one of my dads employees at the time by the mane of tom happens to have a little motorcycle junkyard at his house. he knew that my dad was really into rd's so one day he showed up to work with his truck packed full of boxes. the boxes had about 2 complete rd350's all torn down in them. they sat on the shelves at our shop for a few years taking up space. one day i asked my dad what he was going to do with all the parts? next thing you know i am putting together a "rat bike" .
i came up with this idea to give the bike a ww2 fighter look at first it was just going to be a slap together bike you know low cost flat paint rusty parts etc. for some reason my family has this disease that makes it so any "quick project" we try to under take turns into a full blown rebuild, that is exactly what happened here. back to the ww2 fighter look, i did most of the build at our air plane hanger and was raised hanging out around air planes so i thought that would be a throwback to my dad for giving me all these cool parts for the bike.
here are some of the highlights of the bike. the flat black paint i had at first turned into this house of kolor orion silver, then i air brushed this pinup on each side. after the airbrush and pinstripe treatment i hit it with 3 coats of ppg flexed and flat clear.
here is a shot of the custom premix oil canteen and the moto carerra gp expansion chamber pipes. you can also see the zinc chromate green paint on the frame. they used to use zinc chromate primer for reducing corrosion on aluminum wing skins, now they have a less toxic alternative.
here is a shot of the Las Vegas roller dice kicker and the hand built single carb manifold. converting the dual carb setup to a big single makes the bike have a lot more bottom end torque and makes the tuning way easeyer. at the time i was working at a powder coating shop so i coated the rims and hubs when no one was looking, then laced them up with Buchanan's stainless spokes.
dave tharp did the upholstery on the seat, it is camo tent material with 3 buttons off a ww2 army jacket running down the middle of the seat. as you can see here i am running this modified cafe tail section with 59 Cadillac tail lights, it also has hidden turn signals and a licence plat light under the tail section.
the motor was built by lindsey machine (the 1st time) then i had it gone through a second time by k&t performance. i sourced a magneto setup from Germany and fitted it to the bike so now all the ignition is electronic and the bike runs with out the use of a battery. well that is pretty much the story of this one. thanks to tom peterson for all the parts, my dad for everything, jesica garcia for modeling, james, jason, and adam for all there help!