I bought this bike in September 2017. Low KM, 2 owners and very well kept and maintained. I only rode once as I was slammed with work and still need to get my full license. Here it is coming home:
(I know the fork is a tad compressed here. Will fashion a fork/tire spacer for next time)
Previous owner added some nice bits, rear rack, seat concepts seat, oversize pegs, tank bag, etc. I kept some items in original condition for later use... but began Mad Scientisting the rack and seat...more later.
I was able to re-use most of the fenders, with front, rear and side panel modifications. Side panels and rear fender in progress.
I selected a Honda CG125 tank due to its dimensions matching the frame size the best according to my research, and its attractive styling for this project. Will need to weld new front and rear mounting points to do this properly.
I got a cheap ebay cafe racer seat and combined the seat concept cover and foam with the cafe seat pan. Having never attempted seat upholstering before, I am pleased with the outcome. May try an aluminum or fiberglass seat pan next winter. Good enough for phase 1. Custom mounting points required, however it should be a fairly easy job.
To maintain reliability and performance, I plan to leave the engine as-is for now... aside from FMF exhaust and a UNI filter, with appropriate jetting.
Going to attempt a full LED conversion, to relieve the charging system and free up some juice. Waiting on some parts now but the 45W headlight was plug and play, small victory before moving on to my other electrical experiments... this could get interesting.
It turns out I get carried away easily... my previous builds can attest. Its been about 6 years since I had a project, so it was time. Here is the last one. Built from a salvaged 1976 (i think) Honda z50 frame. 125cc engine dropped in. Rode it once when finished and sold it... needed the cash for a move. I dont think any of the parts that ended up on there were actually designed for the frame... I like to make Frankenbikes.
My vision for this XT is an affordable, reliable Scrambler style bike, fully capable on and offroad, with the ability to take overnight or multiple day trips into the backcountry. It will have provisions for carrying additional fuel and moderate amounts of tools and gear for longer trips. I will also use it as an occasional commuter when the winds are down. (local high winds are my highway travel limiting factor)
I will continue to update and share my successes and failures, here is a teaser for now. Check back for more!
Are the photos showing up properly for everyone?