Built, Not Bought. Episode 4
While we love custom built high displacement bikes, there is still room in our fantasy garage for the right two-stroke. Not just a ringy-ding-ding bike, but a cool urban hipster on which we can arrive at our favorite mid-town watering hole with a roar and a glorious cloud of fragrant purple smoke.
Chris Zahner (of NYC, natch) has built just such a bike. This is his creation, built from the bones of a 1975 Yamaha DT 250.
We found Chris in a roundabout way. After looking at a video “Chasing the Bullet – A Royal Enfield Documentary,” we were curious about the author and a quick search turned up Chris and his 250. He is clearly a fan of light and spry bikes, doing most of his riding in the city streets of the Big Apple.
With a personal goal of a cheap, quick build, Chris began working on his creation. The donor DT 250 was stripped nearly to its bare atoms and then rebuilt with fabricated mounting points to reposition the suspension for a better, cleaner look. Forks, wheels and hubs, and Ohlins “tribute” shocks purchased online were installed. The rear seat support and tail light mounts are custom fabrications and CBR 1000 lamps were neatly tucked in place, discrete until illuminated.
The seat itself is also a custom creation, molded from fiberglass before being covered by the new upholstery. The battery is hidden between the seat rails. A KC headlamp, Zombie Performance bars, and custom fabricated expansion chambered exhaust finish the look.
Quicksilver Two-Stroke Oil: made for and tested in the harshest conditions on the planet.