The NSR250 has been a firm favorite for us at TYGA Performance and after building so many MC21 and MC28 project bikes, an MC18 TYGA bike was long overdue!

Initially, we considered the MC18 a bit of an ‘also ran’ when compared directly to the later models. The MC21 has the stronger chassis and gull arm swing arm, the MC28, the first mainstream bike to have a digital speedo and key card ignition. Next to them, the MC18 had dated styling and apart from a slight weight advantage, not much else to get excited about when compared to its younger siblings. However, not all NSR owners had the later models and every time we’d make a new product for the 1990s NSR250, we’d be asked when we’d make this or that for the MC18. It was only fair (and also good business) to turn our attention to the MC18 and in response to owners, we’ve eventually built up a respectable range of products. Having accomplished that, it then makes sense to put together a project bike to show how all the TYGA components can be installed with some other choice components to make a modern MC18.

It’s first duty

This particular motorcycle, a 1989 R5K version, was sourced locally a couple of years ago and while appearing mostly stock and complete, it was in a somewhat sorry state. Unfortunately, we didn’t take any ‘before’ photos because it was bought to help us develop products and not specifically to showcase a rebuild. Anyway, as mentioned, it was worse for wear; wrong fasteners, worn tyres, pitted forks, chromed brackets, non standard hoses and cables, a worn and poor running engine, plastic welded bodywork etc. Actually, pretty normal for what you might expect for a 29 year old bike that has been used as a daily ride here in Thailand. The condition further deteriorated in our tenure when its first duty was to be the jig for making many of our TYGA Performance MC18 products.

Project bike Valentino Rossi MC 18

Our Honda NSR250 MC18 products

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