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Offline waldo101

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Buying Honda CB250 1975
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:11:09 »
Hey everyone, I'm in need of some help, i might be swapping my CB100 for a CB250 1975. It is a half finished Cafe racer with an extended swing-arm, i will attach a picture. the guy said it was running perfectly when he took it apart to paint and comes with all the parts and spares to put it back together. is there anything that I should be aware about on these bikes? I am trying to get a daily commuter that will be reliable, any opinion will be appreciated.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2018, 05:56:44 by waldo101 »

Offline MiniatureNinja

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 02:04:52 »
basically an under-bored cb360 - lots of cool for these bikes I love them.
problems I think are top end oiling issues common with these motors - make sure it turns over nicely.

be aware that it's a project and nothing the previous owner did will have been done correctly or completely.

"running when parked" is dangerous
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Offline waldo101

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 02:57:54 »
it also has an extended swing arm so i will need an extended rear brake rod and chain and comes with all the parts to get it running. i just don't want another money pit as thats what my CB100 has been

Offline The Limey

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 03:42:04 »
Running when parked = seized, and hot salty water used to try and un-seize it.
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Offline waldo101

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2018, 04:23:08 »
He said it was running before he stripped down to do paint and to do the custom seat. it looks to be in good condition on the outside. He said he hasn't got time anymore to do it up so i said id swap my running Honda CB100 for it and said yes. He was originally selling the project bike for $1000 (Australia)

I don't think someone would put that much effort into a bike if the engine was seized but thats my personal opinion, what do you guys think?

Does anyone know where i could find an online workshop manual for this bike?

Offline Turnturtle

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 11:41:59 »
You can download the manual here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/qxptnimmpakpaiq/CB360.zip
Good luck with it!

Offline coyote13

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 11:52:08 »
If you don't want another money pit you're probably gonna wanna buy a running rideable bike.  Buying a complete unknown "ran when parked" is almost guaranteed to need some $$$'s thrown at it.

That being said, if all the major components are there and the motor isn't stuck, it probably won't be a whole lot of $$$'s, just time to get it back together.  Which is odd that someone would go through all that effort and then when the end is in sight offload the thing as a project instead of just finishing it.  Makes me wonder if there's an issue he's aware of or if he's just given up on the thing (been in that boat before)
« Last Edit: May 17, 2018, 11:54:09 by coyote13 »
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Offline MiniatureNinja

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 14:51:36 »
That's exactly it. "Just dont have time anymore" usually means "something is wrong with it, I have no idea what, and don't want to mess with it... let it be someone else's problem"

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Online Alex jb

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 15:21:57 »
It would be a brave move, but if it was me and it was a swap of toys and I had a daily car to drive and a garage to work in, Id do it.
Looks like it could be a cool bike.

Offline Hurco550

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Re: Buying Honda CB250 1975
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2018, 15:23:34 »
If you don't want another money pit you're probably gonna wanna buy a running rideable bike.  Buying a complete unknown "ran when parked" is almost guaranteed to need some $$$'s thrown at it.

^^ this.

Even if this truly is as he says, there are going to be the little things that nickel and dime you on this type of bike, just putting it back together.
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