I finished my working resto on a recently acquired 1976 MR250 Elsinore, bike was all there and running to begin with. But in need of TLC and the usual chain, sprockets, tires and lotsa clean up and surface rust removal. Bought a NOS set of bars, levers and the accordian rubber lever covers for it. The rest was clean and paint and clean and clean and clean. Cleaned the carb, too althogh it was in amazingly good condition. Speedo shows 2,200 miles, OEM speedo cable still connected! starts on 1-3 kicks cold and 1 kick warm everytime. idles nice and slow and throttle response is excellent. Feels zippy and light in the woods - but the forks need a fluide change as the rebound is awful and the shocks are mere suspenders, nothing more, nothing less. Got a copy of Dirt Bike magazine from 1976 when they tested it, they gave it a good review and likened it up there with the Bul, Husky and Penton of the time, after suspension mods and removal of the 8lb cannister they called a spark arrestor muffler. They claimed an increase of 6-10 HP with the simple installation of a aftermarket silencer to replace the humongorestor. I think those numbers may be high - what do you think? I sure like the bike and love the smell of that maxima 2 stroke castor oil! I think with some suspension work it will defintely give my 04 XR250R a run for it's money. I think it is quicker in acceleration already!