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Mild Tripper: The Yamaha SR400 as a Nineteen Seventies chopper


Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
The {custom} scene has modified quite a bit over the previous decade, however the venerable chopper nonetheless has a permanent attraction. And when somebody manages to seize that traditional 70s vibe in addition to Fo Huang has completed with this chopped Yamaha SR400, it’s inconceivable to not smile.

Fo’s primarily based in Kaohsiung Metropolis in southern Taiwan, the place he creates furnishings and {custom} bikes as NamiXII Design. Dubbed ‘Mild Tripper,’ his Yamaha is a captivating homage to the choppers of the Nineteen Seventies—from its stance to its many considerate particulars. It additionally took house the ‘Greatest in Present’ award on the twelfth annual Experience Free present in Taiwan lately.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
The 1985-spec Yamaha SR400 may look like a bizarre selection as a donor for a chopper, however Fo’s managed to drag it off. He began by hacking off an enormous chunk of the SR’s body, then grafting on a inflexible rear part. The principle body spine that holds the oil remains to be intact.

Fo saved the SR’s OEM forks and drum brake wheel hubs, however laced on new rims. It now rolls on a 21F/18R combo, with a Duro tire up entrance and a Shinko on the again. There’s additionally a custom-made brace to stiffen the entrance forks—and to mount the tiniest fender we’ve ever seen.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
For the gasoline tank, Fo acquired a used Sportster unit—then modified the heck out of it. It contains a {custom} bung for the gasoline petcock and a tidy little knurled gasoline cap, and there’s an oil temperature gauge put in simply in entrance of it.

Decrease down is a hand-crafted ‘oil tank.’ However for the reason that SR’s oil sits in its body, that is truly the place {the electrical} parts are stashed. The ignition’s been relocated to the body gusset simply beneath it.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
Up prime is a {custom} king and queen seat. Fo formed the pan utilizing fiberglass, added foam, and had a neighborhood furnishings upholsterer cowl it in leather-based. Behind it, a {custom} sissy bar wraps across the beneficiant rear fender.

Sitting ‘inside’ the sissy bar is a quaint piece of bodywork that ties all the pieces collectively, visually. It additionally hosts the taillight, and a license plate bracket.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
The headlight’s significantly fascinating—it began out as simply the lens from a Fifties Chevrolet mild. A brand new housing was prototyped utilizing 3D printing, then a mildew was made in order that the ultimate half could possibly be hand-cast in aluminum. It additionally options LED internals, which might change from white to yellow relying on using situations.

Behind it’s a set of handcrafted bars, fitted with new grips, easy controls and built-in micro switches to maintain issues tidy.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
Mild Tripper’s informal demeanor belies simply how a lot work went into it. There’s an entire bunch of neat little touches, just like the {custom} ahead foot controls. Look intently, and also you’ll discover that they function the identical drilled aesthetic because the fork brace.

There’s additionally a nifty little cable information for the entrance brake, and brackets to carry a set of low-mounted flip indicators. Fo fabricated many of the bits himself, outsourcing jobs like laser slicing and CNC machining.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
He had assist with the paintwork too, with a good friend laying down a fab asymmetrical design. With flames on one facet and snake scales on the opposite, it’s about as retro-fabulous as they arrive. Oh, and that bit behind the seat’s been painted in a different way on both sides too, in order that the left and proper views are every cohesive.

Mild Tripper’s buttoned up with a number of silver and polished finishes, and a hand-made (and appropriately lengthy) exhaust.

Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design
Fo’s construct makes a robust case for funky, compact choppers—significantly ones constructed with Japanese singles. As throwbacks go, that is nearly as good because it will get.

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Yamaha SR400 chopper by NamiXII Design


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