Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Reader Ride! One hell of a custom Yamaha SR500!

Mike C sends in these pics of his stunning SR500 custom.  As a person who's been known to overbuild a few small CC bikes myself I really like this.

Mike includes his build sheet:

Here are some snaps of my 1978 Yamaha SR 500, hope you like them:
Front forks:'94 GSXR 750
Front 'fairing': Modified aftermarket fiberglass Yamaha R6 front fender
Headlights: Modified 18 wheeler back-up lights
Wheels: '94 Yamaha FZR600
Rear monoshock: '94 Yamaha RZ350
Muffler: Modified Toyoya Camry resonator (center section from a Harley, front section is a Kerker).
Oil cooler: Shop class project a buddy made for me
Front master cylinder & clutch lever: Honda CBR 900
Rear master cylinder: Honda CBR 600
Rear brake caliper: '94 Kawasaki ZX 750
Chin fairing: Home made fiberglass copy of RZ 350 part
Vapor catch tank: Modified reciever/dryer from Camry ac system
Kick starter: Yamaha XS 650
Tail piece: Fiberglass home-brew
Rear fender; Fiberglass home-brew
Gas cap: Yamaha YSR 50
Tailight; Marker light I 'borrowed' from a school bus
Seat is a cut down stocker using a upper shock mount at the rear
Speedo; Yamaha RZ 350
Mag cover: Kedo in Germany
Oil filter cover; Motolana Thailand
Cam chain adjuster cover; I forget the company name, but it came from New Zealand
Rear sets;Home-brew combo of the old buddy pegs from my '85 GSXR 750 and some nice alloy stock I found in a parking lot =-)
Bar end mirrors; Metal copies of some I found at a bicycle shop
Motor running early TT500 points type ignition & magnetto lighting
Voltage regulator from a snowmobile
Etc., Etc., Etc......
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Thanks for your time ......Mike C.

Great Stuff.  Thanks Much for the pics and info!


  1. Hi
    You are doing great job for bike riders, like me.
    Keep it up

  2. Wow, The SR500 is a fun bike to build/rebuild, and this one is of the highest order. I keep reading trash talk about their being under-powered, or ill-conceived originally, but I can tell you that, stock, back in the day, I could easily take stock 750's for the first 1/4 mile (all that mattered). After making several White Bros. mods, it was a really quick thumper.

  3. when did Suzuki run Nissin calipers?


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