1976 Fraser Honda TL250 Trials Motorcycle

Winning Bid: $3,500.00

Frame no. TL2502002555
Engine no. TL250E2002552

Location: Riverside, California

  • Super rare
  • Older restoration

Item condition: Used

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1976 Fraser Honda TL250 Trials Motorcycle

By the early 1970s, the Japanese manufacturers’ successes in off-road machines for motocross and trail riding had been firmly established. But as they dug deeper in to the highly demanding world of trials riding, they found a highly explosive can of worms to deal with. Honda started with the TL125, designing a scaled-down XL250 with an all-alloy, overhead-cam, 4-valve motor in a cradle-type frame, but quickly realized the difference in approach to the two motorcycle disciplines and the machinery used for them. They turned to champion Sammy Miller for help. Miller retained the basic engine but concentrated his development on the chassis and suspension. Similar attention was given to the big-brother 250, introduced in 1975 with success marked by Rob Shepherd’s British Trials Championship in 1977.

Other manufacturers got in on the act. One of which was a chap from Redditch, England, by the name of David Fraser. He increased the engine capacity to 312cc and mounted it in a mix of square and round section tubes, finished in a polished chrome. David Fraser Products produced a reported 200 or so of these 200 lb, rare and very capable trials machines.

The motorbike offered

The 1976 Honda TL250 Trials Motorcycle on offer here comes to us from a collector in Southern California. Originally owned by Jay Ebinger, a local SoCal trials rider and trials master, who customized the bike in the late 1970s with the Fraser frame kit and aftermarket goodies, consisting of frame, seat, skid plate, exhaust, front forks and front brake. It was subsequently sold on 2014 and repainted before being sold again in 2016. In 2023, our vendor purchased the bike, almost as you see it here, simply detailing and servicing it. He installed new tires, fresh oil, clutch overhauled, new spark plug, new grips, new throttle cable, new front wheel bearings.

Described to be in generally good to excellent condition and running well, the bike is a good opportunity to acquire an example of this very rare, especially in the U.S., trials machine.

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