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YL1 Twin Jet 100

Hey Marshall, here is my 1966 Yamaha YL1 Twin Jet 100. I bought this in 2008 from an older gentleman. The story was that years ago his son, at the time a teenager, was riding it, probably with the throttle pinned and chin on the tank, and the left side piston let go. Anyway, he was just ready to part with it, and I bought it. The piston pin scored the cylinder pretty good, probably beyond boring. I did buy a good cylinder to replace it with when the time comes. When it does, I think it'll be mostly a mechanical rebuild, and not a full restoration. It'll need a seat cover and foam, and the front fender straightened out and some new rubber parts, but I'd like to keep a survivor as much as possible.
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I love the look of the bike. It is both quirky looking, and stylish at the same time.
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3 comments:

MARSHALLovercloth said...

that's a VERY stylish survivor. very very exciting, I love it extra much big time. I would chop my fingers off the have it. the motor damaged makes no difference to me. you got a desirable bike that
that can be detail cleaned and address any rusty or rough... fresh rubbers parts, polish all the chrome bits and polish everything. polishing meaning, a deep cleaning of the paints and aluminum and everything.
while leaving it perfectly original except for rubber, cables and such allowable parts.
painting pipes and such is acceptable too. seat cover needs to be replicated maybe use satin finish pebble grain leather, not to thick, no piping, spray the yamaha logo in semi gloss bone white. you could use Bates foot pegs and period correct aftermarket grips as long as they don't contrast with the aged bike.
sand blast the fork springs then polish with a wheel the add some clear 2part to seal. then give me the bike for free with free assed shipping right this instant. parked in my living room, permanent displayed, on a valued rug.

MARSHALLovercloth said...



it would look great with a set of MX/DT 80 bars... the seat cover could be all black or all white...
and the what have you

Joe C said...

I might have to go through the bike this winter. Nice thing about this bike is that it is small enough that I can take the whole thing down in my basement and stay warm while working on it. I'd love to get it running. I'll bet the crank is bad, and that would be the most expensive part of the rebuild. The seat pan will be blasted and painted, but I'd just super detail wax and polish most everything else. I really like the two tone stock seat, and Pit Replica makes a nice reproduction seat cover, so I'd go with one of those.