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The RetroMotard Creation Tale Photo Gallery
The RetroMotard was created from a loved Yamaha IT465 and got a swath of upgrades over the years.
See photos of a Supermotard-converted Yamaha IT465 in The RetroMotard Creation Tale photo gallery. Read the full story in the
The RetroMotard, A Creation Tale
Will Jones of Poor Bastard Cycle Works custom-made the exhaust silencer as big as he could to contain the bark-blat, but even he jumped the first time he started the bike.
The wheels were the trickiest. My goal was to run a 150 rear tire, since that’s the stock size for a DR-Z400SM and I knew plenty of rubber options would be available.
The power of the 465 mill was legendary. I mean, look at it. Just the way the cylinder and head dwarf the whole bottom-end says something.
In the end, the track may be the perfect home for the IT465 RetroMotard. It has seen time (and many a bewildered look) at Portland International Raceway, Pat’s Acres, and The Ridge.
With new high-friction shoe material from Ott’s Friction and arching them to the drums, the brakes work better than a tiny front drum has any right to.
I found this bike in early 2007 and I knew it had been loved. The prior owner carved custom handguards from aluminum bar, the owner before that powdercoated the frame red.
Riding the 465 is as raw as it gets.
Putting the bike in gear invokes alertness in the rider that even modern literbikes cannot command.
Along the way the suspension was upgraded with Race Tech fork springs and a fully rebuilt factory monoshock.
With the RetroMotard, you actually have to concentrate to keep the tank off your chest in the first three gears.
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