R.I.P Tacky: BerryBad Yamaha SR400 Cafe Racer

Regardless of its 43-year manufacturing run ending in 2021, the SR400 stays a sizzling favorite amongst riders in Japan. The SR400’s reputation may be attributed partly to how Japanese licencing legal guidelines favour 400cc bikes, however the SR can be reasonably priced and simple to keep up. This made the SR providing interesting to youthful riders which in flip led to its reputation as a base for customisation.

Kyohey Sugimoto, proprietor of Berry Bads Bikes is aware of a factor or two about modifying Yamaha’s evergreen SR400. From choppers to bobbers, brats and cafe racers he’s fettled the SR400 into nearly each type possible. However being a racer, it’s the cafe type that appeals to him essentially the most and he’s utilized it superbly to this 2001 Yamaha SR400. On the request of the proprietor, this bike’s look is closely influenced by basic Norton’s and Kyohey-san has thrown in a bunch of great efficiency upgrades in addition.

Kicking off the record of adjustments is an Avon-style entrance cowl. Sporting a transparent perspex bubble over a basic spherical headlamp it screams of Nineteen Fifties British race bikes. Mounted into the sprint is a single Pivot tachometer for retaining an in depth eye on the engine’s revs. To accommodate the fairing the inventory bars have been changed utilizing Magura clip-ons and they’re mounted to the unique forks.

Berrybads RIP Cheesy Yamaha SR400 cafe racer

For this bike, Kyohey has carried out a twin disc improve which was finished to compensate for the shortage of stopping energy delivered by the SR’s drum rear. To do that he added a second right-hand fork decrease and flipped each forks round to relocate the callipers to the entrance of the wheel. To finish the brake improve the brand new 2-pot Brembo brakes have been mounted utilizing custom-made {hardware}. Each forks characteristic upgraded internals and are held in place by a Smelly Japan high bridge. The Yamaha’s spoked wheels use matching 19-inch F.R. Excel rims wrapped in basic look trendy rubber.

Berrybads RIP Cheesy Yamaha SR400 cafe racer

Transferring rearward there’s a Norton-style aluminium gasoline tank completed utilizing a basic silver with black pinstriping scheme and a Monza filler cap. The seat is a generic aftermarket merchandise that’s been trimmed to suit and there’s a Wassel-style cowl rounding off the rear finish. To additional emphasize the Yamaha’s Norton vibe, Kyohey has fabricated an oil breather catch can that resembles an oil tank full with feed strains and brass fittings. Each entrance and rear fenders are svelte aluminium objects and there’s a retro brake mild sitting over the license plate. To revise the using place alloy rear units substitute the mid-mount controls.

These adjustments accomplished the visible side of this SR’s cafe racer transformation, however Kyohey had rather more in thoughts relating to its efficiency.

Berrybads RIP Cheesy Yamaha SR400 cafe racer

As soon as a mild-mannered small capability 400cc single, the engine of this bike is now a mid-sized 600cc monster. The large enhance in capability comes courtesy of a Tressel billet cylinder with giant cooling fins and a efficiency piston. Contained in the motor, there’s additionally a Yoshimura cam and an Araki F Machine dry clutch equipment. To feed the thirsty engine an FCR 41mm flat slide carb hangs off the consumption whereas the beast exhales by way of a hand-bent chrome steel header and titanium megaphone silencer. Preserving working temperatures in test is a front-mounted oil cooler and energy is delivered to the rear finish by an Enuma chain.

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Berrybads RIP Cheesy Yamaha SR400 cafe racer

The metal swingarm Yamaha historically used on this bike is gone. Instead is an Over Racing polished alloy unit that drops much more weight and extends the motorbike’s footprint by 1.5cm. The addition of Nitron rear shocks ranges out the rear finish and improves the general experience. Leveraging his learnings from years of racing bikes, Kyohey has additionally given this bike’s chassis an entire overhaul. Together with trimming the rear to accommodate the brand new tail unit he’s gusseted it and used his personal engine mounts to stiffen issues up.

The of completion on this intensive Yamaha cafe racer conversion is the ‘R.I.P. Tacky’ lettering on the gasoline tank. It’s a reference to a music of the identical title by Japanese hip-hop artists ID and Mu-ton. Kyohey-san provided no clarification for the proprietor’s resolution so as to add it to the bike, so, like Yamaha’s upsetting resolution to discontinue the SR400 vary, it should stay a thriller.


Berrybads RIP Cheesy Yamaha SR400 cafe racer