TWO GUN SALUTE
Back Street Heroes|September 2020
THE YAMAHA SR400 IS WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL A 'PROPER OLD BIKE'... OR, AS YAMAHA THEMSELVES SAY, 'AN AUTHENTIC LIVING CLASSIC CONSTRUCTED TO VIRTUALLY THE SAME SPECIFICATION AS THE ORIGINAL MODEL' (THE 1978 SR500).
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Jamie Smith, the builder of the bike you see here, who runs Smith & Son Motorcycles, is a new-skool custom builder based near Peterborough, and he imported a 1992 Yamaha SR400 directly from Japan with a plan to build a bike from it - a bike which was to be a tie-up with the Two-Gun Salute apparel brand (www.twogunsalute. corn) run by Nathan and Sam Burton. He and Sam'd spoken about doing something together back in 2018, and a plan was hatched to create a Two-Gun Salute-themed bike that'd promote both their businesses. The idea was to have it finished to be at the 2019 Bike Shed show in London in May, and the bike actually arrived on 1st February last year, which meant that Jamie had just thirteen weeks to start and complete the project – no mean feat when you consider that he is, by his own admission, a shed builder. He has, you see, a full-time day job, and a family, and can only work on bikes at night.

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