1981 RM125X Brought Back to Life..

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2/25/2018 1:29 PM

1981 RM125X Brought Back to Life...

Greetings! This bike was saved in the summer of 2014. Already have a tale to tell... This was my re entry to things moto. Had no clue how cool this bike is... Again like the 85 RM125, it was B-E-A-T. Roached, is more appropriate. Did alot of work on it. Its not a museum piece, but a nice bike all around. Cutting to the chase, goes like hell. Very top end end oriented, but decent off the bottom too. Lots of power. Faster than the 85 RM125 for sure. 55mm bore. Fork seals, chain and sprockets 11T / 51T, Wiseco top end, 2003 RM125 Silencer, NGK Plug, new Cheng Shins front and back ( It had f'ing Barums on it so this is actually an upgrade ) brake shoes, side panels, front fender, tank decals, shock was pro rebuilt; got a work order receipt from the company, New control cables, clutch lever, kill switch, Oury grips, case saver, water pump mech seal and oil seal, fork rubber caps. All kinds of stuff. Respray frame. It has potential, as both bikes deserve to be brought to the next level. This bike is ridden also. I enjoy preserving these bikes. Its like therapy. Then you get to ride...☺ Been a fun bike to ride, except when i had to let go...Rebuilt it again and 6 weeks later my leg healed up, i went back to work and my wife did not divorce me. I bought the 85 RM125 the weekend after i wrecked. Neighbor, pickup truck, crutches, brace, mattress in bed, we went a couple hours south and got the 85. Since i wasnt working, i was in the garage alot getting " fresh air". Had a blast wrenching on bpth of em. I wasnt even depressed, except for work. That drove me stir crazy...My wife of 18 years was actually very caring and supportive. Kids, unless you are rich, you GOTTA have liquid assets to make a move with from time to time. Sold a 1991 Kawasaki ZX11 to keep $$$ cool. My wife appreciated that and it was the RESPONSABLE thing to do...☺

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2/25/2018 2:01 PM

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2/25/2018 3:22 PM

I really like how its so obviously decended from the Suzuki RA80 works bike that had water cooling but dual shocks.

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2/25/2018 3:22 PM

Works, factory ...

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2/25/2018 3:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/25/2018 3:25 PM

Titanium pieces around? How light can this thing be? I think dry stock original 192lbs rings a bell...

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2/27/2018 3:55 AM

Omg... forget ti. Way too much $$$.

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2/27/2018 9:45 AM

Its funny with titanium being so plentiful in the earths crust it costs so much money. Processing i suppose...

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3/9/2018 1:16 PM

Please put a proper rear fender on that scooter. Other than that, looks pretty good.

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3/9/2018 1:17 PM

And I think you can still find good DG aluminum silencers for it. The silencer on it looks like it is off a late model RM.

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3/9/2018 1:31 PM

HackMan162 wrote:

Please put a proper rear fender on that scooter. Other than that, looks pretty good.

Yes indeed! Oem rear fender is in need. It looks like it was kicked in the arse...☺

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3/9/2018 1:39 PM

HackMan162 wrote:

And I think you can still find good DG aluminum silencers for it. The silencer on it looks like it is off a late model RM.

Total DG exhaust is my next major invest for the bike. Yes, the silencer is off of a 2003 RM125. It worked for what i had to do. It didnt come with the correct silencer when i bought it. I needed to quiet it down for where i was riding it. How are the Maier fenders for this model? The side panels are Maiers and i actually like the finish and quality. The 1980s Maier replacement plastic was a cross between brittle rubbermaid garbarge can, translucent polyethlyne milk jug, and snow shield sled disc plastic. My friends 85 KX125 had these and the fit look etc... was horriblr imho...In time, piece by piece i intend to go further along with restoring the bike. It has potential, its an excellent and reliable rider. Thanks for the info btw..☺

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3/10/2018 10:41 PM

kruspy378 wrote:

Total DG exhaust is my next major invest for the bike. Yes, the silencer is off of a 2003 RM125. It worked for what i had to do. It didnt come with the correct silencer when i bought it. I needed to quiet it down for where i was riding it. How are the Maier fenders for this model? The side panels are Maiers and i actually like the finish and quality. The 1980s Maier replacement plastic was a cross between brittle rubbermaid garbarge can, translucent polyethlyne milk jug, and snow shield sled disc plastic. My friends 85 KX125 had these and the fit look etc... was horriblr imho...In time, piece by piece i intend to go further along with restoring the bike. It has potential, its an excellent and reliable rider. Thanks for the info btw..☺

Here you go. Maier is crap compared the this stuff. Good job saving that RM.
http://vintage-suzuki.com/shop/

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The older I get, the faster I was.

3/10/2018 11:55 PM

HackMan162 wrote:

And I think you can still find good DG aluminum silencers for it. The silencer on it looks like it is off a late model RM.

kruspy378 wrote:

Total DG exhaust is my next major invest for the bike. Yes, the silencer is off of a 2003 RM125. It worked for what i had to do. It didnt come with the correct silencer when i bought it. I needed to quiet it down for where i was riding it. How are the Maier fenders for this model? The side panels are Maiers and i actually like the finish and quality. The 1980s Maier replacement plastic was a cross between brittle rubbermaid garbarge can, translucent polyethlyne milk jug, and snow shield sled disc plastic. My friends 85 KX125 had these and the fit look etc... was horriblr imho...In time, piece by piece i intend to go further along with restoring the bike. It has potential, its an excellent and reliable rider. Thanks for the info btw..☺

captmoto wrote:

Here you go. Maier is crap compared the this stuff. Good job saving that RM.
http://vintage-suzuki.com/shop/

Cool... Looks like a nice resource for resto stuff. Thanks btw. Really like saving a vintage ride ! ☺

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3/31/2018 3:56 PM

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Tore the forks apart and did the bushings. Also installed new oem forksprings. Nice n smooth. Installed new oem rear brake cable, lever spring, pins, clips, pivot-o rings and all hardware. Onto the torque arm next... Re-jetted stock carb to 27.5 pilot and 260 main. Starts in 1 kick with starter engaged...☺ Happy happy joy joy

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