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PostSubject: 2001 Honda CG125    Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:19 pm

Thought I'd start a topic on my current build.

The guy I bought it off has made a really good start on it, there are just a few jobs I've got planned.



First off is the fuel tank, the bike has a bit of crash damage from a previous life, the tank was leaking so I've bought a replacement one.  It's from a different model and is a bit boxier than this one, but I'm looking forward to getting it painted up and installed.

Second job is another simple one, I'm going for a shorter exhaust.  I haven't decided yet if I'll keep it in the same line as the current one of have it sticking up by around 30 degrees.  Luckily I work in an office with people who use photoshop so i'll get some mock-ups sorted before I make a decision.

Next on the list is sorting out a proper saddle.  There's just a bit of foam on there at the moment which is fine for short distances but gets a bit uncomfortable after an hour.  The current plan is to get some sheet aluminium and cut and bend it into shape to form a 'L' shaped piece that'll sit on the fibreglass seat.  Next step would be to get some seat foam (any tips on where to get this would be appreciated!) and cover it in some leather and fix it to the aluminium plate.  Not too sure how I'll attach all this onto the bike just yet, but I'll figure something out when I start looking into it properly.

At the same time as the saddle, I'm planning on making a proper mount for the ignition, neutral light and indicator.  It'll be made of some alu plate again with the bits mounted onto it.  Just need to decide on how to fit it around the speedo.

The jobs start getting a bit more technical now, I'd like to change the forks to something a bit beefier.  I've been building mountain bikes for about 10 years now, and a new set of forks is fairly straight forward as I just need to make sure the steerer length and diameter is the same.  I assume it's a bit more complicated with a motorbike, but I'm not sure what I need to look for.

That's about it for the time being, but I've got a few more ideas.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:21 pm

almost there already Smile
the squarer tank should look better in my opinion (get it chromed it'll look ace Twisted Evil )
and like you say a shorter exhaust would look better too, how about trying to get hold of a 'period looking' silencer too to complete the look
what ever you do to her keep us posted bounce
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:18 pm

Yep, I've been considering chrome but I also like matte silver.

Decisions, decisions.....
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:25 am

yeh that'd look cool in all, a lot of the old tritons had matt silver with black pin striping
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:47 pm

Just ordered some of these:

http://www.classicbikeshop.co.uk/lucas-l874-style-long-and-short-stem-indicator-set.html

and one of these:

http://www.classicbikeshop.co.uk/silencers/universal-custom/universal-shorty-chopper-pot-chrome-silencer.html

hopefully they'll arrive by this weekend but it might have to wait til next week. Should have the new tank stripped and sprayed up, just need to dismantle the seat and get that ready to go.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:16 pm

Right then, it's been a while but I've finally gotten around to doing a bit more work on the bike.

Had a few issues with the indicators, ignition and carbs that seem to be fixed so it's back to working on how the bike looks and feels.

I fitted some clip on bars and I've lowered the front end by an inch or so.  She's looking a bit better now, with a straighter and flatter bone line (I've been reading up on the excellent bike exif website: http://www.bikeexif.com/build-cafe-racer ).

After the issues I had with the carb, I decided to splash out on a K&N filter which is working like a dream.

Also just ordered a new seat: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Cafe-Racer-FLAT-Seat-SCRFUNI-2-ABS-plastic-/141432326725 I decided to go for a flat seat rather than a hump, mainly because I like the look of them but I've also decided to remove the battery so don't need the space the hump gives me.

Finally, I've decided on going for metallic dark green for the tank, it's been stripped down so I'm just waiting for a bit of spare time one weekend to give it a coat of paint.

Hopefully I'll get some time over the next few weeks to put it all together and then I'll get a couple of pics up on-line.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:29 pm

not bad site that , the guzzi in it looks great too. looking forward to some bike build pics bounce
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:13 pm

Well, some new parts are on order now after an argument with a wet manhole cover.

I lost the argument.....



nothing major damaged so it's all good though!

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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:55 am

Bummer. Hope you came away without so many scratches!
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:51 am

Only my pride was damaged, it was low speed and in front of a decent sized crowd.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:57 am

Yep, been there, done that! Spent the Summer of '76 rebuilding a wrecked Suzuki 550GT, even back then it was cafe'd.

Took it out for the maiden run, all glossy black paint and chrome. Half way round a roundabout on the North Circular (I lived dahn sarf at the time) I hit a patch of diesel, front wheel went away, bike followed it, I'm left sitting in the middle of the road much to the amusement of about 10 council gardeners who were working on the roundabout and verges! :-(
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:15 pm

at least it gives us an excuse to do more work to the bike I suppose...
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:25 am

or start a new one Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:21 am

Had a bit of time this weekend so finished stripping down the tank and got it sprayed up:



I've also cut down the seat I bought and put them onto the bike to get an idea of how it'll look:



Just need to work out the best way to secure everything and keep the wiring hidden and protected! Also haven't decided where to mount the rear light and reg plate.  I think the light under the seat and the reg on the side looks cool (where that horrible 'L' plate is currently), but I'll make a proper decision when I start making the brackets for them.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:49 am

Lookin good twade76. I'm with you on that. Lights under the seat, plate on the side would look neat IMHO.

Your cafe racer build is being featured in the BikeBuilds.net directory here: twade76's CG125 Cafe Racer Build.
We’re currently displaying only a reduced-size photo (similar to what you’d find in Google Images).
We'd like to ask for your permission to publish the original full-size image with your build listing.

If anyone would like to have a build of their own listed, just shoot me a PM with a link to the build thread and we’ll take care of the rest.
If you wish to add your build personally, please feel free to peruse our Submit feature. No registrations required.

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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:03 am

Thanks Albertus, you have my permission to use the full-size photos.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:10 pm

So, after a bit of help with the seat fixing, the stage 2 of the bike is finished:





I was hoping to get a first proper ride in tomorrow, but the weather looks too awful for taking my shiny new bike out so it'll have to stay under cover for a bit longer.

I'm not massively happy with the seat, the side view is good but I think that it's a bit too wide at the front which messes up the lines a bit.

My plan for the next stage, after I've gotten rid of the horrible L plates, is to mount the reg plate on the side and put together a slimmer seat unit and a better light and indicator cluster. Also some new shocks and maybe new forks (if the budget allows!)
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:59 pm

Cool! Thanks twade76!
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:33 pm

Just picked these up:



Only cost £50 for the lot.

Not a big fan of the wheels, but I'll use the front wheel until I can source a wire spoked wheel that'll fit.  I want to get slightly wider rims in general to beef the look of the bike a bit, but it may be too much of a ball ache.

I'm about to get my full licence (hopefully!) and I'm getting a new KTM, so I'll be able to do a proper strip and re-build of the CG.
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:47 pm

looking good ... fingers crossed for the bike test cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 2001 Honda CG125    Mon May 04, 2015 4:55 pm

Passed my test!

already abandoned the 125 project (not really, but i've decided to finish it then sell it to fund the new one) and bought this:



It's a bit of a wrecker, but I'm really enjoying it already! it'll be my commuter for a few weeks til my new bike arrives then it'll go into the shed for a re-build.
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