The bike that didn't go in vain

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by John Steed, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    That's it!

    I want a bike. Period.

    But I'm broke, and I will be for some time....

    Those were the words i thought about two years ago, when I rode for the first time.

    It was a nice moped, and it grew on me, even when i thought that it is only temporary.

    For two years now I've been looking for a suitable bike for me and my wife, but all needed money.

    After reading and reading and posting on www.moto.gr (the greek version of ADVrider, well, unoficially of course :lol3) I realized that the best bike for me would be a 600-650 cc, naked street bike. For it to be good, it had to be 3 to 5 years old.

    That would be about 3000-5000 euros. A LOT.

    So, in search for a bike, to ease the spirit and make the poltergeist effect go away from my house, I started to look in the streets and alleys of my town, in search for something that I could Rebuild on my own, something that will not cost that much...

    And there it is....

    Yamaha SRX-4....

    TAAADAAAA!!!! :clap:clap:clap

    Attached Files:

    #1
  2. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    I bought it for a hundred euros and let me say, it was worth it!

    A lot of rust, though..... :eek1

    Attached Files:

    #2
  3. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    It is not better from the other side, either.... :D

    Attached Files:

    #3
  4. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    Well, what can I say....

    ...It was love from the first sight!!


    With the help of a friend, a rebuilder of two CB750's, I brought it to the basment of my landlord.

    I work on a small space and the neighbor's dog keeps me company!!! :evil

    Attached Files:

    #4
  5. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    ...You can see the dog's house at the back....

    Attached Files:

    #5
  6. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    Since this is my first time on Advrider, even though I was lurking for quite some time now, I would like to say a few things:

    I will post here the work on my SRX400, as I will try to rebuild, build or restore it (choose the more suitable).

    It will take some time and some money, but I want it to be perfect (well, to my eyes)!

    If this is not the correct place for this kind of thread, please move it to a more suitable place (preferably with a view)

    All, and I mean it, All comments are welcome, even the worst of them.
    I have absolutely no knowledge of what I'm doing, except of what I have read so far. Also, I have good friends that I hope that will help me...

    When this bike will be over, I will officially be a member of the motorcycle community


    Suggestions are obliged, fire at will.

    Yours, Stavros :amazon
    #6
  7. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    11,260
    Location:
    Tampa
    Great project, looking forward to seeing your progress :clap
    #7
  8. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    Well, the first things I took out were the front fender, it is broken in three places, but I will repair it easy enough.

    Next were the side covers, under the left one there is an electric contraption and under the right is the air filter

    Left one...

    Attached Files:

    #8
  9. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    Right one.....

    Attached Files:

    #9
  10. AlpinaE24

    AlpinaE24 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2010
    Oddometer:
    967
    Location:
    az
    That thing definitely has some rust issues:eek1 I like the guage setup, I need a little tach like that for my rail

    Good luck, can't wait to see the progress:clap
    #10
  11. killermilchschnitte

    killermilchschnitte Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    67
    Location:
    the land of beer and wurst
    Very nice project, can't wait to see more!
    #11
  12. anotherguy

    anotherguy unsympathetic

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    9,090
    Location:
    the hills
    Pick up a Yamaha service manual. You will need it. I'll be watching this one. We never got that bike here in the USA>
    #12
  13. NICO

    NICO Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    29,820
    Location:
    here, there and everywhere
    Great 1st thread. Have fun with the project and take lots of pics. Should be fun. :clap

    Good advice about the service manual.
    #13
  14. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    223
    Location:
    Greece
    There is a service manual for the SRX600, quite the same, only the cc's change...


    Copyright problems, sorry for the mistake....

    :rayof:rayof:rayof
    #14
  15. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Oddometer:
    21,105
    Location:
    WV
    Be watching this one, looks like a great project.
    Glad you found something.
    #15
  16. NICO

    NICO Save the USA

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    29,820
    Location:
    here, there and everywhere
    Links to copyrighted manuals is a big no-no here. You should unlink or nuke the post. I'd like to follow along and won't be able to if you get yourself banned.
    #16
  17. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    3,748
    Location:
    Michigan
    True, true!

    However, that is a sweet bike. Good luck in your build. I will be watching intently.
    #17
  18. ballpeen

    ballpeen _______________

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Oddometer:
    501
    Location:
    NJ
    I had me one of them once. Good luck with the project.
    #18
  19. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,478
    Location:
    Western NC
    Really cool bike. This one needs a lot of lovin' but I've seen worse coming back to life. Good luck with the project!
    #19
  20. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,261
    Location:
    Finger Lakes Western New York
    Great find. SRX 400s are the little bro to the SRX600s. Get her back to running condation and have fun! Love the little dog!!:lol3
    #20