Auto Fabrica Type #3b
By James McCombe - 05 Sep 14
No bones about it, Auto Fabrica’s SR250 based Type 3 was a stunner. The little beige beauty, for me, perfectly encapsulated the simplicity and quality of the bikes from the ‘New Wave Scene’. It seems many others also loved the bike, a Google Images search for Yamaha SR250 brings it up first. It was so positively received in fact, that the Essex based workshop have beavered away to produce a sibling; the Type #3b, seen here. Auto Fabrica have carved out a unique aesthetic. Their bikes are instantly recognisable due to one design ethos: a minimal look with extreme attention to detail on each component. This is harder than it looks to pull off, with such simplicity the quality of each part has to be maintained otherwise it will stand out like a turd in punchbowl. The Yamaha SR250 is a keen base, fantastically light, with a punchy little motor. Having followed the Type 3 rasping up a gravelly, country road, it’s quite the little performer too. So other than a service and clean up the engine wants for nothing. The cases along with most other aluminium parts on the bike were aqua blasted, then brushed. Facebook or check out their website. N.B. Other websites are available and Bike Shed accepts no responsibility for lost man hours, wallet emptying or school detentions.