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12/18/2017 7:11 PM

So I've been a 450 rider since I moved out to California in 2015 and I've been feeling lately that it has been making me a lazy rider. I evaluated myself and realized my corner entry speed and overall corner speed was lacking. Every time i'd hop on a buddy's 125, not only did i have the time of my life, but i found myself charging harder into corners and reteaching myself how to use the rear brake effectively (on a 450, engine braking suffices for my skill level). So I've been searching for a good condition 125 to add to my stable.

After a lot of patience, I found the little brother to my KX 450. Here's my (new to me) 2004 KX 125 (and its fearless pilot grin )

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I'm pretty anal about my controls on my bikes, and the stock front brake was barely functional to my standards. I went ahead and swapped over the entire front brake setup from my 15' KX 450, so now it has a 270mm front rotor and modern caliper+master cylinder. Needless to say the bike can slow down (almost too well)!

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Here's a run down of how it currently is set up:

Black DNA Wheels and green hubs with heavy duty spokes
Black Powder coated frame and subframe
Dunlop MX3S tires
RaceTech gold valves front and rear with springs for a 180lb rider.
2015 KXF front fender
2015 KXF Cycra front number plate
2015 KX450F Front brake rotor, caliper, Galfer braided line, and master cylinder
2015 KX450F Clutch perch
Boyesen Factory Clutch Cover
Boyesen Factory Ignition Cover
Brand new rebuilt motor: all bearings replaced (including trans bearings)
Hotrods crank
Wiseco piston
Pro Circuit Works Pipe
Pro Circuit R-304 Shorty Silencer
Boyesen RC-2 Rad Valve
No-Toil air filter
SDG Gripper Seat

Here I am blasting a berm at Pala this past weekend! Loving the bike so far!



Love having a fully stocked 2 wheeled stable!
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12/18/2017 7:18 PM

Nice! Looks good and definitely a solid bike.

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12/18/2017 7:20 PM

Gorgeous!

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12/18/2017 7:21 PM

Oh hell yeah Bryan! She looks like a nice bike too. Glad to see you picked one up. I swear to god that since this last April when I picked up my little TC125....it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was in the same boat as you , as I was feeling " lazy " on my 450's. That and I didn't want to ride something that fast any more during longer motos. Some guys hate em'.....but most fall in love with them , because they will re-teach you a lot of things you forgot about. Momentum and the lack of power are two of them. Use more skill instead of relying on power to get you over everything. Hope you have a blast on her!

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

12/18/2017 7:33 PM

Thanks Jeff! Having so much fun with it.

However, currently battling some carb issues. This damn Mikuni is more stubborn than a toddler in Toys R Us. If i slam into a soft berm or land hard off a big jump, i get a serious bog. Thinking its the float level. Tearing into it tomorrow. Might just invest in a SmartCarb or Lectron.

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12/18/2017 7:41 PM

Congrats!! You will have way more fun on the 125 than the 4 banger....

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12/18/2017 7:43 PM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

Thanks Jeff! Having so much fun with it.

However, currently battling some carb issues. This damn Mikuni is more stubborn than a toddler in Toys R Us. If i slam into a soft berm or land hard off a big jump, i get a serious bog. Thinking its the float level. Tearing into it tomorrow. Might just invest in a SmartCarb or Lectron.

Bryan....so weird you just said that! I rode this past weekend at about 35 degrees in the morning , and then warmed up to upper 40's. First few practices , it kept bogging on me after I let off from full throttle. It got better as it warmed up , but really got me thinking about a Lectron. After first practice , I had mud and dirt every where , and didn't want to tear into my carb. Would be worth it I think for the " on the fly " adjustments. I just need some input from guys who run it in mx. I have hear that the Mikuni and Kehin carbs are better when tuned right.....but I don't know what that actually means yet. Still trying to figure that out.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

12/18/2017 8:05 PM

That's a nice looking one two five!

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12/18/2017 8:53 PM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

Thanks Jeff! Having so much fun with it.

However, currently battling some carb issues. This damn Mikuni is more stubborn than a toddler in Toys R Us. If i slam into a soft berm or land hard off a big jump, i get a serious bog. Thinking its the float level. Tearing into it tomorrow. Might just invest in a SmartCarb or Lectron.

jeffro503 wrote:

Bryan....so weird you just said that! I rode this past weekend at about 35 degrees in the morning , and then warmed up to upper 40's. First few practices , it kept bogging on me after I let off from full throttle. It got better as it warmed up , but really got me thinking about a Lectron. After first practice , I had mud and dirt every where , and didn't want to tear into my carb. Would be worth it I think for the " on the fly " adjustments. I just need some input from guys who run it in mx. I have hear that the Mikuni and Kehin carbs are better when tuned right.....but I don't know what that actually means yet. Still trying to figure that out.

Yo Jeffro, I tried the Lectron on my KTM 125. It was very smooth and easy to adjust, but I didn’t have any luck getting it perfect all over like a normal carb.

Personally I think they are better for trail riding than MX track. I got rid of the Lectron and got a JD jet kit, haven’t touched it since.

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12/18/2017 9:38 PM

theycallmeebryan wrote:

Thanks Jeff! Having so much fun with it.

However, currently battling some carb issues. This damn Mikuni is more stubborn than a toddler in Toys R Us. If i slam into a soft berm or land hard off a big jump, i get a serious bog. Thinking its the float level. Tearing into it tomorrow. Might just invest in a SmartCarb or Lectron.

jeffro503 wrote:

Bryan....so weird you just said that! I rode this past weekend at about 35 degrees in the morning , and then warmed up to upper 40's. First few practices , it kept bogging on me after I let off from full throttle. It got better as it warmed up , but really got me thinking about a Lectron. After first practice , I had mud and dirt every where , and didn't want to tear into my carb. Would be worth it I think for the " on the fly " adjustments. I just need some input from guys who run it in mx. I have hear that the Mikuni and Kehin carbs are better when tuned right.....but I don't know what that actually means yet. Still trying to figure that out.

CarlinoJoeVideo wrote:

Yo Jeffro, I tried the Lectron on my KTM 125. It was very smooth and easy to adjust, but I didn’t have any luck getting it perfect all over like a normal carb.

Personally I think they are better for trail riding than MX track. I got rid of the Lectron and got a JD jet kit, haven’t touched it since.

Yeah? I thought about getting the JD kit , and also thought I might try a Kenhin carb. I know the one on my RM is pretty bullet proof and easier to get jetted correctly. This Mikuni is temperamental.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

12/19/2017 8:31 AM

The bike runs great otherwise. Super crisp fat power in the mid-range and rewards me when I shift a lot. I never used 1st gear on a motocross track before this bike, much needed in tight corners and ruts! So much fun.

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12/19/2017 10:27 AM

I try to stand far away from kawasaki two strokes after the nightmare of a bike I had. 02 kx125. But your bike sure is sweet..

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12/19/2017 10:29 AM

Bike looks awesome! Congrats.

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12/19/2017 12:06 PM

Nice bike! Cute puppy too! Those old kx's were renowned for their mushy front brakes , I had a few of them myself..was forever trying to find that elusive bubble of air in the front..
125's are the shit for certain...I've still only got 3 hours on my new 450 and I guess half of that is from it sitting there idling or whatever...
Last time I raced it was mud city and I went down on that 450 both motos ....totally ruined my race as it was all over by the time I got the big beast started again...nothing more exhausting than manhandling a 240 pound machine with another 40 pounds of wet clay stuck to it!

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2020 YZ450F
2006 YZ125
2013 YZ 250F special edition
2017 YZ 250
2015 YZ 250f soecial edition
2019 KTM 85 big wheel

12/19/2017 12:37 PM

Nice!

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12/19/2017 12:45 PM

Had an 03 once upon a time. Super fun bike! The rims really make yours look bitchin. Nothing better than having the best of both worlds. Congrats!

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12/19/2017 2:26 PM

Nice! Everyone should ride a 125 for a year for training purposes. They make you fast!

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Braaapin' aint easy.

12/19/2017 3:03 PM

PJRAUS wrote:

Nice bike! Cute puppy too! Those old kx's were renowned for their mushy front brakes , I had a few of them myself..was forever trying to find that elusive bubble of air in the front..
125's are the shit for certain...I've still only got 3 hours on my new 450 and I guess half of that is from it sitting there idling or whatever...
Last time I raced it was mud city and I went down on that 450 both motos ....totally ruined my race as it was all over by the time I got the big beast started again...nothing more exhausting than manhandling a 240 pound machine with another 40 pounds of wet clay stuck to it!

Yeah i tried salvaging the stock configuration... rebuilt the caliper and master cylinder, fresh fluid and bled the crap out of it for like 45 minutes... it was better but still felt really mushy. I hate the feeling of not being confident in the braking on a bike. The more trust i have in the braking, the faster i can ride and the harder i can push.

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12/19/2017 6:01 PM

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12/19/2017 6:42 PM

That is awesome!!!

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12/21/2017 5:11 PM

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2020 YZ450F
2006 YZ125
2013 YZ 250F special edition
2017 YZ 250
2015 YZ 250f soecial edition
2019 KTM 85 big wheel