In the last post on the progress of my T250 build I mentioned that I had to make the gas tank from the Zündapp ZD40 a bit wider and here it is in primer and on the bike. The tank had to be widened about 6 cm (a little bit more than 2 inches), or it actually didn’t have to but I wanted it that way. The oil tank is a gas tank from a Husqvarna Novolette moped and cost me 75 kronor (something like $11), it has a compartment in the middle which houses the battery. Since the oil tank also was a bit small and my battery wouldn’t fit I had to make that tank wider as well. It was widened about 2 inches, just like the gas tank.
As you can see the new tires are mounted (I was a bit worried before I mounted them but I think they turned out great) and I have also cut the front fender into something a little bit more appealing. The handle bars are not the ones I am going to use and the electrical wiring obviously needs a bit of work. The brand new rear shocks are meant for a Crescent Compact moped and set me back about 400 kronor (the only brand new items on the bike, about $60 worth).
These pictures were taken on the 23rd of march 2012 so now we are getting really close to where the build is today.
The next step in the evolution of my T250 was getting a new seat (well, not really new but new for me). It’s from a DBS Panther moped, but it’s cut about 15 centimeters shorter in the front. This seat set me back a whopping 100 SEK ($12 or something like that). I also replaced the oil tank with a “snuskburk”, the nasty food container used in the Swedish military.
The picture was taken on the 14th of November 2011 in the Piston Cult Garage in Stockholm. The rear frame ends were later cut a lot shorter. I don’t know if you notice but the rear shocks are moved forward and down a bit in the upper mounts (the mounts were turned upside down and right side to left side to get a more aggressive look, and to be able to cut the rear even shorter).
I might as well include the next step of the build in the same post, it’s all ancient history anyway. This is from the 30th of December 2011.
Here’s the “new” gas tank from a Zündapp ZD40 moped that set me back about as much as the seat (or actually a little less). The only problem with this gas tank is that it was really narrow and small so I had to make it a bit wider, but more on that in a later post. The “snuskburk” food container is on the floor in front of the bike (I decided not to use that one for this build). We are soon getting to where the build is today (it’s actually almost done!). The strange thing is that I was only planning to give the T250 a little facelift but in the end the whole thing was in pieces before I was satisfied.
The next incarnation of the T250 was the fitting of a Sportster gas tank. I got that tank from a fellow Piston Cultist, Smeden. At this point the only costs on the bike have been buying it ($150), oil and gas. There were a lot of plans and some of them got realized, but more on that in the next post.
The first thing I did with the Suzuki T250 was to strip all the stuff I didn’t want, my plan was to build a sort of a hybrid board tracker / cafe racer. I removed fenders and turn signals, and I moved the license plate to the side. Also, I changed the handle bars and installed an old break light from an Opel Record ca. 1955.
This is what it looked like (the pictures were taken on the 30th of July 2011):
I drove the bike like this for a while before I changed some stuff.
More to come in the next post…
-=/Anders (still testing the blog features, therefore the layout…)
Since I am home sick and can’t go to the garage today either I have uploaded two videos of the T250 to YouTube. They were shot on the 22nd of June 2011. I really need to get well now so I can fix the rest on the bike, spring is almost here and I just want to get riding again!
The first one is after I cleaned the contact points and adjusted them, and of course cleaned the spark plugs (didn’t have any new ones at the time). This is maybe five kicks and a few squirts of starting fluid later.
The second one is maybe ten minutes later, I just couldn’t help myself! I had to take it for a spin. A couple of days later I took it down to the vehicle inspection and it passed! Not too bad for a $150 yard find, is it?
Big thanks to Baron Von Evil for the excellent cinematography!
Oh, and I almost forgot… In the progress of uploading these videos I also got the Piston Cult YouTube Channel up and running, we will be posting more videos there shortly. www.youtube.com/user/PistonCult is the address.