1989 VTR250 Conversion

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1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby reneg4x4 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:05 pm

Just finished rebuilding a junkyard interceptor. Turned it into a cafe street racer/cafe/use what you got bike. More picks to come.
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby Quinn DE » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:20 am

Looking good! I really like the seat, very nice color gradients! How did you make it?
Kinda curious to see the front end, I recon it's changed the style quite a bit with the round headlight.
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby reneg4x4 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:11 am

Faux alligator. I do the seats myself. We have an embroidery machine for patches or what not.
Thanks for the comments.
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby squirrelman jerry » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:46 pm

would look alot better with stock front headlight and fairing so the rat's nest of wiring, cables, hoses weren't so visible. your hedlight setup is toooooo crude. :o
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:05 pm

squirrelman jerry wrote:would look alot better with stock front headlight and fairing so the rat's nest of wiring, cables, hoses weren't so visible. your hedlight setup is toooooo crude. :o


Are you really having that bad of a winter (or life) that you need to made rude comments in two different threads? I can understand getting a bit restless over the long winter layover, but this is ridiculous. Hope you recover.
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby squirrelman jerry » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:07 pm

not every bike mod is an improvement, and some riders lack aesthetic sensibility. if some rider is on a wrong path, others are free to comment. he has the original headlight/front fairing, and it's not smart to replace it with a cobbled-up mess.

u really think his headlight setup is anything but ugly or is better than stock ?

people who modify bikes ought at least to make improvements, not hack-jobs just to be different. :o

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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby Barbie & Skipper » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:02 am

squirrelman jerry wrote:not every bike mod is an improvement, and some riders lack aesthetic sensibility. if some rider is on a wrong path, others are free to comment. he has the original headlight/front fairing, and it's not smart to replace it with a cobbled-up mess.

u really think his headlight setup is anything but ugly or is better than stock ?

people who modify bikes ought at least to make improvements, not hack-jobs just to be different. :o

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Sorry, bud, but you are being both rude and clueless. The bike came out of a junkyard, not from Pebble Beach. This is definitely not a hack job. If you look at the pictures, there has been a lot of work put in to cleanup, repairs, paint, and upholstery. There is evidence that a lot of thought and selection went in to the repairs and updates. It is a very clean and professional-looking build.

As you stated, some riders lack aesthetic sensibility. You appear to be one who self-qualifies for that description. Having rescued bikes from the scrap heap myself, I recognize the talent and work that went into this rebuild. If you can't see it, it's your problem, not the bike's or the builder's. We are a small group that still love and ride VTR250's, and it's counter-productive to attack a fellow VTR enthusiast who put a lot of effort into getting a dead bike back on the road.

As to your question about the headlight... I think it looks far better now, on the road, than it looked abandoned in the junkyard. IMHO, a treatment similar to a Triumph Street Triple might look a bit better https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b5/Triumph_Street_Triple_675_front_left_threequarter.jpg/1200px-Triumph_Street_Triple_675_front_left_threequarter.jpg, but I have no idea how hard it would be to do either the single light that he did, or the dual lights of the Triumph.
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby squirrelman jerry » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:10 pm

^^^now THAT's a proper scolding !! :o
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby spotthedogg » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:24 am

Calm down guys. I think you are both right, but all that matters is that the owner uses and appreciates his/her bike.
BTW, did you notice the nice Yoshimura slip-on?
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Re: 1989 VTR250 Conversion

Postby squirrelman jerry » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:25 pm

his harley buddies are gonna kill him if they see him riding THAT ! :o
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