Leon wrote in with some great information and links to some SR500 and W650 sites. There is a LOT of temptation in those links. I’ve been keeping an eye out for an SR or XT 500 for a while now.
He also included a zip file (that I almost missed) that had some sweet SR500 pics out in the country. A nice reminder of the simple pleasures. Thanks Leon!
Hi, as you were featuring the w800 i thought i could give you a hint oin featuring the w 650 as well.
here in germany there is a big custom scene around this bike, not as big as for rthe sr 500 and it´s all a bit more expensive (they are rare and you get very good ones for about 4000 to 5000 euros, the cheapest you can get are about 3000(not a bad condition either))
you can get everything you whish for that bike.
aloy tanks, fenders, fairings and so on just look there, it´s even half english:
here you find a very cool scrambler (for me one of the best scrambler builds) the tracker is not bad either
here some other cool ones http://www.clubman.de/php/newsumbauten.php click on “umbauten” on the left for seeing both the w800 and the w650
And attached some pics of my sr 500 which i unfotunately had to sell
Btw, still a nice blog, but you should have kept the tree of shame header
Got my DR650 “care package” today. Made a deal and swapped for some motard wheels.
Long day at work but when I got home I just couldn’t wait…
So after After a looong evening of wrenching…
Say hello to Mr Motard! The ride to work tomorrow morning will be the firs test ride. Too cold tonight.
(and yeah the entire shop/garage is a disaster… Christmas was rough.. lol.)
Thanks goes out to James Meyer for hooking us up with these great shots. Some really sweet old iron in there. Here’s a LINK TO THEIR SITE!
Thank you James!
Seriously? I find it hard to believe that this bike couldn’t compete with the TONS of new Bonnevilles out there… WTF Kawi?
The SE version
The Standard Version
And it’s for sale! (No I don’t know the bike or the owner)
If I were to do another “Top 10″ of all time list this bike might be near the top. God those lines are sweet..
Fantastic historical shots. I love old shots like this taken by the fans. I imagine there’s a TON of it out ther. hint hint…
Thanks to Tom Leeming who wrote in:
Found these over the weekend in my archives. Gary Nixon and Kenny Roberts at Loudon nationals 1973. 250 Class which Gary won. Interesting that while riding for Suzuki in the open class Gary rode a Yamaha (I assume as an independent) in the 250 class.
My sincerest wishes to each and every one of you for a fantastic holiday season. I’ll be taking a break for a few days to spend time with family. I hope you all have the chance to do the same.
Dave Dewey followed up on a project of his that I’ve been spying for a while now. Looks like she’s done!
And here’s the before Pic! Nice save!
Saweeeet little build! Yet more proof that you don’t need big bucks to build cool bikes. I’d have killed for something like this once upon a time…