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CBR250 Makeover *NEW PICS*

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Ok since I didnt start this thread that long ago - im gonna revive it! ---->

Hi Guys, Ive been milling around there forums for a while and i think there is some pretty cool stuff going on here when it comes to the good ol CBR250. I saw ol mate psidey's resto project and thats inspired me to share mine... although his is very true to the originality of the bike - mines gonna be a little bit of a mod-job without going too mental.

A bit of history: For me this is an intro to restoring bikes... in the past ive been very much a car modifier - i completely rebuilt / restored / modified a 1979 ford escort back in my early apprentice mechanic days - about 10 years ago. This thing was a beast.. i spent over 20k on it, it was the vein of my existence for a while and turned out better than i ever imagined (ill post a pic sometime) - but thats not why we are here.

To cut a long story short - Im not a mechanic anymore- I was heavily into downhill mountain bike riding, got on a dirtbike and never looked back. One day i thought wouldn't it be good to have a dirtbike AND a roadbike... I didnt have the cash (or correct licence) to turn around and buy an R1 so i thought why not restore something - Id always loved the CBR250 ever since i first saw one back in school, so when i decided id restore a roadbike this was my first choice... cheap parts, and plenty of people have aftermarket bits available - such as the TYGA blokes.. when i saw the body kits they were selling, that helped me decide.

Anyway - I bought this 92 CBR250RR from a bloke in Brookvale for $1200... it had been in a pretty serious front ender - the damage included: Bent forks, Buckled front wheel, bent subframe, screwed exhaust headers, Smashed fairings, busted pegs/levers.. you get the picture - but its only got 30K on the clock so i thought it would be a good start.

Here are some pictures of the bike a few months ago - just as i started... I was a little hasty and didnt take pics before i took off the fairings... but you arent missing much... all ill say is it was blue and white and had broken bits...

Ill do my best to keep you all up to date - ive already started, the bike is in 10,000 bits now - but over the next few days ill try to put up a few posts of whats gone on already !! :)

For those of you that were interested, my first ever resto project was a 1979 MK2 Ford Escort.. The work I did on it i could start another entire thread about but the quick rundown, Engine was bored to a 2.2 litre, Ported & polished head, huge cam, oversized valves, 2x 40mm Dellorto carbies, 2in mandrel bent exhaust, Supra 5 speed.. LSD, The body was stripped to Bare metal and painted pearl metallic Blue... It took me 4 years and about 20k...

Enough of that... So im quite a few months behind here posting wise, so far, the bike is completely dismantled and ive been cleaning parts, trying to decide what im going to do with things and ive bought a whole lot of new bits and pieces which ill reveal as i put them on.

My first big decision / learning curve was the frame. For some reason i thought it would look cool if i polished the alloy... but i didn't want the shine to go through oxidisation, so i thought putting a clear coat over it would do the trick. I spend HOURS and HOURS with polishing wheels and compound polishing and cleaning the frame, before putting a 2 pac clear coat over it called POR15 Glisten... well, i didn't really match the picture in my head.. there was something not right, i didn't know what it was. I thought once id finished the frame, id start putting stuff back on... but for some reason didn't.. i farted around for a while not doing anything to it.

After going to the Sydney motorbike show out at homebush, id collected all these brochures of sick bikes i was never going to get in the next 10 years, i was looking through them at home and thought there is something that makes all these sport bikes look so wicked, I couldn't put my finger on it until finally the penny dropped... Black. It was the black frame / swing arm and all that other stuff. It just makes the bikes look more modern and weapon like... so i decided to throw all that time id spent in the bin, sandblast the lot of it and get it Powdercoated black NOTE: at this stage i didnt know about this forum. If id seen some of the stuff on here before i prolly would have gone down this path straight away !!!

Even tho id wasted so much time and literally threw money in the bin.. i felt happy about it. Having restored something before i didnt beat myself up about it too much - this shit happens.

So off with it.. Here is my load of stuff ready for the sandblaster..

A few days later and its all ready for powder...

Its all with the Powdercoater guys now so ill post some pics when i get it all back next week.


Everything is back from the powdercoaters and its looking sweet as... Im so glad i did this, everything looks better than brand new !! Im almost ready to start putting it all back together, now i have the engine covers im sending the engine off to be given a quick once over, check valves, a few gaskets and seals replaced and the tyres to get some rubber. The only thing im stumped on is the rear shock... it still looks like crap, and im tossing up weather i should do what psidey did with his or get a brand new replacement... but then im not too sure who to talk to about that - if you read this and have any ideas speak up !!

Now for pics...


Got these rearsets from ebay (hong kong)... they have a few good and bad points. I really like the design, and the fact they house the rear brake master cylinder, the actual machining of the main alloy parts is awesome but the footpegs are rubbish... ive already ordered a set of anodised billet pegs from somewhere else.

The heel guards look like they have been cut out of an old coke can and covered with a carbon fibre themed contact !!! but again, im going to use these ones as a template to get some new, thicker ones made up at an alloy fabricator near where i live.

I just need to get them all black. Originally i was going to get them anodised, but there is some kind of copper bearing that i cant for the life of me remove, it needs to be pressed out and i don't wanna risk screwing up the alloy... so i think im just going to pull them apart and give them a coat of black epoxy paint... thats cheaper anyway :)

Here they are !


Ive now got everything ready to assemble a roller... ive replaced all the dust seals and bearings in the rear suspension assembly and wheels, got new tyres... the lot.

I started last weekend thinking this week ill post some new pics, but ran into a major wall... the triple clamps from the original bike were damaged in the crash.

So here we are, close to putting the wheels on... sliding the fork tubes up through the triples.. and the second one is about an inch out of alignment... [email protected]#K. To the bin with them.

I ordered a set from a wrecker on monday, dropped them at the sand blasters yesterday, and took them to the powdercoaters this morning... dont think ill get them back till next week tho :newspaper:

If i get time ill post some pics of my progress anyway !
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Looking good, I like the "gold" disc insert and sprocket with the black :popcorn:
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First off, congratulations are in order, even if it is still early in the project, for a superb effort to this point. Seeing these photos has brought back a flood of wonderful memories to me and I thank you for that. The work to date looks amazing and I am sure everyone will be watching with anticipation for the upcoming posts.

From the photos I see before me, you have produced sufficient evidence to convincingly state your case to any disputing party you may encounter, this party may be either in the form of a wife, or perhaps any other naysayer who does not take kindly to anything "motorcycle-related" in general.

Yes there is without question, a very good reason why an individual like yourself would own not merely one, but no fewer than two, very unique and highly specialized motorcycles. It is a well known fact that because these machines are highly specialized for their own unique purposes, that they serve their purposes in a much more specific way. By owning the off-road bike, you automatically become the owner of an aluminum bike stand for supporting the dirt bike. But by owning the aluminum bike stand for the dirt bike you now do not have to go out and buy a second aluminum stand to use on the road bike. (This thought process should fit comfortably into the female thought process, especially when discussing things of the two wheel discipline). It would help at this point to demonstrate how the rolling chassis is resting very comfortably on the dirt bike stand and how it almost seems like it was made for it.

Now, not only do we have legitimate reasons for being the owner of a second motorcycle, but we can even go so far as to justify those very reasons, and make it sound like the second bike, (which ever bike is considered the "second" bike), is a vitally necessary element in the very unnecessary world of owning and maintaining these things we call motorcycles, and this is something anyone, male or female, should have no problem understanding.
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reminds me of ur project psidey!! urs was crazy!! wat was it, 12+ pages full of pics and info!!
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Psidey : Thanks mate :) My only hope it she turns out as good as yours did. And yes I do have a dirt bike too - but the KTM you can see in these pics belongs to a friend who decided that my garage would be a suitable home... Mine is the Blue WR - which is out of shot in these pics - but im riding in my Avatar :)

The dirt bike stand.. is rather awkward for the CBR. And yes - I will need a sport bike stand especially once the engine goes in... there will probably be one of those moments of trying to explain that the two pieces of equipment serve totally different purposes while getting blank looks of confusion... 2 hours later it will all be fine - so it should be ok.

getnkd : Haha - yes psideys posts were pretty awesome... im just too damn lazy to spend the time that he did, I spend a lot of time on computers and the web for work and i guess my time with the bike is my "away" time... I get into the zone and even forget to take pics... ive gotta keep reminding myself ! I just figured ill take them and post updates at all the "milestones"... of which, this was one. Hats off to psideys detail !
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Yes - im still here !!! Things have been moving really slowly, its hard to find time to work on the cib - my new son has been keeping me very busy... im sure some of you know what im talking about.

Ive put in a few hours here and there - Since my last post there has been a few developments... Ive had custom calliper brackets made up to accommodate the larger discs, the same guys also custom made some heel guards to go with the rear sets... since the ones that came with them were shit house.

Ive also fully re-co'd the callipers themselves and fitted them with new braided lines. The brakes are all but done.. just need fluid and a bleed.

The engine - I didn't re-build it, however I did have it checked over by a mechanic, carbies cleaned up - certain gaskets and seals replaced and so on.

So now im just trying to slowly get all the little bits back in place, the electrical's running and so on so i can turn the key !

Here are a some new pics - they are not the best, just used the point and shoot - ill try to take some new ones with the SLR soon...

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Looking good, what's the rear master cylinder from?
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eBay !! The master cylinder came with the rearsets.. Although I had to modify the part that connects it to the pedal... What came with it was a little shoddy...
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Yeah I thought it looked familiar, let us know how it holds up.
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man you need to NWS this shit, people here wont like it if i start jerking my gherkin at work.

in other words: looks hot, might even be a close equal to the Psidey effort on the drool-o-meter
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pppphhwow.. Looking fantastic, there is something special about black.. something special..

Can wait too see the fairings and other bits on her.
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Very nice looking bike atm the moment.

where did you get the rear hugger from?
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Fark dude that look immaculate! Very very nice looking work
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Thanks guys ! Like i said, ill take a few more pics with a better camera maybe on the weekend. The rear hugger came from Japan - It was bloody expensive!! But once i saw it i just couldnt stop thinking about it until I had it in my hands... its a problem i have with shit like that :)

Yes i also had my doubts about that master cylinder - The engineer that fabricated the front calliper adapters who builds some serious custom bikes had a good look at it and told me it should be fine. But like i said, he did majorly improve the way it connects to the actual pedal mechanism.
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cool thanks!

im getting the same problem, seen it on tour bike

and now iv got to have it
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webbous said:
Thanks guys ! Like i said, ill take a few more pics with a better camera maybe on the weekend. The rear hugger came from Japan - It was bloody expensive!! But once i saw it i just couldnt stop thinking about it until I had it in my hands... its a problem i have with shit like that :)

Yes i also had my doubts about that master cylinder - The engineer that fabricated the front calliper adapters who builds some serious custom bikes had a good look at it and told me it should be fine. But like i said, he did majorly improve the way it connects to the actual pedal mechanism.
Curiosity has got the better of me. How did he improve it do you know?
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Ill take a pic and post it...
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Ok so here is the rearset as I got it... someone has just done a dodgey and used whatever they could jimmy up to make the connection from the master cyl to the pedal...

And here is the new... its not really anything majorly ground breaking... just common sense..

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how did i not see this before? the recent pics look a bit funny, the rim tape is mega fluro! :p bet it looks shit hot in real life... just like the esky (mine is in the process of being written off or repaired atm)
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yeh in normal light the rim tape is just red - but its reflective, so the flash made it bright like that...
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thought so. looks great
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