Kellerdienst exotica! '91 Husqvarna CR125 *It's running!*

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12/14/2018 7:32 AM

Restore, ride or wreck?

I just acquired a Husqvarna CR125 1991! A bit of an exotica, with spares not being readily available. Should I decide not to use the bike, the suspension will always be nice to have around smile

Any lead to spares is appreciated! Photo

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12/14/2018 8:49 AM

Crush it- that will cost you 4000$ at least for it to run. No carb- motor most likely needs completely restored and you won’t be able to buy a single part for it. Thing is a parts bike at best

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12/14/2018 9:05 AM

Theneil300 wrote:

Crush it- that will cost you 4000$ at least for it to run. No carb- motor most likely needs completely restored and you won’t be able to buy a single part for it. Thing is a parts bike at best

That's hardly the case, it shares engine with the earlier Cagivas smile

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12/14/2018 2:05 PM

It will be an arduous process to restore, but if you have the wherewithal and funds, go for it. Always loved the Cagivas.

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12/15/2018 1:05 AM

Already now, parts have been WAY less of an issue.

Admittedly you can't just go on a website and insta-order everything, its a bit more like restoring a vintage motorcycle, where a few people carry lots of knowlegde and parts.

So in less than a day, I've found people who have the parts I'm looking for, which is quite surprising, not bad at all!

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12/15/2018 5:23 AM

Theneil300 wrote:

Crush it- that will cost you 4000$ at least for it to run. No carb- motor most likely needs completely restored and you won’t be able to buy a single part for it. Thing is a parts bike at best

So much optimism right there... I bet you're fun at parties, assuming you get invites.

Screw the negative Nancy's. Good luck with the build! It's always cool to see something different.

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12/15/2018 8:58 AM

A bit of info, turns out the connecting rod has identical dimensions to that of a Yamaha RD250/350. Easy and cheap, a kit is 50$

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12/15/2018 9:22 AM

well... what are you going to do????

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12/15/2018 6:18 PM

BR8ES wrote:

well... what are you going to do????

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

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12/15/2018 6:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2018 6:57 PM

BR8ES wrote:

well... what are you going to do????

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

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12/15/2018 6:58 PM

BR8ES wrote:

well... what are you going to do????

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

If I feel like I get readers here, then absolutely. Otherwise I keep mostly towards instagram.

I do alot of builds lately. Nothing like blackdiamonds builds. Mine are more... metalworking and making things work well, more than flashy/OEM smile

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12/15/2018 7:00 PM

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

Lasse wrote:

If I feel like I get readers here, then absolutely. Otherwise I keep mostly towards instagram.

I do alot of builds lately. Nothing like blackdiamonds builds. Mine are more... metalworking and making things work well, more than flashy/OEM smile

just post away mate, will be fun to watch a rescue.

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12/15/2018 7:05 PM

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

Lasse wrote:

If I feel like I get readers here, then absolutely. Otherwise I keep mostly towards instagram.

I do alot of builds lately. Nothing like blackdiamonds builds. Mine are more... metalworking and making things work well, more than flashy/OEM smile

BR8ES wrote:

just post away mate, will be fun to watch a rescue.

To be fair, rescue is a big word for what this is.

Its a bit of paint, scotch brite here and there, plus some engine and suspension work smile

Glad to have some positivism though!

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12/15/2018 7:10 PM

Lasse wrote:

If I feel like I get readers here, then absolutely. Otherwise I keep mostly towards instagram.

I do alot of builds lately. Nothing like blackdiamonds builds. Mine are more... metalworking and making things work well, more than flashy/OEM smile

BR8ES wrote:

just post away mate, will be fun to watch a rescue.

Lasse wrote:

To be fair, rescue is a big word for what this is.

Its a bit of paint, scotch brite here and there, plus some engine and suspension work smile

Glad to have some positivism though!

go with it and know you have moral support.

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12/16/2018 1:43 AM

BR8ES wrote:

just post away mate, will be fun to watch a rescue.

Lasse wrote:

To be fair, rescue is a big word for what this is.

Its a bit of paint, scotch brite here and there, plus some engine and suspension work smile

Glad to have some positivism though!

BR8ES wrote:

go with it and know you have moral support.

I'm taking the engine apart tomorrow, that'll need doing no matter what I do. Updates will follow!

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12/16/2018 3:11 PM

Good luck....you can do it! To me it's more fun to build a bike like this and not another Honda.

I would double check that connecting rod. I have several Cagiva 125's. I know I used that old Yamaha rod for my 84 WMX 125. But in '89 the Cagiva got a longer rod and shorter piston (I was told this is what the factory bikes like Strijbos used for a few years, but it wasn't stock until 1989. This is probably the same part as your '91. You may be able to use the older shorter rod if you also use the older piston.

The early Italian Husky's are great looking bikes and pretty much the look KTM copied today.

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12/16/2018 3:32 PM

Those are sweet looking bikes and imo the best looking ones of the time .

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12/17/2018 10:29 AM

wpark89 wrote:

Good luck....you can do it! To me it's more fun to build a bike like this and not another Honda.

I would double check that connecting rod. I have several Cagiva 125's. I know I used that old Yamaha rod for my 84 WMX 125. But in '89 the Cagiva got a longer rod and shorter piston (I was told this is what the factory bikes like Strijbos used for a few years, but it wasn't stock until 1989. This is probably the same part as your '91. You may be able to use the older shorter rod if you also use the older piston.

The early Italian Husky's are great looking bikes and pretty much the look KTM copied today.

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That's great information! I'll press the crank apart and take some measurements!

I'm looking for a powervalve cover if you have an extra smile

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12/17/2018 10:30 AM

Also today I got in contact with GPI Radiators who'll make me a pair of radiators free of charge as they then get the model specs.

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12/17/2018 11:55 AM

BR8ES wrote:

well... what are you going to do????

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

BR8ES, yes I live an hours drive away from Kolding. What are your memories there?

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12/19/2018 5:22 AM

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

Lasse wrote:

BR8ES, yes I live an hours drive away from Kolding. What are your memories there?

Taking an engine apart is always exciting, mostly because it decides whether a project like that can go on.

This one will so far.

A few teeth had some pitting corrosion, so I will be looking for a replacement there.

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12/19/2018 3:50 PM

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12/20/2018 7:35 AM

So that's where it stems from!

Today I plasti-blasted the crankcase and engine covers. There were the expected staining from having been exposed to the elements, plus a light crank and some no-longer threading threads ?

I also washed out all the internals, for the most part it's okay. There's some pitting corrosion on a few teeth, a corroded spring for the gearshift and some missing hardware for the waterpump and power valve setup.

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12/21/2018 4:58 PM

Lasse wrote:

A connecting rod is only a part of it all. the cylinder will need welding and plating, but thats a minor inconvinience. I think it calls for a rescue. And its not going to be THAT expensive after all.

BR8ES wrote:

you gonna document the build then mate? Any where near Kolding, you have a special place in my heart....

Lasse wrote:

BR8ES, yes I live an hours drive away from Kolding. What are your memories there?

Lived there for a year in the early 90s, great girl and times.

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vomiting equals disqualification.

12/21/2018 8:03 PM

Lasse wrote:

So that's where it stems from!

Today I plasti-blasted the crankcase and engine covers. There were the expected staining from having been exposed to the elements, plus a light crank and some no-longer threading threads ?

I also washed out all the internals, for the most part it's okay. There's some pitting corrosion on a few teeth, a corroded spring for the gearshift and some missing hardware for the waterpump and power valve setup.

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I vote you move forward with this restoration. as you are. You have an excellent complete base bike. As many of us collectors have taken 3-4 bikes to combine into 1 for the better benefit of this industry.
Keep moving forward and future postings are appreciated.
Kudos!

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12/31/2018 5:01 AM

ktmfun219 wrote:

I vote you move forward with this restoration. as you are. You have an excellent complete base bike. As many of us collectors have taken 3-4 bikes to combine into 1 for the better benefit of this industry.
Keep moving forward and future postings are appreciated.
Kudos!

Optimism goes a long way and makes it way more fun to return back here and give you gives some updates.

Lately I've been trying to get the crankcases welded up as the rear engine mounts had a crack in all the three bridges. However the aluminium is of doubtful quality and getting the actual Tungsten electrode to where the crack starts is not possible. So, I'm going to leave it and hope it doesn't crack completely while I'm looking for another set of cases.

I've also sourced an OEM rodkit, which I too thought was going to be a nightmare, but again people are super helpful in helping eachother getting these old bikes running again. So much more than with other brands I've had.

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1/9/2019 12:57 PM

Here's a little update! Time has been flying by either the holidays and new years, but that doesn't mean the projects are on pause!

I've been devoting some time to my RM250, so I'm ready to rip as the weather improves ?

Today I've been cleaning out all the grit and gunk of the crankcases, pulled all the small bearings of which there are quite a few to be frank. Definitly not like the Japanese bikes.

Here's a couple of pictures to show the peculiar clutch setup! Photo
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1/9/2019 3:30 PM

this build will look sick

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1/9/2019 9:08 PM

Is that the stock clutch basket? Looks pretty trick. I love Husqvarna's! I am putting together a 125 effort this spring myself. Just lugged a project home that will hopefully motivate me more. Ha. I will be getting an 00' and an 02' Husky CR125. These old Cagiva bikes are neat and look better than the other bikes of the era besides a Honda. Imo

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1/10/2019 5:56 AM

I doubt that it is. From the homestyled riveting on the back of the gearwheel, to comparing other photos, this does indeed look aftermarket.

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