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I've just bought a YB5.....

 
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rpo83



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: I've just bought a YB5..... Reply with quote

I've just bought a YB5 and i know nothing about these!!! Well, other than it has the world's best looking frame, and an FJ1200 motor.

It has less than 9,200 original kilometeres and has Akront rims!

YB5 Day 1 by Motorbike Owner, on Flickr
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brian



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks in great original condition Steve. Number plate is a winner too
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It makes kids run for cover !!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Brian,

there are a few things that need sorting, i haven't had a good look at it yet, tomorrow i'll go clean it and have a good look, there is slight pitting on some of the surfaces, mainly front indicators, top yoke and mufflers, the old owner lived a couple of hundred meters from the beach.

It has the most woeful steering lock and the throttle cables catch on the ignition barrel, so i need to figure out why.

I have got to research the rims and find out if the Akront rims were factory. They look really nice.

I started it up for a few minutes, it runs smoothly but is running very rich, lots of black smoke, it might just be carbon build up in the mufflers, i might have to clean them out Smile

I don't know what to do with the plates, i can't use them in Vic, so i need to see if i can sell them or not.
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rpo83



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Chicken,

It's good to be back, yup the kids ran for cover... Smile
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welshlamb



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Condition looks even better in yr photo than the original ad!
Akront bolt up wheels were defo original factory fit.
The fastest YB5 on the planet is the Aus YB5 racer (see earlier thread here) but even in standard trim like yrs it looks the business.

If it was mine I'd be investing in some later twin pot Brembos and upgrading the suspension (Maxton suspension here in the UK told me that the QA on M1R forks from the factory was about the worst of any set up that they get through their doors)

But that's just me knitpicking as I'm so JEALOUS Laughing

Enjoy!
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DB1 860



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:24 am    Post subject: Bimota YB5 Reply with quote

Hi Steve
I was after the bike as well, but your deposit went down before mine
I hope you enjoy it, if you don't let me know

Gerald
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rpo83



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gerald,

Peter told me there was someone from Sydney and Perth who were interested, that is why i committed so quickly, it really was a spur of the moment decision as i've always wanted a steel framed Bimota, this one ticks all the boxes.

I hope to be taking both the YB5 and SB6 to the Barry Sheene Classic at Eastern Creek in March, hopefully we can catch up.

I've also started a Bimota YB5 FB page to document my journey with this bike, so feel free to follow and contribute, i need all the help i can get as there are so few of these around!

https://www.facebook.com/BimotaYB5/
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had my first shake down ride today, a flat battery caused a small delay, the bike rides great, it coughs and farts until about 4,000rpm, then carburetes cleanly. The steering lock is the worst on any bike i've ever ridden, the fuel lines don't have clamps, the throttle cable gets caught on the ignition barrel and the front brake hoses rub on the fork legs...

So just a few things to sort out, when removing the bodywork to get to the battery, i found this..... Very Happy....

Ohlins Rear Damper by Motorbike Owner, on Flickr
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DB1 860



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lech has asked if I can show my Bimota, I'll see you there
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rpo83 wrote:


I don't know what to do with the plates, i can't use them in Vic, so i need to see if i can sell them or not.


I couldn't bear to part with that plate Steve, hang it on your wall. Otherwise, let me know and I'll buy it off you Wink
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