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Author Topic: Newbie  (Read 505 times)

Offline VNP249L

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« on: Sep 23, 2017, 07:15:05 »
Just bought a Honda CJ250 - plan is to modify it to a brat style. Just entering Buyer's Regret phase - should come out of that soon.  :-\ Father and son project number 4 - but previous 3 have all been motocrossers. First road bike project.
Bike been sat for a while but runs and sounds nice. Low miles. Tank and panels all good.
Plan is to weld in seat loop, new flat seat, on/ off road tyres/ short exhaust, raised bars ( renthal ??) Not sure about pod filters - I like the look but seems that they cause a lot of running problems? Wheels will need refurb I suspect as some rust on them. Not sure if I can change wheels to cast ones?
Any advice on above gratefully received.  :)
CJ250 Brat - well that's the plan!

Offline beachcomber

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #1 on: Sep 23, 2017, 16:53:01 »
Welcome to the DTT/UK fella. You'll get loads of advice here from knowledgeable friendly people.

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Offline WhyNot

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2017, 07:17:17 »
Welcome from Georgia USA, remorse will go away quickly.

Pix are the sh1t man.......
2006 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail
1975 Honda CB750K5 needs carb work
1974 Honda CB350F2 needs tins painted exhaust
1972 Honda CB175K2 roller no engine
1972 Honda CB/CL350 Engines need roller
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Offline NoRiders

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #3 on: Sep 26, 2017, 13:07:55 »
By the looks the CJ250 would brat with a few minor mods to the overall style. I turned my CBX550 into an urban scrambler (I'd not take it off road tbh) with tyre, tank, guards, seat changes. I chose to leave the engine/carbs alone as the diaphragm carbs don't like pod filters too much. I didn't fancy dicking with x4 when I knew the bike ran well enough with the stock airbox. As I had no plans for a skeletal frame, I stuck with what Mr Honda decided would work....and it works, yay. Not seen another one ;)

Here's an image or two to maybe give you some ideas. You can see I disguised the airbox with a scrambler roundel and attache case (very handy).




 

Offline VNP249L

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #4 on: Sep 27, 2017, 16:48:02 »
I like it. Back end is similar to what I'm after. What tyres are they - they look good.
The more I think about it the more I think I'll stick with standard air box. I'm a bit worried now it will be too short as I'm 6ft. With a flat seat I may need to do something with foot pegs.
CJ250 Brat - well that's the plan!

Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #5 on: Sep 27, 2017, 21:10:20 »
Welcome, this is a great place!
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Offline NoRiders

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #6 on: Sep 28, 2017, 18:09:20 »
I like it. Back end is similar to what I'm after. What tyres are they - they look good.
The more I think about it the more I think I'll stick with standard air box. I'm a bit worried now it will be too short as I'm 6ft. With a flat seat I may need to do something with foot pegs.

I notice pin n needles as the seat is at least 2" lower and I'm a short 31" legged 5'9". Lowering footpegs will also mean altering the brake and gear lever angles too :/

Tyres are Mefo Sports from Zenoverland, web: https://www.zenoverland.com/tyres_tubes/mefo_explorer.html

The rear guard was a used alloy thing off something or other, the light unit is a cheap trials/scrambler unit with optional rubber numberplate 10 the lot.
The plastic letter/numbers came from a swap meet and are scooter sized, nice find I reckon.

The only mod I did was to bore a few 22mm holes in the filterbox to aid airflow into the intake system, the rest is stock and cleaned up a little.

Offline VNP249L

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #7 on: Sep 30, 2017, 15:30:39 »
A fine and noble steed!! Picture as promised.
She runs and drives ok except for a sticking float on one side.
Noticed that the rear foot pegs are wrong / odd on one side. Need to find some pics to see which side is correct. Forks and wheels need re furbishing.
I need to get tape measure out to size up the frame hoop. Bit of end float on gear change input shaft. Selects gears ok though with no nasty noises.
I think a to do list is in order.
Thanks for guidance on tyres will look them up.
CJ250 Brat - well that's the plan!

Offline NoRiders

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #8 on: Oct 01, 2017, 14:30:57 »
A fine and noble steed!! Picture as promised.
She runs and drives ok except for a sticking float on one side.
Noticed that the rear foot pegs are wrong / odd on one side. Need to find some pics to see which side is correct. Forks and wheels need re furbishing.
I need to get tape measure out to size up the frame hoop. Bit of end float on gear change input shaft. Selects gears ok though with no nasty noises.
I think a to do list is in order.
Thanks for guidance on tyres will look them up.

Here's a link for the seat hoops, this is for the flat version there's also a 20* bent version too (I have that one).
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAFE-RACER-SEAT-FRAME-LOOP-HOOP-HONDA-XBR500-CB500T-CB450-CB350-/182798208517?hash=item2a8f9f4e05:g:GWwAAOSwKOJYIZQH
They ship with two internal fillets but I had to slice them down and squeeze to make them fit the internal tube on the CBX., no great issue.

Getting it running right is paramount, so a carb strip n clean will help. If you're bratting it maybe rear pegs will be surplus to requirement?

Can't beat Mr Silver for spares: http://www.davidsilverspares.co.uk/parts/

Offline VNP249L

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Re: Newbie
« Reply #9 on: Oct 15, 2017, 15:43:42 »
Well I've started now.
Other than wheel bearings being a git to remove ( found a neat trick with a rawlbolt - God Bless YouTube )
Calliper and wheels are off for refurb.
Forks are next job.
Then hope that my welding is up to scratch for frame hoop.

CJ250 Brat - well that's the plan!