Yamaha SR500 Sunshine State of Mind by Powder Monkees

Feb 15, 2016

Category: Rides

Federal Moto’s Shaun Brandt turned to Mike Muller of Chicago-based Powder Monkees for a bike built to cruise the tight city streets and beach boulevards of Miami. Customized upon the highly maneuverable SR500, Shaun wanted to create a masterpiece that he could ride year-round in the sunny streets of South Florida.

The result? A modified 1978 model that’s built for short daily trips. Specifically, Shaun and Mike replaced the stock fuel tank with a Yamaha TT500 and lifted the headlight from a Honda TL250 for an enhanced vintage look. Its single-cylinder, air-cooled engine was left alone but the mono-shock rear suspension now comes from a Triumph Street Triple right below a custom seat and supporting framework. For an extra boost in acceleration and smoother throttle response, Mike installed a Mikuni VM38MM carb pre-fitted and supplied as a bolt-on fitment by Dime City Cycles. A K&N crankcase breather filter and discreet head-mounted Motolanna compression release is also fitted to the custom ride, which sits atop two Metzler Karoo 3s tires that perform well on the old, poorly maintained South Florida throughways.

Finally, what’s a custom bike without a fresh paint job? For his ride, Shaun decided to follow the minimalist look with an interpretation of the classic speed block design. All told, his ride -dubbed the “Sunshine State of Mind”- serves as the perfect daily rider and weekend cruiser guaranteed to draw the eyes from the urban sprawl to the strip. [Via: Bike Exif]

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