Fit a donor factory shock with a Hypercoils spring rated at 600lbs. Should be a substantial improvement over stock.
A mockup of the .050 caliber saddle bags. New shorter signals were required to allow for the pannier mounts. Matching signals to be installed on the front tomorrow. LED signals (and eventually a brake light) will cut down on power use to make room for a 12v accessor plug.
The XT350 has undergone a bit of a transformation in the short time that I’ve had it. Upgrades made thus far include:
- Clarke 4 gallon tank (extends range to approx. 220 miles)
- Cycleracks rear rack
- 520 chain conversion
- New knobby rear tire
- Rebuilt front end with 15 weight fork oil (with black gaiters instead of pink)
- Reupholstered seat
There are still a few things on the list. I just purchased a donor stock rear monoshock in good condition. I will be fitting it with a Hypercoil spring rated at 600lbs, which should improve the undersprung rear suspension. I am also on the hunt for a good set of carbs to modify for a previously acquired DG pipe with an uncorked air box. Lastly, I’m in the process of modifying some CycleRacks pannier mounts to hold some ammo cans/saddlebags.
The bike is ready to ride as is, though, so that’s what I’ve been doing.
1992 Yamaha XT350. The pink and teal reminds me of Saved by the Bell and hair metal.
I recently came upon the realization that, with my 360 project still in the works, I didn’t need a second project as much as I wanted a second bike to ride right now. With that in mind, and with a heavy heart, I sold my beloved R60 to Andrew of Little Horse Cycles. I do miss seeing the bike in the garage, and dreaming about riding it along desolate country roads, but that was a long way off, and Andrew has already done more with it than I ever did. I know it’s in good hands.
I’ve just been busy riding and wrenching. The weather is turning, however…..