1978 Yamaha SR500 Custom Cafe
The Yamaha TT dirt bike with its tree stump pulling power was a brut of a motorcycle and was not for the beginner or faint of heart! The XT Enduro was produced using the same thumper of a motor and was an excellent machine for cow trailing or any off road adventure. A few years later, Yamaha had the bright idea to take that same 500cc four stroke single motor and throw it in to a conventional street chassis and, as a result, the SR500 was born. This example started out as an original stock factory unit but with much time, creativity and devotion was transformed into this very tasty street legal cafe racer. Only showing a little over 11,000 miles on the clock, the factory donor had very few miles since it first rolled off the assembly line well over 45 years ago. The bike was taken down and the frame was sent off for powder coating and, after trying on many hats, a very sleek gas tank was chosen and sent off for a very tasteful grey paint scheme with black racing stripes down the middle of the tank and seat section. The original seven spoke wheels were utilized along with the stock speedo and tach assembly, headlight and braking system. Once reassembled, the end result is quite stunning. The motorcycle also sports a Mikuni flat slide carburetor, custom electrics, street tracker style handlebars, custom alloy foot pegs and traditional racer seat. Selling on a Bill of Sale with NO RESERVE!
Click on any of the images above to view larger pictures.