Retro Bikes Croatia 1997 Yamaha SR250 “Kokon” – the story Part 1...

Oct 18 2017

















Retro Bikes Croatia 1997 Yamaha SR250 “Kokon” – the story

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The engine was cleaned and painted, generally serviced and is good for decades to come.

We did a major upgrade to the suspension, with progressive springs at front (and a fork complete service), and a new set of YSS shocks at the back. It is nice and firm now and the suspension works.

New spokes were installed onto freshly powdercoated satin black hubs and rims with a pair of Heidenaus to match the overall appearance. Front caliper was overhauled, new pads and brake shoes and a steelbraided hose in front.

We installed chrome mudguards and positioned the front one high, like on old enduro models, so the bike has a completely different vibe now, compared to stock. The rear end is raised to match the new stance.

A LSL six days headlight was installed, all in black with clear glass and a smaller diameter than stock.

A TRW low black handlebar was fitted, with the new aluminium dash/plate and a small speedo with integrated idiot lights, Biltwell Kung Fu grips close the deal.

Photos by Vuri Matija Photography

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CAFÉ EN LA PLAYA. XTR’s Beach-Ready Honda Hornet Racer

Oct 18 2017

CAFÉ EN LA PLAYA. XTR’s Beach-Ready Honda Hornet Racer

“Make me a Cafe Racer”. It's undoubtedly the most fool-proof brief a bike builder can get. Jose Rosell from Spain's XTR Pepo probably had the bike designed in his head before the sentence had left his customer's mouth. But the next words to emerge would be akin to someone jamming a broom handle in your wheel at race speeds. “Also, I want to ride it on the beach,” the free-thinking owner added.

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Ever Fallen in Love - Honda CB550 Cafe Racer

Oct 17 2017


This whole adventure began when my partner in crime, Blake Bailey, a recreational custom motorcycle builder and founder Motobailey Shoe Co. bet me that I wouldn’t get my MC license. After I proved him wrong I went out and bought a Ninja 250 and quickly became addicted to motorcycles. It was an outcome that surprised us both. The combination of adrenaline and the peace that came with being on a bike was one of the most incredible feelings I’ve ever felt. From there, I said goodbye to yoga…and a new life passion was born.

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Retro Bikes Croatia 1997 Yamaha SR250 “Kokon” – the story Part 1...

Oct 17 2017

















Retro Bikes Croatia 1997 Yamaha SR250 “Kokon” – the story

Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3

They say that the SR is a legendary model, that all the major customizers built at least one… They say that SR has a cult of followers in Japan… I’m not sure, maybe 400 or 500cc versions, but they all are an exotic breed here in Croatia.

People here have the tendency to buy bikes as big as they get, if they cannot afford a 750cc at least, they buy a Burgman. No small bike culture here but hopefully that will change in the future.

So, when this 1997 SR250 appeared for sale, with 9000kms on the clock, ugly green paint scheme and a rusty gas tank, we didn’t think twice.

The bike was in stock condition but in need of a good service and gas tank rust issue. Also, the front suspension seemed poor and the look of the rear one was not that far.

The idea was to make it visually as light as possible and give it a retro, vintage enduro vibe, which we thought it would suit.. So, the rear was looped, custom seat base made and foam cut, complete seat finished in genuine leather with diamond stitching. We made the seat base tight to the frame so it really looks as it should. The airbox and battery box were ditched and the wiring remade to position it elsewhere, cause we wanted a clean frame triangle. A Li-ion battery was purchased, very small and lightweight but stronger than stock, and it’s in a new tray under the swingarm.

This model wasn’t equipped with a kickstart, although it is possible to install it, we found the original parts too expensive and no used alternative was on the market at the moment, so it’s electric start only as it left the factory.

The gas tank was renewed from inside so it’s like new now, the carburetor is completely overhauled and re-jetted as the air comes through UNI open filter now.

Photos by Vuri Matija Photography

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MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Mule Motorcycles’ Mean Harley Sportster Street Tracker

Oct 17 2017

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Mule Motorcycles’ Mean Harley Sportster Street Tracker

As always at this time of year, Harley have just wheeled out their 2018 models to the world's eager press. Sure they look cool but all we can see is the big, fat hole where there isn't a street tracker. C'mon Milwaukee! Just slap a light and some indicators on the XG750R and be done with it. No?

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