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Blue Thunder: Finally, someone scrambles the TTR250




I compatible did a mercurial check, and my suspicions had been confirmed: we’ve never featured a Yamaha TTR250 form on EXIF. Which is a cramped of a shock, for the reason that TTR250 is one in every of the toughest off roaders around.

Within the mid 90s, the cramped Yammie turn into once the first mainstream trailie to characteristic an electric originate up—and punched device above its weight. Honda’s very generous XR250 turn into once tell opponents, however the Yamaha won quite a lot of fans for its convenience and beautiful manners.




Around my neck of the woods, you most frequently look the TTR250 on farm tracks—and once in a whereas sneaking around inspire roads too, sans vehicle plate. However within the valid palms, it’s more than compatible a workhorse: Australian off-road king Geoff Ballard won a national enduro championship on board a TTR.

We’re betting this one appears a lot smarter than Ballard’s though, due to the it’s the most modern form from Brisbane store Ellaspede—famed for its intelligent styling and slick finishing.




“The TTR250 is legitimate lunge bike, alternatively it isn’t most frequently your first choice for a custom donor,” says Ellaspede’s Hughan Seary wryly. “So when our client wished a custom form, he did peer at varied options—but couldn’t slump past his loyal out of date TTR.”

“Our client John had owned the bike for ten years when he rolled it into Ellaspede, so it turn into once due for a exact birthday,” says Hughan. “John knew he would lend a hand the bike forever, and it holds sentimental price for him and his family, so ‘going to town’ on it turn into once the most efficient choice.”




The major to using an enduro bike for a custom form is laying aside the total plastic first, finding an generous traditional tank to form the bike around, and changing the wheel sizes for something more scrambler-model.

With a substantial pile of blue plastic sitting on the workshop ground, Ellaspede combed by means of the TTR250, checking and replacing bearings and seals that had been successfully frail after ten years of off-road dispute.




The tank is a 1970s Yamaha TT500/XT500 model unit, custom mounted as a long way forward as that you are going to be in a position to imagine with out compromising the guidance lock. A custom gauge housing has been welded to the discontinue of the tank, filling the house most frequently left for the TT/XT oil-in-frame filler level.

Ellaspede then cleaned and modified the rear frame. “Enduro frames are more likely to level up in opposition to the rear, and most frequently delight in a bunch of mounts striking off them for the plastics,” says Hughan. “So knocking down out the frame line and de-tabbing turn into once key for a neat peer.”




Now the frame turn into once taking shape, it turn into once time for more custom steel work: a unusual battery box, seat pan, rear splash guard, rear guard, front guard and headlight cowl. An amply padded unusual seat has a mercurial free up latch for easy secure admission to to the battery.

The stock air box, carb and utilize had been all scrapped with custom mounts made for the unusual Mikuni TM33 carb and Unifilter pod. Utilize gases now exit by means of a brushed manufacturing unit header, custom stainless mid pipe, and a KX500 muffler from DG Efficiency.




“The common 21-crawl enduro front wheel is sizable for off road riding, but most frequently peer a cramped bit oversize for a conventional scrambler,” says Hughan. “So we swapped it out for a 19-crawl.” The inspire is an 18-crawl, and both rims are Excel—shod with Shinko 804/805 rubber.

With the wheels and custom guards sorted, the suspension turn into once rebuilt and adjusted to make particular no wallowing or bottoming out. Bright blue fork gaiters now lend a hand the grime away and match up with the unusual livery.




A swag of much less obtrusive nice device had been bolted up and wired in: Motogadget supplied the indicators, Biltwell the grips, Daytona the mirrors and Velona 80 gauge, and Koso the micro LED ‘Hawkeye’ taillight. The licence plate holder is Ellaspede’s have ‘Ninja Star’ piece.

All that turn into once left turn into once to provide of the paint, with a cramped bit client enter. “John cherished pearl white as a sinister, and likewise wished to lend a hand some produce of blue—as a nod to the fashioned coloration device.




“To spice things up an electric blue turn into once chosen for the seat and fork gaiters, and it also capabilities on the tank paint—which fades to a archaic darkish Yamaha blue,” says Hughan. Nearly the total lot else turn into once despatched off for powder or ceramic coating.

John has continuously known as his TTR250 ‘Blue Impart,’ but we reckon the identify is a cramped more generous now. Ellaspede delight in delivered scorching beautiful appears—and within the valid palms, this Yammie will likely be lightning immediate too.

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