Honda SS125

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Re: Honda SS125

#46 Post by Bianco2564 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:00 pm

Is there a finer way to end a long week than an evening in the garage with all the toys and a bottle of Stella?
Answers on a postcard as they used to say.
Spokes arrived today aswell.
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Re: Honda SS125

#47 Post by Asbo41 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:46 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:00 pm
Is there a finer way to end a long week than an evening in the garage with all the toys and a bottle of Stella?
Answers on a postcard as they used to say.
Spokes arrived today aswell.
Looks like an evening well spent to me mate
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Re: Honda SS125

#48 Post by Bianco2564 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:42 pm

Clutch back on, RH cover with home made gasket fitted and new screws.Just need to trim the excess gasket round the edges
Topped it up with oil and cranked it over, oil soon started running out of the side cover which shows the oil pump is working well.
No leaks from the gasket either
Two bottles of Stella went down a treat. :cheers:
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Re: Honda SS125

#49 Post by Bianco2564 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:21 pm

Had to put the wheel rebuild on hold, not been able to source any correct size nipples, fnarr .Went back to the place I got the rims from to find they will be at least 2 months.Ah well, no rush
So put the wheels back in and stuck the engine in place just to free up some space in the garage.
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#50 Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:14 pm

Fitted the footpeg hanger,airfilter,front mudguard,various new bolts and the side cover badges this morning.
Jobs this coming week are cleaning up all the foot rests and strip,clean and ultrasonic the carb.
Have ordered some new rear shocks,
I think I'll end up getting the tank,mudguard and chain guard repainted as they are looking a bit tired compared to all the other freshly painted parts.
Still undecided what to do with the exhausts.I can fit some some new replica silencers easy enough but the downpipes are pretty rusty and near on impossible to get at a reasonable cost.Would wrapping them spoil it?
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#51 Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:20 pm

Few more bits bolted on this morning,rear brake pedal,rear indicators,tank and seat,then wheeled outside in the sunshine for a pic with the freshly washed R1.
The two bikes are a great contrast; R1 will do 70mph in 1st gear the other might do 70 downhill with a following wind while slipstreaming a bus.
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Re: Honda SS125

#52 Post by geofferz » Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:58 am

Just caught up with this thread - much fun.

What's the car under the tarp - z3?
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#53 Post by fastbob » Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:37 pm

Looking good.

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#54 Post by Bianco2564 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:26 pm

geofferz wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:58 am
Just caught up with this thread - much fun.

What's the car under the tarp - z3?
It's a 95 Mk3 Cavalier 3 litre V6 which I did loads of mods to over 10 years.
Had it on the rolling road, made 210hp & 290Nm
Used to take it to RWYBs at Santa Pod a lot, best time was 14.4 @ 98mph
Been off the road since 2014 but can't bear to get rid of it.
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Re: Honda SS125

#55 Post by Hoggs » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:55 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:20 pm
The two bikes are a great contrast; R1 will do 70mph in 1st gear the other might do 70 downhill with a following wind while slipstreaming a bus.
This is amazing :lol:
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Re: Honda SS125

#56 Post by oldgrump » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:36 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
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The two bikes are a great contrast; R1 will do 70mph in 1st gear the other might do 70 downhill with a following wind while slipstreaming a bus.
Hi, @Bianco2564 loving this re-build, and managed to find time to up load some photo's of my old CL125A the American version of the SS, sadly sold this bike years ago, along with a lot of my collection.
But rode this Bike quite a lot on Charity rides and to VJMC events, even rode from Poole to Kettering for the AGM and back one day 375 miles, it will hold 70mph quite well with a decent engine :D
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#57 Post by Bianco2564 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:43 pm

@oldgrump , the CL looked in really nice condition must have been quite a rare bike?
I last rode the SS in 1999 and wasnt overly impressed with it.
Now nearly 20 years on my expectations are different so am looking forward to riding it again.

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Re: Honda SS125

#58 Post by oldgrump » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:08 am

@Bianco2564 yes it was quite rare at the time, takes awhile to get use to the fact it's only makes 13bhp, and that's made at 10000rpm, so you really have to wring it's neck.

Just think it's a stroker :D

Hate's town work, love's open A and B roads (with no traffic)!!! once you get it wound up, But only problem, none existence brakes, takes a long way from 70mph to stop.


Had a few close shaves with car drivers cutting in front at end of dual carriageways :evil:

But enjoy it, you got some good roads near you, love the A361 from daventry to banbury.
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Re: Honda SS125

#59 Post by fastbob » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:35 am

The A361 is a favourite of mine too . There was a lot of resurfacing this year though with loose gravel everywhere. It's probably dispersed by now .

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#60 Post by Bianco2564 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:12 am

oldgrump wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:08 am
@Bianco2564 yes it was quite rare at the time, takes awhile to get use to the fact it's only makes 13bhp, and that's made at 10000rpm, so you really have to wring it's neck.

Just think it's a stroker :D

Hate's town work, love's open A and B roads (with no traffic)!!! once you get it wound up, But only problem, none existence brakes, takes a long way from 70mph to stop.


Had a few close shaves with car drivers cutting in front at end of dual carriageways :evil:

But enjoy it, you got some good roads near you, love the A361 from daventry to banbury.
Yes that's about what I remember of it, gutless and crappy brakes
I have been riding my 380 around this year and that is much the same but its a pleasure to just trundle along at 50mph and enjoy the scenery Well used to riding a peaky stroker,RGV does nothing up to 9000rpm, then it's all over by 11000 The 361 is a great road but too busy with traffic these days to get a good run, many trucks use it as a short cut from M40 to M1 and there is also a car storage place at Chipping Warden so the road often has car transporters plodding along with a train of cars behind
The short section between Dav and Kilsby is equally twisty but often clearer of traffic
Bit of trivia,the A361 is the longest 3 digit A road in the UK, goes from Kilsby to Ilfracombe