2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1980 Honda CR250R Trail Bike

$8,000 - $12,000


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Engine 250cc
Gearbox 5-speed close ratio manual
Engine No. ME03E2002791
Chassis No. 41E032012076
Body Work Motorcycle
Colour Red
Trim Black
Wheels Chrome Wire
Brakes Drum

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In the world of dirt bikes and especially in the racing context, the Honda CR250R stands alone. Even though the last example was made way back in 2007, the CR has still possibly won more amateur and professional races than any other. The prototype was built in 1971 and production of out-of-the-box racers began two years later. Amazingly, the CR250 was in production for 35 years. The “R” designation meant Works Replica, as they were direct copies of the bikes ridden by Hondas Factory Team riders. These were the fastest dirt motorcycles in the world in their day. The 1980 model was Honda’s last air-cooled dirt bike before it switched to water-cooling for 1981. The R edition was only made for three consecutive years from 1980 and these three models are known by the Red Rocket moniker per their distinctive red engines.


- Museum quality restoration
- Rare and extremely special
- CR250R edition only made in 1978, 1979 and 1980

This historically significant dirt racing Honda is presented in museum restoration condition and would be among the finest examples in the world. The current owner purchased it as it stands today, with the previous owner spending countless money and hours on this beautiful Honda. According to the former owner ‘the bike started out as an excellent low-hour bike, but as with all rebuilds it got away on him and it became an obsession to create an unbreakable brand new race bike’ which is how all good restorations go. Every item has been replaced with new old stock items, the list is too comprehensive to list here but the engine, frame, motor, transmission, wheels and more have undergone extensive powder coating to bring this bike back to its former glory. The engine featured a complete rebuild including every seal, gasket, a new carburetor, new air cleaner and the list goes on. A new banana thor style swingarm again all bearings, seals, rubber, chain, guard, sprocket were all replaced with new items.  The brakes and front end have been comprehensively overhauled while the dampers were replaced with new factory ordered Works Performance rear shocks.  New sunrims wheels were fitted with stainless spokes and powder coated hubs.   New wider foot pegs and mounting hardware have been installed along with new seat foam, new gripper red devil cover and new plastics complement the mechanical overhaul.

Everywhere you look you can see new parts, down to the smallest screw and the bike has had 30 minutes running time to make sure that it meets the expected condition.  The current owner has had the vehicle as part of their static collection and has not ridden the bike.  This bike suits the most fastidious collector and will wind the clock back to their childhood.  

Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research and inspect motorcycles before purchase to authenticate originality and condition as a pre-purchase inspection report is not carried out on these vehicles. 

In accordance with the Queensland Motor Dealers Act all vehicles sold require a 5% buyers premium payable on sale. All vehicles in the auction do not have a statutory warranty and no cooling-off period applies.

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