250 & 175 conrods for road or race use
Anyone with a 250 Wildcat or 175GS who used it as intended back in the 60s will no doubt be familiar with the main weakness in that version of the engine – the connecting rod. No doubt many bikes remain today with the OE rod in perfectly serviceable condition & some may still be racing. Lucky men!
The fact Moto Parilla didn’t use a standard rod in their factory hicam race bikes tells me all I need to know. That & having seen the carnage left by a failed rod hardly makes it a risk worth taking when rebuilding one of these rare & expensive engines.
I had a batch made up a few years ago by a highly renowned UK firm – Arrow Precision – which sold out almost immediately. Gary has now had another small batch made.
Please Note : This will be the last batch commissioned by any of the Parillisti this side of the pond – between us we have laid out in excess of £10k to get a good price on the rods and meet our own needs for our future restorations. Arrow will make small numbers of rods now they have the design but the cost will be in excess of £400 per rod if you approach them for a “single figure” order.
This isn’t a sales pitch its just the truth – when these are gone there will be no more unless you are prepared to deal direct with Arrow & invest a great deal of money with them to get the price right or pay premium prices for a small number of rods.