Yamaha MX360 (1973) for sale

from Steve

…Sorry To E-Mail you out of the blue,but I am thinking of selling the MX 360 i have recently finished restoring.I was wondering if you know of anybody that may be interested,bearing in mind your contacts.
I have attached a picture of it above .The thing is I have registered it for the road and I am finding a bit of a handfull on the tarmac ! -It is obviously an out and out racer and in all honestly I cannot see me using it like I thought.I am not interested in proper racing ,so I think it is proberly best I realise some value out of it.

1973 MX360

I will be looking for about £3.5K -As is an exceptional condition machine with very low hours on it.

Works I have done :

Frame/all black parts -2 Pack enamelled -Done by the guy who does all the work for Thwaites dumpers-so this pain is tough .

Engine :Very little required as all that had failed was the electronic ignition-this was removed and replaced with a normal magneto ignition -All engine cosmetically resored to original finishes -satin black,stainless fastners etc.

Seat recovered with correct Yamaha cover.

Rear Shocks -fully rebuilt with re-chromed springs
All other chromework replated.

Exhaust -original -repainted (no rust) -new Aluminium end can made & fitted.

All silver paintwork re-done by a friend of mine ,matched/applied to a very high standard.

All decals have been replaced to exact replica ,in terms of materials/colours -done by Sunrise Graphics

New Tyres fitted -Pirellis

Wheels repolished/New brake shoes fitted front/rear.

Anyway if anybody you could think of is interested ,perhaps you could give them my number,:07970055015

I am located in Rugby in Warwickshire ,
Hope you are well and enjoying your racing ,
Steve Gale

Llantony Classic Scramble and Helicopter Fair

Nicest venue in Wales ?

The last scramble of the year for me, (probably), with impending house move and work probably meaning I’ll miss the Chester and Devon events.

It’s got to be the best setting of the year and the track is great, with some excellent natural terrain. It’s got some great slopes and a brilliant straight up the hill from the start. Abbeycwmhir is probably a longer track and matches it for location, but maybe I’m biased.

Went down on Saturday for a couple of hours with the girls to help set up, with a mixed weather forecast for the weekend, with rain the main part of the menu.

And on the journey down on Sunday morning, rain it did. The small patch of blue sky above Llanthony itself provided a glimmer of hope, as we made our way up the lane from Llanvihangel Crucorney. The three bikes were on the trailer, with kids and kit in the van. The YZ was onboard as a back up bike for Mark, and the SC500 was back running after the PVL ignition had turned up in the post on the Friday (notes on performance and fitting in a separate article).

Mark and Alan had made it into the slick paddock, which was festooned with a range of plush campers, vans, Argos gazebos and unbounded enthusiasm for the days racing. After setting down the trailer, Sophie and I managed to cajoule the kids to get the gazebo up [Best purchase of the year from the [gazeboshop.co.uk ]] before the rain came again.

Got the 500 out for first practice and the omens were good. Pulled away from 2nd after the bottom jump and flew up the straight, pulling 3rd all the way. Still need to sort the clutch, which was dragging and the front brake was also a bit of a pull. Four laps of practice was great though and already impressed with ignition.

The 250 was less impressive as I managed 3 laps of practice. Handling wise it was great, but no power or pull. With the climbs and the long straight it was going to be a long afternoon on the lower capacity race.

Good to see Lester Hammond and his CZ back on the line and he managed to get away from me in the first race. The 250 performance was less than exceptional with no grunt up the back straight, needing a drop back into 2nd to get to the top corner. The last meeting of the season didn’t really come soon enough, as the MX is heading for rebuild and a possible rethink. Echoing some of the comments made by Gez Kane on his Classic Bike MX250 project, the gearbox was a bit all-over-the-place and the race was dominated by a lot of false neutrals.


I was still kicking the MX250 when the third race ended abruptly on the first lap, with a bike pile-up caused by Luke Hickie loosing his chain and other riders piling in. Red flag and subsequent St John’s treatment were followed up by the air ambulance to take Andy Davies to hospital for a broken collarbone. There were no road ambulances available it seems and even the police seemed to like the idea of a gentile ride up to Llanthony as a Sunday lunchtime diversion.

All this meant that there was an hour delay, so in good cricketing fashion, an early lunch was taken before resuming for race 4. Race 6 saw the SC500 down to the line, though the start was a mess-up with me stalling the bike after misjudging the tempremental clutch. However, managed to get past 4 bikes going up the hill and settled down to a good ride, finishing (I think) 5th behind Tony Hegarty, who’d I’d met in Oreye, Belgium.

The showers were still passing through and the tracked looked at it’s slickest during the twinshock race, and probably with the thought of the air ambulance foremost, people seemed to be taking it steady. With a slippery track, the lower-to-the-ground British and pre74 bikes seem to be quicker than the Twinshocks. Also noticeable was that the good riders were enjoying the conditions and as the day went on I also managed to adapt pretty well to some slippery corners.

After a much better start, I did take a slide in the second over 250cc race, letting Tony by for another 5th placed finish. I repeated this feat in the last race but this time missing a gear over the increasing rough section mid-way round the track.

The MX250 didn’t come out for the last race, as the lack of power and annoying gearbox had got the better of me. The 500 by contrast was great. It needs some work to make it easier to race and I do need to sort out the clutch. The PVL ignition kit doesn’t use the original external rotor, but uses a smaller internal rotor (without the woodruff key). It does feel considerably heavier than the 250 but this maybe down to suspension set up and the aim will be to combine 500 power into 250 handling during the closed season.

Postscript. This article was written whilst on a flight from Bristol to Malaga. All typos and grammatical errors can be attributed to the maturing Vicky Pollands’ whose endless, pointless chatting could have been used by Stelios to save 20% of the fuel costs for the flight. Their kids names seem to be Ella (a proper little women), Kelly, Tyler, Becca, Dan and indeed Vicky. Yeah, but no, but yeah…..

No dancing, no shagging…

Right, whats running ?

With holidays, continued Montesa Cappra issues and the Eurojumble at Netley
Marsh keeping the other suspects away, it was a solo journey.

The SC500 was still out of action, with no ignition yet arrived in the workshop, so the MX250 and the YZ250 were set up. Had to make a new rear pipe for the MX250, after losing another one in Belgium a couple of weeks ago.

Also, the starting problems with the YZ250 continued and I cleaned out the carb and changed the plug and it was a lot better.

Loaded up the van and headed off on Saturday evening, with aim of camping on Saturday. Went the long way round, via Lampeter, for old time sake and the A482 brought back memories of hammering the Lancia Delta round the corners etc

A quick pint

A quick pint in the Castle Green in Lampeter (my last one there was in 1996) before heading down to Newcastle Emlyn and then Llechryd. The rain was hammering down as I drove the van into the field of no return (the entrance was already pretty boggy), past the array of large campers and transit vans.

Decided to leave putting the tent up until I went to the pub, which was stacked with people, some of who were celebrating Terry Challinor’s 70th birthday, along with rewarding some of the long term servants of Welsh Classic Motocross (like Jim Evans). I managed to escape after a couple of pints and put the tent up (can’t beat a pop up tent after a couple of pints, as well as the pre-inflated mattress) and crashed out, as the rain came back.

After a night of rain...

The morning dawned fine and adjourned back to the pub for a breakfast and the Wales v South Africa rugby until half-time and then back for breakfast. There is no denying that the Teifiside club take things nice and steady in terms of organisation and practice was underway before 11h00. Managed to get the YZ250 to fire up, eventually but still a challenge for some reason. Out for practice and whilst the track was still a little damp it was good. The jumps (aka clay mounds) were pretty rutted and made landing sideways part of the fun.

Five Fingers
The pre74 race was first up, and managed to get to the first corner 2nd. This wasn’t down exactly to the amazing performance of the bike, nor judging the tape going up well. Rather than I was one of two who notice the old boy doing the start was holding out 5 fingers and that there was no-one on the 15/5 second board. Out came the fingers, up went the tape. And with most of the field in neutral I managed to get away.

Not that it lasted, as soon found myself dropping the bike on the top corner and seeing two or three go past me. Finished a creditable 5th from 9. Race two saw Sam Gittoes drop his CZ on the same corner as me and I managed to keep him behind me to finish 4th. Race 3 was back as before, with me in 5th again. It’s a small track, but great fun to ride and by the end it was getting rough in places. The clay mounds (aka jumps) were pretty rutted but good fun.


Staying on the bike
The YZ fired up with only a few problems for the first race and I found myself with a relatively poor start, but battling it out for the minor places. Good fun and bike seemed to be running well. Second race saw a better start and managed to keep a few people behind me for the first two laps, including scaring them off as I tried to part company with the bike on some of the jumps.

The bike didn’t want to start for race 3, which was bit unfortunate but after 5 races was a bit knackered.

With only 5 races in the block, we were finished before 4pm, despite the late start so headed off promptly back to Hereford with plenty of time to wash bikes and get ready for the week’s trip to Sweden.

Teifiside may not be everyone’s type of race; the track’s small, but good fun and the organisation (and the starts) could be better. However, it has character both in and out of the pub and making the journey west well worth while.