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Author Topic: The first of 5 RV125 projects.  (Read 1117 times)

Offline morto

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The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:41:03 »
Hi All, thought id share the couple of projects I have on the go. I havent taken many photos of the stages on this one but this is the firsts of my 5 RV125 restorations and a bit of the story. hopefully I have done this right but this is a picture before tear down.
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and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:45:25 »
I was asked to find a RV90 for a guy here as he sold his and then regretted it minutes later. after some digging i found a nice chap with a collection of RV125 and a few spare parts. so after a deal was struck sight unseen my self and a mate started our 12 hour round trip. it was a slow trip home and took a bit of effort but we got it all in.
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:49:21 »
Finally got them all home and sorted what I have just purchased, surprisingly after sitting for ten years a bit of starting fluid and they showed signs of life, all but two of them at least.
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #3 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:52:36 »
a few pieces required some work two front mudguards had to be welded up and one battery cover needed a piece welded on, nothing that a few beers and a sheet of ABS cant overcome. still need to finish filling and sanding the guards but they are now solid at least.
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:54:52 »
the conversation was not exactly calm when my 5 year old found some swords to play with in the garage, these are proving to be the rarest part of the RV125. update from child is they were not good swords they broke too easy.
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #5 on: Jan 30, 2018, 12:58:31 »
the conversation was not exactly calm when my 5 year old found some swords to play with in the garage, these are proving to be the rarest part of the RV125. update from child is they were not good swords they broke too easy.

Don't make swords like they used to dammit.

What a haul you've got there - should keep you in beer and busy for a while  :D
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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #6 on: Jan 30, 2018, 13:00:14 »
Welcome to the fray bud! The Van Van crew is taking over DTT  8)
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #7 on: Jan 30, 2018, 13:04:10 »
@advCo Cheers mate love these things such a fun ride. As I said I will get some more progress on the Rv90 jobs as well and post some on here
@jimbonaut I think buying king arthurs sword would be cheaper and easier then find these ones in good condition


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A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #8 on: Jan 30, 2018, 13:45:17 »
started cleaning the triple clamp. another two or three beers worth but got it completed im not the best at taking before and after pictures
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #9 on: Jan 30, 2018, 16:22:02 »
In for the VanVan's.
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Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #10 on: Jan 30, 2018, 18:15:16 »
In for the VanVan's.
Awesome little bikes I have a few of the 125 and a Rv90 getting my second Rv90 on Sunday all in the mix for restorations


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A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #11 on: Jan 31, 2018, 15:32:44 »
I found one of these little beauties on kijiji this morning and giving it some serious thought.  There's just so much to dig!
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Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #12 on: Jan 31, 2018, 15:35:39 »
Yeah Iíve found a few on there before, pretty sure thereís one with the pump as well on there. He wonít separate the pump unfortunately


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A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #13 on: Mar 24, 2018, 17:24:29 »
Paint is on
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #14 on: Mar 24, 2018, 17:25:32 »
Have started building just waiting for the chrome to come back and the build can continue
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #15 on: Mar 24, 2018, 17:27:36 »
Now to clean this little sucker up and check it over, Wife was not pleased when i went to put it in the dishwasher so am de-greasing, pressure washing and soda blasting for now about 2 hours of cleaning and tried a bit of soda blasting, soda wasn't as successful as i had hoped. will try putting the side cover back on and wet blasting the head and bore.
« Last Edit: Mar 25, 2018, 15:37:56 by morto »
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #16 on: Mar 26, 2018, 15:33:36 »
Paint is looking killer.

I had a hard time with soda blasting. Prefer beads now but I wouldn't do it on an engine that's all together. How many miles on that one? Mine with 3800 had barely anything left on the rings.

Going to paint the engine or leave it bare alum?
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

Offline morto

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Re: The first of 5 RV125 projects.
« Reply #17 on: Mar 26, 2018, 16:56:28 »
yeah i have the atc head i tried both soda and glass bead, soda did nice work on clean material to put a dull factory sort of finish, the glass put a shine to it. neither went too well cleaning this motor, I've had to wash then use a wet soft brass brush on low speed on the dremel. then after that as a test i did hit a small patch with soda to see the finish, that will be what i'm after in the end.
I did just buy a wetblast attachment for the pressure wash and may try hot washing as well on some engines to see the different effects it all gives.
the engine I'm aiming for as factory as possible so will clean and seal the cases then paint the clutch and generator covers.
I didn't check the miles before teardown, these bikes have been robbed to pay over the years so i couldn't say they were original odometers.
A Bunch of bikes and yet only one ready to ride
5 rv125, 2 rv90, HT-1, VT250, CBR250RR, 95 XR250r, 84 XR250R
and still collecting