A Ceet-brand, tall desert seat was
built on the stock seat base for this
restoration. The seat has a retro look
and provides more than enough comfort
for hours in the saddle.
on an incredible project machine
built by Kevin Avina.
Avina, a former racer, has spent
the last decade turning wrenches for
top riders on the West Coast, as well
as building cool project machines,
such as this Lobo project. Avina
was contacted by Francisco Vera of
Rosarito, Mexico, in Baja California
about a year ago saying he found an
old Lobo 250R and wanted it restored.
The find costed Vera around $7500,
which is a far cry from what it cost to
build machines like this in the 1990s.
Racers paid a minimum of $25,000
to have a Roll Design Lobo ready
to race. Avina built some of the last
Lobos that had success in Baja, so he
was a good go-to. With a little help
from today’s technology, Avina made
it better than it was back then with
only minor changes.
Avina started with a complete teardown. The machine was literally a
mess, he tells us. It was complete
and not missing any parts, but it was
completely worn out too. Roll supplied
new lower front A-arms and bushings
all the way around before things were
sent off to ECP for powdercoating
back to its original red color. More
red was added with the new Maier
Fighting Red bodywork. Maier is still
the number one place to find OE
replacement bodywork. And in fact,
the bodywork on Honda’s 250R is
the most sought-after part, as Honda
doesn’t make or sell it anymore. Up
front, Fourwerx Carbon supplied
a new carbon fiber nosepiece that
directs some extra air towards the
stock radiator. Yes, the radiator was
still in good working order after all
Under the rider, Ceet Racing
Products recreated their famous desert
seat that 30 years ago put them on the
map. For long-distance desert racing,
a taller seat is a must so the rider
doesn’t get worn out from standing
In recent years Roll and Elka have teamed up for some projects in the suspension
arena. The pairing on this desert machine provides a plush ride that is unlike
anything you have ever ridden.
Doug Roll custom-made the skid plates for the Lobo frame. With a chassis this rare,
you want to protect it well.