“The client was asking for a street tracker,” the guys tell us. “We wanted to make the bike look like it was a factory-built prototype. Like Yamaha were playing with the idea of building a bike to rival the Ducati Scrambler.”Since the SR400 was practically new, there was no need to fiddle with the engine or airbox. Renard simply removed the emissions kit for a cleaner look, and adapted a Gianelli exhaust (originally designed for a Suzuki SV650) to fit.
Renard gave the bike an extra kick in the rear with a set of Triumph OEM rear shocks; they’re roughly two inches longer than the original SR units. The ergonomics were further massaged into shape with burly, enduro-style handlebars and repositioned footpegs.The SR’s tank was raised by almost an inch at the back, and repainted in a color scheme inspired by a previous Renard build. The seat’s custom, but the team had to look beyond their own borders to find someone that could execute the bronze stitching.
We especially love the new handlebar switches—attractive CNC-milled units that Renard produces in house and sells to the public. They’re designed to mate with the Beringer master cylinder that’s been fitted.It’s as classy a build as we’ve come to expect from Estonia’s finest, and looks utterly rideable to boot. But the real question is whether the client’s happy.
The answer, according to Renard, is a resounding ‘yes.’ The client loves the bike and rides it almost every day. If it was in our garage, we’d feel the same.