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Author Topic: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico  (Read 85043 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

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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....