Can-do classic

If life gives you lemons… build a brilliant bike and kick-start a new career, why don’t you?

Two years ago, this glittering tribute to the craft of metal manipulation was little more than a basket case, a non-running junker imported from California.

In that traditional proud owner moment, Mark Purslow stands poised for a little of the ride ’n’ shine experience
In that traditional proud owner moment, Mark Purslow stands poised for a little of the ride ’n’ shine experience. PHOTO BY TAB II CLASSICS

Twenty-two-year-old Mark Purslow figured that the 1978 Yamaha SR500 would make a great basis for his first ever café racer build.

It needed an entire engine strip as well as a complete cosmetic overhaul, and he intended to incorporate some special components to improve the SR’s cooling, suspension and stopping. But before work could begin… he lost his job.

Read more in August’s edition of CBG

 

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