Honda MT250 Elsinore leaves the building…

Jarred checks the Honda MT250...

Jarred checks the Honda MT250…

A while back, Jarred had a photographer friend drop off a 1974 Honda MT250 Elsinore for repair.  The bike was gorgeous, but need a little TLC to bring it back to its former glory, and a few things added to make it road legal…

The Honda MT250 sparks to life…

Kicking over the Honda MT250...

Kicking over the Honda MT250…

Right away, Jarred dug into the electrics, which were non-existent, wiring up both headlight and brake lights, as well as a proper kill switch.  Previously, the bike had a random wire dangling from the handlebars, which would be touched to metal to kill the engine.  A nice new switch was mounted on the bars, making it much safer, as well as better looking.

I kicked in my part, by cleaning the carbs (it seems this is still all I do!).  Didn’t take too long to get the bike running properly, and then the waiting game began.  Turns out, the tank was leaking pretty bad.  There were holes in it, and the petcock was shot.  The owner searched for a replacement, finally finding one in the stock gray color.  A quick swap, a new petcock, and the bike was ready for a road test.

And then it wouldn’t start…

I tried to help Jarred kick the thing over, since we both were running out of breath too quickly.  Over and over the bike seemed to want to fire, but would hold out with an attitude that was starting to piss us off.  After getting it running for a short time by bump starting it (this type of exercise was even more exhausting than kicking it!  Need to quit smoking!!!),the air box, carb and fuel line were all checked.  They all seemed good, but it still wouldn’t fire.  This thing is an ornery little 2-stroke.

Jarred takes the Honda MT250 for its maiden voyage...

Jarred takes the Honda MT250 for its maiden voyage…

We eventually swapped out the spark plug for a brand new one, despite the plug looking fine, and BOOM!  Fired right up.

Jarred ripped it around the neighborhood a few times, just to make sure it was running correctly under load.  The light Honda MT250 seems a blast to ride, damn fine looking and with a ton torque to spare…

Check out some details about the model HERE.

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