Two Gun Salute X Smith & Sons Custom Motorcycles SR400
Last Summer, Jamie from Smith and Sons Custom Motorcycles reached out to me through instagram and asked if we’d be interested in collaborating together on a custom motorcycle for the Bike Shed London 2019.
Since starting Two Gun Salute, it’s always been a dream of mine to work together with a bike builder to produce a Two Gun Salute bike, and having seen Jamie’s previous builds I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.
It was amazing to have the bike accepted for the Bike Shed London show, and we were very proud to have the bike on show alongside the other stunning builds.
Friday morning of the Bike Shed show was the first time I’d seen the finished bike, and I was blown away by it as Jamie rode it up the street alongside Tobacco Dock. It’s such a lovely clean, bratstyle bobber that has a load of really sweet details and neat touches - and it sounded absolutely awesome!
Jamie imported the Yamaha SR400 directly from Japan, and got cracking on the build as soon as it landed in February. We’d talked early on about the style of the bike, and were both keen on a japstyle / bratstyle bobber rolling on whitewalls - these are Shinko’s, which were sourced through Motoedit in Huntingdon and really set the bike off.
The grinder came out and the stock frame was chopped at the back, de-lugged and new mudguard mounts made to fit the Motone rear fender, which was cut to style. The mounts are adjustable so the fender can be moved to re-align to the rear wheel following chain adjustment. A new section was welded in under the seat to hold the bespoke battery box which also contains the ignition switch, coil, CDI and a reg/rec mounted underneath to keep cool.
Up front the top yoke was cut to remove the ignition switch and clock mounts, and the original rubber mounts were removed and replaced with solid after the yoke machining. The stock forks were stripped, rebuilt and lowered by 80mm.
Wheels are stock, but have been stripped and rebuilt with stainless spokes by SFX Wheels in Wolverhampton, and the rims were powder coated black.
Bars are Norman Hyde, with Biltwell grips and standard switch gear - but with wiring carefully routed through the top yoke and bars to keep the front end as clean as possible. Jamie fabricated a neat one-off basket for the speedo out of stainless, which is mounted on the fork leg.
The exhaust was hand made using welded pre-formed bends, the welds were smoothed and brush finished. A Danmoto conical silencer was modified to suit.
Round the other side, Jamie has fabricated a one-off side mounted number plate holder, which is mounted on lugs welded welded to the swing arm and is illuminated by a Motone Eldorado rear light.
The 400 engine is stock, but has been vapour blasted and has a braided camshaft oil line. The original CV carb was replaced with a Mikuni VM34 which breaths through a custom stainless velocity stack, shaped to clear the frame.
At the back, the stance has been achieved by lowering the bike 100mm by fitting Harley short shocks.
Seat is a custom one-off steel pan fabricated by Jamie, and covered in black leather by Nostalgia Upholstery in Peterborough.
Massive thanks to the following suppliers
Motoedit in Huntingdon who supplied the awesome Shinko whitewalls and did the vapour blasting
Nostalgia Upholstery in Peterborough who covered the seat
Ian at Bulldog Bodyshop in Hockwold for the cracking paint
Classic Coatings in Grantham for the powder coat
SFX Wheels in Wolverhampton for the wheel work