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'81 Yamaha SR500 Brat
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'81 Yamaha SR500 Brat - January 10, 2013, 07:55 AM

something that could be easily done with a CL find


















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Philippe Lagente's '81 Yamaha SR500 Bray

The bike was a big hit at Toulouse's annual Rust Festival

“I bought this Yamaha SR500 model 2J4, from 1981, in 2010, totally stock. After few light modifications, I decided to finish the work last summer. Since I had no garage, I built it in my flat on the 3rd floor without an elevator (yes, i have good friends!), and for the occasion I put the bike in the room where usually I have my recording studio.

“I knew exactly what the bike will look like: small, heavyset, low, aggressive, solo seat, and with big tires! The idea was to spend less money as possible, and build everything by myself. I started by clearing all needless pieces: the old seat, mudguards, speedometer, lights...”

“After I have cut the chassis frame to adapt the homemade seat, I didn't want to follow the trend of having the empty space under the seat as I wanted the bike to look heavy, not light. The exhaust has been modified, same for the handlebars, which come from a motocross bike”.

“For the bike I have built a light holder (the light itself is a Bates), an instrument panel holder, the holders for the turn signals, a holder for the registration plate, and footpegs.”

“I have simplified the electrics and repositioned them under the gas tank, which has been painted in satin black on the top, rusted on the side with salt and water, and varnished. A few pieces have been sanded down, like the crank cases, but I kept lots of pieces stock - I didn't want a show bike, I wanted to keep the old school spirit.”


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July 18, 2013, 07:34 AM

Going a similar route with my '76 CB750
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July 18, 2013, 11:09 AM

I really like that tank. Varnished rust? Cool


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July 18, 2013, 11:27 AM

I'm digging this bike.
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July 18, 2013, 11:34 AM

I'm liking it but couldn't see doing much actual riding on a bike without fenders.
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July 18, 2013, 12:12 PM

I am hoping to have mine come out something similar to this. This was actually built out of Vienna, VA.
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