Modifying the CBR 250R
I am an avid reader of your magazine. I have always been a fan of the Technomail section and I have learned a lot from it. I recently stumbled upon the idea to modify my five-year-old CBR 250R to look like an old Honda motorcycle, say, like the CB 750. Will it be possible to make a frame that would look like the frame from that era and then fit the CBR 250R engine in it? What would be the legalities involved once the bike is ready? I desperately want to know since I am really keen on making my CBR 250R look like a CB 750.
Thank you for your words of praise. We must say that your question is quite a rare one for not many people would attempt to do something like that. It is very much possible to build a frame that would look like the old Honda’s frame, and it is also possible to fit the engine in it. However, the bike won’t be passed by the RTO as only licensed motorcycle manufacturers and their dealers are allowed to register their bikes, which are passed by the ARAI, with the RTO. This also means that your bike will not be insurable as a road-going vehicle. Without insurance and registration, you won’t be able to ride your bike on public roads as it is illegal to do so. However, if you want to take this up as a project then we suggest that you make sure that you involve an expert who can design and build a frame that would take the CBR 250R engine.