rewind to 5/9/2017. tivoli, NY while at work i took the tractor trailer to the local shop for inspection. while waiting, kicking rocks around the parking lot, i noticed a few machines out back in a pole barn and under a tarp. noticed one was a complete 1989 honda xr250r in pretty dang original trim. i had to have it. struck a deal with the shop owner and took it back home with me. ill explain to the boss that i just... needed it? it hadnt run in years, hell over a decade. maybe 2 decades. i had no plans for it but it was just one of those things that had to be in my garage with the other bikes. a few days later i took 20 minutes and cleaned the tank and carb. (nothing else) 2 kicks later it was purring like a kitten. i knew some day i would do something with the old girl. fast forward to covid19 lockdown 2020. racing is cancelled in the northeast (i race enduro/harescrambles/mx.) in need of a project to keep sane it was time to get the old girl back in action. but also what would i do with this machine once it was finished? a long distance trip through mountains and desert? nothing? vintage racing? Stay tuned.