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Friday, October 12, 2007

Riding Naked - 11,759.2 Miles

I picked up a winter project a few days ago, a naked, black 1982 Yamaha XZ550 Vision. This new to me bike will be a companion to my red fully fared 1982 Yamaha Vision. The two bikes look very good together, however... anyone who own a Vision knows that when two Yamaha Visions get together, the dreaded gremlins procreate and have nasty little offspring. The bike came from Rider's of Vision Forum Member Blue Bass (Phillip). I helped him a year or two ago in getting this very bike running. I went to his house and in about an hour or so, we got the bike to idle. Phillip then went off to college and took the bike with him. Now he is enlisting in the U.S. Army and already has another bike (2007 Yamaha V-Star). Whoops one too many bikes... The Vision had to go somewhere. It's now at my house!

The new Vision has some problems that will need to be taken care of before she is road worthy. She will need a new charging system, both Regulator and Stator. She will need the carburetor sorted out. Her gas tank has a small amount of rust in her. Tires need to be replaced.

And that's just the beginning....

Let's not forget the tapered head bearings, progressive fork springs, '83 rear shock, volt meter, oil pressure gauge, braided steel brake lines... Oh, the list goes on. Luckily, I have many, many parts in the shop. I do have a Stator from a Virago (I think) that only has 1,000 miles on it, that will also fit the Vision. As I have several Stators lying around, I will be selling the newer Stator to start to fund this new project of mine. Anyone want to make an offer?


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