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‘83 Yamaha SR500 Flat Tracker

Posted on October 21st, by Andrew in Flat Tracker. 24 comments

Here’s something that you probably didn’t know. The movie ‘On Any Sunday’ not only won an Academy award, invented the world’s first helmet cam and single-handedly changed the Western world’s attitude to motorcycling – it also introduced large areas of the world to the wonders of both Flat Track racing and BMX bicycles. Which, if it’s not too long a bow to draw, means that it’s probably also responsible for today’s star bike. Meet Poland’s Pan Sławomir and his very mean, very green flat track Yamaha, ‘Storm Buddy.’

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‘79 Yamaha SR500 – Volts Mechanix

Posted on February 19th, by Andrew in Brat. 9 comments

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Most bike builders who are lucky enough to have more than a few projects under their belt will likely tell you the same thing; they’d love to have their own shop. Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like not your home. So you’d think that once you have a shop on the go, you’d be a happy camper. But not for Tony and Clive from the UK’s Volts Mechanix. See, they currently have two shops. Yes, two. One for summer and one for winter. We’ve heard of the English landed gentry, but this is ridiculous.

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Yamaha SR500 ‘Manxy Racer’ – Addiction Customs

Posted on July 26th, by Andrew in Café Racer. 4 comments

Over the years I have probably built more than 1000 bikes in my head. I look at my two motorcycles sitting in the garage and constantly strip them down then change their seats, tanks, tires, speedo, shocks, exhaust, colour scheme and even their grips. Most of the time I only run with a fraction of the modifications that go through my mind, but I do love thinking about all the possibilities. The latest build from Addiction Customs is the bike Nick has been thinking about for over three years. “Some bikes I think we spend years building in our heads” says Nick. “The Manxy Racer is one of those for me.” So after thinking about this bike for years, Nick couldn’t be happier getting it out of his head and onto the asphalt.


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Philippe Lagente’s ’81 Yamaha SR500 Brat

Posted on January 2nd, by Andrew in Brat. 2 comments

I’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re planning some big things for 2013 here at the ol’ Maison de Tubes Flamboyants. Now I don’t want to give too much away, but I think it’s fair to say that this year will be our biggest and best ever. Resolutions? We’ve made them. Plans? We’ve got ‘em. Bigger. Better. More. Faster. Louder. Seriously, Scott and I are like the proud parents of a kid that’s just been accepted into Cambridge. Except we don’t sleep in the same bed – well, not since that one time in bike camp… but I digress. So, taking all impending amazingness into consideration, we could hardly start the year on a dull note now could we? Hell no. Please raise your red plastic cups, sound your plastic bugles and pop your party, um, poppers to welcome our first bike for the new year, Philippe Lagente’s spectaculaire ’81 SR500 brat.


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1985 Yamaha SR500 Café Racer

Posted on July 10th, by Andrew in Café Racer. 36 comments

Monkey tank? Oh, how we laughed. Then we saw the bike (click for the kong-sized image)

A while back we had our inaugural ride day north of Sydney and we spent quite a bit of time fielding questions from the punters regarding various aspects of the day’s proceedings. There were the questions about the dirt sections. Questions about the meet points. Questions about the weather, and questions about the timings. Then there were the questions about the fuel stops. Most of them came from a single email address and we started to shoot the poop with this guy who seemed a little obsessed with exactly how far it would be between refills. “My tank only holds four litres,” he told us. One single, lonesome gallon? What kind of bike has a four litre tank? “It’s an SR with a Honda Monkey tank on it,” replies Mr. Refills.

Woah. Wait just a single freaking minute here, talkative email dude who is surely trying to have a comical lend of our senses. Did you just say “an SR with a MONKEY TANK on it?”


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SR500 Street Tracker

Posted on June 23rd, by Scott in Tracker. 4 comments

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The idea to turn his SR500 into a street tracker came to Italian Andrea Costantini after viewing some photos of a Kim Boyle creation. “I searched the bike spasmodically, because I loved the mechanics” he says. Luckily for Andrea his father is a mechanical engineer and has a small workshop at home with a horizontal lathe, a vertical mill and a grinding wheel. So with the help of his Dad, Andrea went about creating his dream street tracker.

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SR500 Street Tracker

Posted on January 27th, by Scott in Tracker. 4 comments

This ‘designer’ SR500 street tracker was built by Steve Hillary at the Red Max Speed Shop for the opening party of London fashion store Present. Red Max are based in Hampshire, U.K, and are involved in the fast growing Shorttrack racing scene in Europe. They may have a passion for trackers, but they also build some nice cafe racers and bobbers. Redmax made the custom parts, fabrication, SR tank and the seat was custom made by Bratstyle. The eye-catching paint job is by the talented guys at Death Spray Customs, although the design is by Japanese fashion designer (based in London) Eley Kishimoto and is appropriately named “flash” print. If you think the design looks familiar it’s probably because it featured recently on a range of Ruby Ateliar helmets. But it doesn’t stop there, you can even buy matching shoesskateboard and backpack to go with your helmet. Hit the link to see the Red Max SR500 Flickr page. [Found on Sideburn Blog]


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Matsumaru SR500

Posted on September 16th, by Scott in Bobber, Brat. 1 Comment

This beautiful SR500 from the the guys at Matsumaru Speed & Customs in Japan won best domestic bike a few years ago at Moon Eyes Hot Rod show. So simple and understated. We love everything about this bike. Do yourself a favour and check out the Matsumaru Gallery. There’s so many bikes on their site for inspiration or just to drool over. If you like the SR500 check out this short video at the Moon Eyes Show shot by DBBP.


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Bratstyle SR500

Posted on August 10th, by Scott in Brat. 5 comments

Having recently received my SR400 from Japan I can’t stop searching for pics of them for inspiration. So when it comes to SR400 and SR500’s one of the best places to go is Bratstyle. They are a Japanese custom shop that have a very distinctive and rideable style. They especially love their Sr400’s, XS650’s and W650’s. Check out their gallery for more eye candy. One of the first purchases will be a set of old-school Firestones like the ones on this SR500 aptly named Godspeed.


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VD Classic

Posted on June 14th, by Scott in Café Racer. No Comments

The French are famous for many beautiful things. Like french fries, french models and now custom SR500’s. We love VD Classic and love the bikes they make. Especially their take on the Japanese classic SR500. We are big fans of the SR500 and even bigger fans of Cafe Racers. So to see VD using a lot of chrome and clip-ons is always a good thing. Also love the simplicity of their sr500 street tracker.


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