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Thumper:
Hello everyone :)
I have just purchased this:

This one has been on for months and no takers: YAMAHA-SRX-600-620cc-STAGE-1-CAM-CR-CARBS-K-N-FZR-RUNNING-GEAR-REARSETS-1YRS-MOT

And I am waiting for it to be delivered ::) does anyone here know the bike? it's an 87, I bought it blind whether that was a good idea or not remains to be seen.

And why do I get asked daft verification questions everytime I want to post something?
Is it temporary?

themoudie:
Welcome Phil,

I was keeping an eye on that one on eBay, just out of curiosity! ;)

No prior knowledge of the beastie, but the specification appeared to be good and it hasn't been bored out to the maximum oversize that sometimes can cause the piston to 'pick up' on the rear left of the bore. Make sure that you change the oil and filter after 2,000 miles, if used intermittently or 4,000 if you are using it regularly. Warm the engine through before giving it a bit of throttle.

I assume that you are aware of the ritual for starting a single? Do not snap the kickstart lever, they are like hens teeth and expensive if offered for sale. Make sure that the auto- valve lifter is properly adjusted.

DO NOT LUG THE ENGINE IN 5TH GEAR! What I mean by that is ensure that you are travelling at at least 50mph - 55mph before engaging 5th gear. It is a known weak point of the engine and if the gears start to break up or spall, hardened metal goes through the motor! Complete engine strip from top to bottom is needed. The oil pump takes a battering if this happens and whilst they are still available they are not cheap.

Use the 'Search' window in the top right of the board window on the 'Bike Problems' board, with the words 'SRX oil pump'. This will give you a good view of the various maladies that can afflict the machine!  ;)  If you need a workshop manual or other info, check the 'SEARCH' first and if nothing obvious appears, ask a question on the 'Bike Problems' board, we will try to help.

Do not let this put you off these machines as they are a very capable bit of kit that can fairly canter on. Enjoy it when it arrives!  ;D ;D ;D

Good health, Bill

Thumper:

--- Quote from: themoudie on September 11, 2020, 09:34:10 PM ---Welcome Phil,

I was keeping an eye on that one on eBay, just out of curiosity! ;)

No prior knowledge of the beastie, but the specification appeared to be good and it hasn't been bored out to the maximum oversize that sometimes can cause the piston to 'pick up' on the rear left of the bore. Make sure that you change the oil and filter after 2,000 miles, if used intermittently or 4,000 if you are using it regularly. Warm the engine through before giving it a bit of throttle.

I assume that you are aware of the ritual for starting a single? Do not snap the kickstart lever, they are like hens teeth and expensive if offered for sale. Make sure that the auto- valve lifter is properly adjusted.

DO NOT LUG THE ENGINE IN 5TH GEAR! What I mean by that is ensure that you are travelling at at least 50mph - 55mph before engaging 5th gear. It is a known weak point of the engine and if the gears start to break up or spall, hardened metal goes through the motor! Complete engine strip from top to bottom is needed. The oil pump takes a battering if this happens and whilst they are still available they are not cheap.

Use the 'Search' window in the top right of the board window on the 'Bike Problems' board, with the words 'SRX oil pump'. This will give you a good view of the various maladies that can afflict the machine!  ;)  If you need a workshop manual or other info, check the 'SEARCH' first and if nothing obvious appears, ask a question on the 'Bike Problems' board, we will try to help.

Do not let this put you off these machines as they are a very capable bit of kit that can fairly canter on. Enjoy it when it arrives!  ;D ;D ;D

Good health, Bill

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I have been toying with the idea of an SRX for the last 20 years having had an old FT for a while and if I was going to buy one I would want to play with it, this one caught my eye because it's nearly bang on what I wanted to do, 620 kit, cam etc although I have no idea what performance improvements this offers, perhaps someone will offer an opinion/experience?
As for starting big singles, my brother years ago found an old XT500 frame abandond about 81 IIRC and over the next three to four years rebuilt it, it was a brand new bike basically, anyway, he used to find it funny to get me to try and start it which I could until one day it bit me back, jeez that hurt, I was lucky though it only took all the skin off my shin, a friend of ours brother got thrown over the handle bars by his and it shattered his ankle, a few years after that I had the use of a SR500 and loved it, this was all over 20 years ago though, actually it's nearer 30(where's that gone).

The kick start thing has me a bit worried, are they that fragile? this is prbably a daft question,( I assume they break around the splined area?)  has nobody looked in to getting that part of it machined from steel? then fabricating something to fit should be simple.

Regards
Phil

Thumper:
Well it arrived the day after I left for work, now I have to wait 10 days before i'm back, I bet it's raining when I get back gutted that i'll miss this mini heatwave.
Phil

mthee:
Gutted for you, Phil! I have the patience of a Saint, except when it comes to bikes and remember wishing away a week of holiday in the late 80's to get back for my GPZ600R.

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