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    rare find 1988 250es???

    hi
    i do a few cash jobs for local farmers on there quads and three wheelers, anyway a local farmer brought me his 250es for a new seat and exhaust plus oil change.
    i checked on the model plate on the headstock and its a 1988 250es, i`ve never seen one before so it must have been the last of the last three wheelers made, cool huh.
    heres some pictures of it.
    what do you think?
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    HONDA ATC250ESJ 1988
    HONDA 250R `85 restored SOLD
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    HONDA ATC 250ES `87 SOLD
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    wow, thats neat, i've never seen anything 88 before.
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    Hmm the only thing I could think of why it wouldl be an 1988 is maybe a frame was cracked and they got him another one, in around late 87 or early 88. I would assume that they would have stopped production in late 86 or early 87 due to the change of trike laws.
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    i thought of that too,, but i kind of doubt it, who knows, maybe it came from overseas or something? a possiblity?, or maybe he bought that sticker off ebay?, although there something about the whole bikes that looks "newer" to me for some reason.
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    250es

    sorry guys i forgot to mention that i`m not in the states, i`m in the uk and the 250es is a guenuine bike, its just been owned by two previous farmers.
    its definateley not an ebay sticker.
    maybe they sold 250es over here longer than in the states.

    HONDA ATC250ESJ 1988
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    Gday Steve,

    Thanks for posting that up, was waiting for that. Do you know if those tank stickers have been replaced ever? I ask this because they are not the stock ones for 87. The stickers on there are the same stickers that came stock standard on the trx300es quad, which i think were made from 1988-1990? Not sure but i know they have the same stickers. They look cool on there. If you look it was made in the 10 month of 87. Very Interesting.

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    hi matt
    yeah i just noticed the tank decals are different to the 87 es, i knew something was different but couldn`t put my finger on it, its the original tank and decals, its seen better days, i`ll have to see if he`ll sell me it, then i can restore it and have a truly rare trike.
    steve.

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    whatever you do, dont alert him to how rare it is, just play it out likes is an everyday wheeler, ive had situtations like this before, and i made the mistake of mentioning it was rare, then suddenly the price from the seller shot up from $400 to $2,000.
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    Thats gotta be a replacement frame.
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    .... then again, the Consent Decree is nothing more than a Federally recognised court document that the major manufacturers signed stating that they would no longer sell 3 wheeled ATV's in the USA - its not a law and it was voluntary. It only applied to the U.S.
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    Another member of the forum in the UK emailed me thumbnail of an Australian '88 250ES brochure. He's going to send me a scan of it when he gets it. Definetly seems possible. Looks like more stuff for the Quest for the 87's page.

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    woah thats awesome!!! so much for that 88' 300es idea wickedfinger :P. cant wait for that 250es brochure.. btw, that dash looks like the one from a 300 too. it looks light gray and a diff shape than the norm
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    can u say quest for the 88's page hehehehehe
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    maybe they sold small amounts of trail riding trikes under the table for a couple of years after the consent decree was signed. why cant u just go staight to honda and find out the hole story i know they would know if they sold any 87 250r's and 350'x and the story on the trail rider from 88.
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    Dang that is way cool. I really wish i had ordered a set of those stickers instead of the ones i have ordered, but i guess the ones i ordered are stock. That dash looks original to me, same as the 87, they do fade alot over the years.

    Steve,

    Buy that trike! I wanna see more of it.

    Matt
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