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Old 02-02-2015, 05:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda Magna 250

I picked up a "new" bike this afternoon.
It's a '94 Honda Magna 250, a JDM grey import (marketed as the VT250C in Australia), with 32,000 km on the clock.

The previous owner claimed an average 250 km from the fairly small 8 litre main tank, about 3.2 l/100 km.
I hope I can do better than that.

I'll give it a bit of TLC first, then run through a couple of tanks to set a base line before I start some planned mods.

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Old 02-07-2015, 06:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, the first tank has been disappointing, but that's my fault.
I wasn't wearing my glasses when I filled at the start and then couldn't control my right hand on the motorway.

This first week has confirmed what I thought from the start, - if I'm going to run this at 80 kph plus, it really needs a windscreen and taller gears.

There's very few photos of this model with screens on the net, so I'd welcome any input about what to buy (or make?) with looks and MPG in mind.

Standard gearing for this is 14/38, with only these sprockets available locally. I can get optional sizes from Japan however.
So far, I'm thinking of a 15 front and a 36 rear.
That'll give me options of 14/36 (5.4% taller), 15/38 (7.1% taller) and 15/36 (12.9% taller).

Pete.
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1988 Honda VTR250, 19xxx miles, good condition.

Is it like this one?

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Is it like this one?
Garish colors. Matches the synth pop music of the mid 80's.
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So far, I'm thinking of a 15 front and a 36 rear.
I run 15/ 36 on my CBR250R and didn't have to change the chain length.
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I like the colors, because there is no way someone could say they did not see that bike.

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Sorry guys, wrong bike, but similar motor?

http://info-carz.com/data_images/gallery/02/honda-magna-250/honda-magna-250-02.jpg[/IMG]
Mine's the same colour as this one.

Edit. Photo didn't work, there's a fuzzy photo in Metric's garage listing.
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Sorry guys, wrong bike, but similar motor?


Mine's the same colour as this one.

Edit. Photo didn't work, there's a fuzzy photo in Metric's garage listing.
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Edit: was fixed. Now it's been removed from server.

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I bought a used (I'm cheap) Slipstreamer ss-28 windshield the other day.
It's not a perfect fit for the bike, but it's a reasonable basis to build on.

It has no mounting hardware, so it may take me a while to work out how to best fit it.

I ordered the 15t and 36t sprockets from Webike in Japan today. I hope they won't take too long to arrive, Summer's nearly over.
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Summer's nearly over.
What is the worst weather that you get in the winter? I have 6 feet of snow on the curb. And -10F/ -23C.

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