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Ellaspede Customs’ 1980 Honda CB250N

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Andrew in Brat. 24 comments

Black. The coolest of the colours. If the all the colours in the world got together and had a “who’s most like Steve McQueen” competition, black would have to be respectfully excluded after winning too many years in a row. In fact, it’s so cool that your eyes only register it as black because it’s absorbing pretty much all the light that is falling on it. So that makes it like some sort of pet black hole without all the nasty gravity and the sucking and the killing stuff. Johnny Cash loved it. Young Marlon Brando practically breathed the stuff. It’s the colour of magic, power, evil and elegance. Let’s face it, if you had to choose a single, lonesome colour to make every motorbike that was ever built between now and the end of the world, good old black would be it. And the guy’s at Ellaspede Customs wholeheartedly agree. Their latest creation plumbs new depths of black coolness and as you can see from the photos, there’s just no way you could ever imagine it being painted with anything else.

Say hello to Leo, Ellaspede’s boss blacker. “This 1980 CB250N (SuperDream) came to us as an unknown quantity via our latest customers Nick and Ben C.They had purchased it with a view to having some mods done in order to have a cool bike to help promote their Brisbane based Gents clothing store “Apartment,” and to have a little fun on.”

“The unknown bit led to some interesting times electrically but all and sundry seem pretty pleased with the final result. As with many older bikes it’s hit and miss as to how much work will be required to get them on the road again. To help with this we found a donor 250N that came in very handy for broken/un-serviceable items that are part n parcel with aging vehicles. With most of the repairs out of the way and a freshly obtained roadworthy certificate we went about our modding duties.”

“A custom kangaroo (I’ve never seen a custom Kangaroo before – Andrew) leather-clad seat with “A” motif straddles the adjusted rear frame. Low-rise bars with bar-end mirrors, a custom mount single gauge/pilot lights and a bottom mount headlight are notable new bits up front. Daytona indicators adorn front and rear.”

“The bike arrived already black but all was stripped and prepped before a few new coats of satin black/clear-over satin black for a much needed freshen up. Relocated battery and electrics clean up the under-seat area and pod air filters and new mufflers with wrapped pipes are now dealing with breathing duties.

This previously cheap and ugly little 80‘s city commuter now has a new lease on life and is forging an identity for itself in Brisbane’s CBD.”

  • arnold

    No kittens were harmed in the building of this bike. Roos, that’s a different story. Good workman-like bike as a show piece. ald

  • revdub

    So clean! The frame looks very tidy. I would expect nothing less from Ellaspede. They are certainly building a cohesive style, or “brand”, if you will. Oh boy, I just used the “b” word.

  • Paddy

    Hell of a job they did making that horrible 250n into something that doesn’t make you wanna reach for the sledgehammer. Really nice and clean. Well, except for the pipe wrap.

  • itsmefool

    Coolness; gotta love a custom 250…I’ll even overlook the pipe wrap! Great job.

  • Popeye

    nicely made but fugly as

  • All black. Check. Pipewrap. Check. Ironing board seat. Check. Stock shocks (painted). Check. What? No Firestones? This is an outrage!

    • arnold

      Jeeze louise, Mr Mule, I agree with you as far as my personal taste, But it is a client bought and paid for scooter, maybe the Ellaspede group aught to be cut some slack.
      They seem to be honestly selling product, where much of the world is not.

      • arnold

        And doing it at a price point that gets their brand out there without a huge compromise in quality. We do know how expensive those really creative people can be, to give innovation and practicality at the same time./sarc. ald.

        • arnold

          Especially on a low price point bike as a beginning.

    • Awww, Mule: I guess you’d hate this one? All Black (multiple shades/textures) “Too small” seat. Slammed to “unrideable” stance. Pipe wrap (Oh Noes!!!) and Fat Tires.

      • Aw, Snap! This pic was before the pipewrap and cocktail shaker exhaust! My Bad.

      • neoleaver

        Now that sir, is one beautiful motorcycle.

  • I think the seat is backwards. Must have been at the end of the bottle…uh, I mean end of the day.

    • AndrewF

      I think the seat is exactly how it should be: with some padding between one’s jewels and the tank. OK, so that might be a bit of overkill on a bike based on CB250, but the thought process was correct. It certainly is better than the more commonly seen (and extremely stupid IMO) gap between the seat and the tank.

      • I tend not to ride with my “jewels” smashed up against the tank.

  • Sideroad

    Good standard of finish, but the tank seat and tail just don’t work together. I am still waiting for a Ellasede bike to impress me. Sadly this bike can’t even be ridden in the shop’s home state (QLD) without risking getting done for being illegally modified; and a court visit because of the rear guard. I have been done 2x, next is 3mths impound, after that is confiscated. Not worth the risk.

  • neoleaver

    For me the stance is a little awkward, either a slight lift at the back or dropping the forks thru a little the other end would improve things. No prizes for guessing which option woud make it more rideable, all depends where your gonna do that riding I suppose. Looks a little ‘roach backed’ as it is. Nice build quality tho…and customising is kindest thing you can do for CB250.

    • neoleaver

      I changed my mind, it needs clip ons and the seat reversing…..that’s it…..really.

  • JosephLT

    Hi ! Nice job ! I am preparing my CB400 N for transformations too . Did you fit tyres on stock rims? What are the tyres sizes ?

  • Yumsy

    You can’t shine shit but you can try roll it in glitter.

  • Hamish Lamont

    I once owned two of these… what was I thinking… I was young.

    This only goes to prove you cant polish a turd. But you can roll it in glitter.

    Good to see it saved from the scrapheap.

  • Paul TheGood Shepherd

    I want to do something similar to my honda cb125, ’84 model. what do ineed to search for to get a fuel tank like the one here, as it seems slightly longer than the stock one thats on mine, any help welcome thank you.