This is the first bike I've ever owned AND the first rebuild I've ever done. Theres not as many pictures as I would have wanted so I have to apologize for the lack of detail My dad gave me this bike which he got from trading some work. The kid that had it before started working on it and the poor thing got left out in the rain. So we had to replace the engine with a different, non-rusty one which he had already gotten before he gave it to us. Again... wishing I got more before pictures. Engine pulled... (all done in a dress might I add...) When I got down to the frame it ended up being in worse shape then I thought so I had to sand blast it and paint it. I wasn't so sure about painting(rather then powder coating), but I found an amazing chassis paint that worked excellent. The only reason I was really hesitant on sandblasting it was the sticker with all the credentials but I took a picture of it down to a local sign/sticker shop and they made me a nice new (even reflective) one. It was only about 3 bucks. I definitely recommend doing that even if your not sandblasting. Looks way better. Put the wheels and forks on next ...after LOTS of cleaning... After putting the headlight, spedomiter, handlbars togethier it stayed like this for a long time. The reason being, I was not looking forward to this.... But thank the lord, some smart, beautiful man had a blog that had the wiring harness installation in excellent detail. http://schmidtcds.com/2014/03/rd250-cafe-racer-conversion-main-harness-removal/ I would still be scratching my head in confusion if not for him. After that things got sailing along pretty good for a while. Cylinders before: After: Painted them with a high heat paint and then my dad used a dremel to make the edges look all sexy. Then everything came to a compete halt cause we couldn't for the life of us find any piston rings the special size we needed. We finally found these little a-holes after weeks of searching. These suckers... these little tiny suckers, were the most expensive parts I bought for this entire bike. I can say I was more happy to get the piston rings put on then any other part. The engine all put together... Engine installed... Me being anxious and setting the tank and seat on for a picture and got the exhaust pipes installed... Took a few weeks for all the little tweaking, new tires, installing the fuel and oil tank and installing the carbs. Didn't get any pics of that part But here's a finished pic... The first real test ride went fairly well. There were some problems with the carb floats sticking, but an easy fix. She runs perfect and is WAY faster then I thought I actually cried over this bike a couple times, but I learned SO much. I have my dad, brother and youtube to thank entirely or I would have no clue what I was doing (mostly my dad). It will always be my first love May or may not paint it. Any votes? Thinking I should, but I kinda like how the sun fade looks, as weird as that might sound.