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    Anybody who listens to the False Neutral podcast, or has kept up with Hooniverse's Project Car State of the Union posts, knows what a royal pain this thing has been. It was never supposed to be a full-fledged project. I originally intended to leave it stock—a bit of nostalgia, because my first bike in high school was a CL125S. It was rough but complete; turns out that I bought a bike with close to zero serviceable parts.




    Work on it so far:
    • Modified the exhaust with universal muffler
    • New fuel tank from a Honda CD70
    • Larger, 24 mm carburetor
    • 12 volt electrical conversion with larger AGM battery.
    • All LED lighting, including 7" Peterson LED headlight in Ural bucket
    • Aftermarket speedo and CB360 idiot light cluster
    • Replaced a lot of general wear items: tires, grips, chain, sprockets, cables, etc.

    The fuel tank was a bugger, requiring me to machine a custom fuel spigot and relocate the seat backwards 2". I'm nearly done, but after I rebuilt the front forks they began leaking again almost immediately, so a new, complete set of forks has arrived and is waiting for installation. I've also ordered disc brake front brake parts which may or may not ever get adapted to this bike.

    ...All this for a bike that was so crappy to begin with that I traded my first one in on a new Triumph Bonneville 750 after only 9 months of ownership!




    2011 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Sport 6MT • 2002 Ford F150 SuperCrew FX4 Lariat
    2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S • 1974 Honda CL125S • "Bultakenstein" – 1977 Bultaco Roadster (project)

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    Ended up having to replace the front forks, and solve some oil leaks, but I just took her out for a blast before work and it's running really strong! Still a few minor things to address, but she's now a runner!

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    2011 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Sport 6MT • 2002 Ford F150 SuperCrew FX4 Lariat
    2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S • 1974 Honda CL125S • "Bultakenstein" – 1977 Bultaco Roadster (project)

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      I know you sold this thing - and you did the right thing - but when all was said and done, this was likely the nicest CL125S extant outside of a museum setting. Someone got a really nice retro bike that's as well-sorted as it will ever be, and you got this out of your system. I love happy endings. Thank you so much for sharing.
      Originally posted by Dan
      My name is Edward

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      • #4
        I talk about it some on the False Neutral this month.
        2011 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Sport 6MT • 2002 Ford F150 SuperCrew FX4 Lariat
        2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S • 1974 Honda CL125S • "Bultakenstein" – 1977 Bultaco Roadster (project)

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