Darrell Schneider, Concord California’s renowned classical motorbike restorer, has recently come up with a gorgeous conversion project – the GP250R. His work mainly involves the transformation of the bike from a regular moto-cross one to a gorgeous café-style road-racer.
The fellow has reportedly drawn inspiration from the famous Roland Sands, Ron Wood and Richard Pollock, having spent roughly 14 months crafting this piece, at the base of the project lying a 2004 Honda CRF250R. Schneider describes: “Those three guys just have cool style. The café-racer look was something that attracted me.”
The bike-builder started building the GP250R two years ago, using a Race Tech-signed Super Single Suspension setting the shock / fork length and swingarm angle of the bike. Included in the package are custom triple-clamps which move the fork tubes farther apart and 25 mm closer to the bike’s engine, while, at the same time they increase tail and allow wider rims and tires to be used.
Appearance-wise, we’ll just show what Schneider has already reported: “Then, once I got the 2-D I liked, I went 3-D. I made plugs and molds with wood, foam and body filler to get actual shapes. That allowed me to pull fiberglass parts that were really nice.” In addition, he admitted that Pollock and Sands have added their support to his creation, whenever necessary. Inspired by the tank of a Honda Elsinore, the dirtbike that Schneider had used during his childhood, the tank of the GP250R is crafted from fiberglass, just like the cover of the fuel tank, airbox, thin sidepanels and fairing. The slender sidepanels are in fact the most prominent and noticeable structures mounted on the bike, extending down from the tank, angling back up towards the tail and leaving a window open, below the seat, which, according to Schneider, is crucial in conferring it the café racer look.
In addition to the Durell Racing height adjuster for the shock and Race Tech’s shortened CFR fork, the bike has been fitted with 17-inch Sun rims with Talon hubs and stainless steel spokes. As for the braking system, the front brake caliper coming from the Honda CBR600RR is tied to a BrakeTech rotor on a specially configured carrier.
As for the engine, it was completely rebuilt with pretty much stock Honda parts, but equipped with Crower camshaft, stock carburetor modified by TokyoMods and a more efficiently-flowing 2009 cylinder head. The engine, mounted in the red frame and plumbed with NASCAR-styled AN fittings, looks absolutely fantastic, flanked at the bottom by painted aluminium panels. Other parts of the bike, like the shock body, hubs, rims, fork etc. were hard-anodized in gray. Tipping the scales at around 250 lbs, it is extremely light as well, beside being gorgeous to look at.