1979 Honda CR250 Restoration

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Joined: 11/22/2010

Location: CA, USA

11/23/2010 9:33 AM

For anyone interested, this is a series of post chronicling the frame up
restoration of a 1979 Honda CR250 "Red Rocket".

Here is the bike I started with. I won it on an Ebay auction advertised as a recent
restoration. I could tell from the Ebay pictures it was no where near restored, but
I thought it would make for a decent start.

I started by disassembling the bike and inspecting everything. The engine ran, but
the clutch was locked up. Both rims were dented and ruined, the tank, pipe and
silencers had several large dents, the plastic had been rattle can painted as had
the frame and engine. The suspension was sacked, sprockets hooked. It was
about what you expect from a half baked restoration attempt.

Before I started this project, I had to decide if I was building a rider or a dust collector.
I also decided to restore rather than replace everything possible, and finally, I was
determined to keep the bike as 100% OE as I could.

Here is the frame right out of the curing oven. I soda blasted it to get rid of the
cheasy paint and rust. I commisioned one of the big powder manufacturers to
produce a powder color match for Tahtian Red since nobody made that exact

Frame with swingarm

Next up were the shocks. After a lot of searching, I found two dampers that still had
their charge. I restored the bodies and polished the chrome shafts. The hardware
was sent out for Cadmium plating in the original Gold chromate color. I located a
couple of NOS springs that were a mess from shelf wear. I media blasted them with
glass beads and powder coated them with 40% gloss Black. I replaced the rubber
bushings and ended up with essentially a new pair of shocks. Of course we won't
talk about what crap these stock shocks were.

Shock and airbox hardware cleaned and polished before Cadmium plating.

Restored shock dampers

Finished shocks

Shocks installed

The fuel tank was next. As I said, it had a couple of nice dents and was poorly painted.
I stripped the paint and used a secret method to pop the dents. I spent some time
prepping, blocking, priming over and over until I had it just right. PPG color matched
the Tahitian Red in one of their new water based paints and I sprayed on several coats
of color and one coat of clear. I found a NOS fuel cap and restored the petcock, then
applied NOS Honda decals to the tank.

Tank after paint

Restored petcock

Tank with decals, NOS mounting rubber/collars and fuel cap.

I'll wrap it up here. Next will be the motor build.




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11/23/2010 11:27 AM

Just fantastic.




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Location: El Segundo, CA USA

11/23/2010 11:29 AM

Great article.... keep it going. Personally I love seeing this stuff.




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Location: Travad, SWE

11/23/2010 12:39 PM

It's good to see some love for an historic dirt sprayer getting reborn,
many tank's.



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Joined: 6/29/2009

Location: Salem, IL USA

11/23/2010 1:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/23/2010 1:38 PM

Good to see you here dogger.....Let it rip.



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Location: USA

11/23/2010 2:53 PM

And they accused me of being "Type A". Good stuff dogger, bring on the rest.



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Joined: 4/1/2008

Location: Chapel Hill, NC USA

11/23/2010 3:07 PM

sweet! that is one beautiful bike!

very nice, like they said, keep 'em comin'


Mini Elsinore


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Joined: 8/17/2006

Location: Huntington Beach, CA USA

11/23/2010 3:09 PM

Slap "102" on those number plates and you will be done!! Nice find!

"It is easier to fool a man, than convince him he's been fooled".
-Mark Twain



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Joined: 8/26/2007

Location: Monticello, GA USA

11/23/2010 3:19 PM

Very nice work Mr. Dogger and great attention to detail. That reminds me of Mr. Newmann and his paint guns!
At what point did you decide to make it a dust collector? Just curious because I almost made my Fox RM 370 a garage queen. ALMOST



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Location: Lake Zurich, IL USA

11/23/2010 8:10 PM

Amazing work you should be damn proud. I'm jealous. I'd kill to have 1/2 that patience

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Location: CAN


11/24/2010 6:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/24/2010 6:11 PM

Wow...just wow. My dream bike....again 31 years later. Need to find one! Amazing job sir!

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Joined: 8/16/2006

Location: CO, USA

11/26/2010 11:32 PM

I thought I did a nice job on my restorations but you and Newman take these things to another level. Very nice job.

Ed Johnson