The ‘Tiddler’



Working on a commission to build the new owner nothing larger than a 125cc bike we combed the land in search of an honest donor and came across a sweet little Honda CB125S1 from the mid 70’s. The new owner swore he had no intention of taking his bike test (yeah, right!) and, apart from the colour scheme, we were given free rein to make ‘the cutest little café racer out there’.

As usual we took great care in stripping, cleaning and saving any parts usable for any future restoration projects then set about the task ahead.

Here’s what we did:

Frame: stripped; de-tabbed; tubular strengthening to mid-triangle, rear hoop, new rear-set mountings and indicator lugs, all TIG welded; hand linished, blasted and powder coated; new All Balls taper-roller head bearings

Wheels: hubs stripped and vapour blasted and reassembled using new bearings & seals; stainless spokes; aluminium rims

Electrics: re-wired with new hand-built loom, electronic ignition

Tank: stripped; blasted; new filler neck TIG welded to accept aluminium Monza filler cap; new fuel tap assembly

Rear-sets: custom built hangers using 15mm 631 steel; pressed steel cranks and Tarozzi control rods; custom rear brake controls; all ceramic coated

Suspension: front forks stripped and rebuilt using new OEM seals, external springs, caps, and gaiters; strengthened and de-lugged yoke then vapour blasted; custom Hagon rear shocks; new OEM swing arm bushes.

Controls: Tomaselli ‘Ace’ bars; Tomaselli quick-action throttle; original switchgear re-furbished.

Engine: top end re-build, full service; crankcases stripped, blasted and painted; covers polished; full carb’ re-build.

Seat: custom 6mm fibreglass single seat with battery housed in the hump

Paint: simply luscious with too many coats to mention

Simple really!!