Monday, January 20, 2014

Lossa Engineering / Garage Co. RD400/350


  Built as a joint project between Garage Company and Lossa Engineering for season 2 of Cafe Racer TV, I’m on the fence about this build.  It’s a Yamaha RD400 with a RD350 engine.

Lossa Engineering Specs:

  • frame de tabbed, braced and hooped
  • relocated battery and wired from scratch
  • stretched Daytona gas tank 2 1/2″ and lowered 1″ on back bone with custom Monza cap
  • used Sr500 gas tank to make custom tail section
  • Custom black leather pleated seat
  • supplied Custom aluminum swing arm, Hagon Racing shocks, steering stabilizer
  • Custom House of Kolor black gold paint with pearl yellow & white graphics

Garage Company Specs:

  • Re-built complete RD350 motor with all new parts
  • Mikuni carbs
  • Supplied rare Yamaha TZ top triple and race fender
  • flanged hoops laced with stainless spokes to Yamaha front hub & Honda rear hub
  • Hand built complete exhaust from flat metal, hand rolled and tig welded everything
  • Supplied rearsets, Yamaha front end, race tires, all controls

  There’s just not the spark here that a lot of custom builds have, and the bike is borderline bland, even though everything seems to be crafted well.  Maybe it’s just that neither builder did the whole project, or, as Lossa Engineering put it, “I supplied the RD400 rolling chassis and Yoshi supplied the RD350 motor and we never really discussed how we were going to build the bike after then.”   I think it takes more than that to give a bike soul.








Source: Cafe Racer

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