Yeah OMFG indeed.... When I built this people said I was losing the plot....


I took a day out to consolidate my boxes of bike stuff as a forumer wanted some MT parts and I had to dig thru the boxes to find them, plus I also wanted to fit the new swingarm bearings and new shocks to the MT250 frame and then put it back on its wheels, as anyone who has restored a bike know, a roller is king!


As I sat idly putting in the new swinger bearings and one of the last two swinger NOS collars in the world for these bikes (the other one is in my spares box!), along with two new bronze bushes as well... oh, you don’t care about the MT build... I know, I know....


Ok, to cut that long story short... with the new shocks in I was about to refit the wheels but to be honest they looked shabby. This is a bike with an unfinished older restoration and as such the tyres have cracked a bit and the spokes have got surface rust which lets the rest of the clean powdercoat and paint down... all of which led me to start thinking... a very dangerous occupation know!


So... I looked around me for another wheel that would fit the axle... its 17mm so the RZ wheels dont fit... nor do the LC... but hold on...! The KTM has a 17mm rear axle... so one 17inch SM wheel and tyre combo that cost more than the whole MT250 gets fitted.... I stand back, and.... it actually looks ok... but a bit looooow even with my over length new shocks.... interesting though...


Then I have brainwave; if I fit the KTM wheels to this then the KTM project is dead... hmm. If that is dead then I have a spare RZ motor and I begin to wonder if the RZ engine fits the MT and spy my set of RZ mock up cases...

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Then I have a brainfart rather than a brainwave, and fit the KTM forks.... yes they are a bit long and make the bike look like a chopper.. but, that isn’t helped by the fact that there are no bearings in the triples and the rear tyre is a bit flat.


The front would still be very long admittedly when the correct bearings are in, but not quite as ‘chopper-ish’ as it is now. I also refitted the mock up engine and a set of my ‘test 250’ top end parts and rolled it out into the sunshine...

Ok, it was a silly notion, but it was fun while it lasted. I could build such a bike, especially if I shortened the forks, but it would be poor use of the RZ and KTM components really...



A note on the name: The MT is part of the Elsinore model range from Honda in the 1970s, it was fitted with a 250cc single cylinder engine and drum brakes. Its light and quite long with a lazy steering angle compared to a modern woods bike... Obviously the Elsie part of this bikes name is too easy to parody with the cult of 'LC=Elsie' name which was coined for the RDLC models of the 80’s... Hence the "LC'nore".

Fitted the frame with a spare tank that i don’t mind getting marked by the triple clamps as the lock stops are of course not right for this combination of frame and forks. I also added the seat....

Oh Myyyy.......! it does... Also.... the rear engine brackets on the MT frame pretty much align the RZ motor perfectly... WOW.... I sit back a little shocked....


I then grab a fully built RZ engine which was from my RZ250-2-350 project and dropped it in, thinking that maybe it won’t fit with the top end on and engine side panels... Nope, looks it was made for the job... wow.  I grabbed a fully painted MT tank to get the full effect... i’m a bit lost for words... this is almost too easy so far...


(excuse the gloves, theyre to stop the frame powder coat from getting trashed now the sheet that was on the rails has been removed)

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