Hello fellow TAIs. Happy to connect with you all with this thread.
Like to take you folks to a small trip on my YAMAHA YBX 2000 model year. Yes its a 1.5 decade old bike.
The year 2000 then, i was doing my schooling we bought this bike. YBX was a replacement for my dads humble work horse hero honda CD 100. Sad the bike was lost in theft.
My family was always associated with 4 stroke bikes, so the inclination was to YBX rather than RX. Me being in schooling have never driven an RX 135 or 100 back then missed the opportunity or a chance to pick an RX...
Still i would say YBX is the closest bike in 4 stroke category which can stand close to RX in terms to riding pleasure. Man i just love to hear the throttle sound, the lovely exhaust beat specially in the first two gears. its actually a music to my ears.
The pick up the bike initially had was awesome, you can actually feel the forward rush mainly due to light weight construction. The power out put was 11.5 BHP for a 125 CC unit.
Now after 15 years of owner ship, Lovely college days with the bike the odo reads 40K, which is a second rotation , yap the bike has done 1,40,000 KMS.
Had a rebore in 1,00,000 KMS - 4 years back.
Have done count less small one feet wheelies in city traffics, the bike has involved in 4 small accidents and 3 major accidents.. Well i could not forget one, i was throne away from the bike at 75 KMS while overtaking a qualis.. How ? There was a dog crossing the raoad, it missed to qualis tyres and struck in my bike. Its only after the roll over i understood that the bike has hit a dog.
My bad i was not wearing helmet on that day, while being dragged on the road for about 20 - 30 feet i noticed my face being rubbed with the road
. First thing i did was to look for a mirror.
To my utter shock half of my face was white, yes the outer skin was wipped away. No eyebrows, No eyelashes. That moment i thought i lost my cute face. I might turn up looking like a villan.
The accident happened in Vellore, Thanks to CMC hospital i completely recovered from the accident scare. I took 2 months time.
Buddies always were HELMET, If at all i was wearing one on that day i would have recovered form the accident in just 2 days!
Ok Now about the restoration, Well me and my dad loved to maintain the vehicles at top notch condition. We loved to wax the machines, at least once in two months. The best wax polish we used was DUPONT 3000 S . It got discontinued few years back. Now im liking megulier.
The Bikes fuel tank started developing leaks, When checked with the service station the guy suggested to a welding job. To my horror the tank looked like a garbage can with Putty swipped in the bottom. i hated to even drive the bike.
Thought of repainting the whole bike, But i noticed extreme rust development inside the tank. So finally decided to give a make over to the old beauty. Ordered full body kit.
It took about 2 months time to procure all the parts. Changed front wheel.
My bike wears the old pulsar headlight assembly, Original YBX unit was not bright.
My bikes original colour was maroon, This time i opted RED which turned out looking really good. Though the graphics looks bit heavy
Pics for you to enjoy.
Fuel Tank / Side body panels / Rear body panels / Front bumpers / Seat covers / Front wheel - All replaced.
All others you see are original parts, Wanted to maintain the original engine paint. Thought few areas are faded it added character to the bikes age.
1,40,000 KMS for a wheeler is a great achievement. Still the driving comfort and handling is un changed.
Love Yamaha ! Always.