YZF R1 Racing
September 8, 2014 in Cars & Motorcycles
Hi everyone, I apologise for my lack of build activity in recent months, I now have my new man cave fully operational so I can get back to it!
This is the Tamiya 1:12 Taira racing R1 kit. I received it as a Xmas present from the sister in law last year, but having already previously built the kit I decided to take a slightly different approach. Coming to think of it actually I didn’t exactly follow the instructions last time round neither.
This time I decided to convert the model into a race bike. The design and graphics are from the great Valentino Rossi’s test Yamaha M1 from the 2012- 2013 seasons. I have used the decals as a rough guideline, but have placed them roughly where it felt appropriate on this much older bike.
As it will be track use only, out came the hacksaw and off came the number plate. I also removed the indicators and mirrors etc, just the boring legal stuff! The lights were next to go as we won’t be needing those! The front and rear fenders have been replaced with light weight carbon fibre and I have installed a carbon Akrapovic end can. The frame and wheels were painted black consistent with the more modern sports bikes and I have also sanded down the rubber tyres to give a more realistic worn look.
The kit went together without any problems at all, not that we would expect any from Tamiya. And I didn’t balls anything up neither which was a bonus! In all I am rather happy with the outcome, but I am easily pleased!
I have included a photo of it with the road legal version for a comparison.
Thanks for looking.
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