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Old 07-12-16, 01:18 AM   #1
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Time for the new project.

After completing my TZR250 build I started thinking about what to do next and set about selecting a bike. In all honesty I'd been looking out for one of these bikes for some time but the only ones that were around were a little over priced. Eventually though an unregistered one came up on eBay at a slightly more reasonable price and I decided to take a gamble on it.

The original plan was to restore it to standard but with a couple of modifications like the TZR as a NOS tail unit was included in the deal but the longer I looked at it the more I wanted to do something different this time. My inspiration came in the form of "The Unrideables".

Everyone knows that the best top level bike racing was the two stroke 500 Grand Prix era and as the bike is from the 80's then this is ideal. Looking around at the results of others who have taken on a project like this there are some great bikes out there, but they all have a flaw. You see most of the GP replicas are based on a 250cc frame with a 500cc engine in, and without taking away from what is accomplished they are all starting with the wrong base machine.

So I've decided to start with what was originally marketed as the road going version of the championship winning YZR500 with a plan to take what Yamaha gave me and make it more race, more prototype, more Grand Prix...

Thus may I present the 1989 Yamaha YSR50:



And yes renting a Transit to pick it up in might have been a little on the excessive side.
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Old 07-12-16, 07:12 AM   #2
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Old 07-12-16, 07:52 AM   #3
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LOL! You are slightly mad, I love it. I didn't even know these things existed. Do you even fit on it?
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Yay watching with interest from now on
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Old 07-12-16, 03:39 PM   #5
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Old 07-12-16, 04:01 PM   #6
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Oh yeah...
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Old 07-12-16, 10:43 PM   #7
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LOL! You are slightly mad, I love it.
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Do you even fit on it?
Yes, but I don't plan to do any touring on it.
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Old 07-12-16, 10:45 PM   #8
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I thought buying the bike was a bit of a gamble as it was unregistered. I don't believe that the YSR ever came officially to these shores and though I've nothing against imports (my NC23 was a grey) I'd never gone through the process myself.

To make matters worse the bike wasn't on the NOVA system which is a prerequisite to getting a number plate, the reason being the bike came here 10 years ago. It was imported, sold and nothing happened to it for about 8 years until it changed hands to the previous owner who intended to do something with it but 2 years later put it up on eBay and that's how it made it to me.

Thankfully I did have some paperwork including the CE389 (forerunner to the NOVA system). I sent the DVLA the CE389, a copy of the receipt, a copy of the VJMC dating certificate that came with the bike, a couple of pictures of the machine, and a covering letter explaining the situation. About 2 weeks later a letter arrived back from HMRC stating that I should only submit the CE389 with a completed NOVA application form. Luckily though they also sent me a NOVA form.

I filled in the form sent it back and two weeks later a letter arrived stating that "HMRC have reviewed your vehicle notification and are satisfied that no VAT is due". They also sent a Notification Reference Number, and the note that I can now apply to the DVLA to register it. Much relieved with no VAT to pay for the import plus it now being on the NOVA system technically means that all that would be required would be an MOT.

The thought did cross my mind, but no, this is a 500GP project...

For reference and to give it some scale here it is next to a bike that we might be familiar with:

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Holy cow, that's tiny!
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Old 07-12-16, 11:35 PM   #10
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Now I get the transit being excessive


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