SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby frankovlx » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:38 pm

After hours and hours on the net, I finally got my hands on a SRV250 to pull apart and rebuild as a cafe racer.

I am looking at going a very very simple design, flat black everything and then a brown leather seat.

Has anyone done anything like this before? Anyone got any ideas on what to do and more importantly what not to do?

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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby Inguneer » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:29 am

Nevergrew has restored something similar.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:36 pm

Yep, I've had mine finished and on the road for nearly 12mths. Got 2500k's on it mostly drama free.

What to do - don't spend big money on it. Do everything yourself. It's more fun then. Everything legal on a bike is ugly (IMO) so chop but don't chop too drastically. You need a bunch of parts you can bolt back on for rego inspections. Mud guards, chain guards, reflectors, mirrors etc

What not do to - fully customise it and then try rego'ing it - the authorities don't have imaginations. Start with an original'ish bike with reg, then chop it up. Heaps easier and you can ride it between mods. I wish I did mine like this.

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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby pjdave » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:28 pm

This is what Ive been working on, SR400 scrambler style The pic is with the stock tank. The custom tank I built for it should be out of paint this week! after 3 months of stuffing around :( I have another seat made for the smaller tank aswell.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby pjdave » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:32 pm

The other seat, just thrown on for a pic.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:10 am

Nice bike Pj

Fluffy on here had a nice cd250u he cafe tracker'ed. he might chuck a pic up. I got this disease from him :)
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby frankovlx » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:24 pm

These all look awesome!

My plan is exactly that, get it on the road, then chop, cut and do all the work. Essentially looking at stripping it, cutting off the fat I don't want then paint frame, forks, tank, wheels and re do the seat. Keep it simple so it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb, but still has the detail I want.

Keep the pics coming! Any ideas are good ideas!

Thoughts on powder coating as opposed to 2pac? costs and durability? rims, frame and tank!
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:14 pm

frankovlx wrote:Thoughts on powder coating as opposed to 2pac? costs and durability? rims, frame and tank!


Depends how much you want to spend. Powder is good when durability is required, rims, frame etc. it can be costly because apart from the powder expense the job needs to be blasted back to bare steel, which is an additional cost. 2pack or acrylic for detailed stuff like tank and tins. I painted my whole bike with aerosol cans to save $ and convenience. Enamel for frame and wheels and acrylic on the tank.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:29 pm

frankovlx wrote:Keep the pics coming! Any ideas are good ideas !


This is my particular style but the sky's the limit on what you can do / think of. A couple of srv's a long way from their original design.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby pjdave » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:10 pm

I always powdercoated my frames, its not too expensive, cost $250 to get frame and 27 other random parts blasted, primed and coated. Chroming anything is extortionate! The few parts I got nickel plated cost a $$$ along with the custom tank paint but at least I could see the work that went into it. Like anything skys the limit mine started to get out of hand :)
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:55 pm

It's real easy to get carried away. I had a budget of sub 2k finished including purchase price, so I scrimped and scavenged and got it to 2.3k including reg and greenslip.

It was the nice change from any boat project I ever did $$
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby fluffy » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:55 am

This is the CD250 that I built, 100% agree with Nevergrew, rego it first and don't get carried away spending too much $$, honestly the 250's aren't worth it. I painted my frame & tank etc 2 pac, and it holds up well, powder coat would be great, but I couldn't do that myself, so it was not an option.
I've got 2 more 250's in the shed, but just can't find the time ATM.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby pjdave » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:39 pm

Nice Bikes guys! Frank can you see the common theme here? Gotta get yourself a Nautique :)
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SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:03 pm

Some more inspiration for you...and because I'm bored...

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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby frankovlx » Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:17 pm

How does everyone paint the multi spoke wheels? pull them apart and spray each piece and then put all together, or spray as one piece? I am thinking of painting everything with 2pac engine paint so that i get the same finish on frame, tank lights etc.

Got the bike running today which was great. Has not been used in three years! All i gave it was some new plugs, a charge and some new fluids!

happy days ahead. maybe
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby pjdave » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:02 pm

Frank, really depends again on how fussy you are and what money you want to drop into it. The proper way is to pull them entirely apart and then re spoke and true them. If you went the powdercoat route this is a must. I wanted fatter and different size (smaller) rims so I had mine totally rebuilt with the origianl hubs as the spokes were rusted anyway. You could get away painting them though.
Where are you located? if you do facebook there are a couple good groups. Also check out http://www.pipeburn.com/ and http://www.bikeexif.com/ for inspiration.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:03 pm

Also another good forum is Do The Ton.

I just sanded and painted my rims. I'm chasing the dirty bratstyle look so chrome is too fancy for me.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby frankovlx » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:00 pm

Pjdave, I am in Adelaide. Is it difficult to pull the rims apart? Special tools required? Looking at doing it properly, but obviously don't want to spend anything that I don't need to!
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby nevergrew » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:28 pm

Spokes have a hook end where they thread through the hub. The other end of the spoke has a special nut which connects it to the rim. The square'ish shaped things on your rim inside edge are the nuts.

If you intend on doing it yourself take some before pics of the orientation (pattern) of the spokes on the wheel.

You can order new spokes online, or you can pay a dude to lace them once paint/powder is done. It's not a hard job, but can be time consuming trueing them perfectly. A spoke tool and alignment jig is all you need. I've used the bike as my alignment tool in the past on some of the bicycle wheels I've done.
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Re: SRV250 Cafe Racer

Postby thekid9012 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:07 am

Cool thread fellas, I've been wanting to build up a cafe racer for a while just for cheap commuting especially with pay parking at uni and bikes park free as well as a project, however I'm an absolute noob with bikes. Can anyone suggest a good starting point bike wise? After searching gumtree ect theres a fair bit there but I just don't really know what I'm looking at or looking for.. Sorry to hijack.
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