March 2002

64K - Click for full size image The March 2002 Bike of the Month brings us yet another wild NSR 250 from Southern California again. The owner Mike D`Agata has built himself one of the trickest street NSR`s around.
Mike has been a huge fan of Moto GP racing for the last fifteen years. He was always fascinated by these little 250 two strokes. One day, a friend of his imported a NSR250 into California from Japan and got this bike road legal. Mike quickly bought it from his friend and then this project began. 95K - Click for full size image
80K - Click for full size image This NSR was completely disassembled and thoroughly cleaned up. All parts inspected and replaced if necessary. The frame, swingarm, subframe, triple clamps, levers, rear sets, gas cap, rear brake link and meter stay were all powdercoated black.
Mike decided to build a Max Biaggi replica bike. Fiberglass bodywork was ordered from Tyga, and the bike was custom painted in Ferrari Corsa red and pearl white by a local shop that specializes in custom motorcycle painting. 83K - Click for full size image
65K - Click for full size image Mike also rides a tricked out 165 Horsepower R-1, so he needed a little extra kick for this NSR. The engine was completely rebuilt with increased primary compression, match ported cases, cylinders and re-profiled heads. Tyga pipes help out along with a HRC center plug cylinder head kit, carbon reed valves, HRC stuffers and spacers, HRC carb setting parts, individual filters and Jha heavy duty clutch springs. This lightweight NSR puts out nearly 70 horsepower !!
After building himself a wild motor it was necessary to rework the running gear of this NSR to match the added performance from the fire breathing engine. RS 250 upside down forks replace the NSR standard forks and were rebuilt, re-sprung and re-valved. 59K - Click for full size image
93K - Click for full size image With nearly 70 horsepower, it was necessary for larger brakes. A front wheel from a RC-51 was borrowed along with the 330mm disc rotors and calipers, EBC HH sintered pads, Galfer steel brake lines and a Brembo master cylinder.
An Ohlins rear racing shock replaces the SE shock for improved performance and a wider range of adjustability. Mike also choose an Ohlins steering damper to match his new rear shock. 59K - Click for full size image
73K - Click for full size image An Afam aluminum sprocket and DID ERV2 gold chain spin the massive rear wheel that was professionally widened and fitted with a 170 Dunlop GP high grip tire, a matching 120 sized tire is squeezed on to the RC-51 wheel up front. There are so many small details that have been done to this NSR to list here.
Mike is a Honda and Yamaha factory trained technician, so all work was done by himself with the exception of the paint work. He decided to sell the bike recently to some lucky new owner and is now working on a new 500cc project. Awesome bike !! 89K - Click for full size image
Since Mike is a certified Honda and Yamaha Technician, he can help you get your NSR or other two stroke bike set up. E-mail Mike for more about this. Mike will soon be producing a line of adjustable offset triple clamps and rear sets for many sport bikes available in Magnesium or billet aluminum. Contact Mike for more info about this
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Every month I try to feature a different NSR in this section. Above you can check out the featured Bike of the Month and past Bikes of the Month. Do you think your NSR belongs here ? Then send a few pictures and some information and maybe we can feature it here. Mail me here. Cheers !!