Mine’s right on track

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York res­i­dent Joe picked up his 1980 Honda CB250RS for just £275. With an­other bought for spares, the self-taught home me­chanic is re­build­ing it in a desert racer/flat-track style.

First job with this Honda was to re­move all the body­work. I needed the tank for an­other RS that I’d crashed, so when I saw a Honda H100 tank for £20 at an au­to­jum­ble I thought I’d try that. I had to grind off the col­lars to get it to fit, but once on I thought it looked cool. It’s an­gu­lar but still has curved edges, with some­thing of an old flat-track look to it.

I went to Lau­rence at Yokai Mo­tor­cy­cle Engi­neer­ing in Bolton to get the mud­guards. He spe­cialises in light­ing and ac­ces­sories, but fab­ri­cated new parts to match the lines of the tank. Once I’ve sorted the wiring har­ness and got the electrics work­ing I’ll go back to him for the lights, too. There’ll

be a flat-track-style num­ber­board with a small light be­hind, and com­bined brake light and in­di­ca­tors at the rear.

I’ve re­built the top end of the en­gine. It’s been blasted and given a pol­ished bare fin­ish. I’ve used stain­less steel for the new spokes in the wheels, which I’ve given black pow­der­coated hubs and rims.

I’m set­ting my­self up as a wheel builder, and there’s a show in Leeds in July called Mo­tor­cy­cle So­cial where I’ll have a stand. I want to have the fin­ished Honda there.

There’s an­other rea­son to get it sorted. My girl­friend is about to take her bike test, then the CB250RS will be hers – be­cause it was her pre­vi­ous RS that I crashed at Dirtquake last year…

Joe mixes be­spoke and reused parts

The barn-find Honda has opened Joe’s eyes to op­por­tu­ni­ties in bike build­ing

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