1986 KX125e1

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12/3/2017 10:39 PM

Being a white collar office asser in my early 40's and not being a serious racer, Scott Burnworth inspired me to get a vintage bike and start racing more. So I went on a quest and I found this super clean 1986 KX125e1 "Works Replica" while hunting on craigslist one night. It was the first Jap bike to have a front and rear disk brake. It is not a complete frame off/paint build, but I plan to ride the crap out of it and race it through out So Cal at various events. I am not trying to win a bike show so I really tried to focus on all the important mechanical stuff. I did add a little bling though. This little 6 speed is a screamer; so light and fast. It runs and sounds so good. I truly love this bike. These old 125's make you feel like your railing. Thanks to: Josh at Dubya USA for doing the wheels, J&P Deburring in Chatsworth for the hub and triple clamp anodizing, Thad at TBD Graphics in Santee, MotoMetal in Australia for the new disks, Spec Bolt for all the fasteners, BTO Sports for Parts, Mark at DMC Performance in San Diego for the killer motor and suspension rebuild, Bobby in El Cajon for selling it to me, and of course the legendary Scott Burnworth for the inspiration:

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/4/2017 7:34 AM

Sweet bike, and thanks for the disc brake factoid. I used to own a 89 and it was super reliable except for the powervalves that would twist around in funky positions. I would be interested to see how long the forks seals last without some boots though!

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12/4/2017 11:51 AM

Micahdogg wrote:

Sweet bike, and thanks for the disc brake factoid. I used to own a 89 and it was super reliable except for the powervalves that would twist around in funky positions. I would be interested to see how long the forks seals last without some boots though!

Yes I need seal savers.

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/4/2017 8:04 PM

Nice job on the build....

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12/4/2017 10:30 PM

Love to see these older bike's, she's a beauty. This one definitely belongs in the ....Kick Ass Two Stokes.... legacy gallery.

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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

12/4/2017 11:06 PM

I was 3 in '86 but man, I appreciate beauties like this so much... That goes for everyone on this forum that has brought these bikes back to life.

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12/4/2017 11:44 PM

VERY NICE!! Congratulations on the bike.

What kind of seat cover is that? Is the KX sewn on?


Do check that chain tension, though. smile

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12/5/2017 5:36 AM

Beautiful bike cool

Funny you should mention Scott Burnworth as the inspiration. I hope to do a 1986 YZ250 Burner tribute bike as my next build; the bike that got punted in the 1st turn at Anaheim 1 in 1986. silly

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12/5/2017 6:02 AM

Absolutely love the looks of the Works Replica production Kawis of that era. That bike looks great, please don't fugg it up with seal savers! Congrats on the new found fun.

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12/5/2017 6:03 AM

Very cool build, also great job with the photography skills

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12/5/2017 6:17 AM

newmann wrote:

Absolutely love the looks of the Works Replica production Kawis of that era. That bike looks great, please don't fugg it up with seal savers! Congrats on the new found fun.

I wholeheartedly agree....Just say NO to the seal savers!

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12/5/2017 7:35 PM

Daystar model 69 fork boots

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12/9/2017 10:41 AM

I bought one of these brand new in 1986 and still have it 31 years later. Of all the bikes I’vei owned this is the only one I’ve hung onto for longer than 2 years. Probably my favourite bike of all time.

Congrats on the find, amazing to hear you’re putting out there on the track.

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12/9/2017 2:57 PM

Gorgeous bike Dude!!!

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Current rides-
1988 RM250
2019 KX450

12/10/2017 1:15 PM

KDXGarage wrote:

VERY NICE!! Congratulations on the bike.

What kind of seat cover is that? Is the KX sewn on?


Do check that chain tension, though. smile

Yes KX is sewn on...its heavy duty printed graphics vynl.

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/10/2017 1:16 PM

Pgd09yz450 wrote:

Very cool build, also great job with the photography skills

Thanks!

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/10/2017 1:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/10/2017 1:21 PM

nickm wrote:

I bought one of these brand new in 1986 and still have it 31 years later. Of all the bikes I’vei owned this is the only one I’ve hung onto for longer than 2 years. Probably my favourite bike of all time.

Congrats on the find, amazing to hear you’re putting out there on the track.

Dam! I would love to see that bike!!

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/10/2017 1:20 PM

Superdave19 wrote:

Gorgeous bike Dude!!!

Thanks!

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

12/10/2017 3:08 PM

Hell yeah, awesome

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1/6/2018 2:57 PM

Nice build. Did you break the chain yet? LOL

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1/6/2018 3:36 PM

Let's see an action shot of you riding that sick-kaw....got any good ones yet?

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5/29/2018 7:58 PM

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San Diego
1986 KX 125 E1
1987 CR125
2018 KTM 250 EXC TPI
#54

10/4/2019 4:55 AM

I'm building one and I'm having a hard time finding some parts. Where did you get the plastics and the seat cover?

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10/5/2019 7:10 AM

Anybody close in Ohio that would want an 87? Photo

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10/5/2019 7:19 AM

You can get plastics here. Tufracing has them for the 87 on. http://www.nightmare-racing.com/

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10/12/2019 5:49 PM

twade220 wrote:

Anybody close in Ohio that would want an 87? Photo

I’m in Huron. That’s a great looking bike!!!
Had a 88 KX80 Big Wheel when I was a kid. Soft spot for the old kawi’s...

Ghost

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