‘The first cut was the final cut’
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