SR500 boomerang

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Mark Wilkins from Air­lie Beach, Queens­land writes, “I thought you might like the story of my 1978 SR500 Yamaha, once owned by fa­ther. We con­tacted the gen­tle­man my fa­ther sold the bike to some 35 years ago, which he still had sit­ting in his shed cov­ered in black soot – lo­ca­tion Mil­dura, Vic­to­ria (my home town). It hadn’t been rid­den for over 30 years. Once it was dusted off it was in amaz­ing con­di­tion with the orig­i­nal 10,000km on it. No doubt the dry cli­mate helped its preser­va­tion – the seat is per­fect for ex­am­ple. It was a fa­ther/son restora­tion. I still have the orig­i­nal parts taken off. The mo­tor was pulled down and found to be in per­fect con­di­tion so it still has the orig­i­nal pis­ton and rings. Most parts I bought came from Kedo Aus­tralia (­dopart­saus­ who were great to deal with and help­ful. The mods I made in­cluded Su­per­trapp Ex­haust, oil cooler, K&N fil­ters, Met­zeler Lasertec tyres, Hagon Shocks and a Mikuni carb. Pic­tures show my sis­ter and fa­ther – 40 years later!

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