readily avaliable for this engine, so I should be fine.
Naturally I will not be able to do this build on my own. Gus and Team Resurrection have offered their help. Honestly, I would not have taken on a build like this without knowing that I have their support. Bruce offered to make rearsets for it, and I would be proud to have his parts on the bike. I will need others help, I'm not shy about asking. Also others may want to help with the build, and I will be happy to share the build with anyone who cares. I will manage the project and timeline. I plan on having the bike ready to ride by March of next year. One thing I would like to have is a website for others to click to and check the progress of the build. Much like HDTony made for his Ducati build. If someone would like to do that and maintain it, please let me know.
And without further adieu, I bring you Project 788. Ashwin's '73 Yamaha RD 350. Ashwin, you are gone for now, but never forgotten.