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Title: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 27, 2012, 14:10:29
Hi People,

Just bought a 1980 Yamaha SR250 from a very nice young lady in Newton Abbot, Devon UK.  I got the bike for £425 and I'm paying £120 to have it delivered to me in Gosport, Hampshire, UK (Friday).  The bike is fully taxed and tested, runs well (so I'm told), but is a little tatty - not a problem as I'm going to be stripping her right down.  I love trackers and have fancied building my own (first build) for a while.  The frame and swing arm are going to be powder coated black and the tank is going to be orange (with black center stripes)  Here is a shot of her now:

Yes that is a massive top box (the only thing that looks happy on the bike), and the indicator lens looks like it is held on with gum, but she is all mine. ;D
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: jay-runner on Jun 29, 2012, 09:33:51
Hey Steve,

Neat bike, I'm looking forward to following your project - I'm in the market for my first bike, thinking it'll be something like an SR250 (a least something around the same kinda price..)

Good luck!
J
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 29, 2012, 16:43:25
Cheers J,

I had her delivered today, she's rough, but that is what I expected - more fun and satisfaction making her look good.  The reason I chose a SR250 was it as all the makings of what I like to think of as a 1960's real bike - twin shocks, front and rear drums, spoked chrome wheels and a very simple 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled engine - basic, functional and beautiful in its own way.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 01, 2012, 17:59:38
A little progress:
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: jay-runner on Jul 04, 2012, 07:52:41
I like you're way of thinking.

Cool pic, keep them coming!

Where are you going to start?
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 04, 2012, 13:03:49
Hi J,

The first work I'll be doing is de-tabbing the frame before getting it powder coated.  I can't decide whether to get the rims re-chromed or powder coated black - what do you guys suggest?  The hubs will be polished (got a new bench polisher) and the spokes will be de-rusted - does anyone know a good way to stop the rust coming back? has anyone clear coated them?  I can get new stainless spokes fitted for £130 ($200) but I'd like to use the originals if possible.  I'll be fitting a new mini speedo, tacho, headlight, indicators, bars (Renthal ultra lows in black (I think).  I may fit new shocks, it depends on how the old ones clean up.

That all starts on Saturday as I'm working nights until Friday - then I have 2 weeks off work - so I should make some progress.

Cheers

Steve
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 06, 2012, 12:04:53
I'm pricing up getting my spokes zinc plated, don't know if will be cheaper than buying new spokes. 
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 06, 2012, 15:05:11
And so the spending begins.  I've just ordered a few new bits for the bike.  Renthal ultra low bars in black, 60's/70's vintage blue motorcycle grips by Granturismo Italy (shipped from the US) and a set of Chrome Bullet indicators.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: Captmilk76 on Jul 06, 2012, 16:08:07
I love those signals.....
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 06, 2012, 16:54:26
Cheers Captmilk,

Also found these cracking shocks, which I feel are better than the originals.  And an original style exhaust.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 08, 2012, 19:07:14
A quick update.  The bike is now fully stripped down ready for a few bits to be cut off.  I found that new brake shoes and steering bearings had been fitted recently.  Had a nightmare getting the 32 year old swing arm bolt out - much wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Same goes for the center stand pin - had to grind the bugger off in the end - who needs a center stand anyway ???  Still can't decide whether to get the rims powder coated black, or re-chromed.  Either way the spokes are going to be zinc coated and the hubs polished - should the hubs be clear coated after polishing? Same question about the forks.

If you are looking for a new socket set (in the UK), I bought this one from Halfords last week, it is their 150 piece professional  set with 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2" drives, it has metric and imperial sockets and ratchet spanners.  The good news is that it on sale at half price  (£99).  It also comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Also, I'll be stripping down the wheels tomorrow, don't know whether to polish the nipples, buy new ones or get them re-chromed - any suggestions?
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: tsbigdog on Jul 08, 2012, 21:14:00
Cool project you've got going on there.  I'm starting to really like these non-CB builds just because they are a little different.  In regards to the wheels, I love chrome or polished stainless spokies.  If you go with chrome it will require a bit more maintenance than powder coating. 
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 08, 2012, 21:42:25
Cheers tsbigdog,

The bike was a mess when I got it and I'll be changing most parts. The good news is that it was mechanically sound and ran well.  A bit of grinding and wheel dismantling tomorrow, then it's polishing time.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 09, 2012, 18:30:24
Had a slow day.  I thought I would quickly strip down my wheels - wrong.  The spokes must be originals and at some point the nipples have got very rusty inside the rims.  I had to strip the front wheel down with an impact screwdriver and ended up grinding 13 of them off - bugger.  I was hoping to get the old spokes and nipples zinc coated, but now I need two all new sets.  I phoned around and got 3 quotes of around £220 ($340) to rebuild both rims with stainless spokes. - not happy.  However I have found a company that can supply the spokes for £110 (delivered) so I'm going to have a go at lacing them myself (just ordered a spoke wrench off ebay).  Has anyone used a swing arm as a stand to true their wheels? 

Also I had a bit of a time getting the front tyre off - the back is a no-no with the puny wrenches I have, but the local bike shop said he will take it off for £10 - not bad, but you'd think he'd do it for free to build up a customer relationship.

I managed to get the frame and swing arm cleaned and degreased ready for powder coating.  As I said before, the frame and swing arm will be red, but I'm not sure whether to have the triple trees red or black.  Will red trees be too much? I'm doing the bike red, white and blue, but I'm trying to be subtle about it - I don't want to look like a fat Evil Kenevil - so I've decided the rims and hubs are going to be powder coated black, which should be cool with the stainless spokes.

See ya.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: Green199 on Jul 09, 2012, 19:31:09
Cool start man...looking forward to seeing your progress.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 09, 2012, 19:48:11
Cheers matey  ;D
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
Post by: TB_J on Jul 10, 2012, 08:45:25
Good start mate, keep it up!
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 10, 2012, 12:28:21
Cheers TB_J,

Not much done today.  Had my first attempt at polishing, it's not bad, but I may go over it again:
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 11, 2012, 16:05:56
A few bits done today.  One of them was the petrol cap, it's a real mess, but I be buggered if I'm paying £60 for a new one.  So I've filed out as many pits as I can without going all the way through - it's very thin metal.  I then wet and dried it and finished it off with my polisher.  It's not great, but I think it will look good enough when it gets chromed:
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 11, 2012, 20:47:30
Result!  I've just managed to order a Genuine NOS MAIN / CENTRE STAND for £30 delivered.  Now I just need to spend a few quid on a length of stainless bar, do a bit of drilling, add a couple of split pins and the bike will have a brand new center stand and rear brake pivot.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 13, 2012, 19:16:47
I've been plodding along stripping my wheels down and polishing the engine casing and brakes.  While stripping down the front wheel I had to grind off 13 spokes, the back wheel was easier, they all came out apart from five that snapped.  I've also been spending quite a lot on this bike over the last two weeks.  So far I have bought:

Renthal ultra low bars in black
Blue Grandturismo grips
New centerstand
New swing arm
Black rubber gaitors
4 Chrome bullet indicators
Bridgestone Trail Wing TW40 rear tyre
Pirelli MT 60 Front tyre
Stainless Bolt Engine Kit
560 piece stainless bolt pack
New 335mm chrome shocks (30mm longer than standard)
Ballistic EVO2 4 Cell 8Ah Battery
Chrome slotted Horn
New full original exhaust system
New seat
New tank rubbers
New Gear Lever
Lucas Rear Stop & Tail Light
Full engine gasket set
Full set of front and rear stainless spokes with nickel/Brass nipples

And I'm nowhere near done.  This is going to be an expensive bike.

Here are the shocks and seat:
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 14, 2012, 07:43:57
An SR250 in kit form.  A lot of this is junk that is being replaced.  And here are the spokes from the back wheel, there are four different sizes.  I have to send a sample of each to the company making my new stainless ones.  The front wheel also has four different sizes.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 16, 2012, 11:01:27
Sample spokes have been sent off for the new sets making up in stainless.  Had a bit of a result with the powder coating, I've been quoted £90 for the frame, swing arm, hubs and rims to be done - less than I thought - dropping them off tomorrow.  Apparently my new tyres should be delivered in the morning.  This is going slower than I had hoped - can't wait to start the rebuild.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 17, 2012, 08:35:21
The new shoes for my bike have arrived.  Bridgestone TW40 rear (120/90-16) and a Pirelli MT60 front (90/90-19).  I couldn't find matching tyres anywhere, but these look close enough for me.  Also having bought a new swing arm, the old one will make a perfect wheel alignment frame.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Jul 17, 2012, 08:49:54
Good work man.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: tsbigdog on Jul 17, 2012, 11:27:03
Wicked shoes!  Those are like a pair of Timberland's for your bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 17, 2012, 12:46:51
Thanks Shamus, loving your build, especially those grips.  Tsbigdog, glad you like them, I'm hoping they will give the bike a more aggressive look.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 18, 2012, 16:36:40
Inspiration for my build:

(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/Yamaha-SR-250-hookie-1.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/yamaha-sr-250.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/YamahaSR250CafeRacerDreams-Moto-Mucci1024x682.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/tumblr_m31gzhsyqH1qajyvdo3_12801024x748.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/selec011024x751.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/photo-23.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/p62013051024x768.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/DSC_00661024x681.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/def013.jpg)
(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/_mg_5792_detalle944x813.jpg)

And the Ad picture that caused me to buy her:

(http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt313/SteveGreen123/mynewbike.jpg)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 20, 2012, 13:41:00
My new Battery turned up today, it's 8Ah and good for multi-cylinder bikes of less than 550cc and for 350cc and under single cylinder bikes.  This thing is tiny and weighs just over 3/4 of a pound.  It cost £66 ($103) delivered to the UK from the US.  Here are a few pics:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Jul 20, 2012, 14:56:40
That's a neat little battery. Weighing options myself, might have to look into that.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: tsbigdog on Jul 20, 2012, 16:00:12
Steve,
 
If you search on this site, there's a guy that makes mounting brackets designed specifically for these batteries.  He cuts them out of what looks like 3/16" steel using a water jet.  The bracket slides down over the battery.  It might help you with mounting.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 20, 2012, 16:50:03
Cheers TS, I'll have a look.  I'm hoping that when my new seat arrives there is a ideal spot under that to mount the battery.  A couple of months ago I emailed the battery company suggesting that they made a flat four cell 8Ah battery, as it would sit invisibly under cafe racer e.t.c. seats.  They said "watch this space".
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: TB_J on Jul 24, 2012, 06:03:54
Hey Steve

It's probably a little late now, but there is a flat option of these battery's available that I'm going to use in my sr250.

Have a look here (four cell)

http://antigravitybatteries.com/?page_id=994
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 24, 2012, 06:36:15
Bugger, that would have worked.  Looked all over for these batteries and didn't spot those.  Ah well, mine should do the job, it's still small enough to hide under the seat, but a flat one would have been better.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 24, 2012, 06:41:17
My new stainless spokes arrived today.  Not a bad service, less than a week to receive the samples, make the spokes (8 different sizes) and get them back to me.  All I need now are my shiny black rims and hubs back from the powder coaters and I'll rebuild them and true them myself.  Will post a few pics of the process.
Title: Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Jul 24, 2012, 08:04:47
Cheers Captmilk,

Also found these cracking shocks, which I feel are better than the originals.  And an original style exhaust.

dude.. where did you get that exhaust? i want one tooooooo
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 24, 2012, 10:55:05
Milky,

You can get that exhaust HERE: http://www.motorcycle-exhausts.co.uk/shop.php?p=search_options&advanced_option_1=1980&advanced_option_name_1=year&advanced_option_2=Yamaha&advanced_option_name_2=make&advanced_option_3=SR250&advanced_option_name_3=model&advanced_option_4=&advanced_option_name_4=submodel&autoparts_search_secret_submit=Search BUT there aren't any available until September. 

I've actually now found an original exhaust (new) from a company called CMSL in Holland.  Surprisingly it is cheaper than the copy, see it HERE:  http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-sr250g-1980_model8747/muffler-assy-1_3y61471000/
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Jul 25, 2012, 06:57:05
Milky,

You can get that exhaust HERE: http://www.motorcycle-exhausts.co.uk/shop.php?p=search_options&advanced_option_1=1980&advanced_option_name_1=year&advanced_option_2=Yamaha&advanced_option_name_2=make&advanced_option_3=SR250&advanced_option_name_3=model&advanced_option_4=&advanced_option_name_4=submodel&autoparts_search_secret_submit=Search BUT there aren't any available until September. 

I've actually now found an original exhaust (new) from a company called CMSL in Holland.  Surprisingly it is cheaper than the copy, see it HERE:  http://www.cmsnl.com/yamaha-sr250g-1980_model8747/muffler-assy-1_3y61471000/

nice one.. i just starter by build thread under "cafe racers"... sourcing parts... thanks again!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Jul 26, 2012, 06:25:50
just checkin in...
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Post by: SteveG on Jul 26, 2012, 18:09:54
Got my parts back from the powder coater and I'm very happy with them.  It means I can start the rebuild over the weekend.  Made a start tonight by lacing the back wheel up.  It was a little confusing to start with, but I think the front wheel will be a lot easier.  You will see in the first picture that I made a balls-up by putting the outer spokes in first :-[ - had to take them back out - you need to put all the inner spokes in first.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: sxecafe on Jul 26, 2012, 19:02:03
nice job man. I had to retry about 5 times when I laced my wheels until I got the start and pattern right. Still have to touch up the scratches I made in the process. >(

Are you having someone else true them or are you doing it yourself?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 27, 2012, 04:25:47
Cheers.  I'm going to have a go at trueing them myself using and old swing arm and a pointer.  If I can't manage it I know a guy who builds wheels.  I'll post some before and after pics of the wheels when I get the new tyres fitted, hopefully by Monday.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Jul 27, 2012, 05:57:59
Hey Steve

It's probably a little late now, but there is a flat option of these battery's available that I'm going to use in my sr250.

Have a look here (four cell)

http://antigravitybatteries.com/?page_id=994

i found a good option.. you can get lipo4 cell packs on eBay... and other suppliers... do a Google for >
"123A lipo4 4s1p" 123a is the battery type, lipo is the make, 4s refers to the number of cells, 1p refers top parallel wiring . tiny tiny batteries that come in at 13.5 volts....

Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 29, 2012, 14:18:08
Finished lacing my powder coated wheels with new stainless spokes today, and I'm very happy with them.  You can see from the pic below that I used my old swingarm and a pencil to get them true.  It takes a while, but it saved me £80 and I have the satisfaction of knowing I did it myself.  I'll be getting the tubes and tyres fitted tomorrow.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 29, 2012, 15:34:13
A bit of Sunday Night orange bike porn:
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Post by: SteveG on Jul 31, 2012, 17:06:25
Here are my wheels with their new shoes on, and I think they look great.  Well chuffed.  Also, here is a pic of my new seat and speedo that arrived today:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 07, 2012, 05:07:32
Primed the last of my bits and bobs.  I'm spraying the swingarm rather than powder coating as the bushes are in good condition and I didn't want to knacker them by taking them out.  Just waiting for my new swingarm bolt to arrive from Holland and I can start the rebuild.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 10, 2012, 17:46:27
A quick update - the rebuild begins! :
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Post by: andrew6v on Aug 14, 2012, 10:31:15
Are you doing the orange/black? I really love that combo.

Great work so far.
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Post by: VonYinzer on Aug 14, 2012, 11:00:16
Wow man. Looks great so far. Keep the updates coming!
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Post by: DreadRock on Aug 14, 2012, 11:14:26
what he said ^^^^^^ !
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 14, 2012, 13:24:50
Are you doing the orange/black? I really love that combo.

Great work so far.

Yeah, I'm having the tank and rear mudguard orange with matching black stripes down the middle. Thanks for the visit.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 14, 2012, 13:32:04
Thanks for the comments, I'm hoping to get the forks and wheels on this weekend.  Can't wait to have a roller again.  The new seat is for a SR500 so I've got to chop about a foot off the back end to get it to fit, I may get the local fabricators to knock me up a loop to tidy it up.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: mrwolf on Aug 15, 2012, 02:48:14
stoked to have my bike featured in the inspiration section. great build man, keep it coming. tip of the ol' hat to you!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 15, 2012, 08:29:07
You're welcome, it's a cracking bike and I hope mine turns out as good.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: DesmoBro on Aug 15, 2012, 11:18:01
Nice build so Far! lots of progression.... I like .... I actually just Picked up my Own SR250 a couple weeks ago....
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 15, 2012, 13:09:08
Yeah, these SR250s are becoming very popular as project bikes.  They are fantastic if you want to make something that looks like an old classic - spoke wheels, twin shocks, drum brakes and a simple 4 stroke, air cooled single cylinder engine.  I can't wait to get mine finished, it will be the bike I've always wanted.  Be warned, if your bike is as old as mine, the swingarm bolt and centre stand pivot are real bastards to get out.  Enjoy your new project, I'll be following it when you start.
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Post by: DesmoBro on Aug 17, 2012, 01:27:52
Sweet... Its gonna be awhile tho a few bikes have skipped it in line already .....the piston seems stuck on my SR hoping to find a simple solution for that (may weld a broken spark plug to a grease gun and hydraulic it free Not sure yet)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 26, 2012, 16:04:40
Been a little while, but I've been plodding away on the bike.  Got the forks rebuilt and polished, front wheel on, speedo on and the centre stand.  I also put the new seat and old tank on loose just to see what it looked like.  The back of the seat will sit lower when I've chopped a bit more of the rear frame off (and fiited a loop) the tank still needs stripping and painting. The tank will be orange with black stripes down the centre. 
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Post by: SteveG on Aug 26, 2012, 16:06:38
More pics
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Post by: SteveG on Aug 27, 2012, 10:42:24
I have a roller!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: DreadRock on Aug 28, 2012, 11:28:22
Now thats going to be a fun bike very well done man ! Now get that motor in ......
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Aug 28, 2012, 11:36:09
very nice work, the lines of that bike look spot on.  I bet you can't wait to get a motor it place to ride it!  Are you going with a high pipe? It would really suit.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 28, 2012, 13:33:24
Now thats going to be a fun bike very well done man ! Now get that motor in ......

Thanks mate,  the engine will be stripped, cleaned, painted and new gaskets fitted this weekend.  The covers are already polished so I hope to get the engine back in early next week.  I have two weeks off work and should get a big chunk of the build done.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 28, 2012, 13:40:51
very nice work, the lines of that bike look spot on.  I bet you can't wait to get a motor it place to ride it!  Are you going with a high pipe? It would really suit.

Cheers, I agree that a high pipe would really suit the bike.  Unfortunatley I've bought a new original pipe.... but when the build is finished I think I will get a high pipe.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Aug 28, 2012, 13:48:18
I'm jealous of your roller. I've been waiting for a month for my new swing arm bushings to arrive before I can get there. Looking really good dude.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Aug 28, 2012, 14:02:29
Damn fine lines, sir.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 28, 2012, 14:22:11
I'm jealous of your roller. I've been waiting for a month for my new swing arm bushings to arrive before I can get there. Looking really good dude.

Thanks Shamus, I'm looking forward to watching your build progress, if the grips are anything to go by, it's going to be a work of art.  Did you manage to get that Jade?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 28, 2012, 14:32:03
Damn fine lines, sir.

Cheers Justin, hope you like it in orange.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Aug 28, 2012, 15:16:26
Thanks Shamus, I'm looking forward to watching your build progress, if the grips are anything to go by, it's going to be a work of art.  Did you manage to get that Jade?

I did get the Jade, its tougher to work with than I thought, but I have faith I can make it happen. Thank you for the kind words, I hope the bike lives up to your expectations! Haha.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Aug 30, 2012, 17:52:32
Got a new white faced rev counter to match my speedo today.  Will post pics of it fitted at the weekend.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 01, 2012, 14:46:28
New rev counter, speedo, headlight and front indicators fitted. 
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Post by: Jmiller1023 on Sep 02, 2012, 17:06:53
This is looking swell.
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Post by: DreadRock on Sep 02, 2012, 23:02:54
Very good looking set of gauges and fit the over all look !!! Lets see a pic of that motor ....
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Post by: SteveG on Sep 03, 2012, 11:17:16
Very good looking set of gauges and fit the over all look !!! Lets see a pic of that motor ....

Thanks, but the motor is dirty and can't come out to play until it has had a bath.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Sep 04, 2012, 07:09:54
Thanks, but the motor is dirty and can't come out to play until it has had a bath.

looking really good old chap.. frame came out really clean ... congrats.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 04, 2012, 14:48:13
Cheers Milky, hope your build is going well.  My new petrol cap arrived today, I tried cleaning the old one up, but it was just too pitted with rust.  The new one is even better than the original as it is made of stainless.  $27.30 from ebay - V happy.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Sep 05, 2012, 06:25:13
Cheers Milky, hope your build is going well.  My new petrol cap arrived today, I tried cleaning the old one up, but it was just too pitted with rust.  The new one is even better than the original as it is made of stainless.  $27.30 from ebay - V happy.

hye man.. youre miles ahead of me... so far i have only removed the airbox, seat, back mudguard, and electrics... looks like its gonna be a "winter" project for me.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 05, 2012, 14:40:47
Cut my front mudguard down today and primed it ready for paint:  Didn't realise until I saw this picture that it looks like the Alien.  I wasn't going to have a front mudguard on this bike, but If I'm going to be riding it to work over the winter, I'm going to need it.  Do you think it spoils the look of the bike?  I've drilled new mounting holes and lowered it since this picture was taken.  Also I've just ordered this cracking old-style centre mounted tax disc holder, stainless back with chromed brass front.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 05, 2012, 14:49:34
paint it black and you will hardly notice it.  stiffens the forks as well as keeping water off.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 05, 2012, 15:08:37
paint it black and you will hardly notice it.  stiffens the forks as well as keeping water off.

The original idea was to match the front and rear mudguards to the tank (orange with black centre stripes), but while sat staring at it this afternoon (instead of getting on with the build) I also thought black might be better.  I'll have to sit and stare at it some more....
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 05, 2012, 15:13:01
Have a beer or two while you stair.  Usually makes things more clear ;D
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Sep 05, 2012, 15:19:44
Indeed.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 05, 2012, 15:37:38
Have a beer or two while you stair.  Usually makes things more clear ;D

Will do, beer is my preferred lubricant when building a bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Green199 on Sep 05, 2012, 16:41:22
+1 for painting the fender black. That's what I did to mine and now its not particularly noticeable.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 06, 2012, 15:23:58
After a little more staring (and beers) I decided to go with orange and paint it black later if I didn't like it.  I think I like it.  It still needs a final rub down, decals applied and clear coating.  If anyone is interested, I cut 4" off the back and 7.5" off the front.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 07, 2012, 15:17:18
My new stickers arrived for my bar switches today.  I've stripped down both switches, cleaned up the contacts and wiring, repainted the bottom halves gloss black, stripped and polished the top halves and applied the new decals.  Here is the left hand one: (should have both done tomorrow, along with the levers).
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 07, 2012, 16:18:53
Still not sure about this front mudguard.  Maybe I'll have a better idea when the tank and rear mudguard are painted and mounted.  I might keep it off and fit it for the winter.  Also, I'm thinking of not bothering with the black stripes.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: DreadRock on Sep 07, 2012, 23:29:07
That there reminds me of a KTM Adventure ! JM2C but a fork brace would help out alot not only in handleing but look  ;D
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: BIG E on Sep 08, 2012, 00:22:33
I am not sure about the front fender it is ill-proportioned. Maybe if the back half was the same size as the front? You would have no holes to mount the cables to though. Just my opinion
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 08, 2012, 13:30:15
Thanks for the comments on the front fender guys, I'll think it over again when the tank and rear fender are on.  My handlebars are coming along nicely.  Stripped the lever mounts, undercoated and sprayed black, added new levers, new chrome cable adjusters and stainless bolts:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: bartbrn on Sep 08, 2012, 17:51:19
Finished lacing my powder coated wheels with new stainless spokes today, and I'm very happy with them.  You can see from the pic below that I used my old swingarm and a pencil to get them true.  It takes a while, but it saved me £80 and I have the satisfaction of knowing I did it myself.  I'll be getting the tubes and tyres fitted tomorrow.

SteveG -- those spokes look awfully long coming through the nipples -- did you have to trim them?

Bart Brown
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: bartbrn on Sep 08, 2012, 17:55:25
Oh, yeah -- another question (and not the last...), I'm not familiar with the term "tracker." What's it mean?

Thanks!

Bart
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 09, 2012, 06:00:52
Hi Bartbrn,  That’s a bit of an optical illusion mate, it's just the light shining off the rims just behind the nipples, the spokes didn't actually protrude from the nipples.  Tracker is a American term for a style of bike popular over there.  If you search Google images for "tracker" you'll see many examples of naked bikes with flattish bars and seats.  My bike is not strictly a tracker, but it fits better into this section of the forum than anywhere else.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 09, 2012, 17:08:06
More orange bike porn:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 10, 2012, 08:43:29
It's the little things that make me happy.  Here is my new centre mounted tax disc holder, it's a stainless back and chrome front:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: damarble on Sep 10, 2012, 12:42:33
Sweet build. I wish it was easier to find 250 bikes around me, I'd like to build something like this.

Sorry if I missed it, but where did you get your indicators? I have the same ones except they don't have the frame stand offs, which would be nice to have.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 10, 2012, 19:25:17
Hi Damarble, thanks mate.  The indicators were found on ebay, should still be there.  I searched for bullet indicators. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MINI-CUSTOM-CHROME-BULLET-STYLE-INDICATORS-1LONG-1SHORT-/120620877316?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item1c15908604
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: andycafe on Sep 11, 2012, 08:02:39
Nice build  :) ! Just my 2c, wait until you have the motor / tank / rear fender on before you make a choice on the front guard, until you have all that gear on she will always look like skinny chick with a big head   ;)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 11, 2012, 15:06:42
Nice build  :) ! Just my 2c, wait until you have the motor / tank / rear fender on before you make a choice on the front guard, until you have all that gear on she will always look like skinny chick with a big head   ;)

Will do Andy, cheers mate.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 11, 2012, 15:45:07
A few last bits sripped and primed.  Had to buy a footpeg hanger and peg off Ebay as the left hand side one was a cheap POS.  Both should now look good sprayed black with their new rubbers on.  Stripped the tank today and filled in a couple of small dents.  After several hours of hand sanding the old paint off, I decided that all future tanks will be blasted.  I'm hoping to have the tank and rear fender finished by Friday evening.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 12, 2012, 12:39:29
This is the tank after second lot of priming and sanding, as you can see there are still a few tiny imperfections that I want to take out before moving on to the top coat. I find circling the areas needing attention with permanent maker helps me keep track of them when using wet and dry, and it gives me an idea of how much paint I'm removing.  Also here is my front fender with a test strip of my stripes (thrown on so please ignore the bubbles).  I quite like them, what do you think?  I intend to have them down the centre of both fenders and the tank.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Green199 on Sep 12, 2012, 13:51:19
Stripes look good man.

Are you planning on the tank being plain apart from the centre stripes?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 12, 2012, 13:57:29
Stripes look good man.

Are you planning on the tank being plain apart from the centre stripes?

Yeah, well apart from new original Yamaha emblems on the sides to replace the old scratched ones.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Green199 on Sep 12, 2012, 15:19:59
ahh ok, sweet!

Was thinking that a nice black pinstripe/loop the same thickness as the smallest stripe would look good on the side of that tank.

Loving that orange! Really pops!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 12, 2012, 15:47:10
ahh ok, sweet!

Was thinking that a nice black pinstripe/loop the same thickness as the smallest stripe would look good on the side of that tank.

Loving that orange! Really pops!

Yeah I'm glad I stuck with the orange - I nearly changed to metallic green at the last minute.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 12, 2012, 16:05:59
Nope Orange was the right choice. I like the stripes too.

Cheers

Maritime
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 12, 2012, 18:06:52
Cheers Maritime :)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 13, 2012, 05:54:56
The inspiration for the name of my project:  The Ford Escort Mexico Mk1 - in it's day, it was the car to have.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MickyC on Sep 13, 2012, 06:11:17
awesome work  well done
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 13, 2012, 13:42:50
Front fender with stripes fitted and lacquered, rear and tank should be finished tomorrow.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 13, 2012, 13:45:50
That turned out alright!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: JohnGoFast on Sep 13, 2012, 16:51:27
Killer, looks great.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 14, 2012, 10:32:21
Thanks Fellas, hope it looks good on the bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Sep 15, 2012, 01:43:30
Just traded my KE100 for one of these. Hope it turns out as well as yours looks man.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 15, 2012, 14:26:40
Just traded my KE100 for one of these. Hope it turns out as well as yours looks man.

Cheers J,  Good luck with your build, these bikes are great platforms for a project.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Sep 16, 2012, 22:09:22
You definitely weren't kidding about that swingarm bolt being a real turd to get out.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 17, 2012, 04:52:31
You definitely weren't kidding about that swingarm bolt being a real turd to get out.

Yeah it took me a good few hours of effort to get mine out.  You may probably already know this, but when you get the bike fully stripped down it may look like the frame is bent - it isn't - it was designed with one side of the bottom rail shorter than the other.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Sep 17, 2012, 06:22:55
Front fender with stripes fitted and lacquered, rear and tank should be finished tomorrow.

tangerine dream!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 17, 2012, 10:52:46
Rear fender done.  the tank is halfway there, still needs more paint, more rubbing down, striping and lacquering.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Sep 18, 2012, 13:38:57
Yeah it took me a good few hours of effort to get mine out.  You may probably already know this, but when you get the bike fully stripped down it may look like the frame is bent - it isn't - it was designed with one side of the bottom rail shorter than the other.
I appreciate the tip! Your paint looks great so far.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 22, 2012, 13:23:47
A little progress:  Indicators, horn, front fender and headlamp fitted.  Turns out that I like the front fender...
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Green199 on Sep 22, 2012, 13:33:34
Front end looks very cool man! keep it up!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Richie555 on Sep 23, 2012, 05:28:35
Looking good! The colour is looking sharp.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 23, 2012, 08:15:49
Cheers guys!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 23, 2012, 12:23:52
Not much will happen for the next week as I'm working 6 x 12hr shifts.  The good news is that I then have 2 weeks off work and I will hopefully get the bike complete, or close to it.

A few pics:  I've got all new tank rubbers and I can now get down to getting the tank/seat alignment right.  The side shot shows some misalignment, however the seat will sit about 3/8" lower at the front when I've recessed the tank mounting bolt.  I also need to lower the back of the seat about 3/4" to an inch to stop the bike looking like it's back is broken.  With this done hopefully the seat and tank will sit in a straight line from front to back.  (please ignore the tank, it still needs a few coats of paint ((out of stock >:()), stripes fitting and clear coating) 
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MickyC on Sep 24, 2012, 02:19:47
awesome seat mate where was it from?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Sep 24, 2012, 06:00:31
awesome seat mate where was it from?

yep great seat... do tell
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 24, 2012, 15:25:05
Hi, the seat is for a SR500 and I had to mod the frame a bit to get it to fit.  I got it from this guy: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Escortmotorparts-Store/_i.html?_fsub=509186819 though he doesn't seem to have any in stock at the moment.  But I have seen him sell these seats on a few different occasions so it might be worth keeping an eye on his stock.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 24, 2012, 15:48:00
Nice work, I like the fenders and once the tank is done it should be killer.  That seat is nice too.  This little bike will be a looker when completed for sure.

Maritime
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 24, 2012, 16:04:56
Nice work, I like the fenders and once the tank is done it should be killer.  That seat is nice too.  This little bike will be a looker when completed for sure.

Maritime

Thanks Maritime, Have you got a new project lined up?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 24, 2012, 16:12:01
Nope, not yet, I got stuff to fix on the GL over the winter and a dirtbike for my 8 year old but nothing project wise yet for me, new house has sucked all the funds for now but I hope in a month to score a deal on something that someone doesn't want to store over the winter.

Cheers
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 24, 2012, 16:24:05
I'd love a Honda CL350/360 to restore next, but they aint cheap in the UK. This bike by 2.3efi is stunning:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 25, 2012, 08:37:55
Yep she is a beaut.  After you asked the question I was purusing the local classifieds and found a 80's VFR750 for $400, I wish I had $400.  Titled and running poorly due to sitting and needing a total referesh but it would make a great winter project. The guy started at 1500 and is desperate to sell before he moves out west.  Likely will be gone before I can scrape up 400 bones.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 25, 2012, 08:43:08
Sell a kidney, you know it makes sense - must have shiny bike...
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Sep 25, 2012, 15:38:32
I'd love a Honda CL350/360 to restore next, but they aint cheap in the UK. This bike by 2.3efi is stunning:
It's too bad you don't live in North Dakota. I almost bought a 1972 CL350 for $300 before a guy traded the 1980 SR250 to me.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Sep 25, 2012, 15:45:52
I would but I am sure I will need that later in life.  I am looking around the house for things to sell off though just in case. 400 for that bike + about a grand in refresh parts and paint and it would be like new and a hell of a sport touring bike.  Only flaw is the 16" front wheel.  Bitch to get tires for.  You should look into the shipping cost for a member here to box one up and put on a boat for you.  My sister and her boyfriend who lived in London came for a visit here and bought a ton of camping gear and mountain bikes for less than half the cost in the UK then spent about 200 bucks to ship it all back and it arrived about 3 weeks after they got home in time for summer.  Then again the pound was like 2.5 times the CAD $ at the time.  Title might be the only issue.  But there are plenty of cheap 360's around this side of the pond.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 25, 2012, 17:16:50
It's too bad you don't live in North Dakota. I almost bought a 1972 CL350 for $300 before a guy traded the 1980 SR250 to me.

Bugger.  I will have to look at shipping costs.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 25, 2012, 17:19:26
I would but I am sure I will need that later in life.  I am looking around the house for things to sell off though just in case. 400 for that bike + about a grand in refresh parts and paint and it would be like new and a hell of a sport touring bike.  Only flaw is the 16" front wheel.  Bitch to get tires for.  You should look into the shipping cost for a member here to box one up and put on a boat for you.  My sister and her boyfriend who lived in London came for a visit here and bought a ton of camping gear and mountain bikes for less than half the cost in the UK then spent about 200 bucks to ship it all back and it arrived about 3 weeks after they got home in time for summer.  Then again the pound was like 2.5 times the CAD $ at the time.  Title might be the only issue.  But there are plenty of cheap 360's around this side of the pond.

Hope you find the money before it goes.  Thanks for the advice on shipping, I'll have to look into it when I've finished this bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Sep 26, 2012, 06:19:24
just checking in... i would love to feature your bike when complete on my Facebook community page/website and blog.

let me know if i can quote you and use your photos.. cheers
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 26, 2012, 11:18:48
just checking in... i would love to feature your bike when complete on my Facebook community page/website and blog.

let me know if i can quote you and use your photos.. cheers
Yeah no problem, that would be great.  The bike "should" be done in about 3 weeks.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 28, 2012, 12:14:49
Tank done :)
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Post by: Maritime on Sep 28, 2012, 12:17:13
Nice work Steve, can;t wait to see it on the bike with the seat etc.
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Post by: shamus on Sep 28, 2012, 13:18:01
Excellent!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 29, 2012, 11:37:00
Thanks guys, a few more pics of the tank mounted:
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Post by: Mr-SR400 on Sep 30, 2012, 06:42:02
Just read the whole thread, am loving that orange paint with black pinstripes. awesome stuff.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 30, 2012, 11:36:54
Thanks MrSR400, I should have the bike finished in the next couple of weeks.  A few more pics:
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Post by: JustinLonghorn on Oct 01, 2012, 09:30:08
Looking damn good, sir.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Oct 01, 2012, 10:42:42
Looks very good. Are you still trying to drop the seat in the back a little?  It would be perfec if is sat just a little lower down on the rails and hid the frame tubes.

Cheers

Maritime
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 01, 2012, 11:21:41
Looking damn good, sir.

Cheers mate.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 01, 2012, 11:25:30
Looks very good. Are you still trying to drop the seat in the back a little?  It would be perfec if is sat just a little lower down on the rails and hid the frame tubes.

Cheers

Maritime

Yeah, I keep tweeking at it.  I should be able to get it a little lower.  The seat is for a SR500, I couldn't find any decent seats made for the 250, but it does fit well with a bit of grinding of the back rails. 

Also, I didn't mention the new grips, far better quality than the last ones I bought for the build.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Oct 02, 2012, 10:56:06
Yeah no problem, that would be great.  The bike "should" be done in about 3 weeks.

Thanks mate... let us all know... looking good BTW.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Oct 02, 2012, 10:58:25
Thanks mate... let us all know... looking good BTW.
this is how i'm looking
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 02, 2012, 11:13:45
Looks like you're making progress.  Your engine looks in better condition than mine - I'll be cleaning and painting mine this week.  Is your bike a later model than mine? your wheels are different and the tank seems to sit flatter.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Oct 02, 2012, 12:23:48
Looks like you're making progress.  Your engine looks in better condition than mine - I'll be cleaning and painting mine this week.  Is your bike a later model than mine? your wheels are different and the tank seems to sit flatter.

Its a 1981... it was found in a boat yard in Barcelona... the tarpot only wanted 50 euros! I haven't cracked open the case yet.. but some of the bike was held together with wood screws and cable ties.

taking it apart was easy (even the swing arm slid out nice).. but now the hard but.. putting it back together.

cheers:

Sunday ............... Absent friends and those at sea. Absent friends.
Monday ............... Our native land. Queen and country.
Tuesday .............. Our mothers. Health and wealth.
Wednesday ............ Ourselves. Our Swords. Old Ships (i.e. shipmates).
Thursday ............. The King.
Friday ............... Fox hunting and old port. Ships at sea.
Saturday ............. Sweethearts and wives. Sweethearts and wives.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 05, 2012, 13:18:38
Stripping down engine for a bit of a clean, new gaskets, new bolts and a respray in matt black HT paint.   The cases are already polished and I will file the fins before fitting the engine to the bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Oct 05, 2012, 13:25:26
Not sure if it's already on the "to do" list, but I would highly recommend lapping the valves while you have the top end opened up. Now the fun stuff beings.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 05, 2012, 13:35:53
Yeah, it's on the list mate, have my dolly (lapping stick) and grinding paste all ready.  I was lucky enough to do a Royal Navy engineering apprenticeship and one of the first things we had to do was totally strip down and engine and rebuild it.  I think it's something they should teach at school, it only takes a couple of days and the kids could learn so much about mechanics, maths chemistry, and physics.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shamus on Oct 05, 2012, 13:38:12
Yeah, it's on the list mate, have my dolly (lapping stick) and grinding paste all ready.  I was lucky enough to do a Royal Navy engineering apprenticeship and one of the first things we had to do was totally strip down and engine and rebuild it.  I think it's something they should teach at school, it only takes a couple of days and the kids could learn so much about mechanics, maths chemistry, and physics.

I sure could've used having that under my belt. Firing my engine in a couple weeks, cross your fingers for me.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 05, 2012, 13:56:49
Yeah, me too - fingers also crossed.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 13, 2012, 13:46:44
A few catch up pics:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 13, 2012, 13:51:26
Engine painted, still need to file the fins back to bare metal.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 13, 2012, 13:54:34
Engine fitted:
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Post by: SteveG on Oct 14, 2012, 12:05:28
Exhaust, chain and a few other bits fitted:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Getnjgywitit on Oct 14, 2012, 12:49:52
very cool bike!  I love looking at these.  I just got a SR500 street tracker.  Your's is coming along very nice!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Rimmy on Oct 14, 2012, 14:42:21
Wow!  This bike is fantastic.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 14, 2012, 16:00:38
Rimmy, Getnjgywitit,  Thanks guys.  Can't wait to get her complete so I can take her for a spin.  Just the carb to strip, clean and rebuild and then the dreaded wiring.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Oct 15, 2012, 08:47:06
Nice Work Steve.  Much improved from stock and the original condition for sure.  Good luck on the wiring, shouldn't be too bad on the little single.

Cheers,
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Post by: BIG E on Oct 15, 2012, 22:24:05
I thought it would look good when you were done and you are proving it . Good looking bike.
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Post by: veaone on Oct 16, 2012, 00:22:49
You did hell of good job on this build. Cant wait to see it run.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 17, 2012, 16:23:24
Thanks for the great comments guys.  There is still a bit of work to be done on the bike, but it is getting there.  What I'm most pleased about is that the bike looks like the one I'd always imagined and wanted to own.  Surprisingly it took one of my least favourite bikes (the SR250) to provide the base for my build.  I wanted to build a bike in it's most basic form, something that could have rolled out of a factory in the 60's.  The twin shocks, spoked wheels, drum brakes and the single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled engine of the SR250 were perfect.  It may not be high tech, or super fast, but it is a fully functional, (and I think) good looking Motorcycle.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 18, 2012, 09:20:29
Rear light (Lucas copy) and indicators fitted.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Autotek on Oct 18, 2012, 09:52:19
Just noticed your photos in the stream and digging it. The bike looks awesome, one hell of a difference from the original so sweet. Wondering however if your rear tire may be mounted in the wrong direction? Tractor style tread is designed to push water and mud away as they roll forward, mounting reversed could cause the opposite. I do not know what the manufacturer recommends for these so I could be wrong just wanted to through it out there.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 18, 2012, 10:21:24
Hi Autotec, glad you like the bike.  As for the tyre, yeah it looks funny, but the arrow is pointing the right way :)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 18, 2012, 10:56:04
New plate on its way:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Autotek on Oct 18, 2012, 21:03:44
Hi Autotec, glad you like the bike.  As for the tyre, yeah it looks funny, but the arrow is pointing the right way :)

Good to hear Steve. sweet ride!
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Post by: Richie555 on Oct 19, 2012, 05:07:45
Great job Steve, looking mint!
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Post by: SteveG on Oct 19, 2012, 08:33:34
Great job Steve, looking mint!

Cheers Richie!
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Post by: Dogboy on Oct 20, 2012, 01:11:24
Awesome job!
The orange and black colour choice look great on your bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: vphillipson on Oct 20, 2012, 16:42:19
Hi Steve, your bike is looking great,  the orange and black really compliments the bike, I saw the battery you had, really nice and minimal, under the seat, excellent choice on the bars,  ill post up more pics of mine when I get some time, keep up the god work!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 20, 2012, 17:24:16
Hi Steve, your bike is looking great,  the orange and black really compliments the bike, I saw the battery you had, really nice and minimal, under the seat, excellent choice on the bars,  ill post up more pics of mine when I get some time, keep up the god work!

Cheers mate, I look forward to seeing your pics, I might have to steal some of your ideas :) I've been meaning to lower the front mounts of my tank, seeing your bike has convinced me to get on with it.  I want the bike to be flat, front to back.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: vphillipson on Oct 20, 2012, 18:24:34
Yeah its worth it, we just drilled out the mount mushroom things on the frame and dropped them down about an inch or so, that way we didn't have to chop up the tank, also made a spacer block for the back mount by the seat to raise up the tank at the rear, so its almost dead level.
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Post by: SteveG on Oct 20, 2012, 18:39:31
Cheers, I've already got the spacer block sorted, I'll be dropping the front of the tank tomorrow (it's 22:33 here in the UK) and hopefully it will line up nicely with the seat.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: oldnbroken on Oct 22, 2012, 03:03:28
If that goes up for bike of the month it would get my vote Steve, nice work. It is a bloody shame they make you put those giant number plates on the back though, I am a bit annoyed by the size they make us wear where I am but yours is almost a bill board.

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Post by: MILKY on Oct 22, 2012, 07:23:59
i second this> bike of the month!
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Post by: SteveG on Oct 22, 2012, 07:49:50
If that goes up for bike of the month it would get my vote Steve, nice work. It is a bloody shame they make you put those giant number plates on the back though, I am a bit annoyed by the size they make us wear where I am but yours is almost a bill board.

Cheers for the great comment OnB, as for the number plate, yeah it is a pisser.  9"x7" is the smallest you can get.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 22, 2012, 07:50:45
i second this> bike of the month!

Cheers Milky, hope your build is going well mate.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: mechanic8383 on Oct 23, 2012, 11:08:23
Hi, I bought an SR250 same as yours.
My project will be started soon. I would like to restore it same way like you do.
But now i need some document for this bike. I need part cataloge for this bike.
Can you help me?
Thanks a lot.

Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Oct 23, 2012, 11:44:04
Cheers Milky, hope your build is going well mate.

just started by build thread.. SR250 MAGGIE... daunting!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 23, 2012, 12:46:14
Hi, I bought an SR250 same as yours.
My project will be started soon. I would like to restore it same way like you do.
But now i need some document for this bike. I need part cataloge for this bike.
Can you help me?
Thanks a lot.

Hi Mechanic, here you are:

Here is the link to the Manuals and parts cataloge (I printed them off at work and put them in one folder): http://www.sr250exciter.com/tech/tech.html

Also, here is a link to a colour wiring diagram (best to print off in A3) http://www.cmelectronica.com.ar/wiring-diagram/imagenes/yamaha-sr250.jpg
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Oct 23, 2012, 17:52:47
This is looking real swell man. I'd vote for it.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 25, 2012, 13:57:47
I've been lazy on my day off today, only managed a few small jobs on the bike.  Dropped the front of the tank a bit, stencilled the Yamaha logo on my seat and attached the new plate.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Maritime on Oct 25, 2012, 16:54:14
So you will soon be ridign this sweet little girl.
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Post by: oldnbroken on Oct 25, 2012, 22:48:02
Well done with the stencil, that is the sort of detail I really like Steve. Home made but just like one from the shop.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 27, 2012, 11:38:21
So you will soon be ridign this sweet little girl.

Yeah, hopefully soon, I really need to pull my finger out and get her finished.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 27, 2012, 11:40:25
Well done with the stencil, that is the sort of detail I really like Steve. Home made but just like one from the shop.

Thanks mate,  I was a bit worried about getting it straight as you only get one chance, but it turned out good.  The idea is to use several thin dusting coats to build it up.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 27, 2012, 11:50:32
Got a few little bits for the bike, new air filter, it's small but it needed to be to fit in the space available.  New license plate screws to replace the shitty old ones, a Carb repair kit, and a new locking tab for my primary drive sprocket as the old one is worn.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: cafematty on Oct 27, 2012, 13:24:39
I absolutely love this bike. Can't believe I'm just now seeing it.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 27, 2012, 19:41:26
Cheers Matty!
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Post by: MILKY on Oct 29, 2012, 07:37:51
i've got a question: did you paints traight over (prime paint) your chrome front guard? or did you strip the chrome first? I heard that i could grit the chrome frist to get a key then paint... hmmm?  what did you do?

thanks.. again
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Oct 29, 2012, 10:58:57
Hi Milky,  I rubbed it down with heavy grit paper to get rid of the rust pitting then I wet and dried it smooth.  It doesn't get rid of all the chrome but does key it enough for the primer.  Then I primed (two coats) and wet and dried it, building up the layers until all the small blemishes were gone (about four times).  Then I did the same with the top coat (removing any slight orange peel).  When I was happy that the top coat was perfectly smooth, I rubbed it down again with 1200 grit wet and dry (goes dull all over) and added two coats of clear.  You may have a little orange peel in the lacquer, but this can be taken out with rubbing compound when it has had two weeks to harden.  This all process is very time consuming, but will leave you with a very good finish.

Rub down to key and remove rust.
Two layers of primer, wait 24hrs and wet and dry - repeat until smooth. About four times
Two layers of top coat, wait 24hrs and wet and dry - repeat until smooth. About four times.
Wet and dry final coat of paint with 1200 wet and dry until perfectly smooth and dull.
Add any decals.
Add two layers of lacquer.
Wait two weeks and gently remove any slight orange peel with rubbing compound.

* Make sure you remove any orange peel between coats of primer and top coat.  Orange peel does not cover and you cannot fill in the dips with more paint - it just gets worse.

* Should have mentioned that I did this with rattle cans.

Cheers Steve
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Post by: MILKY on Oct 29, 2012, 11:46:24
thanks steve.. will start process tonight... elbow grease!

time management and concurrent activity.. thats the key... thanks again.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Nov 07, 2012, 13:47:11
Carb cleaned and installed today, just the battery tray and wiring to complete.  More pics soon.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: oblivionnewtonjohn on Nov 07, 2012, 20:24:14
Steve,
 
If you search on this site, there's a guy that makes mounting brackets designed specifically for these batteries.  He cuts them out of what looks like 3/16" steel using a water jet.  The bracket slides down over the battery.  It might help you with mounting.
Great build, well executed and documented. Did anyone locate the above mentioned builder of the Ballistic mounts? a brief search yields nothing.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Nov 08, 2012, 13:19:07
No sorry mate I haven't.  I'm making a tray out of sheet aluminium to go under my seat to house mine.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Nov 08, 2012, 20:36:45
Not happy.  While fitting the front brake cable today I managed to snap the adjuster bracket off the brake plate - bollox!  However, I've managed to order one for £30 from a guy that is breaking an SR250.  Bugger, just when I thought I'd finished polishing :(
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: DesmoBro on Jan 23, 2013, 23:03:35
Any idea where I can Find a Link to the Factory Service Manual?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jan 24, 2013, 05:16:38
Hi DesmoBro,

Here is the link to the Manuals and parts cataloge (I printed them off at work and put them in one folder): http://www.sr250exciter.com/tech/tech.html

Also, here is a link to a colour wiring diagram (best to print off in A3) http://www.cmelectronica.com.ar/wiring-diagram/imagenes/yamaha-sr250.jpg
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Post by: DesmoBro on Jan 24, 2013, 11:49:54
Thanks Man
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Post by: Jmiller1023 on Jan 27, 2013, 22:33:14
Do you have any recent pictures of the bike?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jan 28, 2013, 02:58:53
Not yet. It's been a bit cold here to work on the bike, but I should have it finished soon. Will post pics.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Jmiller1023 on Jan 29, 2013, 03:25:16
Tell me about it! It's hard to get psyched up to spend a couple hours in a below 0 garage working on mine. I look forward to seeing the progress.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MILKY on Jan 30, 2013, 13:08:52
been a while since we chatted.. i've been organising this:

hope to see you there!

milk

Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: shafted on Feb 01, 2013, 20:11:22
Really dig this bike man! Would be a great city run-about
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 06, 2013, 06:58:01
Cheers Shafted, hope have it finished soon, I've been a bit lazy with the cold weather.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 15, 2013, 13:17:41
Should be back to working on the bike this weekend. I have to say that I love the way it's turning out. Can't wait to get on the road and show her off.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: JSJamboree on Feb 15, 2013, 13:22:54
dang man, that looks slick.  loving it
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: JustinLonghorn on Feb 15, 2013, 13:26:44
Get it done, man!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 16, 2013, 12:29:34
First run - you beauty! 

http://youtu.be/Bml7q2SK-dk
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 16, 2013, 12:37:02
A few more pics, please ignore the headlight being sick, should be done soon.  Will be knocking up a tray for the battery soon, fits nicely (hidden) under the seat.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Brodie on Feb 16, 2013, 22:43:45
It will be interesting to see what you build for the battery. I have the same one on my sr250 and am yet to build a tray.

Very nice work, can't wait to see more of the bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Scruffy on Feb 17, 2013, 01:44:39
Nice work!

The low pipe is period correct for a 60s flat tracker, if it was good enough for Cal Rayborn and Malcolm Smith, it's good enough for us. I'm even keeping the CB low pipes on my 250 CL, just adding bigger mufflers like the Ducati you posted. Your header/muffler combo just screams Matchless G50 (in half scale).

One thing that has always stood out and screamed "We cheaped out" on Japanese bikes is the gas tank seam. I either hide them or emphasize them with door edge aka bug shield trim. Black hides them, chrome or gold makes them stand out like an intentional design element. If you do yours in black it would tie in nicely with the tank and fender stripes. Enough to do that tank would probably set you back about 5-10 pounds...

I have a feeling that 1/4 liter bikes are the next craze... gas here went up 21 cents per gallon in 4 days. When you draw less than $300 USD per week, and get paid irregularly, 80-90 some odd miles per gallon looks a whole lot better.

Especially when it looks like your bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 17, 2013, 06:23:08
It will be interesting to see what you build for the battery. I have the same one on my sr250 and am yet to build a tray.

Very nice work, can't wait to see more of the bike.

Bvander, I might have a go at it today, going to use some thin aluminium sheet and pop-rivet it to the frame - well that's the plan. If not today, it will have wait a week as I'm busy with work.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Feb 17, 2013, 06:36:28
Nice work!

The low pipe is period correct for a 60s flat tracker, if it was good enough for Cal Rayborn and Malcolm Smith, it's good enough for us. I'm even keeping the CB low pipes on my 250 CL, just adding bigger mufflers like the Ducati you posted. Your header/muffler combo just screams Matchless G50 (in half scale).

One thing that has always stood out and screamed "We cheaped out" on Japanese bikes is the gas tank seam. I either hide them or emphasize them with door edge aka bug shield trim. Black hides them, chrome or gold makes them stand out like an intentional design element. If you do yours in black it would tie in nicely with the tank and fender stripes. Enough to do that tank would probably set you back about 5-10 pounds...

I have a feeling that 1/4 liter bikes are the next craze... gas here went up 21 cents per gallon in 4 days. When you draw less than $300 USD per week, and get paid irregularly, 80-90 some odd miles per gallon looks a whole lot better.

Especially when it looks like your bike.

Scruffy, Yeah it is a bit like the Matchless exhaust. Believe it or not, that is a one piece original exhaust for the SR250 (found a brand new one from Holland).  I'm very pleased with it as it follows the swept up line of the seat perfectly.

It's funny you mention the tank trim, only the other day I was thinking about getting some chrome trim for it, but your suggestion of black has got me thinking.

As for fuel, yeah it's a piss take. I did the math, and a gallon of petrol in the UK is $8.23

Glad you like the bike, hopefully I'll be riding her in the next few weeks.

Cheers Steve.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Scruffy on Feb 17, 2013, 09:58:56
I'm biased, rather partial to orange air-cooled singles. The only brand new bike I've ever had is my 1998 Savage barhopper, which was pumpkin orange from the factory. And is orange and cream in its latest overhaul. Getting ready to lace paint the fuel tank and finish deleting unnecessary electrical circuits. I kept it while owning and getting rid of a Kawasaki VN800A and VN800B, a Yamaha XT550 and a beat to pieces 1957 Harley Panhead bobber.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: NunoSS on May 06, 2013, 19:28:40
Great bike bro!
Next week i will buy an SR 250 and then maybe i'll do something like you do to yours.

Congrats...;)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: MakiMoto on May 07, 2013, 09:59:53
Sweet bike 8)

Looks like a ton of fun on some gravel
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on May 07, 2013, 12:57:34
Thanks guys,

I've just got over pneumonia so I'm hoping to get the bike on the road in a week or two.  Will post pics.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Brodie on May 07, 2013, 19:55:22
Good to hear you are better now. I was wondering why you went quite.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: nixon on May 19, 2013, 00:51:49

Great work!
 Just went thru entire post ..great vision to modify the SR..love everything about this..same idea for my project. love the orange..suits old 60's 70's style bikes definitely.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: greensurfer on Jun 10, 2013, 05:20:43
Thanks your bike was one of the first SR250's I looked at before buying mine. Was dead keen on an orange colour scheme too but I have decided to rethink that now :) . I know I will have a few questions for you when I get into the build proper if you don't mind.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 10, 2013, 08:51:47
Yeah no problem, I hope I can help you out. Enjoy.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: stepside03 on Jun 19, 2013, 04:04:15
stunning steve! i love how you took so many pictures. this has become part of my inspiration. my cafe racer image is being morphed into a cafe/tracker/scrambler not sure how it will turn out. cant wait to see your bike all done!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 21, 2013, 18:28:23
Thanks stepside03,

Should have the bike mostly complete this weekend, may even get a test run in. Hope you have fun with your build.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 21, 2013, 18:57:10
A few more pics, battery tray I knocked up from sheet aluminium installed.  Was going to paint it black, but I think I'll just polish it.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Green199 on Jun 22, 2013, 07:29:08
I say paint it black, make it blend in a bit more. Excellent work Steve, looking great!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 22, 2013, 15:37:20
That's it, the bike is finished. I'll take some pics when I take her out on her test run. Just need to make sure all her nuts and bolts are tight and give her a wash and polish.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: stepside03 on Jun 22, 2013, 15:55:21
congrats on finishing! the orange looks good!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 24, 2013, 09:29:10
Moody
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 29, 2013, 15:51:08
Took the bike for her first spin today, all seems good. Here she is next to my other bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jun 30, 2013, 08:07:26
New spark plug cap and braided orange/black lead.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: bud. on Jul 07, 2013, 17:03:12
Hey Steve - are you running the original reg/rec on your bike?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 07, 2013, 23:28:48
Hi Bud, Yeah it's the original.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: DesmoBro on Jul 07, 2013, 23:57:20
makes mine look bad....... Good Job Steve
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 08, 2013, 18:42:03
DesmoBro, I'm sure yours will turn out great.  The high exhaust will look great. You can see pics of my finished bike here: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Helak on Jul 26, 2013, 21:37:42
Did you end up with any troubles with your carby float height from dropping your forks through your triple trees? I am I just lucky?

Great looking bike by the way, having fun riding it.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Jul 27, 2013, 14:21:39
None so far, glad you like the bike.
Title: 1980 Yamaha SR250 wont charge
Post by: Frankski on Sep 06, 2013, 01:14:18
Can anybody tell me what I need to replace?  My sr250 will ride fine until you shut it off & then its dead untill you charge the batt again.  The battery shop said the batt was good but the bike was only charging at 11 volts instead of 12+.   They had no idea why, or how to fix it & I wonder if that was just a cop out cuz the batt had a month left on the warranty.  Ive been told I need a new stator by buddies, but those are expensive & I want to spend my money finishing up buying parts to make it a tracker/café racer. Its killing me that I cant ride!!!
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Brodie on Sep 06, 2013, 02:05:41
Get a new regulator rectifier and that should do the trick. Otherwise you can test the parts and see which is the problem.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Frankski on Sep 06, 2013, 02:17:28
Thanks Brodie, I am liking your bike so far, How do you like that battery?  Is it a ballistic 8an?  I have been thinking about getting one but I heard you cant use a regular battery charger for them
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Brodie on Sep 06, 2013, 02:34:25
Cheers mate, the Ballistic is a 4cell 135cca. The charging system could not keep it full if I ran the stock headlight. I do like it but I am not sure that I would get another. You are meant to charge them using the specific charger to charge each cell properly. The way I see it my bike is not going to do that so why buy theirs. Just use the standard trickle charger and you should be right. Don't leave it on for too long as you can overcharge and destroy them fairly easy. I have been thinking of getting an antigrav for my new bike.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Frankski on Sep 06, 2013, 03:29:13
I haven't seen the anti grav yet, I was checkin out the 8cell ballistics on ebay.  im trying to decide tonite if I buy a used rectifier for $25 or a new aftermarket one for $45, any ideas?   I will be one happy customer if that new part lets me shut my bike off without a jumpstart ;D
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 06, 2013, 05:35:41
Frankski, shouldn't this conversation have happened on your build thread and not mine?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Frankski on Sep 06, 2013, 14:32:00
yeah im sorry steve   I couldn't figure out how to start a thread at first (long time reader, first time poster).  I would like to say you have a wicked sweet bike & I hope mine ends up half as cool as yours.  I will try to remove my questions
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 06, 2013, 15:42:14
No worries mate, good luck with the build  :)
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 10, 2013, 09:58:58
Finished pics on the road:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 10, 2013, 09:59:57
Few more:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: Brodie on Sep 11, 2013, 04:39:01
Looking good Steve. That bike makes me want to start some more work on my SR.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 13, 2013, 16:09:06
Cheers Brodie.  Forgot to add the before picture:
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: ILoveThumpers on Sep 13, 2013, 16:41:13
It's a drag that the license plate is so huge in the UK, though it looks like you get to customize the text around the edge?

-Deek
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: SteveG on Sep 13, 2013, 17:16:07
Yeah, the size of the plate is a bit of a pisser, but you get used to it. And yeah you can add text to the bottom.
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: slickware on Oct 10, 2013, 17:23:20
Hi -
Found your bike on this page, http://dailyreferendum.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-1980-yamaha-sr250-build-nearly.html
and literally joined this site JUST to read the entire build story.
It's amazing, and so well done.
I just found an SR250 in the want ads locally: http://images.craigslist.org/00A0A_f8gXm4WFpOc_600x450.jpg and hope I can do 1/4 of what you did to yours to this one.

My biggest question is - can you explain a little bit about seat fitment? I've always wondered about how people fit cafe-style seats to existing bikes. Does it bolt on, is it hinged like a normal seat, how exactly do you measure or choose which one to buy?

Thanks in advance, and FANTASTIC job!
~Adam / Dallas TX
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: bud. on Oct 15, 2013, 15:58:41
Damn Steve- every time I see a shot of your bike I'm amazed at how clean you got it.

How do you like the size you cut your front fender to? Do you feel it does its job well enough in the rain?
Title: Re: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
Post by: bud. on Oct 19, 2013, 00:20:22
Hey Steve- got another question for you too. What ratio did you get for that little speedo? My big grandfather clock of a speedo busted today, so I'm looking for something trim like yours. These ratios are a little out of my expertise to say the least though...

Thanks brother-