Reader Ride. A nice “budget built” Yamaha SRX600.

I love seeing interesting bikes built on a budget.  There’s always something to learn.

Norman writes in:

My name is Norman, I am 26 years old, studying.
I`ve been following your blog for some time, and just love the work you`re doing.
Since a few years, i own a 1987 Yamaha SRX 600, and i`ve been working on it ever since – as far as a very tight budget allows it (and the german regultations concerning customizing bikes).
In it`s most recent incarnation, it went from flat black cafe racer to sky blue, little flakey roadster; see attachment.
It is not yet done, but if you like it, I will send some pictures when it has progressed further.
It is not a high class build, especially as I am “learning by doing”, and have a tight budget and limited tooling, but maybe you want to show it – in this case, I will send you more and hopefully better pictures when it is set up for the season (probably March).
Here`s some data:

1987 Yamaha SRX 600, Type 2TM (swiss import)
bored out to 675ccm, K&N, stage 3 dynojet kit,
Progressive fork springs,
Koni shocks,
braided brake lines,
BSM stainless steel exhaust,
homemade seat and rear section,
vintage Granturismo flake grips,
Rattle can paintjob and so on.

I see that you have certain standards for the material you post, so I fully understand if you leave it out.

Keep up the good work,


Actually Norman if I have standards I’m not sure what they are exactly lol.  I generally go with my mood on these things.  I don’t think that there is enough attention paid to what people are doing when on a budget.  Anyone can get their vision out with an unlimited budget.    It’s the people who are constrained by time/space and money that really have to get creative and even if it doesn’t quite “get there” it’s interesting to see how the compromises play out.  Thank You for the Pics!

Beautifully photographed Yamaha SR500 by a young rider from Germany who “gets it”.

It’s nice te see that there are people in the next generation of riders who can still appreciate  the simple joy of a ride in the country on a well ridden thumper. Thanks Much for the reminder. Time to go for a long ride this weekend and blow off some stress.

Leon writes in:

Hi, I really liked your old blog, I would like to send you some pictures of my SR500, it’s an 82 model, not as fancy as the other bikes on your blog, if you don’t like it fell free to ignore this 😛
I like my bike, especially because it’s not fancy/shiny and it’s my first “real” bike it is cheap, runs and is much cooler than the plastic bikes other people of my age like.  Unfortunately I couldn’t decide on one picture, so here you are.

Greetings from Germany,