While there are some cafe racer bikes that are created quite quickly, there are also some that take a couple of years in order to be created and shared with the world.
The Yamaha sr500 cafe racer is such a bike.
It took three years for designer Nick to create the sr500 Manxy Racer, a build from Addiction Customs, and the focus on detail is evident from the final product.
Let’s take a closer look.
Modifications in the Yamaha sr500 Cafe Racer
This cafe racer is a tribute to the classic Manx Norton.
A single glance at the bike and you’ll immediately notice that one of the most distinguished features of this vehicle is the alloy manx style tank.
The vehicle is suitable for long rides as the new tank is 6 liters more than the stock tank.
It was also created by Nick for personal use and that is why a lot of focus has been given to comfort and providing the perfect ride height.
The 1983 SR500 was used as the donor.
The flat seat pan and cowl was given a rake up at the back by bending and welding the subframe and tail loop.
You will also notice that the line of the seat follows the line of the exhaust and fins of the engine.
This is different from a lot of cafe racer as in a majority of them the seat line is parallel to the tank. It really is a well-thought-out cafe racer.
The restrictive baffle was removed and replaced with a perforated pipe.
It was then re-packed with glass packing. This gave rise to a much stronger sound from the engine during rides.
The engine was given a vintage feel by treating it with wrinkle-back engine enamel and VHT primer. The cafe racer also includes a braided oil line with ground and polished case covers, and a Keihin CR38 smoothbore carb.
If you look at the wheels you will see them having TT100 GP tires. The hubs have been painted black.
New brake linings, bearings, and seals have also been added. The front forks have been completely rebuilt. Ikon custom progressive springs and custom rear shocks with vintage shrouds were added as well.
The rear fender seen in the vehicle is a Wassell alloy universal fender from the UK.
Talking about rebuilding stuff, the same holds true for the braided stainless steel brake lines, calipers, and the master cylinder as they were also rebuilt using stainless banjos, seals, and new pistons.
Other additions include a completely re-wired battery eliminator along with new lights and gauges.
Individual LED warning lights were mounted into the gauge mount. The cluster was also given a slight rake back towards the rider.
While the end result of the Yamaha Cafe Racer truly is something to behold some traditionalists might not appreciate the vehicle having an alloy fairing.
But that’s up to personal preference really.
All in all, the Yamaha sr500 cafe racer is a vehicle that sounds intimidating.
It pulls hard and is widely considered to stop better compared to other numerous SR models out there.