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I bought the Honda three years ago and have raced it for two seasons now. In 2015 me and my son didn't change it much, only changed silencers in order not to get black flag, and changed shift pattern in normal race practice. Only minor problems, had to weld a broken ignition coil bracket and weld an alloy tank leak. Improved rubbers under tank. Season ended with a problem with exhaust too low. Result nothing more than new foot peg, brake pedal and hand brake lever. Plus some frame welding. Winter spent with changing exhaust and making a GRP diaper (bellypan). Season 2016 it run well except that we got oil on our right knee, could not find out why. This winter bike will get an overhaul and some modifications. Chassi behaves well, previous owners had lengthened swingarm, reinforced swingarm mount. Modified steering stem and usual frame welding. Front disc brake works well and the rear Suzuki wheel no problem. The 30mm Mikuni VM pair perform well.
Thought it could be wise to check the engine so it was overhauled. Fairly good condition, only one broken piston ring and a broken valve spring. The improved camchain and tensioner was in good condition. The (not the fanciest) racecam was in mint condition. Another year I might polish the rockers. Right engine cover changed to a standard one because the oil lines to an external filter didn't fit with the new exhaust. Took some time matching head and carbs to inlets and exhausts.
We decided to change from half to full fairing, so yesterday we made new fairing brackets and fitted the fairing. As nothing ever is as easy that you expect a new tacho mount was needed. New ignition coil mounting parts had to be made.
Except for paintwork the bike is almost raceready.
Problem left to solve is a smart quick detachable upper T-bracket between screen sides and centre steering nut.
Any ideas?
 

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Construct your fairing stay bracket with a center post that mounts to the steering head tube and extends to the front of the fairing. Next attach fairing ear stays to the center support.
You can get fancy by making the fairing stay be a quick disconnect with a pin. Do the same for the side stays. Pull three pins and remove the fairing.

Using the top nut gets weird because it is another thing that has to be disconnected to remove the fairing.

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How it looks today, fairing had to wait until epoxy has cured.
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Not weather to take it out for a proper background
 

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With new fairing, only numbers left and possibly some paint.
But as an old quite successful racer said: Paint ain't fast.
So now I'll start setting up a 350 Norton racer. That's another story....
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Finally got the bike out of the workshop. Son didn't approve of my no-paint approach. So he did a bit of spraying. Could not do as much with the other bikes. Painting stinks.
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Sadly IKEA started in a part of sweden where people are very economical. Compared to them, Scots are big spenders. No chance of sponsorship.
First start of engine this year. Checked and a minor adjustment of ignition timing after engine rebuild. Only problem was a silencer bolt that disappeared. Next weekend first practise.
 

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Did a barnfind yesterday. Found a half-forgotten CB500/4 racer. Spent half an afternoon to get it running and raceready. Now we have two bikes ready to race.
Nice to have a barn full of might-be-useful-things.
 

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The CB250 seemed to be slightly faster than last year. Now some minor problems. New fairing, clipon and clutch lever needed. I think I'll borrow the foam filters from the Vincent. If son will go out in the gravel again, some sand might find its way into the engine.
 

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That looks familiar. We used to take boxes of spare parts to every race and of course the part you need is always the one part you don't have with you. That clip on is pretty bent. Don't remember doing that to a bike. How did it happen?
 

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Just an ordinary lowsider in a lefthander. Front wheel slipped. He said he was going a bit too fast. Low track temperature ( about 5 centigrade ).
 

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A short update on the Honda 250. Bought two fairings for the Honda and one for the Norton. Cheaper shipping from UK that way. One is on the Honda, painted about the same as the previous one. I did one race but had some front brake problem. Solved it and did another race. Made a big mistake so it stopped at the start line. Eventually got it started. Was one third lap after the other. Managed to get past some others rider anyhow. Must have been a bit angry, because best lap speed was 4 seconds better than previous year. Then my son did a fairly good race on it while I was away to watch the isle ofMan classic TT. As the Honda was going well, it was simply stored away in a barn. Me busy with other bikes and my truckdriving son earning his living transporting stuff like army tanks, really big loaders, diggers and windmill gearboxes. You won't believe it but those gearboxes wheights 60 tons. He bought a Suzuki RG classic race bike which we has prepared. He tried it on a track day, seized on second lap. If any interest, I might make a thread on it.
Back to the Honda. We took off the dust sheet, filled air in tyres and petrol in the tank. Charged the battery and put it on the newly bought roller starter. Ok, so it went in the race van. The Norton went in soon after.
 

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Mike,
How easy is it for a foreign rider to classic race in your series? My wife's parents live in Bergen, Norway and when we visit, it might be fun to go racing. I have US racing licenses from a variety of sanctioning organizations.
 

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I think it should be possible quite easily as US riders do compete at different levels in different motorsports. The following link gives a pair of race invitations in english.
Tävlingsinbjudningar 2018 | MCHK-Racing
There is a couple of email addresses in them to people who should be able to give correct answers.
 
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