For many Australians, today is a day of celebration. For most indigenous Australians, it is a day of mourning.
For me it is both, yet neither.
19 years ago on this day I had the saddest news of my life.
In light of this, January 26th has been my Annual “Start And/Or Ride A CB250RS Day” for the last few years.
Today, I got Eric to start again for the first time this year and confirmed that Scarlet’s battery is still in reasonable condition.
I gave Eric a thorough look over to confirm everything I already knew about that needs attention, and discovered a few things.
The fuel tap leaks when in the Reserve position and drips onto the engine. Not ideal, considering the small tank capacity. This was a new discovery.
While the left muffler is complete, the right one is only a header pipe (hence the exhaust note when starting him). This one was already on the list, and I’ve found a likely aftermarket bolt-on candidate.
Another known issue -the right side panel is missing, so I borrowed Bruiser’s to cover the battery for now.
His mirrors are currently on Sylvie, so he’ll get them back when Sylvie’s are replaced.
The fork seals are leaking terribly and the fork oil probably needs changing, or at least topping up. This was another new discovery.
The front brake master cylinder has no fluid whatsoever and could use a better cover.. While this was on the list, I’d forgotten about it.
The lights don’t seem to work at all, the rear tyre is flat, and last of all the rear of the frame has been chopped by a previous owner who was planning to turn him into a cafe racer or bobber. These are also known issues.
I’m thinking the best course of action at this stage is to remove Bruiser’s engine and transfer Eric’s engine and all the working parts onto Bruiser’s frame.
It’s also way past time I gave Scarlet some attention, so expect more vintage Honda updates in the near future!