TWO - RS Bodywork
Welcome to Project
NSR 2. This is part two in a series of segments showing you how Oyvind
Birkeland of Norway will restore his NSR back to better than original
NSR 2 is finally coming along. Oyvind has been quite busy working on the
bike throughout the winter season. On the left are some metal plates which
can be found at most hardware or home centers.
cutting the plates to the desired shape, next was to bend them to fit
on the NSR250 seat rail. Cost of the plates were about two dollars.
view of the new seat brackets made by Oyvind. It required a lot of work
to make them fit right. Click on the image for a larger view of the inner
The seat cowl
is from a 1998 Honda RS250 racer. It required some major modifications
to make it fit on Oyvind's NSR. The first thing was to remove the old
broken seat, than began the trouble of cutting away the rear seat rail
and subframe. The seat itself was also modified and trimmed a little
bit to make it fit nicely around the frame and gas tank. After that,
lots of time and effort was required to match the hand made brackets
to the RS250 seat cowl holes.
larger hole was needed for the seat pad as well. This was also carefully
cut out by Oyvind to match the original NSR seat pad.
the seat is bolted on to the NSR and fits perfectly after all the modifications.
It fits securely and tight while supporting Oyvind's weight well, at least
in the garage.
seat cowl looks great. It cleans up the rear appearance of the bike and
saves a substantial amount of weight. A small rear brake light will be
added later. The number plate will be attached under the seat cowl when
the bike is ready.
we move to the front of the bike. The upper and lower cowl are also from
the same RS250. Oyvind was lucky enough to find all this RS250 bodywork
from a shop in Sweden for less than 400 dollars which included tax, delivery,
the seat and a double bubble stepped racing screen.
upper cowl was temporarily fastened to the NSR while the lower cowl was
taped to the upper cowl until it could be fastened securely.
front bodywork needed some trimming as well. It was necessary to cut around
the lower cylinder as well as the side stand area. Oyvind has ordered
a new set of racing pipes as well as a whole bunch of other parts. Once
the new pipes arrive, they will be fit and more trimming of the bodywork
will probably be necessary. Small twin headlights will be added later
to the ram air ducts.
are the D-fasteners that will be used in the next part of Project NSR.
The next part will see new pipes, test painting, proper fitting of the
front bodywork, lights and more. Stay tuned !!
one : introduction to Project NSR 2
Part two : RS Bodywork
Part three : RS Bodywork and derestriction
Part four : Project NSR 2 completed