Well I've been meaning to get a thread going on this bike for awhile now. Some of the local inmates have seen the progress, slow as it is, and I figure it's time to let the project be seen by the interwebs at large. First of all, what it is. The frame started life out as a yamaha srx 250 that was bought locally by someone who over the years beat it with what appears to be several large hammers until I got it a few years back. Now the stock motor ran, but poorly, and the electric starter had been removed and replaced with a piece of cardboard, if this tells you anything about the state of the bike. The clip-ons were bent, the tank had been caved in several times and generally the bike looked to be on its last legs. Enter my father and I. We had a couple of old racing motors from my superkart days in the basement: A '95 CR 250, and this '85 ATC250R (which is identical to the TRX250R engine). We went with the ATC motor, because the CR vibrates to kingdom come and it lacks a sixth gear and lighting coil. Now you can see where we're going with this. Out with the old 250, in with something a little (or a lot) faster. While I'm at it, why not update the suspension out of the Regan era and make it handle and stop a little better? Enter the Buell xb9s suspension and wheel setup. Why? Well the ZTL brake setup looks cool, and it was available. Plus, why not? The rear swingarm has been an issue, one which I hope to solve with the use of a swingarm off of a CBR 600F3. Why the CBR? It has a chain drive, drives off the correct side, it's cheap, and they're plentiful. The stock Buell swingarm would have worked, but for the fact that it's a belt drive that drives off the right. So the first order of business is to get this swingarm on the frame and figure out the shock and rear axle/pivot bolt. Once I have parts in hand I'll know if I'm going to be making linkage setups or not. Then the back tire, motor mount, radiator mount, get the old DA system set up and running (I'm going to need to see what this motor is doing, it's a fully-built motor and I'm going from scratch on jetting/gearing), then wire in the lights, and it's done. Sounds simple, right? The goal for this whole bike is to weigh as little as possible (I'm shooting for 250lbs as a target), handle well, and basically just be a little fun bike to ride around on. I'll have pics up soon, once I find my camera and take a few of them.