KTM 125 Refresh

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3/14/2018 3:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2021 9:27 PM

A few years ago I never would've thought that I would've had anywhere near a brand new bike, but after getting serious into racing my dad has made it happen. About 5 months ago we picked up a mod 2016 KTM 125 with 0 hours on the build.I don't like putting a ton of hours on the mod bike, so I'd like to make this more tailored to harescrambles and offroad riding. So we picked up another 16 125 (Stock) from a buddy who raced a couple GNCCs on it but preferred his 2012 more so he didn't ride it too much. The bike sat in his shop for a solid 3 months plus as a skeleton while the motor was being rebuilt. My plans for this bike are to keep the motor stock but appearance wise mirror my mod bike, just with some off-road get up.

The motor is slapped in at the moment, but 0 Hours on the crank, cylinder, and piston. It's in need of some TLC so before I ride it more we are tearing it down to refresh everything else. New plastics, chassis bearings, Pro circuit works pipe and r304 shorty, graphics, Probably PC the frame, and clean everything up nice. It'll be a little bit before we start tearing into it but I had some downtime at work to write this up. here's some pics of it and my race bike. Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/14/2018 5:00 PM

Heck yea man, congrats on the Sick bikes!

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3/14/2018 5:25 PM

Thanks!

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/14/2018 6:03 PM

Congrats, 2 bikes that's awesome!

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3/15/2018 6:01 PM

You guys think i should swap the bud racing clamps from the new one to my race bike to match the orange hubs? Since it's a practice bike and I don't have a huge budget to pour into it i'm just gonna polish up the stock hubs.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/15/2018 10:01 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/15/2018 10:03 PM

Put all the best parts on the race bike. Used/oem on the practice bike.

I have a pipe and some silencers for sale if you’re looking:
https://m.vitalmx.com/forums/For-Sale-Bazaar,26/16-KTM-125-Pipe-and-Silencers,1336319

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3/16/2018 5:15 AM

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Put all the best parts on the race bike. Used/oem on the practice bike.

I have a pipe and some silencers for sale if you’re ...more

I have a full OEM but looking to stay with pro circuit but thanks for the offer.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/22/2018 2:01 PM

Finished tear down today, Also trying to fix a clutch slip issue from last weekend in my race bike, pulled the cover off to see a hinson clutch, Good stuff! Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/22/2018 10:51 PM

Open your clutch master cylinder cover. It tends to have pressure buildup when clutch plates wear and causes clutch to slip. You might still need to replace your clutch plates though.

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3/23/2018 3:55 AM

JMX82 wrote:

Open your clutch master cylinder cover. It tends to have pressure buildup when clutch plates wear and causes clutch to slip. ...more

Thanks i'll have to check it out, riding a private track tuesday after work.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/25/2018 7:25 PM

No bike work done, waiting on some pay. Did build a sweet workbench today. Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/29/2019 10:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2021 9:29 PM

Wow, didn't even think it was a year since I started this thread but it took a while to find. I never got around to doing much of anything on this bike honestly, sometimes there's more important things in life than dirt bikes and a schedule that only allows for so much of them (and a budget). After I bought this bike I was working every day after school, riding on weekends, and worked all through summer putting money away to buy my first truck. Before I know it senior year is here and we're back to school, working after school, nights at the gym, and then racing on the weekends. I was able to win my second championship this year and put all my effort into that. The season winded down, Senior exams rolled around, Graduation, And all that other stuff took up the last couple months.

I've been out of school and putting dough aside to start this thing. It's no easy deal in high school paying for your truck, insurance, fuel, and the nights out with friends and what not and i am beyond thankful for my dad to put up with all my crazy stuff and still back me with motorcycle racing. Since the season ended I have been taking a downtime from riding and dropped my frame off to get powdercoated and I got it back this week! Super excited as I walked in, paid with my money, and walked out with something I know will produce me a ton of joy.

My goal for this bike is to be a sort of budget build, using what I have, cleaning up stock components, buying used components, and replacing what needs to be replaced.

Things to do
Motor is assembled, would like to get it cleaned up while still assembled so need to look into that.

New tires

Clean up stock parts I can still use

Clean the swingarm up nice

New chain/sprockets/chain slider.

I would really like to redo just about every damn fastener with some chinese Ti or specbolt nickel plated stuff, I had gotten a list of all sizes and quantities needed for each part for a 17 250SX from a fellow vital member but my phone took a shit and I lost it, So if you are reading this would you mind posting it again?

I would like a PC shorty and works pipe to match my other bike in sound but I have a good condition OEM setup i will use for now

I need a petcock for this bike, If you have a used one you would part with please comment!

Along with a clutch slave cylinder, was missing when I bought the bike

I've been collecting little things I've snagged used/cheap. Some small anodized parts, A rough shape P3 skid plate I hope I can clean up, ETC.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/17/2020 10:19 AM

Starting to get back around to cleaning and rebuilding the brake components. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/17/2020 10:21 AM

Starting to look like a bike again. Going with black plastics with black and white graphics and blue accents. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/17/2020 3:12 PM

Rickyisms wrote:

Starting to look like a bike again. Going with black plastics with black and white graphics and blue accents. Photo
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If you don’t already have someone set up for graphics, HMU on IG. @hm_designs_moto! Photo

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5/21/2020 8:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2021 9:30 PM

Figured I would make this thread about all three of my bikes I have going on right now. After around 150 hours the main shaft bearing in my mod bike decided to give out, So I replaced the mod motor with the stock engine that was supposed to go in the bike I’m building. Finances weren’t up to par to rush the build and I couldn’t resist missing out on riding for a while. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/21/2020 8:30 PM

Learned how to do something new this morning. One of the techs at the shop I work at was cool enough to guide me in doing fork seals since I blew them out a couple weeks ago. He leant me a couple tools and let me use his space before the shop opened, gave me the run down on what to do, then said “I’ll be over here if you need me”

Really enjoyed seeing how the forks work and learning more about them, big thanks to Ryan the tech for the guidance. Going to have my dad drop him off a case of beer soon. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

5/21/2020 8:32 PM

Dropped the swing arm in the parts washer at work the other day to let it soak so I can scrub it up. Ordered all the hardware except axle blocks, has anyone had any experience with the Bolt axle blocks?Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

6/26/2020 3:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/26/2020 3:02 PM

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Been ordering different types of hardware to see what looks best. Kawi knocked it out of the park with some of the hardware on their street bikes!
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

6/26/2020 3:41 PM

Much better than the OEM hardware. Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

7/1/2020 8:00 PM

Rebuilt the rear brake master cylinder at work today. Ordered some more Ti as well Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

7/8/2020 11:12 AM

Slowly but surely getting things ready for reassembly. Photo

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

7/25/2020 10:27 PM

Slight change of plans here. Going to make the stock bike I’m building a dedicated 150. Trying to back away from fancy stuff and just do nice hardware in the bike (Some Ti and some stainless steel) and rebuild everything to OEM spec. Hopefully I’ll be able to get one of distributors reps to hook me up with a good price on a Pro Circuit system because I’m a sucker for the way they sound on these bikes. Starting to not enjoy the whole blinged out look and enjoy a clean stock looking bike with tasteful mods.

Anyways, I did some polishing on the radiators. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

7/28/2020 9:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/30/2021 9:36 PM

Tricked out the front brake system a little. Stock line, Ti Banjo bolts, ordered a Ti bleeder for the caliper, and one of my favorite pieces I’ve got. A set of Ti brake caliper pistons that I believe were made by Luxon MX. I rebuilt both the caliper and master cylinder and got a nice anodized brake cap from work.

Little stuff like that makes me so ecstatic, I remember being younger and my parents couldn't afford sweet built minis and always being the kid with mixmaxed shrouds, chunking tires, rusty bolts, etc. Now that I’m responsible enough with my own money to invest in little bling like that makes me really proud of going to work everyday and saving up. I appreciate my parents not spoiling me, best part of having worn out bikes growing up was having a super knowledgeable and cost efficient dad who taught me how to do everything in this build other than suspension, wouldn't even know how to change a pinched tube on a 5 gallon bucket or do a full motor rebuild on the dining room table when mom wasn't home without him.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

7/29/2020 9:59 AM

Weird. No pics uploaded. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

1/9/2021 9:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/9/2021 9:27 PM

Slacking on building this bike and keeping the thread updated. Been riding too much! Got the swing arm and linkage bearings done, rebuilt rear master cylinder and caliper, new hardware, sliders, and chain guide too. Kept the stock brake line since the Brembo system is already tits, have Braking CM46 pads on the way, and got a deal on a dubya bling kit for $10 which had the axle blocks I wanted so decided to utilize some other pieces from the kit. Ti banjos to bolt it all up. Don’t know how people feel about the heat treated Titanium, but as a kid growing up I thought it was so trick so I figured why not on the caliper. Also LanghamMX hooked me up with a deal on a rear brake return spring kit! Never used one, but always thought the tension of the KTM brake pedal spring felt “dead” compared to the Japanese bikes I’ve ridden so decided I would try it out.

Got my favorite Protaper bars on, front brake and clutch M/C rebuilt and bolted up as well. Dressed the front brake MC up with a Ti banjo and both M/Cs got the blue caps from the Dubya bling kit. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/2/2021 8:32 AM

Not a whole lot done lately. Protaper RC grips in the gum color, Other than riding I grew up skateboarding so the gum color reminds me of skate shoes and BMX grips. They feel nice and soft too which is a plus. Got the radiators and louvers on and used some dimpled bolts off a Yamaha street bike to bolt them up. Photo
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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

3/4/2021 2:29 PM

Those gum grips are FIRE!!! I am big into sneakers and am a sucker for a gum sole. Nice touch.

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2015 YZ250F - 2003 CR125R

3/8/2021 5:46 AM

Hey Ricky- that Yamaha and Kawasaki hardware, are they Ti? What model bikes are they off of and what components? I want to get some. They look good!

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3/8/2021 5:38 PM

FWYT wrote:

Hey Ricky- that Yamaha and Kawasaki hardware, are they Ti? What model bikes are they off of and what components? I want to get ...more

Not Ti, the Kawi hardware is off the exterior of a newer ZX-14R engine. Only the ones that are visible with all the fairings off the bike. The dimpled hardware from Yamaha is the top bolts on the fuel tank for a newer XSR 900.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.