‘The first cut was the fi­nal cut’

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Steve Wil­liams 1982 Yamaha XS250

Steve Wil­liams wanted to build his first project with­out it cost­ing the earth. Search­ing for project bikes on ebay an XS250 caught his eye. It was a UK model and a run­ner, cru­cial for him. “I’m no me­chanic; I didn’t want to be strip­ping the en­gine,” he says.

He bagged the bike for £400, with a spare bike that had a seized en­gine. “I chose the XS250 be­cause it was cheap!” he ad­mits. “I know guys who are spend­ing loads on rare parts or hav­ing parts re­stored, and been spend­ing years on their projects.”

The en­gine was re­moved with

great ef­fort, thanks to the rusty bolts, then painted. The frame was

also a slight worry. “I don’t weld so the first cut was also the fi­nal cut!” he says. “Luck­ily I had the donor bike frame to take mea­sure­ments off.”

Steve didn’t let his heart rule his head. He ex­plains: “I set my­self a limit of £800-£1000, so spent no more than £400 on bits.” The most ex­pen­sive item was the £60 seat.

The build took five months of week­ends. Steve adds: “It’s not about pos­ing on per­fect bikes, it’s about rid­ing what makes you smile!”

Steve’s XS250 was built from two sep­a­rate bikes, for less than £1000

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