Had a good response when I featured Wesley’s first custom - a Honda FTR tracker called Yakuza, so I’ve been stalking him on Instagram.
I love this little custom SR250 tracker, it’s absolutely perfect for its intended use around the streets of Hong Kong.
“When i built this bike it was important to create a bike that would stand up to the demonic streets of hong kong, perfect for tight turns and quick bursts of the throttle. weaving through traffic and blasting past the neon-lit skyline, her simplicity a stark contrast to this intricate city.”
Why am I posting screen captures of a microfiche?
A year or two ago, we bought a project bike that was “Nearly complete”. We thought we’d buy it, finish it and sell it and move onto other projects.
Not much needed to to be done but like always we kept finding things that could have been done better so spent more time than we planned doing it properly. One thing we didn’t need to touch (or so we thought) was the engine as it had been done.
To cut a long story short, once we finished the bike, we took it for a shakedown and made some adjustments to fueling etc. We got a about 100kms out of the bike before it just wouldn’t start.
After some stuffing around we work out the problem is a lack of oil getting to the head because during the previous engine rebuild, the $2.50 gasket (part #10) was forgotten and therefore the oil wasn’t under pressure and just swishing around the bottom of the engine.
The rocker arms were melted and the cam was destroyed. Best option was to replace the engine. Quotes from $400 to $800 for a second hand engine with no warrantees made this one VERY frustrating build.
It isn’t practical to tear down every single part of a bike when buying a “unfinished project”. Some problems won’t rear their ugly head until you’ve actually got the bike on the road.
It’s just DAMN frustrating when a $2.50 part ends up costing you a grand in extra parts and months of extra time.
Let us know if you’ve had a similar experience?
It’s that time of the month again!
Here are my favourite 3 bikes that are up for November bike of the month on the Do The Ton Forum. There are 5 bikes up for nominations this month. Head over and place your vote.
It’s a pretty tough call this month although I think I have a favorite. Which bike are voting for?
"ATOMICA" Yamaha SR250 Street Tracker by Cafe Racer Dreams
We’re about to start our own SR250 custom that will be in a different style to this but there are elements of this bike I really like and will probably use as inspiration. Nice one CRD
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LUNACY is for sale.
We’ve had some fun on the little bike and now it’s time for someone else to enjoy having people point at the bike and smile.
We’ve put a new engine in, shaved the engine fins, changed the mirrors to lighter, smaller, black ones that suit it better and fabricated a guard to stop stones flying towards the velocity stacks. Everything is new so no $ to spend, just get on and ride.
Perfectly rideable bike around town and is registered until the end of 2012.
If you are in Perth and would like to test ride it, contact us
Some teaser pics from our recent photoshoot of our latest creation, a Yamaha SR250 we call "Lunacy".
The build thread will be up on the site this weekend with all the full size photos.
WINNER “Best Cafe Racer” - WA Jap Bike Show 2011
Pics taken by our good friend Scott G Trenorden Photography