I don’t do this often (if ever) but this is a special case. Travis Lawson of Iron Spade Cycles (whose bike builds have been all over this site) got his hands on a very special Yamaha RZ350 s stroke engine and needs a titled frame for a project he has in mind. It does not have to be flawless. If you can help him out I’d consider it a big favor since I REALLY want to see what he’s going to do with this beast. Here’s a LINK to his FB page for more.
He E-mailed me:
Would you be kind enough to put the word out to your fellow Yamaha RZ friends and family that I’m in need of a titled Yamaha RZ frame. I have a new project that is starting out with just an RZ350 engine with a 420cc kit. It was a spare race engine that came with a friends KR Special he bought last year. I guess it was the original engine to the bike he bought, the owner had installed a stock RZ engine to make it more street friendly and sellable as a bone stock KR model. Beaux basically gave me the race 420cc motor and said build something cool with it, so we’re going all out, I really just need a title and a head tube, but having the rest of the frame would make things easier.
I’ve searched ebay and nationwide CL searches and come up empty handed. Help please, thanks, talk soon.
Its a long term project, I have access to a CNC waterjet, via my friends metal cutting business. He’s going to help me make an alloy and steel hybrid chassis with digital waterjet cut side plates in aluminum. Hard to describe but once I get my ideas on paper and into a 3D modeling program, I’ll be able to show you what I mean. I bet that engine makes a solid 75-80HP. I want to get a set of the latest Duc or GSXR wheels, like the 5 spokes, I just really like the look over the standard 3 spoke wheels.
Its going to be a retro mod, modern wheels, brakes, and suspension but alloy tank, seat bubble and Paul Smart style half fairing, at least that’s what I’m thinking now anyway.
Thanks for your help.
Like I said I REALLY want to see this build. If you know a guy who might know a guy let us know.
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Steve, please forward my contact via my FaceBook work page https://www.facebook.com/IronSpadeCycles
Thanks for the help finding a donor frame. I’ll keep you in the details.