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Author Topic: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico  (Read 81596 times)

Offline SteveG

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1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« 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
« Last Edit: Aug 26, 2012, 16:48:14 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline jay-runner

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
« Reply #1 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

Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #2 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.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:16:37 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline SteveG

  • Posts: 258
Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #3 on: Jul 01, 2012, 17:59:38 »
A little progress:
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:16:53 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline jay-runner

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
« Reply #4 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?

Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #5 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
« Last Edit: Jul 18, 2012, 19:43:50 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #6 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. 
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:17:52 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline SteveG

  • Posts: 258
Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #7 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.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:18:12 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....

Offline Captmilk76

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
« Reply #8 on: Jul 06, 2012, 16:08:07 »
I love those signals.....

Offline SteveG

  • Posts: 258
Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #9 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.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:18:41 by SteveG »
SR250 Tracker called Mexico

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=38765.0

SR250 Mexico finished

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=50779.0

On the road

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=52850.msg591651#msg591651

Life is just an illusion induced by the lack of alcohol....