If you like two-wheelers of the pedal-powered kind, you probably know about Reynolds 853 tubing. It’s a seamless, air-hardened and heat-treated steel tube with a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s not something you often see pressed into service on a motorcycle frame, and this 1974 Yamaha RD350 custom is the first of its type to be built in the USA.
It’s the work of master craftsman Steve ‘Brewdude’ Garn, who built it for the Ton-Up exhibition at Sturgis. The featherbed-style frame weighs a mere 20.8 lbs (9.4 kg) compared to the 52 lbs of a stock RD350 frame.
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