This is my 1980 Honda CR125R Elsinore. It took me a year and a half to restore this bike to it’s original showroom condition, using as many NOS Honda parts as I could find. The most NOS Honda parts I used were purchased at Heli MX and Consolidated Motor Spares, other parts were purchased from ebay and the various swapmeets. The tank decals and matt black number backgrounds are the only – non original Honda – parts. From September 2013 and on the bike will be exhibited in the Swedish Motocross Museum of Magnus Frodig.
The fronttire is a NOS, like factory-fitted, Bridgestone M23 3.00-21.
The reartire was hard to find so I kept the slightly used original Bridgestone tire.
Luckily I found a NOS Honda exhaust pipe (I have another one for sale!). The silencer needed new packing and was welded back together by van Herpen Lastechniek.
The scratched and discolored tank was brought back to showroom condition by Phil Cox of Plastic Renovations, he is a true plasticwizard. The finish of the tank even matched the finish of the NOS bodywork! The tank and side shield decals were purchased from Jeroen Wijlens’ company VMX Service
The 1980 Honda CR125R elsinore in the Swedish Motocross Museum of Magnus Frodig.
This is the last air-cooled 125 Honda and also the last Honda with twin shock rear suspension. The bike was complete except for the rear fender. After changing the oil and filling her up with new fuel the bike ran after the second kick: a good base to start with!
The engine looks pretty neat, no broken cooling fins on the cylinder or head and no cracks or serious damage to the engine covers. The carburetor is fortunately not oxidized, the exhaust pipe has a few dents but is going to be replaced by a NOS one anyway . The rear of the bike, notice the missing rear fender and original Bridgestone tires.
Re-plated hardware by Galvin.
Rebuild of the engine with new bearings, seals and gaskets. Each part was inspected, wear parts were checked for tolerance with a micrometer. Any part that failed was replaced.
The frame came back from painting and I reassembled the bike a little to have an idea how it is going to look. The colormatch is perfect: I had a sample made from the NOS chain roller bracket. You can find the colorcodes here to have this color reproduced by your local paintshop.
I beadblasted the hubs, repainted them and reassembled the wheels with NOS spokes. The rearfender was found in the USA, the sideshields and frontfender are the original ones that came with the bike, later to be replaced by NOS plastic.
The airfilter cage was cleaned and Moto Air made a new airfilter on the original rubber base.
After a desperate attempt to sand and polish the gastank myself I decided it was best to send it to Plastic Renovations.