Blue Thunder: Lastly, somebody scrambles the TTR250




I appropriate did a mercurial examine, and my suspicions had been confirmed: we’ve by no means featured a Yamaha TTR250 kind on EXIF. Which is a cramped of a shock, given that TTR250 is one amongst the hardest off roaders round.

Throughout the mid 90s, the cramped Yammie flip into as soon as the primary mainstream trailie to attribute an electrical originate up—and punched gadget above its weight. Honda’s very beneficiant XR250 flip into as soon as inform opponents, nevertheless the Yamaha gained numerous followers for its comfort and exquisite manners.




Round my neck of the woods, you most regularly look the TTR250 on farm tracks—and as soon as in a whereas sneaking round encourage roads too, sans license plate. Nevertheless throughout the legitimate palms, it’s greater than appropriate a workhorse: Australian off-road king Geoff Ballard gained a nationwide enduro championship on board a TTR.

We’re betting this one seems loads smarter than Ballard’s although, as a result of it’s probably the most fashionable kind from Brisbane retailer Ellaspede—famed for its clever styling and slick ending.




“The TTR250 is professional lunge bike, alternatively it isn’t most regularly your first alternative for a customized donor,” says Ellaspede’s Hughan Seary wryly. “So when our consumer wished a customized kind, he did peer at different choices—however couldn’t droop previous his loyal old-fashioned TTR.”

“Our consumer John had owned the bike for ten years when he rolled it into Ellaspede, so it flip into as soon as due for a actual birthday,” says Hughan. “John knew he would assist the bike perpetually, and it holds sentimental worth for him and his household, so ‘going to city’ on it flip into as soon as probably the most environment friendly alternative.”




The key to utilizing an enduro bike for a customized kind is laying apart the whole plastic first, discovering an beneficiant conventional tank to kind the bike round, and altering the wheel sizes for one thing extra scrambler-model.

With a considerable pile of blue plastic sitting on the workshop floor, Ellaspede combed via the TTR250, checking and changing bearings and seals that had been efficiently frail after ten years of off-road dispute.




The tank is a Seventies Yamaha TT500/XT500 mannequin unit, customized mounted as a good distance ahead as that you’re going to be able to think about with out compromising the steering lock. A customized gauge housing has been welded to the discontinue of the tank, filling the home most regularly left for the TT/XT oil-in-frame filler degree.

Ellaspede then cleaned and modified the rear body. “Enduro frames usually tend to degree up in opposition to the rear, and most regularly enjoyment of a bunch of mounts hanging off them for the plastics,” says Hughan. “So flattening out the body line and de-tabbing flip into as soon as key for a neat peer.”




Now the body flip into as soon as taking form, it flip into as soon as time for extra customized metal work: a weird battery field, seat pan, rear splash guard, rear guard, entrance guard and headlight cowl. An amply padded uncommon seat has a mercurial release latch for straightforward safe admission to to the battery.

The inventory air field, carb and make the most of had been all scrapped with customized mounts made for the bizarre Mikuni TM33 carb and Unifilter pod. Make the most of gases now exit via a brushed manufacturing unit header, customized stainless mid pipe, and a KX500 muffler from DG Effectivity.




“The widespread 21-crawl enduro entrance wheel is sizable for off highway driving, however most regularly peer a cramped bit oversize for a standard scrambler,” says Hughan. “So we swapped it out for a 19-crawl.” The encourage is an 18-crawl, and each rims are Excel—shod with Shinko 804/805 rubber.

With the wheels and customized guards sorted, the suspension flip into as soon as rebuilt and adjusted to make explicit no wallowing or bottoming out. Brilliant blue fork gaiters now assist the grime away and match up with the bizarre livery.




A swag of a lot much less obtrusive good gadget had been bolted up and wired in: Motogadget provided the symptoms, 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 flip into as soon as left flip into as soon as to offer of the paint, with a cramped bit consumer enter. “John cherished pearl white as a sinister, and likewise wished to assist some produce of blue—as a nod to the original coloration gadget.




“To spice issues up an electrical blue flip into as soon as chosen for the seat and fork gaiters, and it additionally capabilities on the tank paint—which fades to a archaic darkish Yamaha blue,” says Hughan. Almost the whole lot else flip into as soon as despatched off for powder or ceramic coating.

John has repeatedly often called his TTR250 ‘Blue Impart,’ however we reckon the establish is a cramped extra beneficiant now. Ellaspede enjoyment of delivered scorching lovely seems—and throughout the legitimate palms, this Yammie will probably be lightning fast too.

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