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Old 12-29-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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SR250 project

After receiving The Ride for X-mas, I really want a cool project bike. My other bikes that I have are more utilitarian in nature. I don't have just a "cool" bike.



So I hit up craigslist and found an SR250. I've talked to the guy and plan on checking it out in a week or two.





I did some googling and came up with some pretty cool inspiration.









I like the idea of it for the inexpensive buy in price, the ease of a single cylinder/single carb, and the fact that it's a pretty lightweight bike.

I think my plan of attack would be to clean it up really well, ditch the airbox, ditch the seat, and go from there.

I am thinking brat style, bobbed fenders, fork gaiters, funky paint on the tank, and z-bars. Whaddya think?
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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I like that scrambler in the bottom picture the best, looks like a fun bike and simple to maintain.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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i liked scrambler too. heck ebay might have a high scrambler pipe that could be welded on some how. hide the welds with heat tape.

the key, i would think, would be to make something that makes you happy. and try not to hack and whack it. plenty of bad examples available on craigslist.


the only decent single for hacking upon on the austin craigslist today was a buell blast for $1k. plenty of harley parts and aftermarket available [like storz stuff could maybe be modified.?.] but i have no welding skills. and a proper job would require some..
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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Hope the bike checks out...looks like a fun back road & townie bike!

What are you going for - looks, performance, or ideally both?

Some of those tires on the inspirational bikes look "Brat" but I bet they handle like crap. My advice would be reasonable when you choose new rubber.

Ditch all the excess weight, consider replacing the (heavy) stock exhaust and spend the $ on a small Li-Ion battery. Lost weight = free HP and improves tossability. If you have the extra money, spend it on getting the suspension dialed in. The front drum brake is cool - if set up with fresh cables, etc is probably fine for what you'll use a 250cc road bike for.

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Old 12-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
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i liked scrambler too. heck ebay might have a high scrambler pipe that could be welded on some how. hide the welds with heat tape.

the key, i would think, would be to make something that makes you happy. and try not to hack and whack it. plenty of bad examples available on craigslist.


the only decent single for hacking upon on the austin craigslist today was a buell blast for $1k. plenty of harley parts and aftermarket available [like storz stuff could maybe be modified.?.] but i have no welding skills. and a proper job would require some..
It looks like it wouldn't require much hacking, since where the seat sits on the frame is pretty flat. I'm sure some tabs would need to be shaved, which normally would bug me, but it doesn't come with side covers anyway.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:46 AM   #6
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e-start, eh
is the motor counter-balanced?
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:14 AM   #7
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Just saw this one:



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Got it. Man the forks on this thing are like wet noodles.
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I'll tear into it tomorrow. :)
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Project is underway.
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I think I've got a seized front axle. :(
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #12
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I ordered some new parts:





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Progress pics:

more teardown



axle was seized in the fork tube



further teardown:



unseized axle, wheeled off crappy factory clear and polished to a nice-ish satiny finish.



I threw on some dirt pegs I had laying around, they look pretty good:



the stock pegs were riveted on, so I had to grind the pins to get them off.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:45 AM   #14
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