AUTO & MOTO ARTISANS - AUSTRALIA
SR500 Cafe Classic
When it was introduced in 1978 the SR500 wasn't a hit with buyers thirsting for 'modern' fours, but it didn't take too long for cafe society to embrace Yamaha's homage to big British singles. This is a particularly nice example of the genre.
Kudos for this build goes to an unknown gent from, so it's said, Albany, Western Australia. He did all the hard work on this beautifully proportioned SR500 cafe racer, but left a bit of space for 'lily gilding'.
The tank/seat combo gives the bike great lines, but what really sets this SR apart are the wheels. For that perfect 'period' look the original mags were swapped out for a twin-disc front/drum rear combo from an XS650 tricked out with stainless spokes, shouldered alloy rims and classic Dunlop TT100 tyres.
Clubman bars, drilled headlight mounts, a pea-shooter exhaust, Hagon shocks and chunky alloy rearsets complete the 'true Brit' look, which wasn't hurt one bit by retaining the oem front fender and chain guard.
The original builder's choice of running the clunky stock tail light on a cut-down rear guard wasn't quite as inspired, and a later owner probably didn't think things through by adding the round hot rod light, but ditching the stock bits and fabbing up a mount to tuck an LED under the hump tidied things up – a tasteful, unobtrusive tech update.
Small round bar-end mirrors went on soon after these shots were taken, and it would have been nice to rework the indicators and lose that bubble light to smooth off the tail, but it went off to a new home in Sydney.
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