In January of 2007, a friend gave me his 1988 Honda XR250R. He bought it new in 1988 and set it up pretty well. It blew up in the early 90s and sat in the corner of his shed until he gave it to me. I wasn't exactly sure why I wanted it, but I knew I did. I've long enjoyed Honda XRs and the 250R was a model that I'd never owned. It looked about like this when I picked it up, though the plastic was in place. It needed everything. Over the next couple of months I did some math, and did some thinking and it just didn't make sense to fix it. I could buy a nice one for the same money. One day, my 15 year old neighbor saw it in the garage and I could see the gleam in his eye. Realizing that I might never do anything with it, I decided to give it to him. I remember how much I wanted a bike at 15. He was very excited. Then he did some math and some thinking and didn't fix the bike. Some months later, he gave it back to me. Around this time, it was getting close to 2008. I realized that in 2008 it could be tagged historic and plated with little hassle. The idea of turning into a dual sport suddenly made sense. At the time, I was riding a ratty 1987 XR600R dual sport that was due for a significant cash & effort infusion after many years of neglect (mostly before I owned it). For the kind of riding I like, the 600 was always a bit on the heavy side anyway. I liked the idea of giving the 250 a try. I sold the XR6 to free up some cash for the XR250 and the project was officially underway. More to come.