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.
- 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.
- The RetroMotard was created from a loved Yamaha IT465 and got a swath of upgrades over the years.
- 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.
- 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.
- Along the way the suspension was upgraded with Race Tech fork springs and a fully rebuilt factory monoshock.
- 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.
- Putting the bike in gear invokes alertness in the rider that even modern literbikes cannot command.
- With the RetroMotard, you actually have to concentrate to keep the tank off your chest in the first three gears.
- Riding the 465 is as raw as it gets.
- 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.