1983 Honda CB250RSA

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

Owner: Pa­trick Shep­herd, N. Yorks Owned for: since Jan­uary

What’s the story? A few years back my lo­cal MOT tester men­tioned he had a bike in bits that would prob­a­bly in­ter­est me when I told him I was af­ter a project. I didn’t re­ally ac­tion it at the time but in Jan­uary I gave him a call and asked if he still had it. He didn’t, how­ever, but he did have 37 mo­tor­cy­cles, so he told me to pop round and take a look. I handed him some cash and walked away with the lit­tle RS that had been sat in his gar­den for 12 years. Progress so far? First off, I had to find out if it would run. It still turned over, so I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t. Bat­tery fit­ted, carb cleaned and some fresh fuel and it fired up third kick. It didn’t just fire up though, it ran beau­ti­fully smooth. With that checked, the strip down be­gan. I stripped it to a rolling chas­sis so that I could thor­oughly as­sess it. Not a sin­gle bolt seized – this bike had ob­vi­ously been well looked af­ter at some point. I de­cided the RS tank was too mod­ern look­ing for the look I was go­ing for, and since it was pretty crusty any­way it got re­placed with a 400/Four tank. The front end was swapped out for some Aprilia RS125 units, giv­ing it a beefier look and shed­ding a bit of weight. Af­ter that, the frame has been cut down ready for mock­ing up body­work and I bought a set of Akront rims for it (still to go on). What’s next? Some longer shocks, en­gine re­build and tune-up, full cus­tom wiring loom and I’ll be mak­ing my own tail unit out of glass fi­bre, that will mimic both the orig­i­nal RS duck­tail and also the ridge in the 400 tank. I aim for it to be a bike you re­ally have to look at the de­tails on. It’s a long-term project with a long way to go yet – but I’m al­ready en­joy­ing every minute of it.

It fired up third kick with fresh fuel

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