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In the 1950s and 60s, lightweight two-strokes from the likes of Bultaco, CZ, and other European manufacturers dominated the dirt market. The svelte frames and throaty power output made them ideal choices for riders wanting to leave the beaten path. Before too long, Japan took notice of the trend — Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha all introduced their own competitors before the turn of the decade.
Honda, being a steadfast supporter of its four-stroke powerplants, had stuck with models such as the CL77 and the XL250. By the 1970s, however, the Big Red decided it was high-time to cash in on the two-stroke craze. The CR250M Elsinore arrived in 1973, a dedicated motocross machine built for the sole purpose of going fast on the track. Then, just a year later, Honda introduced the MT250.
In contrast to its racier sibling, the MT was intended to be an approachable, dual-purpose trail bike. Accordingly, Honda outfitted it with the front suspension and hubs from the XL250, beefed up the frame with sturdier steel, swapped out the CR’s aluminum gas tank for one made of steel, and affixed a set of plastic body panels. Of course, the MT250 also incorporated enduro-specific running gear like lights, turn signals, gauges, and even a horn.
This example is VIN: MT2502001960. The seller’s family purchased the bike new in 1975; it has stayed within the family throughout its life.
The odometer shows 5,349 miles.
Per the seller, this bike was recently pulled out of storage. It “started right up fresh gas.”
Custom engine and heat shield paint.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
It is riding on Bridgestone Trail Wing-5 tires that have aged out.
The sale includes the original owner’s manual, toolkit, and brochure.
Currently located Graham, Washington, this Honda is offered on a clean Washington title. Have any MT250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!