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Rear View of Midnight Thunder. Spot the cool Tailight! Nottingham Custom Cycles (now, sadly defunct) and Arbury Coachworks in Nuneaton were approached to produce a much more streamlined rear fender. I just had to remove the large 'wind-breaker' number plate! The rear light cluster and turn signals weren't that good either. Off they all came and were replaced with various parts from the Custom Chrome catalogue.

Parts fitted were:

Ball milled Bullet Marker lights by Pro One
Tear Drop Stop/Tail light by Pro One
Lay Down Licence Plate by Custom Chrome
Illuminated Licence Plate Frame by Rick Doss

Now, you may have noticed the exhausts look different to standard (Just a lot!). Well, they are Samson's Big Gun Classics made for the Wild Star (Road Star on their site). They fit beautifully and don't use the exhaust bracket that has been the subject of a recall by Yamaha! Watch out for fitting the baffles. They do go in, but need a mighty bit of force. There are many other exhaust manufacturers out there, but I really liked the look of these. 

RC Compt Slash wheels, Samson pipes and Baron BAKFrom this picture you can see these lovely 18" wheels by RC Components. These are the 'Slash' style and come with matching front brake discs and rear pulley. The tyres are by Metzeler and fitted as 150/70x18 on the front, 180/55x18 on the rear. Avon AM23 tyres will do equally well. Other parts to be seen here are:

 Large Oval Mirrors on Long Stems from Aeromach.

 Aeromach's Billet Bullet Front Axle Covers

 Baron Custom's Big Air Kit (that's air filter and jet kit to you and me).

 Baron's Star Bar handlebars.

 Baron's Braided Stainless Steel Throttle, Brake and Clutch lines.

 Fully Chromed front forks and handlebar controls.

 Yamaha's custom grips, pillion pegs and chromed rear brake reservoir cover.

Corbin covered seat, Chrome pully , Star BarsThe seat was replaced for a Yamaha Boulevard solo seat that was recovered by Corbin in his 'Fibretek' embossed leather. Really trick! A Yamaha rear fender rack was duly fitted in place of the passenger seat. and the whole bike was lowered about 1.5" with Barons lowering kits. The rear tyre now sits in the well of the rear fender superbly.

Other parts that can be seen are:

 Baron's Smooth covers on the drive pulley
     (replaces standard 'wagon wheel'), cam cover and
     timing cover.

 Baron's Low Profile Gas Cap (the adaptor has to be reworked to fit the Wild Star)

 Yamaha Shift peg covers

 Yamaha Rear Fender Rack

The picture also shows that the fuel pump and filter has been moved as well as the choke cable (now just behind the left side of the seat). This was achieved using kits that Baron's Custom Accessories manufactures. Also the Air Injection System (AIS) was removed, again, with a kit supplied by Baron. Just these two kits made the complete engine look a whole lot cleaner, less cluttered.

The standard black horn has also been replaced with a Yamaha Virago 1100 chrome horn (Right hand side, as the 1100 has two horns) and relocated in between the clutch cover and drive cover.

This was how the bike stayed until the end of October 2000 when I embarked on another mission...See Part 3!




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