Jim McCloud is a really cool guy, and a really cool uncle! He found this bike for his nephew, and since it was in pretty bad shape, he thought he’d fix it up. One thing led to another, and viola, two years later, awesomeness! He said that he got many of the ideas he used on this particular 250 from MotoGP, as he is an avid fan. Although he knows what he’s doing, he found this post, and worked off of it for many parts of the project, so if you’re interested in something like this, go check it out! Jim used to own a company on the side, by the name of Restoration Station, restoring old motorcycles. However, due to high running costs he closed the company and now only does projects out of his garage if he isn’t wrenching on airplanes. If you search for Restoration Station in San Jose, you might find this Restoration Station, not Jim’s company.
He’s a very nice and polite guy, filled with energy, and a hoot to talk to! However, he knows his craft and is under no delusions about how much his work is worth. He reported this Ninja 250 project at close to $10,000, out of range for most 250 owners, but he is more than willing to work with each individual, getting them what they need. So, if you only want to purchase the front bolt-on fairing, he can do that. Currently he’s finishing up Malcolm Smith’s 1976 Husky, so he’s well connected as well! Also, if you see this particular bike riding somewhere between Lompoc and Santa Barbarra, that’s Jim’s Nephew, one of the luckiest nephews EVAR!
This is another of his projects, a CL360, beautiful, isn’t it? If you were in the Bay Area, you might have seen this in the formerly Gilroy Honda, now High Gear Power Motorsports showroom last year….
For the full 250 project write-up, go here
Jim is currently accepting new projects and commissions, and can be reached at: 408 375 8935.