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Early Japanese video 15 Mar 2019 14:44 #1

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Not sure if this was posted before. Some pretty hard riding.

vimeo.com/124594765
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Early Japanese video 15 Mar 2019 14:56 #2

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Ha--wow. They showed us that movie when my boss took me to a Yamaha dealer conference to do with the launch of all the trail models in "68 or so. I worked in workshop not sales. I clearly remember sitting there freaking out at how much the forks flexed when the rider landed the bike in that first part of the video. I'll watch the rest later but many thanks for finding it again. I'll save that!!.
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Early Japanese video 18 Mar 2019 10:06 #3

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It is truly inspiring to see how hard these bikes can be ridden.

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Early Japanese video 18 Mar 2019 11:18 #4

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Great find, thanks for posting.

Interesting that those models had the indicators, when fitted, mounted on to the headlight as opposed to the handlebars.

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Early Japanese video 18 Mar 2019 11:36 #5

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Great video! The forks flex that much is amazing!

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Early Japanese video 18 Mar 2019 13:37 #6

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With regard to the front indicator mountings .
The JDM models and Export models to Oceania , had their front indicators mounted
to the headlight brackets , rather than to the handlebars , as US Export models had .
I did note it had the round tube swinging arm and alloy fork sliders too .
JDM models often had a completely different colour scheme to export models .
I suspect this was a 71 JDM bike , but painted in 70 Export colours .
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Early Japanese video 18 Mar 2019 17:45 #7

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Swoop56 wrote: With regard to the front indicator mountings .
The JDM models and Export models to Oceania , had their front indicators mounted
to the headlight brackets
, rather than to the handlebars , as US Export models had .
I did note it had the round tube swinging arm and alloy fork sliders too .
JDM models often had a completely different colour scheme to export models .
I suspect this was a 71 JDM bike , but painted in 70 Export colours .


The rear turn signals will fit into the headlight bracket. The extra hole is for the locating pin. I found some NOS rear signals that are shorter than the ones that came stock on mine. I plan to use these for the front on the next one that I build.
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Early Japanese video 19 Mar 2019 00:59 #8

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And with hindsight, for those of us in the UK, probably a much cheaper way of fitting a set of front indicators than trying to find an original set of handlebar mounted ones!

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Early Japanese video 19 Mar 2019 01:18 #9

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The down side of mounting indicators to the headlight brackets , is that a tip over will bend the
bracket , as well as damaging the indicator . The US method keeps things out of harms way .
It may cost more initially , but could be cheaper in the long run .

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