I have been wanting to post my progress on my bike project for some time, so im going to summarise what has been accomplished thus far and then document its progress until completion…… I have always wanted to start a project bike, both out of a love for customised café racers and the new breed of Jap brat style bikes. I would also like to ride South America for 3-6 months and a reasonable knowledge of bike maintenance will be necessary. But having absolutely no knowledge about mechanics it remained a dream for many years. But a chance meeting with a fellow Fitzroy local 12 months ago has made this dream a reality. Enter Big Chris, a 6ft 6 Scotsman who has been working on bikes for 20 years. He was prepared to devote time to impart his knowledge of bike mechanics and rebuilding. And lets face it, two blokes having a few beers in the mancave working on and talking bikes is time well spent. We bought this little baby on eBay, a 1981 Yamaha XS250. While requiring a bit of work to get it registered and roadworthy, it was in reasonable running order and the perfect platform to build a little inner city Jap Brat style runabout… And this is our inspiration….