There are at least five different motorcycles in here

Koso dash can do speed, rpm, coolant, time, volts and warning lights. Plus a few more bits Clint didn’t need. Manual fan switch on the right

I based the custom speedo pickup bracket on the holes already present in the swing arm

Clint’s RD350 YPVS special

See if you can spot the bikes in this wild special: DR600, XT550, KTM EXC, TDR250, RD350 F2.

OK, the DR600 is tricky because that’s the top frame tube. But as for the others it’s (in order), the fuel tank; forks and rear suspension; tail and side panels; engine.

Clint bought it years ago from a bloke in Germany who had made the frame using terrible welding. But it looked like a fun bike. Clint added the KTM suspension, painted the tank, rebuilt/tuned the RD350 engine, and organised most of the rest.

He’d got it running with a stock RD350 loom, but it wasn’t ideal. Connectors were visible everywhere, and the loom itself was very old. His initial hope was that I could make it all fit nicely. But with something so ancient and clapped-out it would be cheaper and faster to start again. So we did.

I re-plugged all the Yamaha components (YPVS controller, CDI, servo motor), and made up a new fuse box. That way it minimised the high resistances in the old, corroded connections. Building from scratch also meant I could integrate the new Koso dash and the LED indicators.

It started fine, and the engine sounded fit. Clint now has a snag list to run through – sort the exhaust brackets, improve the fit of the rear bodywork, set the carbs up – but it’s obviously going to be a mad (and unique) pub bike.

Not the most elegant cable routing, but it has to follow the sub frame tubes to avoid the suspension linkage

Here it is, up and running. Just a few bits and pieces to sort and it’s ready for an MOT