But I got some excitement a couple weeks ago in the form of an ad simply titled "Two quads and two trikes". The first time I saw the ad I passed it by, but it was the second pass that made me take a double take as I recognized the silhouette of one of the three wheelers in the thumbnail. Sure enough it was a Honda 250R.
|My 1983 Honda ATC 250R and me at 16|
The seller on Kijiji was asking $900 for all four machines, I was quite sure that the 250R was worth nearly that amount alone. So I missed the meeting I was supposed to attend that evening so I could rush out to Osler SK and snag this deal. The other ATV's in the package were a Yamaha Moto4, a kids Gio 50 and an ATC 110. None of which interested me, my hope was that there would be enough value in the other machines that I could sell them and have a near $0 investment in the 250R.
|Yamaha Moto4 in good shape but low compression|
|Kid's Gio 50, apparently in running condition|
|1984 Honda ATC 110|
The 1984 ATC 250R:
The 250R on the other hand, was better than I expected. It was complete but needed an engine rebuild and some TLC. It was everything I had hoped it would be, I'm just not sure if I have the time or money to rebuild it. I would love to ride one again, these machines are insane. So much power and torque, you can barely keep the front end on the ground, but also dangerous.
Nostalgia is cruel, it muddies the waters and takes the wisdom out of decisions. To start the rebuild on this machine could quickly exceed it's value if the bottom end of the engine needs a rebuild as well as the top.
The seller also included a bunch of parts for a 250R in the package purchase.
|Engine and fuel tank from a 1982 250R|
|Fenders from a 1982 250R|
|The rest of the 1982 Honda ATC 250R|
|Reunited with it's original fenders and tank|
$850 - Kijiji 2 quads 2 trikes package (250R, Moto4, Gio 50, ATC 110 & parts)
-$100 - Sold Gio 50
-$150 - Sold Moto4
-$40 - Sold other misc parts
+$100 - 1982 250R Purchase
Currently I am trying to sell the 1982 250R and I am looking into finding someone to rebuild my 1984 250R. I will update this page in the coming weeks.
I decided that I didn't have the time or energy to pursue a nostalgic project like this and sold the entire lot. Shortly after selling everything I found a great deal on a 2010 Can Am Renegade 800 which requires some TLC and am pursuing that instead. More to come on that project soon.