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    Aloha from Hawaii!!

    Greetings from Hawaii! I'm a soon to be owner of a 2017 SR400*. Bike should be getting to my dealership in about a week and I'm VERY excited. This will be my second time with an SR400, but first time owning. I've previously ridden a Honda Ruckus, '78 SR400 (while in Japan, technically my friends bike, but I'd keep her warm for him while he was away in the summers), and a '78 CB400 (tragically lost when a Comcast driver backed over it and then drug it round the parking lot trying to get it unstuck from under the van at my apartment complex). So, I look forward to chatting with everyone and lurking around to figure out the best way to get this baby cafe'd out with a quickness.

    My ratty but cute Japanese whip:
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    * = I had orginally reserved a 2018 that was supposed to arrive with the December shipment, however, they got a call back this morning that apparently the SR400 isn't actually in the shipment and that they won't be receiving one until April. So, I'm just going to take what I can get which is the 2017 model (I wanted that gorgeous blue! ).
    Last edited by pandraztic; 12-06-2017 at 04:20 AM.

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    Welcome to the obsession!
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    Hi and welcome to the forum!
    May I gently offer the idea that you leave the bike in standard trim for at least a little while before it goes down the cafe route?
    There are some great custom specials out there, but an SR in standard trim is worth getting to know!
    I would definitely advise keeping all the parts you remove in the process of making a cafe racer.
    You may want them again one day!
    May your excitement be satisfied.

    Steve

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    hallo pandraztic

    welcome to the forum.
    lots of knowledge here.
    one thing could you fill in your location into your profile?
    it might be usefull to know where one lives.
    thank you

    sjef
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    Hi and welcome to the forum!
    May I gently offer the idea that you leave the bike in standard trim for at least a little while before it goes down the cafe route?
    There are some great custom specials out there, but an SR in standard trim is worth getting to know!
    I would definitely advise keeping all the parts you remove in the process of making a cafe racer.
    You may want them again one day!
    May your excitement be satisfied.

    Steve
    So, this most assuredly won't be a fast process getting it converted over, but speaking from the experience of my '78 for two years in Japan which was in full cafe trim, I want to get back to it. As for keeping parts, definitely. I think that was the only saving grace of losing my CB, I had the originals that I'd swapped off to recoup some of my losses. Mostly just to make the bike ride well for me I need the bars and the seat swapped immediately.

    Hopefully I can flush this out with a few photos here by the end of the week!

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    My bike is on island! Should have keys in hand on Thursday.
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    Id see if I could have the shipping 'crate' too, or at least the base, looks like it would make a great workstand for later on.
    '81 Yamaha SR500 Caff Racer
    '09 Suzuki TU250X 'The Silent Red Fellow'
    '98 Honda Shadow 750 ACE Deluxe
    In all things maintain your uprightness lest the road reach up and smite thee

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    She is officially home! I successfully managed to go all of an hour before pulling the seat and setting off my cheap eBay seat would fit, but sadly I'm thinking I'll have to get rid of it. Looks like it's have to do some absurd amounts of cutting to make it fit, and it seems to narrow, lol. Oh well.
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    Very nice and well fitting seats can be found here: https://www.omegaracer.com/parts_sto...tom-Seats.html

    Rainer

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    Sorry posted in the wrong area
    Last edited by Trialsman; 12-16-2017 at 08:16 AM.

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