Yamaha RD500LC Special

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So it's like this ......

Back in July I got a phone call from a fella called John, he'd got talking to a guy at a show who's 350LC I had painted recently who passed on my details ... That's the nice thing about classic shows, people actually talk to each other!

"I've got an RD500 and I'd like you to paint it" he said ...

We exchanged a few emails and I got to see some photographs. It turns out that the bike was a hybrid, R6 front end and R6 Rear end and swing arm. The front and rear subframes had been modified to suit the full race replica bodywork which was now (albeit loosely) fitted. The engine was an all new Bob Farnham 580cc Stage III tuned unit running 'Race use only' 40mm carbs and hand built expansion chambers.

John bought this bike already converted and partially built, he'd finished nailing it all together but it needed finishing properly.

His brief was to re-create a Wayne Rainey race bike .... his wish I guess was my command :eek:

The tank had been modified, it's fuel filler moved backwards towards the rider by about 8" and was in need of final fit and finish prior to paint.

The rest of the bodywork was replica fibreglass. A mould was taken from some original race bike panels back in the day, then a mould was taken from those panels, then a mould was taken from those panels, then a mould was taken from those panels, then a mould was taken from those panels, then a mould was taken from those panels, then a mould was taken from those panels .......... :blast
.........Then the panels from this bike were made from the last mould and sold to the guy with a dream of building his own replica race bike, he then sold it to another guy with the same dream who then asked me to paint it for him. To say that the panels needed a bit of work was an understatement, I have never in my life worked on worse panels. Many times I had to walk away and have a coffee to stop me from throwing them out the door :hammer :banghead:

However, patience prevailed and slowly I wrestled the whole thing into submission. I had to manufacture new lower belly pan mounts from scratch as if it was left unsupported they'd last about 4 minutes!

Then it was my usual formula -

Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Prep
Paint
Mask
Paint
Mask
Paint
Mask
Paint
Lacquer
Lacquer
Lacquer
Lacquer

And assemble ................

This is possibly the most frustrating bike I've ever had to finish but I have to say that when I rolled it out of the workshop it became one of the most satisfying.

I must stress as always that what you see here is 100% painted. There isn't a single sticker or piece of vinyl on this bike, every last inch is out of a spray gun ...........

In my usual fashion, I'll let the photos do the talking .....

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I've never been so relieved to get a project finished!!!! :beer:

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Stunning, you should be real proud of that.:bow:bowhttp://www.ukgser.com/forums/images/smilies/bow.gif
 
Yer a dab hand wi' a rattle can.......


That is frickin gorgeous.
 
That looks stunning What ever you charge, I'm sure you earn every penny, shame to to turn a RD500LC into an hybrid tho, someone has spent a small fortune on it.
 
All of the above! That is rather lovely!

You are one clever fecker Chris :clap:bow
 
Another stunner Chris, raising the bar again. I bet the owner is pleased with your work.
 
Are you feeling the lurve for your work Chris........:kissy2:kissy2:kissy2

Great job mate.....;)

I am fella, it's a nice feeling! I had a bit of a profound moment on Sunday talking to you, so much so that I think I'm going to start a thread about it! :eek:
 
Fabulous job :bow

You just need a Rainey or Lawson replica lid now.
 
I must stress as always that what you see here is 100% painted. There isn't a single sticker or piece of vinyl on this bike, every last inch is out of a spray gun ...........

I actually don't think that many people will believe that, unless they see it up close, and actually feel it, which is the only way you can tell.. More to the point, I don't think many will understand the enormity of what is required to recreate those stickers in paint. Whether you had a stencil kit or not (and I have no idea if you did), to do something of that quality, and detail, from a paint gun is simply a work of art.

I know what's involved, I used to dabble in a bit of bike painting and repairs, but never to that anywhere close to that level.

A masterpiece.

Now, can you do a Sheene replica please :D :thumb
 
thats the dog borrocks absolutely love it.
 
A true frickin craftsman, superb job Chris.
 


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