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Well, I've had this bike for about 4 months and in the last month have decided to start working on it. It runs great and is a torquey little bike. Super fun to zip around town on. Insane gas millage. I thought it would make a neat little cafe bike. So here's what I got so far.

Day I got it.


Handlebars on. Made some mini-clubmans by cutting about 3" off each side. Filled the original mirror holes with appliance caps that I sprayed black.


New Blinkers, ditched the 8" lollipops that were on there with these. Also, made a custom vertical mount license plate bracket bolted off the lower shock bolt. The frame has a running light, brake light and tage light on it. Cleans up the rear tons.


Shorty muffler all bolted up. The muffler bracket lined up perfectly with the original bracket. Easy bolt on. The og muffler looked good on the outside but was rusted to shit on the inside. It finally broke apart at the weld a few weeks ago.


Thats about all I got. Waiting on the solo seat from Glass from the past and new tires. Next week I'm putting new fork seals on.


peace.

md



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Wow,never heard "torquey" ever used when referring to a CB125.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
My first street bike was a CB/Twin Star 185/200 and it was anything but "torquey".

Very nice bike you have BTW. I have a CB200T that will be getting the Cafe treatment after I'm done with my Hodaka project.



Edited by - coolatula on Oct 31 2007 6:13:23 PM
 

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im building one of those too. i have a 74 stocker in great shape and a 74 cafe.
they are fun bikes.
what are your plans with motor work? come across an electronic ignition?


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jag, do you have any pictures of yours? i would love to see the direction your going with yours.

motor is freshly rebuilt, but i would really like to do something with the stock air box. that thing is gross. any suggestions?



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these are a few from mock-up. just rattle can paint then interlux bright side now. im still looking for a tls front brake and excel rims.
if you looking for motor work oldrice.com has a XLboard on the site. these guys live for these little motors and have been very helpful.







my stocker is in the back of the last pic. 2300 miles

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those are pretty good looking jag.

i did a shit-ton of work to the bike this weekend. i'll post up some pictures tomorrow.
 

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id love to see some more pics of how your building

i got the forks rebuilt and almost all the painting done. still looking for excel rims that will work for me.
what were you doing for rearsets?
building two cafes at once suxs dont feel like you ever get anything done

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here's some pics from this morning. my seat should be here next week. i'll remove me rear fender then and mount the blinkers on the frame. i'm to sure what to so about rear sets right now. it's pretty comfortable they way it is right now. then again, i'm pretty small. 5'8" 135lbs.

i'm going to paint it in a few weeks. anyone know where to get tank decals from?





 

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well i like it

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mikey,

think about bobbing the rear fender. maybe find a spare "donor" and cut that one up, so if you don't like it you can reinstall the original. i think the bike looks good, just that the rear fender is a little long and exposed with the relocation of the taillight.

cheers for now,

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no one likes my tiny little motorcycle?
i do. i'm with tex; bob the shit outta that fender. after you get the seat sorted you'll see exactly where it'll look best. definately consider rearsets though. especially with those gay handle bars.

looks cool. probably stupid fun to ride too.

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thanks fellas. i wish you had more criticism for me. of course it's mine, i did the work to it so i love it. you don't see your bike the same as others do.

i'm pulling off the rear fender totally when i get the solo seat next week.

the handle bars are gay. not as gay as clip-on's on a 125.
 

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Critism, why? It's a good looking bike, though let's be honest, not much has changed... at this stage it's a stock 175 with some clubmans, an emgo exhaust and aftermarket lighting.

The aesthetic would improve dramatically if you'd lose the side covers, battery box, miscellaneous electrics and other shit that hangs out between your engine and rear wheel.

Oh, and I think you're wrong about the clips - they'd look sweet as hell on that bike.

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i ditched the rear fender for now but might do something latter down the road

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i ditched the rear fender for now but might do something latter down the road

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I think it's coming along great. Nothing wrong with having a rear fender as long as it's done right. If not it can kill the looks of an otherwise
nice bike.

Some of the best looking old school British Cafe bikes (Nortons,Tritons and Triumphs)have a rear fender on them,but the fender/seat relationship
has to be just right.

Check out some of these bikes to see what I mean.
As you can see some of the best looking ones with rear fenders have them bobbed and they are narrow.

http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/Bike Directories/Hybrid Bikes/Hybrid Bikes Index.htm



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Thought you guys might like to see my CB125s. The Silver one is a 1974 and the black one is a 75. I retired a few years ago and got bored in the winter so I picked one up cheap and cafed it. The other one I did so I could loan it to a buddy to ride together. Replaced the disk brake with one off a CB175 works just great.

 
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