It has been a while (6 years?) since I owned an aluminum frame CR, and Ive been wanting a 2001 CR250 ever since. I saw an ad on craigslist for a 2001 CR250 that was in VERY rough shape for 650 bucks. I thought,"HEY, a parts bike..." I called the guy, and made plans to look at it. I took a look at the bike and was amazed at what I saw. The bike looked really, really, bad; complete shit. Some genius decided to spray paint the bike black without removing anything (aka close eyes, spray paint the bike). But! the more I looked at it, the more surprised I became. The bike was all original, except for a michelin rear tire that spent its entire life on the street doing burnouts. It still had the original front dunlop 490 with 70% tread on it, the factory chain, sprockets that were not sawtoothed, the factory grips that were not worn down, original handlebars, it had the original air filter, and had the original brake pads. I looked at ALL of the bolt heads on the bike and the ONLY bolts that had been touched by a wrench were the rear axle and chain adjusters. It appeared as if someone rode this bike in a subdivision, on the asphalt, and in his backyard until they crashed it hard enought to put a nice hole in the expansion chamber. All of the swingarm and rear suspension bushings were nice and tight, with no play or squeeks. No wobble or grinding in the wheel bearings. I took the ignition cover off and it was spotless inside; NO DIRT in there at all. I could tell it was the first time the ignition cover was taken off. I pulled the flywheel and the crankshaft had zero play. I checked the compression and it was 195 psi cold. I pulled the air filter, and the intake boot was extremely clean inside. This bike had surprisingly low hours on it despite the appearance. It started on the 2nd kick. I offered the guy $500 bucks to take it off his hands and he agreed to my offer. As I was driving home, my mind went from "parts bike" to "full restoration" that I would ride. This way I could have bike to ride when I have to rebuild my 1996 CR250. Here are the pictures from the day I bought it (early July) to its completion (yesterday). Im glad I could bring this bike back from the dead; it deserved it! The day I brought it home- Look at the expansion chamber..... Tear down (30 mintues after getting home)- Straight into the trash can.... Ready ready for a bath- Before its simple green/aluminum brightner bath- After its bath- Next up, Reassembly!