AUGUST 2016: First off, you’re going to need to be patient. This project is a long-term thing. Life is busy and fitting in things like garage time, let alone weekends on the bike, is getting tougher with each passing year, what with work and family commitments and all. Secondly, I’m more writer than mechanic, so that slows things, too. But having said that, I’m a born optimist. These things can happen.
So what we have here is a 1985 Honda TLR250. I picked it up around about 1999, bought from a pal, Hump, when I used to live in NZ. It looked then exactly as it looks now. I used it to ride around my garden and driveway there. I had plans to do more with it but left the country before I could get any more involved. The poor TLR then sat in a garage for 13 years before just months ago getting crated and shipped here to the UK for a tearful reunion.
I’ve kept it all these years because it’s a beautiful wee thing (no really) and is from exactly the era when I briefly rode trials. I had a Fantic 200 back then, but thought the TLR200 that was then brand new to the market looked ‘the nuts’. I would probably have bought one (or the 250 that followed), if I could have stumped the cash, only I got bored with trials after just two seasons and ended up road racing instead. Of course it helped that I was just a bit rubbish at trials, so I wasn’t exactly being compelled to stick with it.