Sideburn reader Graham Braid sent this story about his lockdown build.
I had been thinking of building a simple Street Tracker, when a friend of mine mentioned a Honda CB250RS saying it was one of the best bikes he had owned, and said it was underrated,as the the 250 Superdream, seemed to steal it’s thunder! It had a very narrow lightweight frame, alloy wheels and a punchy single taken from the XL trail bike.
When you start talking about them, apparently loads of people have owned them as simple commuter bikes. I thought this might be the perfect donor bike, so I set about buying a cheap one with low mileage. Then got to work.
The frame was detagged, a rear loop added , then powder coated.
Engine stripped, vapour blasted and rebuilt
Wheels stripped, powder coated and stainless spokes, then fitted with Dunlop K180 tyres
Honda CD style tank, custom painted.
Black leather custom seat.
Renthal bars, CNC controls and switches, single speedo, retro grips.
Alloy numberboard with led lights.
Rear alloy mudguard with led back light.
Piggy back lengthened rear shocks.
Custom wiring loom.
Brushed stainless steel custom exhausts with end cans
Lots of custom details, K&N filter, custom choke lever, turned fork /yoke nut covers etc.
Lockdown gave me the time to finish it, so onward and upward with the next Street Tuff project, a C90 with billet alloy wheels a 150cc motor called 'Heavy Treader'