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1992 Honda CB250 – Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles

Posted on May 4, 2013 by Andrew in Brat. 47 comments

So, by now you’ll all know about Throttle Roll, and if you’re in Sydney next weekend you’d be crazy not to come along and join in the fun. But maybe you are crazy – crazy enough to ask ‘why?’ Well here’s exhibit A in your mental health review. It’s a unique take on a late model Honda CB250 from Rene9ade Custom Motorcycles, and it along with more than 40 other killer builds will be making an appearance at the show.

Ren de Haas is the boss and ‘Chief Awsomiser’ at Rene9ade. We spoke to him about his latest build. “The bike is a ’92 CB250 twin. Internally, it’s very ordinary and nothing much has been changed with power delivery or drive train. The bike was in a pretty rugged state on delivery, but it ran so it ticked all the boxes. Then we got to work.”

“The client was my long time upholsterer and one of the best fabric guys in the industry. He had this bike for years and decided on actually doing something.” Ren collected it thinking he was just fitting a longer clutch and accelerator cable, but he chatted with the customer and within minutes a new custom build was commissioned. “He had a tank and a seat already. Other than that, I was given full artistic license.”

“He told me I could do whatever I thought would look cool – as long as it was minimal, raw and a little rugged.” Ren mentioned some ‘ratting out’ would be cool, and he was duly given the thumbs up.

A lot of time went into making this thing look at ‘crappy’ as it does. “I wanted it to look old and ratty, but also on a second look, like it was not an old bike at all,” Ren states. “I am pretty sure we achieved this. It has a mix of old and new parts, lots of aged bike bits, some modern Dan Moto gizmos, and plenty of use for old welsh plugs here and there.”

“The frame was shortened, a plate fabricated up and fitted, custom seat mount, gauge mounts – the side-slung tacho is something love. A lot of wiring, welding and painting. And some messing around with acid to get the darn thing to rust up the way I wanted. Overall this was one fun build, my partner Mick and I had a ball creating this one-off piece and would love to take the rat look to the next level on a future build.”

If you’re take by Ren’s work, it’s not exactly hard to catch the guy. See, as of right now Rene9ade has shops in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Jakarta. Drop by one of his shops and say hi, or better yet, why not catch up with him at the show?

  • Lewn

    I really like the two into one exhaust system, the tach location and the battery placement are interesting. Not much of the rest does anything for me personally.

  • not into the seat headlight location, otherwise this is a rad build.

  • Tron

    This is a bike for an upholsterer, and it has THAT for a seat?

    Why not something practical and attractive instead? You cant possibly look at the one it has and go “yes, thats perfect”

    Rad exhaust though

  • arnold

    Kinda twisted. I like it.
    If I was looking for super cheap, reliable wheels to ride 9 miles out and 9 miles back reliably, every day, and gee ‘ what are you paying on that lease’ (gosh I bought a good full rain suit for half that), I figure that this Bomber is way ahead of the curve.ald

    • arnold

      Sorry FBI, HomeLand and NSA, (and other unnamed, unknown alphabets), that is what we call this type of motorcycle in my neck of these woods. Give me a call if you have problems. ald

  • bobfalfa

    Wheel and Tyre(tire) proportions are just right, Any idea the make of tyre?
    But sorry it’s not for me,concept right but the application wrong,

    • gm

      Firestone ANS
      Oddly, Firestone doesn’t have them listed on their website but Coker tire has them in a variety of sizes. Cool looking but kinda spendy.

      • bobfalfa

        Thanks for the Info,,Appreciated

  • cwright856

    There’s just so much sloppiness. I love rat rods, but this isn’t doing it for me. The ignition is placed where the seat wants to be, the speedo/taco placement on the side of the tank is goofy. The tail light is pointing towards the sky. And in general the mix of weathered parts with brand new stuff doesn’t make any sense to me. Age it all or clean it all up. The combo is weird to me.

    • I’m not sure any of that could be classed as “sloppiness.” More like the builder decided that’s how he wanted it…

      • cwright856

        Fair enough. They are deliberate decisions that I don’t personally like.

        • You don’t mind the battery box in the fork???

  • Bradley Callan

    if this can get a feature than any bike can. i think if you were to change that seat and a few other things it could flow a lot better, at the moment it just looks like a bunch of parts thrown at it and where they landed and how they stayed.

  • Tod

    The idea behind something ratty is a mix match of parts this one seems to do well. As the thread says its costs a lot to make something look so “crappy” and this works well. Ratted out stuff is quite hard to do without making it actually look like an old bike. Anyway works for me. Nice one.

  • Baz

    Love the style of the rat bobber,gotta be different these days to get heads to turn

  • Rh

    I dig it. Far from sloppy, has some different angles than your normally see and I like them. Nothing beats a ratrod and this is a great example of one.

  • Lee Wilcox

    I can’t argue whether its worth an article or not. Personally, I think so. Different, thats for sure and so are a lot of bikes here. Not being a harley or ducati but a 250 is what keeps me reading. I have a DT 175 and could be talked into doing this once I scratch up the new paint job.

  • Cath

    Different, but that is what customising is all about. Nice job on the rusting tank! Like it

  • nathas909

    I just really really dont like the seat or the battery placement. With these being so overpowering I cant even notice the rest of the bike.
    That seat really is something I dont understand. Can you imagine the damage that will happen if he ever slides off the front of it. Ouch in a major way….

  • Septic the Sceptic

    What a horrible mish mash of parts. Looks ill-fitting unfinshed and incomplete. Is the seat right at the back to simulate forward controls?

  • Chester

    This almost seems like a practical joke. Yet it’s over a month after April 1st.

    • Robbie

      Wow, good constructive feedback. What would you do differently to create a rat bike?

      • Chester

        Just from a practicality standpoint, the seat is so far back that only an orangutan could ride it. The headlight is drooping down which wouldn’t bode well for visibility and the taillight is pointed to the sky (to balance out the headlight?). It’s a very oddly executed build. Many of the changes seem more for the sake of defying convention than for any sort of actual benefit. That being said, if the rider enjoys riding it, and feels safe doing so – that’s all that matters.

        • bobfalfa

          Was it not built to sell on? That being the case ,Who here would sell it ,without a certain degree of embarrassment?

  • Troy

    congrats, you have nailed the crap look but I think it is a bit late! This has been going on in India and other South East Asian countries for decades. The only differance being they acheived this look by default.

  • Looks a little wonkey to me…and kind of like the headlight is falling off.

  • R

    What are you talking about?! It looks great.

  • redback

    I’m no builder and obviously not qualified to comment with
    any authority to criticise but hot damn if customising is about being different
    and standing out in the crowd then this bike ticks all the boxes. I’ll rubber
    neck when I see it burning up the tarmac!

  • JS@Bro

    At first I thought what were they thinkin with the seat the way it was but then I took a step back and compared it to my mate whom is a very successful artist. My mates work really didn’t make any sense to me at all in yet he makes millions out of it and the chicks he pulls… Damn!
    To me this bike is the reflection of what an awesome bike builder this guy is. This guy is smarter than we know and awesomeness may not always have to be practical but its the bits n pieces, old and new, smooth but rustic that makes this bike as one! Deep I know but take a step back, take it in and understand that it is not easy being a Master 😉

    • Richard Brandt

      You are either joking or are exactly the kind of guy people like to sell things to. 🙂

      • Guest

        As he said… i hope you’re joking.

    • Stepping back to look from different angles and talking beatnik, doesn’t make you understand art.

  • Richard Brandt

    I would love to see a person sit on this thing in a riding position. Looks like a great way to keep your balls flat.

  • vonyinzer

    What a pile….

  • taka-tz

    I finished the scooter Nurse Ratched, Now give me my cigarettes.

  • itsmefool

    So I get where the passenger is supposed to sit, but what about the throttle and tiller man?

  • Rene9ade

    Ok so I always knew this was gonna polarize people’s opinions. And I admit it has a crapped out look to it (its meant to guys) I guess haters always gonna hate and criticize, i admit its wonky, it’s a departure from our usual builds for sure. In the end to me it comes down to a few things: did we enjoy building it? “you bet” was it creative and somewhat original? “we think so”, is the customer happy? “Absolutely”. Thanks for the feedback tho. And really it rides very comfortable, just looks like it don’t. Its fun and silly but it’s not missed on the road (ask the highway patrol that paid a little too much attention on its first ride). Check out the other less thought provoking builds at

    • taka-tz

      Don’t kid yourself, It takes zero skill to make a bike an eyesore.

    • Richard Brandt

      Do you have a shot of the bike with a rider on it? I was serious when I said I’d like to see the riding position.

  • I get it and I like it.

  • Ciaociao

    If they only saw the dog seated in front with the rider i’m sure they’d change their opinion! #Feel very sorry for haters….

    • nathas909

      God I would feel sorry for that dog with a key ups its butt….

      • bobfalfa

        At least it would keep it in place…

  • Singletracker

    Saw this bike at Throttle Roll, it’s very cool up close, the work Ren has put into this bike is amazing when you take the time to look at the details. Love the pipe and battery placement! Still I’d be worried about breaking too hard, sliding forward on the seat and ripping my ball sack off!!

    • arnold

      Different seat on it in the glimpse of it I saw on Mat’s video.

  • Joe

    Ya I agree with post one looks like he found it in the dump then looked around his garage stuck a seat and tank on he had been saving for a chopper build,then thought to himself i wonder if i put this out there how many idiots will cream their pants over this and say how original …a piece of art. looks like he pulled it off.

  • Grendel Medlord