The Yamaha SR400 was introduced to the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) way back in 1978, and has remained in constant production except for a single two-year hiatus in the 2000s. Developed with the design credo “easy to use,” the bike is an air-cooled, four-stroke, kickstart-only single that echoes the style of Yamaha’s first four-stroke, the XS650 — itself inspired by British design. In 2014, the SR400 become available in the US, Europe, and other parts of the world.
Enter Jun Nakamura of Japan’s Candy Motorcycle Laboratory — now in their 14th year of operation. Candy is a small workshop, with a two-person staff that handles everything from general maintenance and inspection to custom builds, custom paint, and pick-up/delivery — but they punch well above their weight. Candy bikes have been named best-in-show at the highly prestigious Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show and earned many other awards, and the small shop continues to turn out stunning builds one by one. They have a particular fondness for Japan’s beloved SR400:
“In particular, we are focusing on the Yamaha SR400 — leave it to our shop for the SR.”
Below, we get the full details on this big-bore 595cc SR400 street tracker — aptly nicknamed “Big Blue.”
Yamaha SR Street Tracker: Builder Interview
Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I am a custom builder and mechanic. This year marks the 14th anniversary of Candy Motorcycle Laboratory. My work has been awarded best-in-show at the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, and I’ve won the domestic motorcycle award.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
YAMAHA SR400, 1992.
• Why was this bike built?
This motorcycle was made to the customer’s order.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
For customers who like the tracker style, we have created a tracker style that is easy to ride on in the street.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
RD50 Fuel tank.
One-off tracker seat.
WP Rear Suspension.
Engine tune and big-bored cylinder to 595cc.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
How easy to ride.
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