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CrazyFrog

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #60 on: April 25, 2022, 05:06:00 PM »
It's amazing how the round headlamp transforms the bike - it looks really good!
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #61 on: April 25, 2022, 05:45:58 PM »
Yes, looks very nice Ian. The whole bike I mean not just the headlight, looks like you’ve got yourself a cracking little RS250. Hopefully you have many miles of great riding on it👍
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #62 on: April 25, 2022, 08:39:18 PM »
Well fettled that man!👏
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #63 on: April 26, 2022, 09:01:37 AM »
Aye Ian, that is a very neat wee beastie you have there now. Hope the muscles get tuned up and you can enjoy putting the miles under the wheels.

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #64 on: April 26, 2022, 09:21:01 AM »
Yes, am very pleased so far with progress. I think I may look for a smaller bore brake master scylinder as the front brake is very wooden feeling. I did the same to my Guzzi V50 and that improved it no end. It's only cost me £100 or so in bits so far including the aftermarket mirrors which were a snip at £6.99 from ebay, and the headlamp at under £20 from the same source. It does help to have a comprehensive scrap pile......
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themoudie

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #65 on: April 26, 2022, 03:18:40 PM »
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It does help to have a comprehensive scrap pile......

Useful paraphenalia!  ;)

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2022, 03:41:42 PM »
Yes agree about the round headlight.
As to the front brake-yes it's standard 80's fayre and pretty wooden with little or no danger of a lock up.
I'll be interested to hear if you can improve it with your planned mods.
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #67 on: April 26, 2022, 04:47:33 PM »
Hi Ian

That is looking lovely, a very useful, tidy thumper and the work you have done is very tasteful. Hopefully we will get a decent summer so you can get out there and have fun.

As for the hip, the daughter of a friend of mine is a physio for the, ahem, more mature person and her favourite saying is 'motion is lotion' so keep it moving and all should be well.

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #68 on: May 12, 2022, 09:42:09 AM »
That's a very nice looking bike you've got there, you've done all the usual RS bits that need doing, personally I prefer the rectangular headlight as that defines the bike from all the other early eighties bikes but that's just a personal thing.
Other mods you can do are CBX250 wheels, they have a better cush drive, Hagon shocks work well.
Sometimes the oil leak from the head is actually from the O ring on the ends of the rocker shafts, bit of a pig to fix but unavoidable I'm afraid.
They sometimes crack between the spark plug hole and a valve seat but I've known these go go for years before you need to do anything, the generators are a weak spot and lead to intermittent starting, I think WEMOTO list new generators for the RS.
All in all a cracking little bike, I've had five and converted the last one to 500.

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #69 on: May 12, 2022, 03:48:40 PM »
Interesting.......My current one which I've had for about 8ish years I think has always leaked very slightly from the head-very unHonda like behaviour. My mate tried to fix it with some special sealant but it continues to leak ever so slightly and very annoying.I think he replaced the O rings you mention at the same time. Didn't know about the generator.
I've always thought these would be a much more interesting ride with a 500 engine. Have you still got your CB500RS? Any pics? Which engine did you use? FT /XBR/ XL ? Kick start only? Is it easy to start?
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #70 on: May 12, 2022, 06:52:27 PM »
Yes I don't think I had an RS that didn't need a new generator at some point, the ignition winding coil works loose causing earthing problems within the generator itself. Electrex World list one for the electric start model but are out of stock of the kick start model at the moment. Westcountry Windings will rewind yours for you but they are quite expensive, I had about five generators at one time that I offered to Westcountry Windings for free in return for one rewound one back but they said they'll only do one at a time for the customer and don't keep any in stock.
 I've still got my 500, I'll try and upload some photos, mine uses the XL500 motor with kick start and it starts easy.

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #71 on: May 12, 2022, 07:12:25 PM »
Brilliant shot-I thought it would be a wheelie merchant! Mine leads a mainly pampered life as I have other bikes so am lucky to cover 1000 miles in a year but I do use it for a spot of commuting and chilling out round the local lanes. So far it's been extremely reliable but I'll watch out for starting issues-thanks for the heads up. I think your RS500 would make a good hillclimber?
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #72 on: May 12, 2022, 08:20:03 PM »
Aye tevi54, thank you for posting the image, lovely shot of what a motorbike should be about; lightweight, poky, but not sucidal and easy on the eye.

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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #73 on: May 12, 2022, 11:48:34 PM »
Catches a few people out, does she? Lovely, thanks for sharing and any more pics, please?
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Re: Honda CB250RSA tips?
« Reply #74 on: May 13, 2022, 07:01:33 AM »
I've got more somewhere but it's getting them uploaded that's the challenge