This week's Classic Steel is a look back at the 1983 Honda CR125R

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9/25/2014 11:25 AM

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9/26/2014 10:21 AM

hey tblazier I just wanted to thank you for these - far and away my favorite threads / links.
The 91 YZ125 (a bike I am well familiar with) article was great. If only someone could dig up that pre-production test where it was a screamer...and then the stock bike was down 2 hp...yikes.

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9/26/2014 1:57 PM

Awesome - that was my first CR. Worked minimum wage while in college and finally got one for in the summer of '83.

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9/26/2014 7:47 PM

The Sneak wrote:

hey tblazier I just wanted to thank you for these - far and away my favorite threads / links.
The 91 YZ125 (a bike I am well familiar with) article was great. If only someone could dig up that pre-production test where it was a screamer...and then the stock bike was down 2 hp...yikes.

Thanks for the kind words. I still have the pre-pro article and I read it again when writing this. DIRT BIKE totally love them and raved about how fast they were I have no idea what happened between that and production.

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9/26/2014 9:10 PM

Ok. I really like your pieces. But let's get something straight. I raced both the 79 and 80. The 79 motor was better than the 80. Broader range, bigger hit. The 80 was better suspended and handled better (a little). Not sure where you got your motor info.

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9/27/2014 5:23 AM

WhipMeister wrote:

Ok. I really like your pieces. But let's get something straight. I raced both the 79 and 80. The 79 motor was better than the 80. Broader range, bigger hit. The 80 was better suspended and handled better (a little). Not sure where you got your motor info.

I have every Mag test and shootout article from both years and used them for my research. The opinion is not mine, it was the one of MXA, Dirt Bike and Cycle World at the time. Since I have never ridden those two bikes, I rely on the tests done at the time for accurate info. According to every test done in 1980, the '80 motor was far superior and much more powerful than the hard-to-ride '79. Maybe yours ran differently

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9/27/2014 7:55 AM

Awesome Bike. My first CR I got mine used in 1984 and coming off a 1978 YZ125 my CR felt like a Works Bike

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9/27/2014 8:01 AM

ThePipe wrote:

Awesome Bike. My first CR I got mine used in 1984 and coming off a 1978 YZ125 my CR felt like a Works Bike

very cool. that's one of those moments. probably was cooler than buying a new bike today, i can only imagine.

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9/27/2014 8:11 AM

ThePipe wrote:

Awesome Bike. My first CR I got mine used in 1984 and coming off a 1978 YZ125 my CR felt like a Works Bike

jonesaustin wrote:

very cool. that's one of those moments. probably was cooler than buying a new bike today, i can only imagine.

Yes. 30 years ago and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday

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9/27/2014 8:29 AM

ThePipe wrote:

Awesome Bike. My first CR I got mine used in 1984 and coming off a 1978 YZ125 my CR felt like a Works Bike

jonesaustin wrote:

very cool. that's one of those moments. probably was cooler than buying a new bike today, i can only imagine.

ThePipe wrote:

Yes. 30 years ago and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday

Is this the feeling you remember?

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Sorry buddy...couldn't resist!

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9/29/2014 5:55 PM

^^ picture of that 83 cr125 gives me a really bad flashback .I should of bought it in 83.but no, dumb ass me buys an rm465.fuck!

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9/29/2014 5:55 PM

First full on moto bike i ever owned , for some reason the spark plug would always come lose while i was riding it.

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10/2/2014 5:38 PM

jonesaustin wrote:

very cool. that's one of those moments. probably was cooler than buying a new bike today, i can only imagine.

ThePipe wrote:

Yes. 30 years ago and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday

TooOldToPlay wrote:

Is this the feeling you remember?

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Sorry buddy...couldn't resist!

Ha Kevin That's a feeling I still get weekly
That Pic is Aztalan Oct 1986 Good Times!

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10/3/2014 4:26 AM

ThePipe wrote:

Yes. 30 years ago and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday

TooOldToPlay wrote:

Is this the feeling you remember?

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Sorry buddy...couldn't resist!

ThePipe wrote:

Ha Kevin That's a feeling I still get weekly
That Pic is Aztalan Oct 1986 Good Times!

you should have just went by on the fence racing instead of on the pipe......

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10/3/2014 6:09 AM

jonesaustin wrote:

very cool. that's one of those moments. probably was cooler than buying a new bike today, i can only imagine.

ThePipe wrote:

Yes. 30 years ago and I remember that feeling like it was yesterday

TooOldToPlay wrote:

Is this the feeling you remember?

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Sorry buddy...couldn't resist!

that's drum front brakes for you

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Mr Lee Van Cleef wouldnt mind

10/3/2014 1:53 PM

Dug this upPhoto

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10/3/2014 3:14 PM

Great write up. I remember those bikes well. I was about to buy one to replace my stanky 82 YZ but took a break from racing instead.

Note: Foxborough was a SX and had no effect of Ronnie Lechiens 125 Championship quest.

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10/3/2014 6:15 PM

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