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G'day Fellas!

First time on the forum here. I stumbled across it while hunting around for XS650 bobbers (the next project?).

I live in Sydney and have recently built up a SR400 cafe racer - using mainly aftermarket parts (Cheating, perhaps?) I've only recently caught the motorbiking bug, in the past two years and I'm eager to learn anything and everything while I can.

Anyway, the build was pretty easy. It has a new seat, clipons, K&N filters, supersound (Jap company) exaust, rearsets, fenderless kit, new front mudguard. I wrapped the exhaust pipe as I kept burning bits of my boots on it.

I was looking at a bunch of different bikes to caff up. CB750's were great, but either ratshit or immaculate and very expensive. Unfortunately I'm using my bike for a commuter, and didn't want the (albeit very few) hassles of an old SR500, so I went with a imported SR400, 2005 model. I need it to start every day to pay my bills!

I've also recently added a chip in the fuel tank from a low speed drop. F*****g great work, Marlon.











Here's me, photoshopped, trying to kill myself on the old pacific highway. It's running beautifully, but is a bit of a slug and I've got to do something to the shocks - I'm really not happy with it's handling. Probably Ikons at the rear and some stiffer springs up front. Spose I'll have to tackle that before trying to go any quicker.

I've recently got back from a 10 hour ride down to Melbourne. I was in pain. Still, bragging rights at the local pub! ("I did 1000k's in one day on a single cylinder cafe racer with a paperthin seat, you've got a bloody CD player on your bike, that's not bloody motorcycling!")



And I'll chuck these in, hope it isn't a kickable offense!

This is my old TW200 - I used this to practice rewiring, rejetting and basic "pulling apart without breaking things" on a cheap bike before tacking anything on the SR400.








Hope everybody here doesn't think I've murdered anything. I've got a bunch of more questions in waiting for my next project, likely to be a 1950's esque bobber based on a jap engine. Sadly, every bike here over 250cc's requires full registration, which means CTP insurance (starting at $600 for me - I'm male, 21 and apparantly more likely to hit things) So i'll need to save and save.

"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them - but I want one anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need one. That is why they are dangerous." - Hunter S. Thompson
 

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im pretty sure yount get the tw200 in the states. thats a fun looking machine. nice sr by the way.


and welcome

jc

"tex, if your bikes a cheater, its not a very good one"
 

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G'day mate!

My wife's an Aussie from Sydney so we try to go there once a year. SR's have a big following on your side of the world, cool bikes with a TON of hop-up's and aftermarket kits available. Really cool stuff. I love the japanese kits to make 'em look like an AJS or MANX.

Last time I was in Sydney Deus had just opened, selling hipster versions of the SR and TW.

Watch it on the Pacific Coast Highway, I remember it being on the news all the time for fatalities because of the trucks! Might've been up past Byron though. Be alert!

Anyway, I'll stop rambling... Welcome aboard!
Have a schoo'ey of New, and a meat pie for me! Cheers mate!



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As JohnnyB might say, heck of a first post! Nice SR dude. Nice looking projects around it too, is that a Caterham? And what are the exhaust/header pipes coming out of on the lower left?
Looks like you've got a few things going on.

Cheers


FR
 

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Thanks for the kind words fellas!

Rosko, you're right about the SR's - they have a cult-like following down here. Ever since buying one I've met dozens of dozens of people who keep referring to it as the 'bike they shouldn't have sold' So far I've seen a SR with dry clutch. One bored, stroked and messed with to a 720cc, a mate of mine has machined R6 front forks to fit. I've seen another done as a bobber with a hand shift and foot clutch. Great support network for this bike! With the pacific highway, most bikers that kark it out there are single vehicle accidents - pushing it too hard with bad quality roads.

Also, you can tell you really know an Ausse - you didn't mention fosters (Cats piss) or shrimp (prawns!) I'm a proud VB drinker myself, but I don't mind new out the tap. Where in Sydney is the Mrs from? Next time you're in town we'll have to go for a blat!

FR, that is dad's toy in the background - A Australian-built Lotus replica. Pretty vague replica at the moment - it's running a lexus turbocharged four. Major clutch slipping problems. Dad's pulled it out to have a look - but realised he doesn't know what he's looking at! The header pipe is for the same car. Like they say 'boys and their toys!'



"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them - but I want one anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need one. That is why they are dangerous." - Hunter S. Thompson
 

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nice work man, everything looks really clean. There is some guy running around Hamilton Ont with a WR200, I have seen him a few times in my travels

Hey someone pas me the wrench........ Ahh screw it where is the torch
 

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Love the bikes!

Sweet looking cafe, only makes it cool that it's almost brand new.

And the tw200 is sweet as well. I had one a few years ago that I got rid of. Would have kept it if it looked like that!

Hey By'
 

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Hey mate!

Land of the rising sun...

Also, deus ex Machina sell them for $410 Aussie dollars. Bolt on, bolt off the SR's. Very, very well made.

"There are some things nobody needs in this world, and a bright-red, hunch-back, warp-speed 900cc cafe racer is one of them - but I want one anyway, and on some days I actually believe I need one. That is why they are dangerous." - Hunter S. Thompson
 

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welcome marlon!

ahh the victoria bitter. pretty good stuff, but isn't that made by fosters too?

sweet bikes, see you around campus.

texy
 
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