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XS250 Restoration

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Hi all hope your well and keeping busy. I have been working on a new project for a few months now and would value your opinions. The bike is a 1981 Yamaha XS250 which is not too exciting but the thing that attracted me was its only done 52 miles from new !

After collecting the bike I changed the plugs, put fresh petrol in and hooked up a battery.......it started and ran perfectly. I then switched it off and took it to pieces completely, every last nut, washer and bolt. All the chrome has or will be renewed, the frame blasted and re-sprayed the forks overhauled with stanchion's chromed and reground. The engine cleaned and polished and the electrics cleaned and checked. The only issues I had was the rear brake linings had come away from the shoes and there were 4 broken bolts that had to be drilled and tapped. There is probably another month or two left to finish and then I need to decide what to do with it.

It has never been serviced or had an MOT and as far as I can tell just ridden a couple of times and then just left to rust away.

 

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pictures or it didn't happen :)

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wish I could I've got dozens of them but I cant seem to post on this site.  I am a member but can not renew my subscription, any help on that would be useful.

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There are a few ways available. I use postimage.org. Once you register click on the share button then copy the "hotlinks for forums" options. When pasted into your post I remove the 's' from the two https but some smarmy fuck on another forum that you don't need to do that

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So it would appear the smarmy fuck was correct. Both pics show

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I use Flickr. It's free

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nearly there, what is the group called in Flickr please

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I use IMGUR, easier to get the BB code

1 hour ago, YDS7Paul said:

nearly there, what is the group called in Flickr please

no group listing there, just personal endeavours.

just post BB code in the text box in the forum (starts with   )

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BB code that's new to me, my problem I think is my membership has expired and I cant find a way to renew my subscription.

Have done Flickr and worked out how to upload but program won let me, no error or explanation

I have sent a couple of messages to Alex and am awaiting a reply.

Thanks for you assistance.

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paul iphone 911

 

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Just a couple to start with.

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Wayhay,,,,well done,,            ," Jimmy"       does this bring back good memories,, :rolleyes:

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yep, looks great but pleae don't use those car electrical connectors. invest in a crimper and proper Jap bullet connectors

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Thanks for the comments and the advice. I have noted the piont about the electrics. My aim is to keep everything original if I can which means having nearly all the brightwork re-chromed what’s your opinion on this. 

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go for it if you have the will and cash.

If you are going original then def use the jap size bullet connectors.

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They are on order, the two connectors you see in the picture were put on in 1982 when the bike was new and had a top box fitted. The wires are for the rear indicators that were moved. One issue with that was I didn't have the damper fitting so I had to source from eBay. When I get the mudguard back I will wire in the back light using the correct 3.9mm bullet connectors. The cost of the chrome is not vastly different than the cost of replacing, then of course it wouldn't be original. As I have never done this before its a learning curve and maybe at the end I could pass on knowledge to someone else. My other XS250 was a different story it was a cheap runner that I tidied up and worked out how to get it to start. Pictures of before and now to follow.

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17 hours ago, blackhat250 said:

Wayhay,,,,well done,,            ," Jimmy"       does this bring back good memories,, :rolleyes:

You can be a cnut at times.....:P

Same model xs250cw, different year (1979), but "it started and ran perfectly." I never experienced that so, no it doesn't bring back memories :P :P

 

Anyway best of luck with the restoration

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Looks great, that looks like my first bike but I know it isn't, as I only had mine 12 months from new and clocked over 16000 miles on it. Those were the days, now I'm lucky if I get time to do 3000 a year.

 

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Anyone out there know where to get spares (rebuild kit) for Mikuni BS32 carbs. Bike is all back together but not running well. Also name of a reliable chrome plating company in the UK that someone has used and can recommend. Many thanks.

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Allens who are mikuni specialist, NRP carbs, Motocarb.

 

I think it was these I used http://www.chromerestorationspecialist.co.uk/

Did a very good job on the xs downpipes

 

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Hi All its been a while, the bike is almost finished but I cant find anyone to re-chrome the exhausts.

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BTW the exhausts are not the origiinals, they are still waiting to be chromed.

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