This bike is true piece of American racing history.
For those of you that are familiar with the name Shell Thuet, and his place in motorcycle racing history then you can fully understand the significance to say nothing of the rarity of this machine.
This is a 1972 Shell Thuet 750 flat track race bike.
Frame number 586 sold to Jim's Yamaha in Bakersfield, CA in 1972 and a very early Yamaha original Shell built 256 engine number S650 000755.
The 750 build was done at Shell's shop years ago and includes all the nuances that he bestowed upon these race motors. Shell connecting rods and race specific cam set-up coupled to massive 82mm pop top pistons.
This thing ROARS!
Very painstaking care has been taken with the restoration of this once neglected bike.
The story goes that a nice old lady contacted a tow company in Tacoma WA to help her remove many vehicles from her property after her husband had passed away. He was quite a hooligan in his day, and a collector of all sorts...cars, boats, and so forth, and among the items she requested to have removed from her property was this bike. It was found under an old canvas sail and had not been touched and stood forgotten for over 30 years.
It passed through a couple different hands on it's way to us and we were happy to get it and very determined to bring it back to it's once great glory.
Certain bits were deteriorated from age and neglect and we had to replace some original components of the bike. So we Utilized only period correct pieces for anything that had to be replaced and we feel that we have done justice to this fine machine.
The front end consists of original Betor 35mm triples grabbing a pair of 35mm Betor forks and a small cone hub is laced up to a WM3 Akront shouldered rim using heavy duty stainless steel spokes and wearing a Shinko 267 27.0 tire.
The rear end sports an A&A Racing quick change hub laced up to a WM3 Boranni rim also with heavy duty stainless spokes wearing a Shinko 268 27.5 tire.
Sprocket ratios are currently set to the common set-up for half mile with a 17 tooth counter sprocket and a 35 tooth rear sprocket and is running a 520 gold chain.
The rear suspension consists of a pair of original Koni shocks set up for a 160 pound rider.
The motor (which is the beating heart of this beast) was carefully examined and it was determined that although it had sat some a long time the original work done on the motor needed no attention whatsoever. Just some fresh oil and filters and some high octane racing fuel. It has the hand formed right hand shift found on flat track race bikes.
In our engine test stand we ran the motor for about a half hour before re-installation in the frame during the rebuild.
The ignition system used for this was a straight battery powered electronic ignition set-up.
The bike now has an Electrexworld racing ignition system provided by Hoos Racing.
The carburetors consist of a pair of Mikuni round slide carbs mounted to the engine with a pair of original aluminum intake manifolds and 1 1/2" connector tubes made from fuel grade hose secured with stainless steel hose clamps, and a pair of K&N air filters.
The exhaust system used is the Shell half mile pipes exiting into a pair of 14" megaphones.
Rear braking is handled by an original Gremica master cylinder and caliper grabbing a 10.5 rear disc. And it does stop the bike pretty darn good. But let's face it...these bikes were built to GO so stopping is something you do when you're pulling into the pits on your way to the podium.
The paint work was all done by hand to exacting original standards. The Shell Racing Specialties paint scheme has always been a fan favorite, and it is a favorite of ours as well. The bike had a plain white rattle can paint job on it when it was found under that tarp and the original Shell tank and seat pan were carefully resurrected to the original Shell Racing Specialties paint work.
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This bike is a 1974 Yamaha XS650 Standard (also known as a TX650) that has been completely re-built from the ground-up.
Certain modifications have been done to the frame to accommodate the intended changes and then it all got media blasted and powder coated satin black for a long lasting durable finish.
The motor top end has been re-built with new pistons & rings and all new gaskets and seals.
A Mikuni VM34 round slide carb has been used specifically jetted for the XS650 and coupled to a Wise Guys 2 into 1 intake and a UNI free flow air filter.
The exhaust is a custom made scrambler style set-up with internal baffles. (they appear to be straight pipes but they do in fact have mufflers installed) A hand crafted stainless steel heat shield was installed to help protect the left leg.
The instrumentation is handled via an Acewell MD052 digital information center with a digital read out for both the speedo and tach along with the vital info like blinkers, neutral light and so forth.
Both the head light and tail light are new LED units that are super bright and turn those dark roads into a readable landscape.
The tank we used on this bike is an original Shell Thuett tank designed in the early 70's for use on the Yamaha 650 flat track bikes. It has dual petcocks. The seat set-up is from Hot Wing Glass. The paint work was done in-house using custom Matrix Systems colors and many layers of top coat for a deep finish.
The wheels are custom made 19" front and rear with aluminum rims and stainless steel spokes and utilizing a custom made wheel conversion kit. Both wheels are wearing Shinko 260 series rubber.
The front brakes have a Nissan master cylinder fed through a braided stainless steel line and the rear brakes are fed through a Brembo master cylinder. New brake pads front and rear were installed during the re-build as well.
A great riding bike that can handle highway speeds with no problem and has a lot of lower end for any logging roads you may want to venture down. Around town riding is a breeze with 3rd gear at around 2500 RPM's.
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This bike is a 1972 Yamaha XS650 or "XS2".
Although it was built using an older motorcycle to start with, the bike is basically brand new...read on to learn more.
The bike has been completely torn down to the bare frame and modifications were done then it all got powder coated satin black.
The rebuilt motor that was used is from a 1978 model and has all new gaskets and seals along with a new charging system and electronic ignition system.
The carbs on the bike are brand new Mikuni VM34's with CNC machined aluminum intake manifolds and free flowing air filters.
The exhaust pipes are modified '72 head pipes with blaster mufflers installed.
The bike has an NOS Shell Thuett tank. These tanks are quite rare and were used on the flat track bikes raced by the various riders associated with shell Thuett over the years. Twin petcocks feed the fuel to the carbs.
The seat is from Hot Wing Glass
The paint work was done in house using Matrix Systems two part epoxy custom colors.
The wheels were custom built by Pro Wheel out in Granite Falls with a wheel conversion kit for the rear wheel and all new wheel bearings and seals.
The tires are Shinko 268 series DOT approved dirt track tires with a 27.5 X 19 in the rear and a 27 X 19 up front.
The drive chain is brand new as well.
The brakes were not over looked and up front new Nissan calipers have been installed along with new floating discs. These are fed through braided stainless steel brake lines pumped through a new 16mm master cylinder. The rear caliper has been rebuilt and is fed via braided steel line through a Brembo brake master cylinder. New brake pads have been installed as well.
The instrumentation on the bike is a simple digital unit by Acewell that provides all the vital information to the rider is a compact unit.
The lights are all new LED units and are super bright.
The suspension is all new with Showa 41mm traditional forks and gas filled shocks out back.
There are new tapered steering bearings in the head stock and new bronze bushings in the swing arm.
The bike has both kick and electric start and is a very inspiring bike to ride. It handles highway speeds with no problem at all and is super nimble in city traffic.
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This bike is a bit of a hybrid.
Starting with a 1980 Honda XL500 frame we did numerous modifications to allow it to accept a Yamaha DT400 power plant.
After all the mods were done and we were satisfied with what we had it all got media blasted and painted with durable enamel paint.
The body work consists of a fiberglass Champion seat and a steel fuel tank.
Both have been painted with custom colored matrix Systems 2 part epoxy paint and the results are simply stunning.
Lots of upgrades have been done to bring the old into the new world.
The original Yamaha ignition and charging systems have been replaced with a modern VAPE system that gives superior spark and ignition timing is a snap.
A down swept expansion chamber was installed on the freshened up motor along with a Mikuni round slide carb and a K&N free flow air filter.
A digital speedo-tach unit has been installed and it incorporates several functions like turn indicators, high beam indicator, and so forth.
A slick little CNC made unit handles the handle bar functions on the left side for the turn signals, head light and the horn.
On the right handle bar is a discreet kill switch along with a quick turn throttle assembly.
The wheels are both aluminum rimmed units wearing street legal dirt track tires with an 18" rear and a 19" front.
The front suspension has been upgraded with some massive 48MM Showa forks and the rear suspension has gas filled shocks installed.
All the lighting is modern LED with the super bright head light and the tail light-brake light that incorporates the rear blinkers as well. The front blinkers are small LED units mounted on the custom made mount on the triple trees.
It is a super fun bike to ride and zips around town or the highway with no problem at all.
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