Bernhard finished things off by polishing his panel work to a mirror finish and coating the frame in a vivid turquoise. At that point, the Yamaha left Bernhard’s workshop as a naked cafe racer. Two years later, the RD350 YPVS returned to Blechmann HQ. The owner was back with more cash in his pocket and the desire to add a fairing and some additional stability to the bike.

“To rework a motorcycle I already consider a finished project was to me very challenging,” says Bernhard, but there’s nothing half-cocked about the outcome. The all-alloy fairing blends with the tank perfectly wrapping up onto its sides for an integrated appearance. A drilled brace running inside the cockpit ties everything together by complementing the frame bracing and tank strap. Amusingly Bernhard’s installed a vintage VDO bicycle speedometer that tops out at an unrealistic 70kmh and it sits suspended in a custom made bracket. Finally, to meet his client’s request for more stability he installed an extended swingarm that helps keep the front wheel planted.

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