As with any motorcycle that has been sitting for some time, the battery needed to be replaced a 6 volt system on this bike , and the electrical system serviced.
Continue Reading. A complete restoration is rarely needed; even barn fresh bikes often have some serviceable parts. The original carbs were removed and cleaned and, after some basic mechanical service work , the engine was started.
However, the carbs leaked whenever the engine was not running, and the engine was underpowered.
But if the bike has been sitting for some time, it will need a number of parts just to make it safe to ride: Updated March 17, 2017. The bike, a 1973 Honda CB125K5, was restored using some parts from an earlier CL125 see note namely the exhaust system and handlebars: Restoration of a classic motorcycle can take many forms: When the bike was acquired in October 2007, it came with a lot of spare parts making repair and restoration that much easier.
Although the CL125 started life as a twin cylinder 4-stroke , the factory changed the engine configuration completely in 1973 to a single cylinder. A new horn was fitted and, after a problem with the rear brake light, a new ignition switch was fitted: Craig had decided to return the tank and panels to an original color scheme and supplied Empire with a fork cover in its original Honda Candy Gold as a color sample. John Glimmerveen is a former competitive motorcycle racer.
The fuel tank cleaning and sealing was trusted to Empire GP in New York, along with painting of the side panels. Although styled as an off-road Scrambler, the CL was not a competition machine. The engine and carbs were removed and sent to Howard's Cycles in Hamilton Bermuda for an overhaul.
Needless to say, the fuel system needed cleaning and the fuel tank sealing it had rusted on both the inside and outside. A new cylinder was fitted and the pistons cleaned and fitted with new rings.
Share Flipboard Email. However, the bike had been stored for 10 years and not started. The original seat had a some rips and needed recovering, so Craig decided to improve the comfort at the same time by adding a Gel seat insert made by the aptly named Carolina Butt Buffer company. He later worked as a race technician for several international race teams. The bike was licensed in December 2007 and is used on a daily basis for commuting in Bermuda.