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Yamaha RD250 Café Racer

Yamaha RD250 Café Racer
Friday, March 23, 2012



There are so many things to love about the Irish. For starters they have one of the highest beer consumption rates in the world. And when I say beer, I don't mean some low carb, low fat, low calories, low taste beer. I'm talking about proper beers like Guinness. Secondly they love alcohol so much they even put it into coffee — combining two of my favourite things. Lastly, they are renowned for being lucky. They call it the 'luck of the Irish'. There's even an old myth in Ireland that if you catch a leprachaun then you will receive a massive pot of gold. Ian Harrington from Cork in Ireland might not have caught any leprechauns lately, but he has turned a pile of other peoples junk into a pot of gold — or a café racer to be exact. "I was offered an old Yamaha RD250 by a work colleague who was clearing out his garage" says Ian. Predictably, it turned out to be a piece of junk and needed a lot of work. "From the start it was never worth restoring as it was too far gone" he says. Luckily for this bike Ian had a soft spot for RD's and decided to take the project on. Unluckily for the local pub, Ian spent many late nights in his garage instead of knocking back pints.



Here's the build story from Ian. "The second part of the plot unveiled itself to me when I was given a crashed insurance write-off Honda NSR125 by a friend. I had absolutely no idea what to do with this, but of course I took it because it was a bike after all (even if 12” shorter). Now I was looking at the two bikes in my garage and thought to myself that the NSR swingarm/wheel may fit in the RD frame and the forks and wheel might look good on the front end. The fact that the forks were now bows and the front wheel had a straight bit where it was once curved didn’t seem to factor. In short, all the Honda bits I didn’t want were swapped for the bits I did want. I just had to mono shock the frame and fit the forks now…


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