NZ cycle – poll

Published - Nov 22, 2010
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This isn’t a real poll, just comment and let me know which you like better.

So when I move to NZ I’ll be getting a cycle right when I get there. They have a bunch of stuff you can’t get in the USA. Including these 2 cycles from the japanese Honda market:

– nsr250 (2 stroke race bike)
– cbr250rr (19 grand redline)

Both are late 80’s / early 90’s and are pretty sick. I’m def leaning towards the cbr250rr. I’m looking to make it a street fighter / cafe racer hybrid. So hopefully it’ll somehow end up looking more similar to my cb650 or adams cb500t.

I think it’s do-able. Take a look at this mock-up I made in photoshop. I think the 250rr could make a great cafe hybrid.

– get rid of all the plastic shit
– ditch the front fender
– go with clip-on bars
– get rid of the gauges and headlight
– replace with a cb550 headlight with visor
– replace the seat with something cafe styled (prolly the hardest mod)
– go with a minimalistic (non-crotch rocket) exhaust, or cut it before the muffler

16 Responses to “NZ cycle – poll”

  1. tom says:

    tough call. if you try and squint you eyes and strip away their paint schemes, they both kinda look the same to me. then it sorta comes down to do you want a 2 stroke 250 or a 4 stroke? i dont know too much about 2 stroke bikes but everyone else who does seems to love them.

  2. Todd says:

    If you’re looking to get something that looks anything like a sports bike man up & get a hayabusa. They’re all ugly, go for speed.

  3. scott says:

    Nice choice! And yeah, it is a shame we don’t get either of these bikes in the US market. With that said…..of the two, I would probably go for the 250rr. As much as I like the notion of 2 stroke, they ARE a little more temperamental. I really like your photoshop vision and feel either of these bikes could be transformed fairly easily in to a really cool streetfighter.

  4. ed says:

    @todd
    I’m not a fan of sport bikes. But I really like the idea of turning one of these little ones into a streetfighter / cafe hybrid. Hyabusa = gross. I don’t care about goin fast.

    @scott
    Yea, I’m not sure about a 2 stroke either, but they are pretty sick. I don’t know if it’s 100% do-able to transform one of these into a true cafe hybrid, but I’d like to try and get it as close as possible. I’m not the biggest fan of streetfighters either. Anything I can do to make this resemble an older Honda cafe racer, I’m gonna try and do.

  5. adam says:

    I’m into both. Your plan looks solid but you’ll need to learn how to weld that aluminum (?) frame to get rid of the stinger back end. That will really make the look

  6. admin says:

    Yea… We’ll see what happens if I actually get a 250rr.

    You know I won’t be able to weld, so I’d either have to do the seat without welding, or have someone help me with that part of it. I can’t find any pics of what the frame looks like, but there’s gotta be a horizontal bar that goes across I could mount to.

  7. Jay says:

    How long will you be in NZ? Safe travels and enjoy the hell out of it.

  8. admin says:

    I’ll be there for 2 years. I leave the first week in january. My girlfriend is doing an international rotation within her company, in the Auckland NZ office, and I’m going with her.
    -ed

  9. Jay says:

    Wow man, congrats. That will be an amazing experience. Keep left, down a few extra pints for Burt Monro, and say hi to Brett and Jemaine for me.

    Who will be maintaining the site? Adam?

    Good luck.

  10. admin says:

    Adam and I will both be maintaining it, same as it’s always been.
    Just expect posts coming from me and potential other people in NZ.
    -Ed

  11. Jay says:

    Cool. Can’t wait to see some Kiwi Cafe’s, foreign girls, and other rarities.

  12. Donnie says:

    cbr250rr. Or Maybe you can find a good dirt bike to cafe.

  13. ed says:

    Genius! It’s all you Donnie.
    -Ed

  14. scott says:

    @ Ed

    I actually like Streetfighters as long as they’re done right and your photoshop version is at the top of the charts, IMHO. Sure, you may not be able to transform it 100%, but you can probably get pretty close…..even without welding anything!

  15. Justin says:

    I think both of them are pretty cool, but I’d lean towards the NSR just for the sheer coolness of having a two-stroke race bike. I’d love to get a 500cc someday. But, like I said, both are pretty damn cool.

  16. Colin says:

    Go for the 250RR, I know a couple guys down here who can do the welding for you. Two strokes pull way harder than fours from a standing start… but like you said it’s not about speed… and fours sound way better.

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