197? can-am TNT 250

Hello all, I am in the process of fixing up an old Can am 250 from the seventies, and wanted to hear some of your reviews of this bike. Most people i know say that it was a beast, if you twisted the throttle the front would come off the ground, other people have said that it was a gutless hunk of junk. Thanks in advance for the feedback!

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I had a 1976 TNT 250 bought it new 1600.00 bucks alot in those days.The speedo had a pin at 85mph where the needle would bounce off when I would be WFO in 5th gear.I know I was doing over 90mph plus,but at 18 yrs. old I wasn't too worried.One day a Kawasaki 4-stroke 550 six speed raced me down the West River Drive in Philly and couldn't catch me til I got caught at a red light,true story and damn proud! On the dirt it was tough to handle as the suspension was way antiquated and Yamaha was just coming out with the monoshock as virtually all the other big manufacturors had leading axle forks and laid down shocks in the rear.Yes it was a beast with more guts than any 250 of the day,period!!

skunkbait9 years ago
Hey, good luck with that! I know very little about the Can-Ams. I've mostly heard them compared to old Husquavarnas and old KTMs. They sound gutsy, when tuned properly.
Steamdnt (author)  skunkbait9 years ago
Ya, apparently they were one of the first bikes that used a rotary valve.
Be real careful with the rotary valve set-up. You don't want to get your fingers in there. It's very unlikely to turn while you're working on it, but stranger things have happened!
Steamdnt (author)  skunkbait9 years ago
YES! We picked up the bikes yesterday so pictures should be up of the two bikes this afternoon.
You might find these peoples' site useful.
scafool8 years ago
From 73 to 78 they were the most powerful in their class. T'n'T means track and Trail. You will find it has a Rotax engine and it was built by Bombardier, the same people who make Skidoo snow machines. It should produce somewhere around 35 horsepower if it is running right. That is still pretty good power for a 250 cc. motorcycle. They were the first really dedicated motocross bikes. Before that the sport was either trials or scrambling. Trials was about your ability to handle a bike over an obstacle course, control instead of speed. Scrambling was more like MX crossed with rally, it was usually over a course instead of around a track. They were pretty tall bikes compared to the rest of them back then. They also used more plastics for things like fenders and tanks. If you get it going you should have a good trail bike that works well for desert riding out of it. Of course more modern bikes are going to outperform it, but mostly because of improvements in the suspension and so on, not because of horsepower. When the Can Am bikes appeared in 1974/75 they cleaned up on the off road tracks, they won almost every race they were entered in.
Rishnai9 years ago
Never touched one. I'd love to hear about your experience, however, as soon as you get some with it. Even what happened whilst you were fixing it (or as I like to say, "making it less broken").
Steamdnt (author)  Rishnai9 years ago
Its not really broken, it was just sitting in a barn for 16 years, as for instructables, i will be posting one one removing gas tank sponges,cleaning carbs, finding an exhaust pipe, cutting a new kick starter and protecting it.
Fun! I've got one that's been parked in a a garage for 15 years, but it was never prepared for the storage and has since turned itself into a brick. I'll probably do an 'ible on getting the rust out of the tank (how about getting the "substance-that-was-once-gas" out? It won't leave!). Doing the project will be like building a ship in a bottle, given the state of my garage... I'm guessing on yours that there'll be no need for synchonizing carbs? That'll be a fun one when I get around to it.
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