Show Us Yours – Paul O’Neill’s 1979 Honda CB250N Superdream

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This is my recently restored 1979 Superdream. It was a very tired example purchased on eBay two-and-a-half years ago. It stretched to well over my timing plan as it was interrupted by a carb overhaul on my 1978 CBX1000Z which graced your pages many years ago. I had a silver Superdeam as my first bike in 1979 but it sadly came to grief less than a year later when I hit a patch of diesel in the rain destroying the bike beyond repair! It hasn’t been a particularly cheap job bringing it up to this standard. It’s been a total strip-down and powder coating of everything black, made of metal, lots of aluminium and chrome polishing an engine tear-down, all the rubber bits were perished so were replaced. The CDI unit, coil pack, alternator, plugs and leads finally made her start on the button and a very good silver paint job has finished her off nicely. There were thousands of these around back in the day but you rarely see a nice one these days. Lots of people approach me saying how good it is to see one of these once popular bikes back on the road. I took these shots on Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside making this engineering icon sit well amongst the ones in the background: Tyne Bridge, Millennium Bridge, the Baltic and the Sage.

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