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Author Topic: 1980 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico  (Read 24997 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

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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

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SR250 Mexico finished

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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Offline SteveG

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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

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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

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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

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

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Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #10 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?
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:19:10 by SteveG »
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SR250 Mexico finished

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Offline tsbigdog

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
« Reply #11 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. 
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Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #12 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.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:19:25 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

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Offline SteveG

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Mexico
« Reply #13 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.
« Last Edit: Jul 16, 2012, 13:19:44 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

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Offline Green199

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Re: 1981 Yamaha SR250 - A Tracker named Jubilee
« Reply #14 on: Jul 09, 2012, 19:31:09 »
Cool start man...looking forward to seeing your progress.