The project is warming up. Today I received the replacement swingarm and barrels from Deet at RGV250 RG500 250cc two strokes parts RGVspares.com - Home. Superbly wrapped, very well priced and just as described, I couldn't have asked for better service.
I'll be spending some quality polishing time with the swingarm shortly, it should come up pretty nicely as there's barely a mark on it. The barrels will be sent to EEKNOWS for some attention before being sent for re-plating to suit a trick piston setup. He knows his stuff.
Also in the mail i received the first of the new bits for the bike. Just a small ebay purchase of a pair of Harris "RS Racing" grips. I've a set on my RS125, they're a great feeling grip and the larger diameter suits my big mitts nicely. That they have "RS" and "Racing" on them, just like the RS250, is purely...
I've focused on the radiator for a few hours this week. When I pulled it out of the bike i thought "Gee, that's not bad for a 10 year old radiator" so I'm happy to recondition it instead of paying the 395 pounds for a new one. It's now had a 'Power Flush' through the fins and core, and since then I've spent a bit of time with a modified hack saw blade, straightening any bent fins and picking out the last of the sand/bugs. I like to live on the wild side. Next up is a bit of surface preparation and a paint, that way it won't look naff next to the new hoses. I'm not sure whether to go VHT Aluminium or Satin Black, I've bought both and it'll come down to how suitable the Aluminium looks.
Wait and see.