There are very few things as cool as a vintage dirt bike. Of the coolest old off-road motorcycles, the 1974 Honda MT250 Elsinore is at the top of the list. This 2-stroke beauty came our way through one of Jarred’s friends, needing some love, and a few repairs…
Honda MT250 Elsinore: vintage repairs
In the span of a month, through friends of MotoPreserve, we have seen a variety of bike coming in for some repair work. Great bikes like the Triumph Bonneville, BSA chopper, a couple BMW R80s, and now this lovely Honda MT250 Elsinore.
The Honda MT250 Elsinore was the enduro version of the popular Honda CR250. The MT250 came complete with lighting and standard road features.
This bike is a beauty, and I can’t stop staring at it. The previous owner had done some work to it, apparently rebuilding the top end. The bike has been stripped of it’s battery, fuel pump and all the lighting. The new owner wants some lights, to make it road legal, so there is some work to be done.
In typical form, I was asked to clean and rebuild the carb. I have to admit, having just a single carb is a dream. With a kit including all new jets and the gaskets, the carb got the once-over, and was put back together all fresh and new. The carb cleaned up nice and snapped back together very easy. The simplicity of this carb is a great feature, especially if you plan to run the bike as intended, in the dirt.
The Honda MT250 Elsinore is a 6v bike, so finding appropriate lights and wiring it all up presents a challenge. Info on this bike is limited, despite a decent following online. Figuring out how to run electrics without the battery will be interesting to figure out.
There is some great info on the bike HERE: