Johnson and his crew at San Diego Powder Coating. They
sandblasted the pieces and used a black powdercoat
that actually goes on with a slight texture to help cover
up almost all of the scratches. We also had them coat the
ignition and clutch covers to match.
For more bling, Collin at FasterUSA performed magic
on our stock wheels. We sent him our wheels—
red-dirt-stained, seized bearings and all. In about three days
we got back what looked like a brand-new wheelset.
FasterUSA cleaned up the hubs and installed new bearings, seals, a spoke set and Excel Notako black rims all for
around $300. We wrapped them with Duro MX456 inter-mediate-terrain tires.
All the chassis bearings were replaced using Pivot
Works kits. All Balls Racing makes rebuild kits for the
brake calipers and master cylinders that are inexpensive
and relatively easy to install. We rebuilt both ends and
added some red steel-braided brake lines from Tusk. We
sent our mangled FMF pipe off to Pacific Pipe Repair, and
it came back looking almost new for a fraction of the cost
of a replacement. The silencer was repacked and cleaned
up with a new FMF sticker.
We did splurge a little in the handling department, but
only because the bike really needed it. Jared is hard on
bikes, and even 10 years before his Supercross career
started, he liked to go big. The crew at Factory Connection
has been specializing in Honda suspension for almost 20
years now. They even had the factory-supported 125 team
in 2001, so they knew exactly what our build needed.
MSR Hard Parts has seen a huge turnaround in the last
few years with Jason Gerald at the controls. We installed
MSR’s new Erzberg bend 7/8 handlebars, grips, clutch
perch lever system, rear chainguide, wheel spacers, front
rotor and gold chain. For some extra power we installed a
Moto Tassinari VForce 3 intake. And, to keep the machine
running cool, we used Samco Sport silicone radiator
hoses, a Myler’s radiator and Evans waterless coolant. The
build was topped off with a new set of plastic from Acerbis
and a completely custom graphics kit from MagikSC
Customs that featured blue chrome accents for the bling
Did we succeed? Yes! Well, yes and no, but we like to
look at the positive side of life. Did we build an entry-level
motocross bike that just about anyone—whether new to
the sport or a seasoned veteran—can go out and have fun
on? Yes. Did we succeed at doing it all for under $3000?
No. But, we came within 500 dollars of doing so. The one
replacement part that still has us scratching our heads is
the Mikuni carburetor. The stock version’s float bowl is
actually held on by the drain plug, and that threads on to
the body of the carb inside. On our stock carb the threads
broke off inside, making it useless. But, not to worry,
Mikuni has a replacement carburetor that comes pre-jetted
for whatever your application is. So, we did spend a little
more than we had originally budgeted, but we can guar-
antee our Bling on a Budget 2001 CR125 will get more
new bike off the showroom floor!
The money saved can be used
for bottles of Maxima premix and
gallons of VP race fuel—or possibly to build another bike, maybe
something geared a little more
towards off-road. Wait—that
sounds like a really good idea!
Stay tuned. ❏
TWO-STROKE PROJECT: 2001 CR125 REBIRTH