It wasn’t until I had completely rebuilt it that I realized what I had, and what the SR was capable of. The true grit of a motorcycle, the soul of motorcycling, and the simplicity of 1 of everything except wheels. A bike that was fun and wild! Cycle Magazine’s 1981 review may have put it best: “IS PROGRESS A RED HERRING? The Yamaha SR500E – lean, clean and crewcut – might make you wonder. Could it be that swift march of technology is carrying street motorcycles into future more fanciful than fun?” This bike was fun. I wanted to make more SR500’s for all my friends.