1983 Honda CB250RSA
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