Yamaha SR500 build

Spondon83

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Thought I'd post a few on the front end.. I decided on using the 1999/2000 Yamaha R6 forks since this seemed like a fairly easy enhancement...I saw them first on a TT500 Flat Track bike and thought they bolted right up...I was wrong again! But since I wanted a modern SR500 with fully adjustable suspension and modern brakes, I was going to find a way to make them work. The bike I saw used a XT600 triple tree since they would accommodate the 43mm R6 fork tubes..so I bought a used triple tree online (that I still have) but then realized that the steering stem was quite different and I once again realized that it wouldn't bolt up....this bike build stuff was not as easy as it looks! I looked into grinding the weld off the bottom of the stock SR500 triple tree to use but was uncertain about the fit in XT600 triple tree.

I talked to Mule and A&A about making triple trees for my bike...I was willing to pay good money at this point...but both wanted a fortune to make it happen..So I found a guy in New York that could do it for less than half the cost so I went with Mike of Weiss Racing. It still wasn't cheap but the triple trees had adjustments that would allow me to alter the rake; but the best part is that he made me a custom steering stem that allows this to bolt up like stock. I sent him my stock triple tree and he made it happen. What I received was beautiful machined yokes and a perfect fit.
What came next was the fabrication of one of my favorite pieces on the bike...the steering stop. Overkill..yes, but a cool fun piece IMO.






 

Spondon83

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I thought I'd share some more shots of the bike....I have a problem with the rear hoop as it's too close to the rear tire after we welded it on, so I needed a different solution....so this is what we decided...













The seat lines up nicely to the tail light.
 

Spondon83

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Got the stator back...looks purdy. I'm wanting to get the motor together...this might be my motivation.

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Spondon83

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XVRacer said:
Any performance plans for the motor?
540 kit, 38mm roundslide carb, 520 chain...this will be a reliable combination to generate some fun power to the rear wheel when I want it.
 

adventurco

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Man, I like the yellow though....

Someday I'll buy an SR. Don't quite care what size. Great looking bikes.

Nice work on the front end. Sure is beefy, but gives it that 'modern' touch that you're looking for
 

Spondon83

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adventurco said:
Man, I like the yellow though....

Someday I'll buy an SR. Don't quite care what size. Great looking bikes.

Nice work on the front end. Sure is beefy, but gives it that 'modern' touch that you're looking for
You are too kind...I've got a long way to go and my wallet is getting quite thin.
 

Spondon83

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The bike is finished...or is it? You are never done! Although it may look done, there is some tweaks and tuning that is ahead of me. Right now...I am pretty happy how it came out. I finished in May and just started riding it. This is how it looked May 5th at the Quail show.

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XVRacer

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Looks great! Very nicely done.

Indeed, a project bike is never done, never...

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