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Old 10-26-2010, 07:50 AM   #61
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good job, sweet bikes.
lucky girl, fits her like a glove.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:58 AM   #62
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good job, sweet bikes.
lucky girl, fits her like a glove.
Thank you

She really does love it. There were many times when I thought I just should of picked up a decent GS500 and called it a day. Glad I didn't, this one is part of the family now.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:22 AM   #63
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So yesterday I took the wee two-fiddy out for a real ride on some country roads to heat up the oil. I had only ridden it around the neighborhood previously so it was a new experience for me....I must say I came away very impressed!



I was cruising along at 65mph at a reasonable RPM when I remembered it was a six speed, clicked her up a notch and she chugged up to an indicated 75mph no problem....it could cruise at that speed all day long.

Stability was excellent, much better than I thought a sub 300lb bike would be. In fact, I wish it would turn in a bit quicker. The correct size front tire would help that if I ever find one on these shores.

Even the ergos weren't that bad, better than I expected anyway. hell I could see doing some minimalist touring and commuting on it. Too bad I look so damn silly on it.

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Old 11-15-2010, 03:16 PM   #64
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Looks great, I brought one of those for my girl too.

What's the front brake like? Mine's really grabby, the forks pogo quite badly too. Makes for an interesting ride.

What's yours like in the braking/suspension department?
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:47 AM   #65
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Looks great, I brought one of those for my girl too.

What's the front brake like? Mine's really grabby, the forks pogo quite badly too. Makes for an interesting ride.

What's yours like in the braking/suspension department?


Front brake is just right, pretty powerful in fact with the braided line. The rear can be a bit sensitive, it's pretty easy to lock up.


The forks are waaaay too soft though. They use up half their travel just pushing it out of the garage

The springs in there right now are progressive wound. Are they stock? I expected to see straight wound ones on a bike of this era.... I wonder if they're aftermarket? No spacers are installed either. I wonder if the PO installed the springs then neglected to install spacers for proper preload???





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Old 01-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #66
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Well looking back at the manual it "clearly" states...


(7) Install-

-Fork spring


Be sure the short pitch (3) side face upward


So I guess it did come with progressive springs from the factory, great.... another opportunity to spend money
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:54 PM   #67
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nice work!

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Old 02-19-2011, 02:21 PM   #68
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Just some updates on phase 2 of the build.



getting all the bodywork prepped for paint......









Forks are getting a much needed service......









I was hoping to get the exhaust done this winter but looks like that will have to wait till summer now. The plan here is to get rid of the collector box and adapt the new canister shown above....









The bars are slightly bent, hard to tell with all the controls mounted up but I know it and it bugs me. I think I'll keep the riser/clamp and just cut off the tube then have new ones welded on. That will allow me to lose the heavy and ugly bar end weights too.









I have a pilot jet from an XT350 (42) that I'm going to try, stock is a 38. Right now it takes for ever to warm up, almost 10 minutes before it will run cleanly without choke so we'll see if it helps.







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Old 02-19-2011, 02:30 PM   #69
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Oh and one other thing I need to do before paint is make a little seat cowl like the factory one here......









I've given up trying to find a factory one....there's just NOTHING out there for these bikes!






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Old 03-05-2011, 03:37 AM   #70
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Nice Job!!!



Neatly done, looks like a fun to ride bike!

your wife looks great on it too!!!



be wanting an update though, a photo painted, the rear cover, the exhaust????


Well done!!!
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:51 PM   #71
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Cool. My first real motorcycle was a SRX 250 bought new in 87. Thought it was a great start. One of these days if one shows up local at the right price I'll probably have to spring for it.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:46 PM   #72
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How tall is your wife? Mine is 4'11" and it is tough to find a bike to fit her. A Buell Blast with the low seat was the only thing we could find that she could touch on. Ninja 250, new Honda cbr250 are both too tall.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:25 AM   #73
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How tall is your wife? Mine is 4'11" and it is tough to find a bike to fit her. A Buell Blast with the low seat was the only thing we could find that she could touch on. Ninja 250, new Honda cbr250 are both too tall.

She's about 5' 2" with a 30" inseam. It helps that the bike is so light and narrow, Yamaha claims 302 lbs wet. I have no reason to doubt that.....














It should make a great first street bike for the kid on the right too








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Old 03-06-2011, 11:08 AM   #74
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Nice build! I have an srx-600 also. I started rebuilding mine years ago, and I would stare at the pics on the srx-600 site's gallery forever deciding what I wanted to do with. The pics of your bike on their site are what inspired me to go with a powdercoated black frame, and red paint. Then I see it here today, how strange!

here's how mine ended up, not quite as clean as yours but it'll do
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:28 AM   #75
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^^^^^

thanks!


You're being too modest though....your bike looks great!


I wish mine were that shiny, post some more pics please
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