The Minimalist ‘Type 7′ SR400 By Auto Fabrica
The Re-Released SR400 Gets The Auto Fabrica Treatment
Auto Fabrica have caught our eye recently with this visually stunning and incredibly clean Yamaha SR400. Simply put: it’s small, functional, elegant and classic in every sense of the word. The only major difference is this: it’s not an old SR, it’s a brand spanking new one – Yamaha re-released the classic in 2014, conforming to modern standards. It’s a retro ride, updated for a new generation but the update alone wasn’t enough to satisfy us; Auto Fabrica has just taken it to the next level.
Yamaha’s re-release of the classic single is a pretty cool thing regardless of customization; coming with the 400cc single cylinder and fuel injected engine it is more modern but it hasn’t sold out completely, it’s still kick-start only!
The Auto Fabrica Type 7 – Minimalist Cool
Auto Fabrica have had a lot of experience with the SR but this was the first time they had a play with a new model. Without having to worry about the engine and the overall reliability, they were able to turn their attentions to the bike’s aesthetics and smaller details.
Sure, you could say that the whole cream tank and brown leather seat have been done to death by the hipster crowd and the more modern building clique but that doesn’t mean that we should disregard this example. It’s the perfect choice for the Auto Fabrica Type 7, which lends itself to the subtle finish.
Pushing the paintwork to one side Auto Fabrica added all new aluminum fenders to cut down the weight and fitted some subtle indicators and lights, switched the stock bars out for a set of low rise Renthal bars and crowned the front with an ultra-minimalistic Motogadget speedo.
Auto Fabrica also added an open filter and update the exhaust system. The exhaust takes it’s inspiration from classic Yoshimura designs and it ties the whole thing together.
For the handling department, Auto Fabrica tuned the front forks to a stiffer calibration and replaced the rear shocks with a set off Hagons. The tires were scrapped and replaced with Continental TKC80s, as their client intended to ride through the urban streets as well as the occasional green lane.
All in all, we’ve got a classic SR 400 for the modern rider; it’s reliable and can keep up with best of them but looks like it shouldn’t. The SR models are the perfect donor engines and frames for anyone looking to have a crack at building something at home. This is how the pros do it though; don’t expect your first build to come out as nicely as this one. Most don’t!