Barn Find! 81 YZ465

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newmann

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11/14/2008 10:49 AM

81 YZ465 been in storage since it was flipped shortly after birth. Too bad it is extremely humid here or this one would be damn near perfect. Maybe has a few hours ride time on it total. Original tires, even has the kickstand!! Levers are missing, chain is rusty, came with the enduro pouch on the crossbar. Cost me about as much as a top end rebuild costs all those fools with modern 4 bangers. Pictures suck, but the bike is pretty sweet.

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11/14/2008 10:59 AM

Damn, Joe! That is unreal! Way to go.

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11/14/2008 5:00 PM

I can hear it pinging from here! Kidding, definate score, congrats!

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11/14/2008 6:23 PM

I had one of those, *chuckle*...Unbelievable wheelie machine...

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11/15/2008 6:33 AM

Wanna trade an old XR75 for that beast?

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11/15/2008 5:20 PM

Way to go Joe! Damn I'm jealous
How did you find it?

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11/15/2008 7:46 PM

No kiddin'......how did ya get a line on it?

Sweet. Congratualations.

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1/19/2009 4:42 PM
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Hey newmann nice bike! I just wanted to share my bike with you. Mines pretty much the same. I got this bike from the original owner came with the title dated from october of 1980. As you can tell it has low hours. Still has orginal tires and tank stickers.

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1/19/2009 6:12 PM

k1500...

Bike looks as if it rolled off the showroom floor today. Nice find.

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1/20/2009 8:40 AM

Roll up to the 450 class and pull the holeshot.

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1/20/2009 2:45 PM

Put it in your living room

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k1500guy wrote:

Hey newmann nice bike! I just wanted to share my bike with you. Mines pretty much the same. I got this bike from the original owner came with the title dated from october of 1980. As you can tell it has low hours. Still has orginal tires and tank stickers.

What are the chances two barely used 81 YZ465's turn up in damn near the same month?? Keep in mind that the perfect condition side panels are worth a small fortune these days. I'm going to pull all the stock plastic (tank included) and replace it with new stuff from the XYZ guys since I'm going to ride mine. Keeping my eyes out for a nice set of spare wheels too, don't want to tear up the originals too bad. People are starting to pay goofy money for some of this later model vintage /evolution stuff.

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1/21/2009 11:48 AM

Joe - I know a guy that has a set of used White Euro plastic off a YZ465 he just got.....Tank, side panels and fenders.......with some elbow grease, they could be made pretty decent for a racer. Let me know if you want his number. Mike

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1/21/2009 12:36 PM

Hey thanks for the complements. Guessing you must have found the pics on my profile. Sorry I couldn't get them to show up in the message. I don't really plan to ride this bike. I have one other 465 that I race and ride a little. Just a real neat piece of history to show off.

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1/27/2009 3:09 PM
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Hi, I just found this forum. Post # 1. I have two 1980 YZ465's, but they're far from pristine like these. However, I did just find a '78 YZ400E in original, "Barn Fresh" condition on Craigslist for $600!
I'll post some pictures ASAP. These old bikes are great fun, but I'll warn you, they are addictive.

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1/31/2009 12:53 PM

Ahh the good o'l days.
That was a pretty easy bike to ride, not quite as nimble as the Maico, but I had fun on it.

I like knobby tires

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3/2/2009 2:19 PM

That is an extraordinary find!

Wednesday I am picking up a completely restored 82 IT425 (same monoshock as the 81 YZ465). It has the original blue plastic with it, currently has the white euro look plastic on it.

Any tips on a good source for yellow YZ plastic?

thanks!

Joe

ps- anyone have any info on the White Power shock valving and the fork damper kits? Thanks!

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3/2/2009 2:54 PM
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A little Freudian slip there .......Josef "Stalag 14" Reitmann!? Ja!?

I think you actually meant "White Brothers" suspension info........ha ha

Might want to to try this guy below....he is a suspension guy on old Yamaha's and got my friends 1981 YZ465 working very nicely....

Place is called Michigan Engineering
Off-Road & Road Racing Motorsports
development specializing in race suspension systems & components for Vintage & Modern equipment. Established in 1977
Phone: 616-891-9075
Email: RaceShop@mei-inc.com

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3/2/2009 4:11 PM
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Isn't WP White Power? I'm pretty sure thats a company but I could be brainfarting. lol. http://www.wpsuspension.com/

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zer0signal wrote:

Isn't WP White Power? I'm pretty sure thats a company but I could be brainfarting. lol. http://www.wpsuspension.com/

AHHH, yes Grasshopper, WP is the now-PC name for what was once known as White Power suspension.....

However young Grasshopper, back in the day it were the "White Brothers", Dan and Tom, that were the Gurus of improving the Yamaha Mono-X suspension.......

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3/2/2009 5:12 PM

Nice website Zamo! The 81 RM 250, I think it was a late release was/is one of my all time favs.

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3/3/2009 7:16 AM

Awsome find! Wish I could come across that!

I have a 1980 465. Race and ride it regularly



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3/3/2009 7:40 AM

Joe Reitman wrote:

That is an extraordinary find!

Wednesday I am picking up a completely restored 82 IT425 (same monoshock as the 81 YZ465). It has the original blue plastic with it, currently has the white euro look plastic on it.

Any tips on a good source for yellow YZ plastic?

thanks!

Joe

ps- anyone have any info on the White Power shock valving and the fork damper kits? Thanks!

Contact Scott at www.x-tremevintageyz.com if you can get him or anyone there on the phone. Great stuff, hard to contact though. Don't give up. If you give up, then call Rick at www.vintageiron.com as he has the exact same product I believe. You can buy the tank, graphics, front and rear fenders and side panels(even works translucent ones) as a kit.

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3/3/2009 7:43 AM

Why the hell does it include extra shit on website addresses around here??? Guy B? Anyone??? Just drop the "if" and "as" from the above links if you copy and paste........aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh...

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“If I remember how this worked, you’d put a side on, and then you’d go and have something to eat, and then you’d put another side on.” … Mick Jagger

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3/4/2009 8:22 AM

AHRMA361 wrote:

A little Freudian slip there .......Josef "Stalag 14" Reitmann!? Ja!?

I think you actually meant "White Brothers" suspension info........ha ha

Might want to to try this guy below....he is a suspension guy on old Yamaha's and got my friends 1981 YZ465 working very nicely....

Place is called Michigan Engineering
Off-Road & Road Racing Motorsports
development specializing in race suspension systems & components for Vintage & Modern equipment. Established in 1977
Phone: 616-891-9075
Email: RaceShop@mei-inc.com

LOL- I think they are both reputable suspension shops...

I may have my local suspension guy in Woodstock GA give that shop a call

Thanks!

ps- picked up the bike Monday night. Spent the last 2 nights until almost 2 am up late attending to details! Working on it brought back memories of racing YZ125's in the early 80's!

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3/4/2009 8:33 AM

Contact Scott at www.x-tremevintageyz.com if you can get him or anyone there on the phone. Great stuff, hard to contact though. Don't give up. If you give up, then call Rick at www.vintageiron.com as he has the exact same product I believe. You can buy the tank, graphics, front and rear fenders and side panels(even works translucent ones) as a kit.

Thaks Newmann!

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3/4/2009 8:37 AM

Indy_Maico- that ebay bike is CLEAN! He will deliver to Atl for an extra $120, and that is 50 minutes from me...

NOt sure I need TWO 465's though...

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3/4/2009 9:07 AM

This kit looks great! : http://www.x-tremevintageyz.com/product.php?id=2

Not in the budget right now though....

I assume it is good quality and close match to original color?

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3/6/2009 8:05 PM

Joe Reitman wrote:

This kit looks great! : http://www.x-tremevintageyz.com/product.php?id=2

Not in the budget right now though....

I assume it is good quality and close match to original color?

My plastic on the bike above is all from Scott.

Good stuff. But last time I talked to him he had no front fenders

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