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Did you know the Honda Super Cub is the best selling vehicle of all time, not even including its derivatives? What if I told you the Cub isn't the only underbone out there and that there's a crazy rare motorbike of the same style from Yamaha?

Last night I handed a kind gentleman $500 and drove home with this motorbike. This is a 1972 Yamaha U7E. Based on my research thus far, this cute thing was only made for a single year in 1972 and Yamaha didn't sell many of them.

It was purchased new in 1972 then sold to the owner I bought it from last night in 1976. Yep, he's only the second owner! This little motorbike taught entire couple generations of the same family how to ride motorcycles. Everyone in the family learned to ride on this little 70cc smoker. As the owner got older he rode it less and less, eventually letting it sit unused in his garage. He had the mechanicals and rubber restored in late 2014 (with the documents to prove it) and as of currently it just needs a new throttle cable, carb, and battery to run and ride. The body and paint aren in original condition and is free of dents, cracks, and mostly free of rust. It's not concours quality but I don't care, this little thing has a delightful history!

He then somehow found someone scrapping one and bought boxes of spare parts. Looking through the boxes, there's a front fender (yay!), a second left mirror (I mounted it to the right side for safety, I didn't want the straps to slip off), a new parking light thing, tray, chain guards, side panels, rear shocks, brakes, you name it. Also coming with it is the title (and this one's legit unlike that last two stroke I learned a lesson with), parts list (!!), service manual, and receipts for every service this thing has ever had under the person I bought it from.

He said it was bittersweet to see it go, but he'd rather have it go to someone who will love it for another 40+ years than let it sit in his garage unused. I'm super excited for this one and will be adding it to my personal "I don't want to ever sell this" collection alongside the likes of my GL1100 and my GS. I've never had a full parts list and a full service manual before! It's about time. :grin:











 

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Very nice. I am so glad the motorcycle bug didn't bight you very hard. By the way don't you have to change "N+1" now?
 

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I do! Sorta...I'm hopefully selling a bike today so the count should remain at 7. ;)
 

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I will! The license plate from the first owner is also in the box of parts. This guy was serious about keeping track of everything. :)

In other news, I just sold my GSX1100G project, so my count remains 7. After much consideration I realized that I would not get around to working on it for a while, if not the end of summer or later. Like I said in another thread, if I don't have an emotional attachment and no motivation to fix it, it's gotta go!
 
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