A little back story for my project bike. Grew up riding and racing 2-strokes like any kid born in the 80s. I did decently and worked my way up to local expert, then wasn't fast enough so it turned into a hobby about 19. Like everyone else I got caught up in the 4-stroke hype when the '02 CRF450 came along and from then until now I primarily rode CRF450s. But about a year ago I got the 2-stroke itch again so I did like any dumb guy in that situation, I went out and bought a clapped out turd of a bike for cheap.
My purchase? A 2002 CR250 for $1100. It had stickers ALL OVER IT and was in really sad shape, but it ran. I bought it on a Friday and started fixing it up. Obviously de-stickered it and replaced the essential parts that were wasted. Then I did something really stupid, instead of actually tearing it down further I packed it up and went racing at a local Vet series where it ran long enough to win the +25A.
Pics from that race day:
The next weekend I shined on it a little more and took it out. It promptly exploded, grenading everything from the crank up. So I put a couple hundred into a complete motor rebuild and rode it a couple more times, then parked it for the better part of a year. It simply needed too much from suspension to all the usual wear items. I know all the bearings were original and the bike really felt it's age. With a new baby and me working 65 hours a week I just didn't have the time or money to deal with it.
Random pic from the 1 ride I put on it after the last rebuild:
And how it sat right before I gave up on it for the time being:
But now my 30th birthday rolls around and my wife wanted to get me something special. I told her let me buy what I want for the 250 so I can make it my full-time ride. Amazingly she went for it! And for the last week I've been buying up everything I could think of while trying to keep costs within reason. So far I've spent about $1500 extra but that's bought me the following:
New Kiehin carb from JD Jetting, Excel A60 wheels and spokes, Motion Pro rim locks, Pivot Works complete set of bearings for the entire bike, new sub-frame (former owner bent the last one bad enough it couldn't really be straightened), new cycra plastics, powder coated hubs and triple clamps, new riding gear, and a host of other new normal wear items.
I've got the bike town down to the frame right now to be throughly cleaned. I drop the suspension off early next week to be completely refreshed and re-sprung. Then comes a graphics kit and some motor work. For now it's going to stay stock just so I can completely readjust and because the top end literally has maybe 2 hours on it. Might as well get some mileage out of it before sending the motor to Gorr. I'll take pictures as I get on with putting it all back together. I'm pretty pumped to say the least, it should be like a brand new bike by next weekend.