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August 06, 2012 | By Paul Kelly
Note: This is the sixth of a series of owner comments about their vintage and classic motorcycles participating in the Cycle World Rolling Concours presented by BikeBandit.com during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Participants join the Cycle World staff on a ride from the track to a private lunch Saturday, Aug. 18 before riding back to the Speedway for judging. Bikes must complete the entire ride to be eligible for trophies in a variety of classes, as this unique event celebrates both form and function. The beautiful machines of the Rolling Concours also will be on display Friday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 19 in the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.
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MY BIKE: CYCLE WORLD ROLLING CONCOURS
Bruce Bluell, 1985 Yamaha FZ750
I bought this bike new June 15, 1985. The serial number on the engine is 000292, one of the early models shipped here for AMA homologation reasons, I would guess, since I never really saw many others on the road.
The bike has led a pretty good life living in the garage under a blanket when not in service, well cared for but not all tricked out, either. I replaced the fork springs and have done just routine maintenance, thinking that stock was better as the year rolled along. (I should probably replace or rework the shock this winter.)
I have a 2004 Kawasaki ZX10R that kind of stole the show and my attention for a few years, but now it’s a track-only bike. My street riding is done on my trusty FZ, which is a way more sensible ride for the road, anyways.
I have attached some photos from 2006 and 5,000 miles and a starter clutch ago. A friend of mine and I replaced it last March, which meant a complete teardown, a few Sundays and some eBay shopping for a worthy replacement clutch. A gasket kit and a few parts from the local dealership, and she was back on the road putting a smile on my face again. (Thanks, Alex!)
Thanks for asking, and I am looking forward to the article about the GP weekend and doing the Concours again this year. Cycle World did a very nice job the first year, and I am sure it will be even better this year!