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Author Topic: '73 CB250 - Doing it right this time round.  (Read 104314 times)

Offline Green199

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #70 on: Aug 07, 2012, 13:45:06 »
I also realised my budget isn't realistically going to stretch to a sealed battery. The existing battery is way to tall to fit under the rear hump so it's going to have to stay in its stock location. I don't really like the stock side covers no matter how well they are done, so I though about a vintage looking number board to hide the battery.

I was thinking of spraying it the dark green found in the old castrol oil logo, and similar to the number board on the RC166. Quickly photoshopped it up with a pic of the bikes original paint. It will obviously be aged and scratched like the rest of the bodywork. What do you guys think?
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #71 on: Aug 07, 2012, 14:00:19 »
You have to be careful with the number plates. If the feel of the bike is not of a track ready bike, the number plate can look really out of place. I would rethink your feel towards side covers, or make a really clean battery box that can stand alone. I also wouldn't want a number plate on both sides of my bike, so it would only solve the issue of the one side. Are you keeping the stock air boxes or switching to pods?

Just my opinions, of course.

You could also do some covers from scratch.

« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2012, 14:07:55 by shamus »
My xs360 build:

http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=37624.msg408051#msg408051

1976 Yamaha XS360
1977 Yamaha TT500

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #72 on: Aug 07, 2012, 14:43:33 »
You have to be careful with the number plates. If the feel of the bike is not of a track ready bike, the number plate can look really out of place. I would rethink your feel towards side covers, or make a really clean battery box that can stand alone. I also wouldn't want a number plate on both sides of my bike, so it would only solve the issue of the one side. Are you keeping the stock air boxes or switching to pods?

Just my opinions, of course.

You could also do some covers from scratch.



Appreciate your opinion Shamus. I was planning on running the boards on both sides. I'm kind of after a 'racer' looking bike so the addition of a number board will help that. I see what you're saying though about it looking out of place. Seeing as they're pretty easy to make I think I'm going to fab and paint a few up, and then see how they look. If they look 'awkward' and out of place I'll have to think about something else.

For some reason I'm not a big side cover person. Don't know why, just something about them. Even the ones on that Guzzi. They don't look half bad, but, there's just something about them....So if the number boards are out, I think I'll have to work on a new battery box.

The bike came with Pod filters, but they're in pretty bad shape, so they will probably be replaced with uni foam filters.

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #73 on: Aug 07, 2012, 15:08:04 »
The reason that number plates look so wrong is that no racer will ride a bike on the street with numbers on it (unless they're getting ready for a race and that's a whole other illegal story).  So the only people with race numbers on a street bike are obviously not racers.

No problem with having covers shaped like number plates - that works but replace the actual numbers with model code or something if you don't want to look like a complete poser.

Try taking your stock side covers and make them narrower or change them so they do look good and replicate that new look in F/G or C/F for a more integrated look.

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #74 on: Aug 07, 2012, 15:35:57 »

No problem with having covers shaped like number plates - that works but replace the actual numbers with model code or something if you don't want to look like a complete poser.

Try taking your stock side covers and make them narrower or change them so they do look good and replicate that new look in F/G or C/F for a more integrated look.

Sounds good. Instead of numbers could fill it with vintage decals, such as the old Castrol logo.

Didn't come with the stock, or any side covers for that matter. Just had the battery showing but it just doesn't look right like that.
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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #75 on: Aug 07, 2012, 16:11:24 »
Also the numbers on a racing bike have to be in a place that is clearly visible. In the center of the bike they would be obscured by the rider's legs so that's not race legal.

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #76 on: Aug 07, 2012, 17:55:22 »
Agree, missing side covers is an ugly look. Try ebay for a pair of any one of the guys on here that took them off to fit pods and relocated their electrics into the seat.

Someone must have a decent set available for the right price that you could either fit as-is or modify as necessary.

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #77 on: Aug 13, 2012, 00:52:33 »
I think maier makes some reproduction side covers

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #78 on: Aug 13, 2012, 18:45:28 »
Got a few parts through today!

Finally managed to get hold of a new intake boot. Got it from David Silver Spares, and got a Universal brake light switch.

Although I have no idea how I'm going to mount it and make it work. Next headache.

Anyway, progress report. Frame is now stripped. Started cutting off the centre stand mounts and the stock seat lock. Just need to smooth what's left of them down. Will probably do that and get the first coat of primer on tomorrow.

Still looking for a decent side cover solution, along with the brake switch problem. Who said bikes were all fun!  ;D
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Offline AJWatUC

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Re: '73 CB250 - 'Rustic Racer' conversion.
« Reply #79 on: Aug 15, 2012, 16:55:26 »
Definitely go for vintage racer!  Looks cool
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