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Here is my next next project, the Yamaha RD350. It is a two-cylinder 2-stroke with about 30,000 miles. It is in better cosmetic shape than the CB350, and a much more high performance motorcycle.

Thanks to Dene for providing it. Hopefully I'll be able to get started on it soon!

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The good news is that I have on hand two new carb kits, new points and a condenser, and I've found an exhaust supplier. Expansion chambers should be a nice touch.

I found a good deal on a set of OEM pipes on Ebay, so I will use those instead of the chambers. In addition to not looking as good, the chambers require removal of the center stand. I think there will be plenty of power in the OEM configuration.

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I've been postponing the progress on this project because of lots of other things, but now it's time to get started. If I don't start, I'll certainly never finish. I started by taking off a few parts. The fuel tank, seat, and luggage rack/sissy bar were easy to take off and allow for better access to everything else. This is my first two stroke, and I'm already noticing quite a difference in the level of oil and gunk all over everything.

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These pictures aren't intended to show anything in particular, but rather just to be available for future reference. Experience has shown me that these wider angle general pictures can be real lifesavers when everything is going back together. The last picture shows the remaining contents of the OEM toolkit. I'll probably have to supplement it with a few additional tools.

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Overall I've been very impressed with the quality of construction on this motorcycle when compared to the hondas. The hardware is more often cad plated instead of zinc plated, and the bolts seem to have more shouldered grip areas etc.

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These last two pictures have a good show of the level of gunk.

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