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SRX250 "Cafe-fighter" project

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by pete the freak, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Well folks, it has officially begun.

    Brief background:

    Got knocked off my Spada (write off) in July 2005, was laid up with broken bones till about september/october. Was getting off my P's in March, so I didn't want to spend $$$ on a learner legal bike for 5-6 months of use, so I went and spent a measly $1,300 on a 1985 Yamaha SRX250 (painted in genuine Kawasaki green!! :roll: ).

    It had problems starting from the beginning, but I thought "meh, that's what you get for $1300". I only rode it about a dozen times before it decided not to start at all anymore.

    Through a process of trial and error (mostly error :oops: ) we (myself and my partner in crime, Jensen) replaced the carburettor and the starter motor, then put the original carbie back on. Now we've moved onto the fuel tap, which is one of those stoopid vacuum jobbies which wasn't holding it's vacuum. We've almost fixed that, and can now (with the tap removed and pouring petty straight into the carbie) start the bike on a regular basis.

    One thing about this SRX is that aside from the starting problem, if you can get it running, it's still a damn fine example of a mid 80's single sports bike. Runs well, handles well, heaps of fun to hoon about on. :cool:

    Anyhoo, now that the bike is running reliably, it's time to bling it up and make worth owning. I don't have the photo's with me, but soon I'll post up the 'before' photos so you can see why I wouldn't really want to be seen on the thing - it's ugly, dirty and falling apart.

    A very similar SRX (imagine it in badly painted Kawa green)-

    So, I came up with the idea of street-fightering it, but I thought that would be an insult to all those lovely GSXR and R1 street-fighters out there, hence, the little SRX is destined to become...

    "The Cafe-Fighter"

    Step 1: Tuesday 24th October 2006.

    We stripped the bike down to is bare essentials, front fairing, seat, tail fairing, pillion pegs, gigantic 3 compartment air box, mirrors, and instument cluster all gone.

    Tank off, currently being wire-brushed through 4 layers of paint to get it back to bare metal. Thinking painting metallic silver.

    The Plan:

    Custom home-made airbox being manufactured, hopefully with a big Harley style air filter. :wink:

    We're going to cut about 6 inches of the tail and about 3 inches off the seat. Remove padding from the seat from where the pillion grab handle is (but won't be for much longer) and run a cowl over the top.

    Going to do a mould of the tail fairing and remake in fibreglass, with a few mods to slim up the side panels and change the ugly square rear end into a nice rounded thing (reminiscent of the later SRX6 hopefully), and push the sticky-outy brake light into the end a bit so it's flush with the end of the fairing. Hopefully paint this up the same metallic silver as the tank.

    Oh, you should know it's got a black frame and engine block, so think silver on black...

    Removed the triangular side panels, going to replace with a polished stainless grating/mesh of some kind to increase airflow, and shininess.

    Front end: not sure what we're doing here. Option 1 is to just go to Ausstreetfighter or some such and buy a new headlight assembly, instrument cluster and clip-on 'bars, but that costs mokeys, and there's no fun in buying pre-made stuff. Option 2 (which is most likely) is to go scour motor cycle wreckers for usable bits and pieces. It's all still up in the air, and we'll probably decide what's happening down the track somewhat.

    Wheels, we're going to have a go at polishing.

    Exhaust: we' got a stock can from a VTR1000 Firestorm that we're going to have a go at fitting, personally I don't think it'll work, but it'll be fun for a laugh.

    Don't really need to do anything to the swing arms except give them a clean and stiffer up the 'monocross' suspension.

    Front forks are pretty good. I'[ll give it all a clean, and most prolly replace the oil and seals.

    So that's about it. Anyone think of anything else I can do?? Anything I shouldn't be doing (I don't care, I'll probably do it anyway..)??

    Apologies for the mammoth post, but I just had to get all this written down... Stay tuned for the next steps, which will definitely include photos.

    Cheers. :cool:
  2. Pete sounds like a lot of fun, can you chrome the tank that is "old skool" and i think makes a bike?

    Lookingg forward to another netrider kustom!
  3. We're looking into chroming. We were originally thinking about chroming the entire black frame.

    If we do chrome, it'll be a home job, and fortunately my mate Jensen is a chemist so he can get all the right stuff, but we're thinking that learning how to chrome stuff might be a little over the top for this project.

    It's all still up in the air ATM, so we could end up going that way.

    My other thought for the tank was to see how bright and smooth I can polish up the bare metal (which looks half decent even after just the wire brush) and then do a clear coat over the steel.

    BTW Matti, love your new sig - jakshimash!!!
  4. NICE, now that is old skool! Would look great with the polished wheels. have you thought about trying to find a set of wire ones??
  5. Gonna see how well the current 3 spokes polish up before sourcing new wheels. (Thinks: could upgrade the rear brake to a disc if I get new rims...)
  6. sounds ambitios.

    I always liked the SRX250.

    don't try home chroming. The chemicals are pretty nasty and it's a bigger job thanyou realise.

    give a chrome mob a rine. From memory I was pleasently suprised at the price of stuff I got done a few years ago.

    Oh with that engine too I can imagine there are heaps of trailies about with the same engine so hot up bits should be easy to come by.
  7. Yeah be like the kids at Frankston they do it at the station :shock:

    Anyways have fun don't blow yourself up. :grin:
  8. Matti-san: you have just pipped AlBundy for the best avatar.

  9. Clear coat on Brushed steel definately gets my vote.
    That would be prety impresive if you get teh rest of the tone of the bike right (Which it sounds like you are going to do)
  10. Thanks you much very,

    seamen like you big pirate are big in my country too even if we have no big ocean. :p :LOL:
  11. Just while we're talking all things modificatory (and yes I know I could use the search function (if it's working) to trawl through the many thousands of posts that already exist), but I was wondering if anyone has a link to the guidelines for what needs to be on a bike to get it blue slipped. i.e distances between indicators, length of mud-guard and all that sort of crap which would really piss me off if I did all this work and couldn't get it registered...
  12. The Second Episode.

    So I went up to the factory on the weekend to work on SRX again. This time I remembered the camera, so I took heaps of pics. Dumb thing was I left the camera up there, so no photos till tomorrow.

    Did get alot done though, here's the rundown:

    Did fair bit more on the tank. We tried to use paint stripper, but found that a sanding disc on the angle grinder worked heaps better, specially when trying to cut through 4 layers of paint. (Who doesn't strip before they paint??) We've decided to definitely go with raw brushed steel with a clear coat over the top.

    Got started on cutting up the rear end. Actually looks pretty damn good with a stubby back end. Getting the fibreglassing gear this week hopefully, so we should be able to get started on moulding new rear fairings soon. Probably going to paint them silver to match the tank.

    Had a closer look at the front end. We were shortening the stems of the mirrors when we discovered they were actually two completely different mirrors. Decided that some after market ones for $20 would be just as easy. Also noticed that the 'bars are bent, so I'll be trekking off to the wreckers for a rummage throught their bins hopefully this week. Pretty much decided on some little twin headlights from Austreetfighter and some 'spear' indicators also from A.S.F. Still unsure of what to do with the instruments yet, but thinking of chucking the taco away (trust me, you can FEEL the revs on this thing, I don't need it.) and just going with a single speedo centrally mounted...

    Anyhoo, I'll go pick my camera up tonight and hopefully I'll be able to post up some piccies so that y'all can actually see what I'm talking about...

    Cheers :cool:
  13. is nice :grin: :grin:
  14. Big job mate! :shock:

    Looks like you have a great garage to work in, makes a big difference IMO. :grin:
  15. Yeah, my mate has a factory/warehouse/lab at his disposal, all the tools, welder, any and all chemicals we could want. It does make the job alot easier when you've got all the gear with you.
  16. So how'd it go? I had one of these SRX's and it was a heap of fun in the twisties. I only decided to get rid of it because I had a GPZ900 at the same time and the SRX couldn't haul my fat arse uphill fast enough to escape a ford that wanted to be in my lane :( If I'd been 60-70kg it would have been a fantastic bike.
  17. pete is this off the boil now?
  18. looks interesting =D. good luck with it