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First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:47:17 PM »
Hey everyone so as a few know I've been hunting like crazy to get a RD250/400 :) settled on a great project bike through one of the lads on here super thanks! sure a few will recognise the bike. Thanks to everyone for all the advice

Utterly over the moon an it's gonna be a real long term keeper like all my others haha owned my 350lc since I was 16 with dad. That then bred into a few

Amazingly after the disaster that was last week with another bike.

I ended up picking up and collecting my new baby on my 30th birthday no less! An a year to the day we all got made redundant from the litho print company huge life change since I've been around print since I was a kid an dad an entire life time. Currently decided to take some time out for another year again an pick some part time work up a few days a week back on computers then eventually get back into wildlife photography an spend time with family (my cousin is terminally ill but doing really good) an spend time with other family members dad an I didn't get to see much doing 70+ hour weeks.

Which will leave me stacks of time for riding and going on adventures on the bikes with dad well that's the plan an make more memories with dad!

Enough rambling an onto the bike uk matching numbers 22k ish miles most importantly blue! Now my dads 250DX was blue an his older bro's 250C was blue I grew up on stories about these bikes so super excited to own one myself. Hopefully have some piccies coming of my uncles 250c. My mum actually met my dad through his 250 as she was watching him from a window a week  or so before they met on the night he picked it the picture below. Even got pictures of my dads younger bro who doesn't ride whos the one that's ill sat on both of the 250's so will be ace to pop down to his on it alot as well

Initial plan is a rolling resto get her looking mint over time like I have with my Norton's but use regularly an by that I mean quite a bit haha did 2,000 miles in one week on my 250lc so like to get out an about. Main thing though is shes gonna be ridden alot!

Things I wanna sort so far are
Clean clean an more clean for a few days :)
Levers an missing bits cylinder rubber etc - already ordered on the way to pick the bike up haha so they should be here any day.
Tyres Avon's are my choice of protection  :D Front tyres got a split from being stood so those are main priority
Tank - repair to the underside so gonna have a hunt about for a replacement. Respray once I figure out who to use.
Forks- Gotta decide what stanchions to get, new seals, dust covers, measure the springs up.
Electronic ignition - saw the huge improvement this made on the Norton's as it's gonna be ridden alot that's right up there with stuff to get done.
Re Chroming gonna start with the rear rack unless I can find a replacement that's ready to go. Pick who to use.

If anyone spots anything that's not standard etc appreciate the heads up Wanna get her as right as I can :)

This bike means a hell of alot to me so super excited to get started an to be a aircooled owner. Best of all I've set next door off on getting a bike again an let his lil Daughter have a sit on pull the throttle etc grins all round
Deffo a biker of the future an hopefully they will be doing a project as well.


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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 09:52:19 PM »
So day 1 of the resto / lets get ready to ruuuummbleee! haha :)

Wheels are a bit grubby so decided to get cracking cleaning those


Started coming up pretty good by hand but took an ages so Nipped out for some re reinforcements !

Made quite a difference before
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after on one

Gotta decide what to do with the hub finish wise :)

Rear wheel is tomorrow an Mondays job!

Next thing to order is some new dust seal covers an a l/h Stanchion

Got the bits on order for the Front Disk!!

Another before picture on the caliper another task for this week :)


Before picture on the exhaust

Rear shock

Got a bit engrossed in cleaning the wheels only to look round an see dad had half removed the rear grab rail lol so dived in an helped him get it off my baby

Roll on hours an hours of dremel work trying to get the nightmare stuff off after paint stripper wouldn't touch it.
Quite a bit of an improvement Lot more to do on it though !!

Gave the shocks a bit of a clean :)

Pretty shattered an shes starting to come up!

Tired at the end of a long day but shes really starting to look good!!






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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2019, 10:14:14 PM »
Keep up the good work, it looks like you are doing a crackin’ job 👍👍

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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 10:23:00 PM »
Thanks mate :)

new Tyres this week as the front's got a split in it.

Back on with cleaning the wheels tomorrow. Shocks came up brilliant an the pipes are probably at the best they are gonna be in the 2nd to last picture nice an solid!

spotted a bit of oil behind the clutch cover so gonna whip that off and just check it out might be chain lube or maybe a pushrod seal or neutral switch had issues with both of them on my 250lc.
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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 11:46:07 PM »
the bike looks very nice as it is, yes tidy it up and get the engine running sweet. ride and enjoy 8)
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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 08:57:39 AM »
That's the plan shes very original :) from what I can tell just gonna replace the bits that are to far gone an keep on top of the rest  8)
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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 09:14:29 AM »
And make sure that your dad or uncle doesn't nick it!

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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2019, 09:27:32 AM »
Damn right!!! Luckily my uncle has got a Kettle an might be getting a YR5 Next as he's not shut up about finding one.

Dad has use of my Lc's an GSX750ET so will be an epic sight the three of us out again this year, can't wait to get out on the 250C

Plan for today is try and finish this front wheel then start on the rear one!

Gotta decide what to do regarding the finish on the hubs.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 04:16:11 PM »
Progress today an flipping freezing!! Did I say it was Freezing haha!

First thing I dad was clean the front brake metal hose up was covered in rust an had a quick go at some of the bolts on the front wheel came up really nice :)



Next front wheel again the joy!! Started working my way round the spokes cleaning the ends up bit by bit.



Then I had a quick go at

Next I had a go at getting the yellowing off the front hub shes really starting to come up good I think.



Dad came out an did a bit on the rear wheel for me :)




She's really coming up great bit by bit


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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 08:39:24 PM »
Some before and afters slowly getting there with her  8)


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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 08:19:36 AM »
That's coming along nicely

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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 02:46:12 PM »
Looking good,hopefully the engine will be as good too,great find i think, lucky you.
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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 04:05:29 PM »
Thanks Motty an Steve yeah the engine sounds great :) I feel really lucky to own it always think we are the custodians of these bikes for generations to come.

Slight bit of a noise but actually located that today one of the bulb holders within the indicator has come loose so that will be an easy fix was making a right racket:) always the simple stuff.

Small oil leak I just want to check out thats visible underneath the rear sprocket may be chain lube that's pooled spotted it when viewing the bike  or its a pushrod seal or neutral switch had grief with both of those on a LC :) hopefully it's not a gearbox seal. Gonna whip the side casing off tomorrow an check that out so I can get the bits on the next order. Engine was fully rebuilt in 08 crank etc with all the receipts.

Just trying to decide what tyres to put on as shes got original rims :)


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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2019, 05:47:38 PM »
Tom,

Worth noting if you brim the two stroke too the top of the nozzle it will overflow and come out near the front sprocket you will see the overflow pipe going into the to right of left hand engine case.

I found this out by putting too much oil in and was met the next morning by a pool of two stroke all over the bike ramp.

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Re: First RD250C at 30 Resto an Regular rider
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 05:52:47 PM »
Ahh! wonder if that's what the previous owner has done :) I'll dipstick the oil in the morning be a nice and easy fix if so.

Noticed the clutch is quite heavy, got the correct fulcrum levers now so just got to decide on what grips to put on before I change them are they the same grips as the LC grips?

Should the clutch lever cable adjuster be Olive green or silver on the 250C lads? Got the correct green pinch bolt and adjuster for the brake lever.

got a bit of info back regarding tyres Road Riders are a no go with the original wheels so current choices are, Avon Street runners, ME77 Metzlers, Pirelli Sport Demon's waiting to hear back on Bridgestone's and Conti's options

Rear
Rims are Takasago 1.85 x 18 6G 103 Japan
fitted with 3.50-18 Metzler
Front
Takasago 1.60x18 6F 206 Japan
fitted with a 3.00 18 Metzler tyre


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Tom

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