Here are a few photos of the SRX600 with its new “European” blue paint and Russian taillight.

The original tuning fork emblems have been reattached to the tank. The “Yamaha” emblems that goes beneath the tuning fork need be restored or replaced. Because new ones cost over $30.00 each,  I’m going to try restoring them.

Emblem Restoration

The finish on emblems with the word “YAMAHA” were damaged either before I got the bike. I would have replaced them if new ones weren’t  so damn expensive. List price for one of these plastic emblems is $55.00 (or $36.00 mail order).

I decided to try refinishing them and came up with a technique that works pretty well.

It Runs (poorly)

My first goal is to get the bike running. I’ve never owned or worked on an old British motorcycle, so I’ll be floundering more than usual.

Purchased a battery, changed the oil, cleaned the carburetor and added fresh gas. With this, I got the bike running poorly.

Next, I tried to set the timing and couldn’t make the procedure described in the shop manual to work. My Ohm meter would not show the points opening and closing. Also, the spark advance didn’t seem to be working the way I expected it to.

I decided there might be multiple problems and rather then spend the summer floundering, I took the bike to Don Hutchinson Cycle, a shop specializing in old Triumphs and BSA’s. After waiting 3 weeks and hearing several excuses about vacations and the like, I picked the bike up and took it to a mechanic friend with lots of experience with British bikes.