Friday, June 8, 2007

Jesse Writes In

Jesse from Arlington, Virginia, writes in to share some pics of his newly-acquired R5 and ask a few questions:

Hi Lawrence,

I just came across your R5 website. Very nice! I just took posession of my 1st R5 this weekend. It's an orange 1972 R5C that is need of some restoration. I have restored 4-stroke British bikes in the past (I'm currently riding a 1978 Triumph) but this is my 1st 2-stroke machine. Are there any listservs, discussion boards, etc. that focus on the R5 or Japanese 2-strokes in general?

Good-lookin' bike, Jesse! Love the exhaust! You can see more of Jesse's bike on his Flickr page.

Jesse raises a good question in his email. I've gotten a bunch of similar emails from other readers who are looking to ask questions in a firum setting. I've come across a number of sources for R5-related info in my research - here are a couple of links:

Here are some discussion groups:

Yahoo! R5 group -
Yahoo! YDS Owners group -

A couple of other forums to try - much more generic, for a wider variety of bikes:

USA 2Strokers -
Cycle Forums -

There are also some shops out there dedicated to these bikes. Some good ones that come to mind are:

Moto Carrera -
Spec2 -
Omar's -

Check out the links in the sidebar for more. Hope that helps!

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