Honda SS125

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Re: Honda SS125

#76 Post by fastbob » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:21 pm

Lovely, now that the bars are back on its become a bike again !

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Re: Honda SS125

#77 Post by Bianco2564 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:03 pm

fastbob wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:21 pm
Lovely, now that the bars are back on its become a bike again !
Yes it looked a bit odd without the bar's.
I had left them off as it lives under a bench and thought the bar's would get in the way,but with a bit of manouvering fits under ok :thumb:

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Re: Honda SS125

#78 Post by Bianco2564 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:00 pm

New battery arrived today along with front indicator stems,yet another part that succumbed to rust.
Also new front indicators on their way.

It's getting dangerously close to switching on and making it run for the first time in nearly 2 decades.
Be good to see this 49 year old bike back on the road.
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Re: Honda SS125

#79 Post by JRH » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:20 am

Is that a dry battery with a container of acid for you to use to fill the battery. Thought acid was not to be supplied loose any more.
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Re: Honda SS125

#80 Post by fastbob » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:22 pm

JRH wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:20 am
Is that a dry battery with a container of acid for you to use to fill the battery. Thought acid was not to be supplied loose any more.
And so did I ! Maybe this supplier hasn't heard yet .

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Re: Honda SS125

#81 Post by Bianco2564 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:41 pm

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Is that a dry battery with a container of acid for you to use to fill the battery. Thought acid was not to be supplied loose any more.
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And so did I ! Maybe this supplier hasn't heard yet .
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Yes it was a dry battery with acid included in a bottle, when I was looking to buy a battery saw many supplied without acid and you have to source locally.
What a faff.Checked it tonight and it reads a healthy 6.25 V. Remind never to ride it in the dark!
Fitted new front indicators.
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Re: Honda SS125

#82 Post by Bianco2564 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:30 pm

Switched the Honda on tonight, got lights, neutral, indicators, kicked it over and got a spark at both plugs.
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Re: Honda SS125

#83 Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:51 pm

Amazingly it started 2nd kick this morning after almost 20 years.
Had to hook up a remote fuel tank as the fuel tap started dripping, rebuild kit needed there.
Despite the open exhaust ports it sounded sweet,sorry neighbours.
The carb started to overflow so that cut short the running, took the float bowl off for investigation.

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Re: Honda SS125

#84 Post by geofferz » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:03 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:51 pm
Amazingly it started 2nd kick this morning after almost 20 years.
Hondas eh? Solid.
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Re: Honda SS125

#85 Post by Bianco2564 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:54 am

A bit of deja vu, I'm sure I've wrote this down already ...

Got my new voltage controller gubbins, built and wired it up and seems to work ok.
Just got to warm the fluid up now and give it a go.
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Re: Honda SS125

#86 Post by Bianco2564 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:44 pm

Headlight wired up, thats main beam :shock:
Rear lights working aswell.
Ordered a C50 exhaust as it looks similar to the original.
Painted the exhaust flanges, they were really badly corroded as almost everything has been on this bike.Shot blasted them at work and coated with heat resistant paint
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Re: Honda SS125

#87 Post by fastbob » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:16 am

Perhaps the picture is deceptive but that headlight looks like a candle in a jam jar .😎

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Re: Honda SS125

#88 Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:47 am

fastbob wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:16 am
Perhaps the picture is deceptive but that headlight looks like a candle in a jam jar .😎
No that's about as good as it is :D
The dip beam has gone so need a new bulb,hopefully that will perk it up a bit.
A whole 35w of lighting power, pfft.

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Re: Honda SS125

#89 Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:06 am

On this restoration i have been fitting as far as possible fasteners in keeping with the age of the bike; hex heads and dome headed screws on the engine cases, no capheads here.
My question here is I assume plastic number plates screws didn't exist in 1970, (I was only 6 years old and not really paying attention) so were number plates just bolted on with no attempt to disguise the bolt head? Was thinking just a normal hex head and nyloc nut?
I can actually fit black and white or silver plates now, will go for a pressed aluminium type.

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Re: Honda SS125

#90 Post by Mickly » Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:35 pm

Although it was a very long time ago (1977) so I might be mistaken...
I used to have a Saturday job at International Motorcycles in Bromsgrove, and one of my jobs was making up metal number plates with plastic moulded characters and fitting them to new bikes.
From what I remember the plates were fixed on with dome headed metal inserts with a spring washer that fitted into a groove in the insert at the back.
Of course this might have just been the dealers choice.
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