Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ebony gets new winkers.

The process of getting my bike in to good shape is slow but it keeps happening as i get my hands on more money and spare parts. This is the most recent upgrade i have done. Winkers were not working, rear right winker was missing and the front left was broken. While i was shopping through the spare parts shop looking for new set of winkers, i came across these L.E.D Winkers which is really bright compared to standard winkers. So i bought them and installed. I could not find classic looking winkers that matches SR but i thought this looks ok on the bike for the time being. Unfortunately once i finished wiring up the winkers, i have found out that without a in built battery they are not working properly. So next stage is to get a battery.

These are the winkers that was there when i bought the bike.

After fitting the new L.E.D Winkers, this is how it looks on "Ebony".

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sri Lanka's maximum allowed motorcycle engine capacity has changed?

I heard this news but i never remembered to find out the truth about it for past six months and today i did a bit of research online looking for a legitimate source over this news. I heard, and i was told by people that maximum allowed motorcycle engine capacity of sri lanka has changed recently from 350cc to 450cc. Since the availability of 350cc is really low, in reality it was 250cc and now changed to 450cc. I got this document from the government website and i still do not know the truth behind this. The document is the government gazette and here goes what i found out to the public.

How ever this is a awesome news because all riders out there who has Honda CB400, Virago 400 and many other popular 400 and 450cc motorcycles has a chance to ride them on the road legally with legal registration.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Finding of "Ebony".... The Yamaha SR Diaries entry one.

I've been riding bikes for many years... You may know it.... You may not know it..... Why would you care right?. well i agree on that. We are living in a society where nobody cares for anybody at all. This is where we lost the old world charm. But my heart always yearned for a society where ladies were respected and treated like ladies, Where men were men and settle personal dues on duels.

Since the day that i started riding, I always wanted a one model of Yamaha classics and i was always unable to find it in this island full of modern cheap plastic motorcycle wasteland where only very few riders ride for passion while rest of them ride just because they have to. Being among the few who loved the old world charm, i always wanted a motorcycle where i have to kick start it every morning, no nonsense modern stuff and the look wise wanted more of a British classic bike. The perfect candidate was the "Yamaha SR". About  a month back i got news of one up for sale and luckily i had cash in my hand because i had sold my previous two bikes (both enduro's Honda XLR250 and Suzuki Djebel 200SE) about week back. I knew this was a keeper, so i immediately paid a visit hoping it to be in good condition. Yes it was, she was a beauty.... Not the super perfect you would call it but in my book, this is perfect enough for me. There are still few works to be done. I finished the deal with the person who was selling it. It was painted in darkest maroon. I finally got something i always wanted. Below is a picture of the bike after i bought it home as it is condition. I will be restoring it as much as i can to the stock condition. I immediately named her "Ebony".....

I decide to change the exhaust (a.k.a muffler) because it looked nice but sounded too loud for me. The exhaust was something custom made and more of like a open pipe. So i looked for a exhaust and i could not find the stock one. Yesterday i came across a exhaust that i thought would look awesome in my bike. A Genuine Honda Goshi Exhaust specifically made (Stock) for Honda Clubman 500. It was sold to me by the same person who i bought the bike. It fitted to the Yamaha SR without any modifications. It does have a really awesome sound now when i ride it down the roads. I am glad i got rid of that custom looks nice but sounds awful exhaust.

Here is what was there when i bought the bike.

This is after fixing the Honda Clubman 500 Exhaust.

I still haven't taken her for a long ride..... "Ebony" still needs some work, especially the tank has few damages which needs fixing and re-paint, handle turns too much it damages the tank. needs to fix the signal winkers, all the lights on speedo meter and tacho meter, needs a tacho meter cable which is extremely difficult to find in this island. Yes she does misses few important stuff but the thing is, it runs perfectly now. That's all it matters.

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