Bike of the Month - January 2013
1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore

Rick Gould

Clayton, CA





I bought this bike in April ’12 for $1500, for a vintage racer. Thank you Nicky Travino for your gracious support. It needed a lot of cosmetic work, but the main reason for getting this bike is the ’76 tranny, ’76 CDI, reasonably good pipe and a very fresh, tight engine.

I installed ’03 CR 250 throttle, shorty levers, all fresh cables, and Renthal Kevlar grips. It came with Renthal bars. I had dents removed from the pipe, bought a restored tank, replaced the fenders and number plates. Very trick seat includes replacement pan, GP seat foam and stock cover.


I bought a modern Gripper seat cover and had it grafted to the replacement stock cover for a nice gripper seat on the ‘ole Elsie. After the first ride (after years of bikes with gripper seat covers) I decided to do a trick seat. Fresh RK gold chain and sprockets, Bridgestone M22 rear and Bridgestone M403 front. Works Performance dual spring shocks. Mikuni VM 36 carb.


I adapted an ’85 CR250 chain guide by fabricating a trick mount. (This was actually done when I bought the bike) but I made a different mount and bought a fresher chain guide. I replaced the swingarm bushings with bronze. Every nut and bolt was either cleaned or replaced.


Both side case bolts were replaced with modern Honda hex heads as well as every other 6mm bolt, except for the stock ’73 bolts. The silencer was modified with a mount and shortened as it was too long for this bike. Lots of little things such as finding a tighter kick start knuckle, obtaining the proper carb/airbox boot clamps, painting and polishing through out.

It runs as good or better than it looks.