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General Board / Re: Motorcycle Classics article
« Last post by Prophet Of Doom on Today at 06:35:19 AM »
Can you scan and post it for the collection?

General Board / Motorcycle Classics article
« Last post by Ron_McCoy on April 20, 2019, 01:30:12 PM »
Received the May/June issue of Motorcycle Classics. The subjectbof their “On The Radar” column is 1982-1983 Yamaha XZ550R Vision. Also a nice letter from our own Ken Stuart with a picture of his immaculate 83. Their search to find Visions for sale only turned up 3 82s and no 83s.
General Board / Re: Double Vision
« Last post by Inheritance on April 20, 2019, 11:32:18 AM »
Thanks, guys. The factory mod was using part of a kit for early Ventures, which is the "drilled crankshaft bolt" discussed here:

Some lathe work to the rotor was required but it looks like the stator cover is getting good and flooded with oil. The Mosfet reg/rec re-positioning is definitely a future consideration. We also spliced in a voltmeter to check the charging system because the night the first one fried was not a fun one.

Both bikes are '82s but the first one (dad's) was upgraded over the years (chrome'd exhaust, shock, brakes) while mine sat in the previous owner's shed since '87. As for the fairing mount, give me a week or two and I'll post some pics on here.

I've also been back and forth with Practical Sportsbikes magazine (a U.K. publication) and they might run a blurb once I get some quality photos over. Their staff had nothing nice to say about the Vision so here's hoping we make a couple converts out of 'em.
General Board / Re: Double Vision
« Last post by Walt_M. on April 20, 2019, 08:20:28 AM »
Wow, that is impressive. Was the barn find an '83? The black chrome exhaust is pretty much a unicorn. How hard would it be to get photos and dimensions on the shark fairing mount? P-O-D has been looking for one. Anyway, good job.
General Board / Re: Double Vision
« Last post by cvincer on April 20, 2019, 02:22:21 AM »

Congratulations on a good job in bringing a Vision back to life, Norton your hearts out.

What was the  'Factory Mod'  to increase oil flow to the stator?

Trust you moved the regulator/rectifier from its OEM position behind the rear cylinder/over the exhaust, to somewhere it can get cool air.
General Board / Double Vision
« Last post by Inheritance on April 19, 2019, 11:03:16 PM »
Winter merger of $100 barn find (through this site, actually) and '82 survivor just about wrapped up. Between the two, we were able to combine a 10k-mile motor, rust-free tank, '83 double disc brakes, shock and "shark" fairing among other new odds and ends. Factory mod to increase oil flow in stator cover should hopefully be helpful. Motor was sandblasted and fresh BMW "hennarot" paint on everything else. All in all, an immensely educational experience. We'll be at the Gathering of the Nortons in Washington Crossing, Pa. on 4/28 for those in the tri-state East Coast region.
Your Other Ride(s) / Re: Other rides
« Last post by motoracer8 on April 16, 2019, 08:30:22 PM »
 Hi Mike. My old BMW has the best seat on it. The Vision seat is not bad if the foam is good. I found a new one in a bone yard. My newer BMW has the factory comfort seat on it, it's pretty good.  I think the best seat I've had was a Corbin I had on a K100 BMW.
 I ride the BSA and the Norton on club rides now neither get serious mileage any more.  I've ridden both BMW's on Saddle sore events and have ridden the Vision on 500 mile days.

 Ken G.
Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2019
« Last post by fret not on April 14, 2019, 07:12:51 PM »
Yeah, a lot of "anything can happen" did!  Marquez crashed out, so did Crutchlow, and Lorenzo had a mechanical problem that put him out.  And surprise surprise, Rins on the Suzuki won the race!  All in all it was a disappointing race for Honda.
Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2019
« Last post by Walt_M. on April 14, 2019, 07:04:15 PM »
At least 3!
General Board / Re: #7 joins the fleet
« Last post by Walt_M. on April 13, 2019, 07:45:03 AM »
I have done that. As you know,  it is very tedious. Step 1 is, sweep the floor! Good job.
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