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    Hi PW Bikers,

    Yes the thread title might sound crazy, absurd, newbie or surprising which is all but true. I've got a 2001 CG 125 standing and collecting dust. The chassis is in good condition though a little rusty. It was a gift from my grand dad and because of this emotional tag I can't let it go. The plan is to restore it to a vintage yet sporty and stylish look. Being a complete newbie to restoration/modification thing, here are a few questions I have:

    1- Good mechanics, denter painters in Lahore?

    2- can the 125 chassis support a higher capacity engine?

    3- estimated cost considering everything will be installed new/refurbished except the chassis?

    Looking forward to help from experienced members
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    better is to keep the engine stock because changing the engine is alot of headache as well as huge amount of money is spent. you are a newbie so it will be huge issue for you to go for engine swap. better is to restore the original engine by original honda parts and everything but dont forget to buy original parts. for body chassis engine means complete restoration of bike in aaalaa condition, estimated cost will be around 30k. not more than this. but it can be less depending on that some parts may not need replacement
    people need to grow up sometimes and act MATURE !

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    looking at the pics above, body wise do whatever you want to do with it but dont go for engine swap
    people need to grow up sometimes and act MATURE !

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    bro BOL for your project and ill recommend to not to change engine..because 125cc is one powerful engine and while converting to cafe your bike will lose lot of weight and it'll be fast enough do post pics of your complete project

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1396932

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    Thank you for your expert feedback. I'll post the pics of the bike as it is now. Kindly also guide me about the any recommended body work guys in Lahore who can customise the body e.g. fuel tank, frame and handle bars.
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    Dissembly:
    Do it yourself..... Even if you are newbie it wont take longer than 3 hours for you to completely dismantle the bike....... Invest in some tools if you already dont have any. The reason why I'm asking you to do it yourself is because you will learn more about your bike in those 3 hours than you have ever learnt about it since 2001. Taking it apart is easy and its fun...... DIY DUDE!

    Engine:
    I think swapping the engine is not a good idea. Its better you revamp the engine with OEM parts. Dont go for used dubai ke parts........ go for genuine OEM brand new parts..... Engine rebuilt will cost you around 15k max. It could be less if the engine is in good condition.

    Frame:
    Find a sand blaster is lhr...... get your frame sand blasted.... it will remove all rust and paint from the frame stripping it down to bare metal...... If it needs repairing find a specialist frame denter. Dont paint your frame...... get it powder coated. It does not have to be black...... think out of the box.
    I gave 7k to my denter for repairing the frame of a CD175...... so the cost spent on frame depends on its condition. Lets say it wont go north of 10k max.

    Bodywork:
    You need to clean the petrol tank and make it rust free with electrolysis. Water .....baking soda....... some DC current..... 8 hrs..... Then you need an epoxy paint inside the tank to prevent it from rusting again.... epoxy paint will not be eaten up by petrol in the tank.
    Design a seat pan and hump with foam. Its easier to work with and will work as a mold from fiberglass work from the hump. Keep aside 15k for bodywork....it includes denting, painting and material(including Sieken Paint)

    Drivetrain:
    New sprockets sets (altered)..... chain......... bearings (japani)......... rims (chrome/powder coat)......new tyres (Servis Cruisers), etc etc Cost approx 7K.

    MISC EXPENSE:
    10k. Some chrome.....some buffing...... battery...... wiring....... nut bolt galvanization...... seat cushion.....suspension overhauling etc etc.

    TOTAL EXPECTED COST:
    60k....... for that you will have a really reliable yet extremely cool toy. A Big Boys's Toy.

    This is what you will end up spending for a nice machine. However if you can afford more or idealistically I would replace the front end completely with that of a 250cc bike with front disc brakes (kabuli stuff).
    Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory.

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    @aximaxim brother thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I was thinking of dismantling it myself too. Kindly suggest what tools would I need to disassemble the bike and if any help other than the basic manual is required?
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    @aximaxim brother thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I was thinking of dismantling it myself too. Kindly suggest what tools would I need to disassemble the bike and if any help other than the basic manual is required?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slayerjatt View Post
    @aximaxim brother thank you so much for the detailed feedback. I was thinking of dismantling it myself too. Kindly suggest what tools would I need to disassemble the bike and if any help other than the basic manual is required?
    If you look up my last post on your thread.... I referred to tools as an investment...... Mehenga roye ek bar....sasta roye bar bar. Cheap chinese stuff is not made of hardened steel therefore do not have a good useful life. Achay brands buhat mehengay hain....... What I did was I went to the biggest scrapyard in Karachi..... its the great SHERSHAH.... wahan se second hand tools liye thay kuch..... I was fortunate enuff as my father had some collection of good quality tools at home.

    You would need the following:
    1. rachet set
    2. T-handle sockets (jiski alag se gotiya milti hain)
    3. Fixed wrenches (ring pana and fix pana)
    4. spark plug pana (normal quality....buhat cheap quality bilkul disposable hota hai)
    5. LN key Set
    6. Screw drivers
    7. Impact screw driver (If you planning to rebuilt the engine yourself)
    8. A hammer (for the impact screw driver only)..... remember you are not a hatora mechanic.
    9. pliers. one normal....one long nose

    I think dismantling a bike is all about common sense..... I would suggest you to keep a digital camera with you and take close up pictures of the parts before you dismantle them. It will help at the time of final assembly..

    Also checkout some videos on youtube...... about dismantling a vintage motorcycle...... it will help........

    A tip....... buy a WD40 can....... spray it liberally on all the nuts and bolts and let it work its magic for 12 hrs...... it will make your life a lot easier.
    Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory.

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    Here's the dream! ????

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1398464

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayerjatt View Post
    Here's the dream! ????

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1398464
    for such wide tyres..... will have to replace the front end with a wider fork bridge front end and also replace the CG swing arm with wider swing arm at the back to compensate for such thick tyres.

    Thing is Im not sure if 11BHP CG 125 engine can comfortably pull these tyres..... the back one seems atleast 110mm to 120mm wide tyres....... and front might be 90mm wide....... also the profile of the tyres are really high....... matlab weight of the tyre itself will not be easy on the poor engine. CG125 may maximum 90mm wide tyre lag sakta hai on the back without modification........matlab on the same swing arm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slayerjatt View Post
    Hi PW Bikers,

    Yes the thread title might sound crazy, absurd, newbie or surprising which is all but true. I've got a 2001 CG 125 standing and collecting dust. The chassis is in good condition though a little rusty. It was a gift from my grand dad and because of this emotional tag I can't let it go. The plan is to restore it to a vintage yet sporty and stylish look. Being a complete newbie to restoration/modification thing, here are a few questions I have:

    1- Good mechanics, denter painters in Lahore?

    2- can the 125 chassis support a higher capacity engine?

    3- estimated cost considering everything will be installed new/refurbished except the chassis?

    Looking forward to help from experienced members
    hi bro..
    if u r based in lahore contact me on 03224444576..
    i m doing a same project and have almost completed it. just a few things left.. both of us can work together and build up ur cafe racer.. its not hard..
    a very simple thing to do.. nd yeah m just a bike enthusiasts who loves to do wacky stuff.. nt a mechanic or denter so i dnt charge anything

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    finalllyyyy a CAFE RACER thread here at PAKWHEELs!!
    good to see ppl here making CAFE Racers
    i am also converting my HONDA - CG - 125 ('90 Model "POiNT") into this "aaALa QiSM ki BiKE"
    alright so any suggestion from where can i find good quality CLiP-ON Bars? or can anyone send me a pair, i'll pay him the price if its affordable, werna 125 ka handle he ULTA kar k lga deinge :p. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniadnan View Post
    finalllyyyy a CAFE RACER thread here at PAKWHEELs!!
    good to see ppl here making CAFE Racers
    i am also converting my HONDA - CG - 125 ('90 Model "POiNT") into this "aaALa QiSM ki BiKE"
    alright so any suggestion from where can i find good quality CLiP-ON Bars? or can anyone send me a pair, i'll pay him the price if its affordable, werna 125 ka handle he ULTA kar k lga deinge :p. .
    If you are building a cafe racer.... plz do try the reverse handle bars....... they look extremely cool on cafe racers. For me..... clip ons on cafe racer is like a compromise........
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    I once saw a modern CG125 near Hall Road, Lahore with mid 80's style fuel tank, tappet cover, a round headlight and an old style tail light and speedo meter and it spelled miracle on its looks! When I first saw it, I thought that its an original 80's restoration. But after closer inspection I found its giveaway; and that was its engine cover cap which was of modern CG.
    Not a cafe racer, per se since it doesn't had low clip on's or rear seat cowl etc but it does looked MILES better then the current CG.
    I've seen the same treatment with a CD70 too although it wasn't that impressive as the CG I've mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aximaxim View Post
    If you are building a cafe racer.... plz do try the reverse handle bars....... they look extremely cool on cafe racers. For me..... clip ons on cafe racer is like a compromise........
    Same here. Impressed with The Royal Enfield Continental GT's aren't we???!!!
    Well, sure even a 250cc CBR250R could easily beat The GT that has a big bore OHV 525cc single cylinder engine but thats not the point. IT LOOKS BAD @ss and thats what matters in my dictionary...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k-four-nine View Post
    I once saw a modern CG125 near Hall Road, Lahore with mid 80's style fuel tank, tappet cover, a round headlight and an old style tail light and speedo meter and it spelled miracle on its looks! When I first saw it, I thought that its an original 80's restoration. But after closer inspection I found its giveaway; and that was its engine cover cap which was of modern CG.
    Not a cafe racer, per se since it doesn't had low clip on's or rear seat cowl etc but it does looked MILES better then the current CG.
    I've seen the same treatment with a CD70 too although it wasn't that impressive as the CG I've mentioned above.
    Those retro CG125 and 70s looks far better than todays wannabe modern bikes. I love old scho0l stuff.
    Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory.

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    An Old School and Cafe' CG From Lahore which I like!

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1408767

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1408770

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1408775

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1408779

    CG 125 conversion to cafe racer -1408778


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    Quote Originally Posted by aximaxim View Post
    Those retro CG125 and 70s looks far better than todays wannabe modern bikes. I love old scho0l stuff.
    hummmmmmmmm
    legend will revive soon

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