Going solo: A crisp Yamaha SR500 street tracker from Poland

The Yamaha SR500 is enjoying a resurgence in popularity right now, but we’re not surprised. Few motorcycles can match the SR’s enduring appeal; its timeless design, buzzy motor, and neutral geometry make it easy to get along with. No wonder the previous owner of this Yamaha SR500 insisted on a final spin around the block before he parted with it.

“You could see the emotion during his last ride,” says Paweł Guzik, who acquired the SR500 to turn it into a handsome street tracker. Paweł’s name has graced our pages before—he’s one-third of Ventus Garage, a custom workshop in Kraków, Poland. But for the last three years, he’s also been running a solo side project under the moniker Airow Custom Motorcycles.

Paweł’s goal was to build a classically-styled flat tracker with supermoto underpinnings. His client, a gentleman from Austria, actually wanted to buy a Suzuki GN400 that Ventus had previously customized, but needed a little more poke than the 400 could offer. He’s also used to riding supermotos—so 17” wheels and upgraded suspension were mandatory.

Paweł started by stripping the 1980-model Yamaha SR500 down to its nuts and bolts. A stock SR500 only ekes out about five horses more than a stock GN400, so his first job was to bore the Yamaha’s single-cylinder mill out to 540 cc.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Going solo: A crisp Yamaha SR500 street tracker from Poland
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Published Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2023 17:01:38 +0000


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