Practical Sportsbikes (UK)

1981 RD250LC 4L1

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Owner: Mike Humphrys Owned for: three years Paid: £12,800 Resto cost: £1600

“I bought this RD250LC unregister­ed from KGF Classic Cars in Peterborou­gh. Padgetts had put it through PDI when new, stored it, then sold it into a private collection in 2001.

“I set about recommissi­oning her using NOS parts, mostly from Fowlers. I rebuilt the front brake caliper and mastercyli­nder with new seals and pistons. Bridgeston­e BT45 tyres replaced the OE Yokohomas.

“New fork oil was next; the seals were fine. Switchgear was cleaned and the cooling system flushed. The petrol tap got new seals and filter. A perished air filter was replaced. And I replaced the head gasket and stripped the carbs, replacing the floats, gaskets and float needles. Most rubber items are new. The adhesive on a rear brake shoe had failed with age which is something to watch out for.

“Initial rough running pointed to crank seals, however it turned out to be a rich mixture, sorted on the dyno at Mutts Nutts 2 Strokes, York. Things are only original once so I’ve done no more than needed to put the LC where it belongs – on the road.”

“The adhesive on a rear brake shoe had failed with age which is something to watch out for”

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