After many years of saying I'll do it, I finally bought a bike today.
I did a lot of looking around trying to figure out what it was that I wanted for my first bike, and after going through a lot of models, I finally decided on the SRV250.
It's a bit of a rare bike in that they were only produced for a few years, and Australians didn't exactly buy them in droves. In the time that I was looking, I saw just 5 for sale, spanning eBay, BikeSales and Gumtree. This was one of them.
There were two versions of the SRV250. One dubbed the "Classic", and the other being the Renaissa. This is the Classic, as noted by the dual gauges, stretched Cafe Racer style tank, and the British Racing Green colour. Other colours available on this one were Maroon/Red and Navy Blue.
I picked it up today with just over 59,500km. Pretty reasonable for a bike that was built in 1995.
The paint is in good condition but has a few stone chips on the tank, and the frame and tool kit housing has some boot rub going on. Both of these are on the to do list to get sorted out.
The bike has been very well maintained, and along with the usual servicing, has also had new front brakes done, new tyres, new pillion pegs, and a re-foamed and re-covered seat all within the last 12 months.
Whoever has done the work on the seat has done a great job, and even topped it off with a new badge on the rear.
Cosmetically, it has a few things needed in addition to the boot rub on the frame.
Being a 20 year old bike, the engine needs some cosmetic attention as the clear is coming off the casing on either side of the motor.
Also, the tank has the previously mentioned stone chips, along with a small dent on the top of the tank which hasn't broken the paint. Should be easily PDR-able.
Additionally, I'd like to respoke the wheels at some point due to rust and grime, but this is a non-urgent matter which will take a low priority.
The plans so far are that I'll be doing sprockets and exhaust, which is said to free up quite a bit of trapped power from the little 250. This motor already has a little more power than the same one used in the XV250 Virago due to a different cam though.
The mods have already started though, with my first purchase being a set of these mirrors to de-clutter the bars a little bit.
Quite happy with this purchase, and looking forward to riding her for a long while to come.
Would be interested to know, does anyone else have one of these, or even have any experience with them to be able to recommend worthwhile mods?