Chris dropped by to see us on his Panigale. As a piece of automotive engineering it's an incredible thing - the details, the performance, staggering. However, Chris also has a thing for classics. He still owns an RD400 he's had since the seventies, and this is the bike he came to us to talk about resurrecting.
An iconic bike the 400, air-cooled, stroker mentalness. We love em. The first picture is Chris aboard this very bike sometime in the 70s, sporting self-painted KR lid and matching leathers. The bike had been apart and in boxes for a while, but we were asked to give it a new lease of life, plus a few deserving upgrades. The frame was shortened and powdercoated, the engine overhauled with 'nos' TZR carbs, a smaller, lighter set of RD250 wheels sourced and fitted, along with a longer, lighter ally swingarm, plus adjustable shocks and a front end donated from an R6. Clip-ons, handmade rearsets and a new leather seat completed the look. Oh, and the original clocks were retained, purely nostalgically.
Chris's bike is now a tiny, lightweight, heavenly-handling retro-rocket. So if you see a grey and black Yamaha howl passed you in a cloud of 2-stroke smoke, its probably Chris.
Chris also has a fab motorcycle blog which makes for a great read. Take a look...
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