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Not really sure it counts as a custom anything since I've only bolted on a few bits n bobs, but anyways... have some pics :)

Stock :(




Not so stock :)






Money shot (as in, where it mostly went)


I think it sounds decent, not obnoxious.


Top speed is around 100km/h, maybe more downhill, definitely less uphill. In some ways it's enough for a city runner on 12" rims n tyres (it's about as big as that pizza from last night), but in other ways there is no such thing as enough.

It might get a 153cc kit in the future, then they can get to about 130km/h without losing much in reliability. Not sure yet, but we'll see.

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A random bump with some pictures and new parts. Not gonna lie, it's all bolt-on, so if you're averse then click away... but I know we love pictures here.

Hurricane tail tidy from Webike Japan, weighs about as much as a fart (I heard this phrase once as weighs as much as a thought, but I like mine better).


Unlike the old one which was 800 grams (28oz) and stress cracked due to vibrations.


Still, didn't stop me riding.


Some JDM exhaust "porn" for y'all. You'll just have to fill in the tentacles and weird shit for yourselves.



You can see the stainless steel frame plugs I sourced, and have been selling as a kit.


You can also see I bought red rear panels, looks much nicer I think.


And this, boys and girls, is why we ride motorcycles. If you draw a line up from the back of the seat, the little sawtooth shaped thing is Gibraltar, where I started from that day. Yep, at the bottom of a lot of hills, with 9hp at my disposal. Never. Slow. Down.


Even when there's a cycle event on the mountain pass.


Next project... mini radial caliper from a Duke 125. Not that the MSX needs more brakes, but who doesn't need a 4-pot caliper? Also allows you to go from 220 to 245 or even 260mm disc up front. You can't have too much brakes.
 

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Love the pic with your bike sitting at the top of the mountain . And 9 HP! Don't need a popular liter bike to have fun. Right on man. I love it.

Love it! ................ except that non-stainless bolt. OCD eyetwitch enducing! :D


You let a fella earn one set of FOTM knucks...now he's nitpicking people's muffler bolts. Some people....
 

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Dang that looks good, i had a chance to go to Gibralter a few months ago but went to Ronda instead. Kinda regret not going though
 

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Love the pic with your bike sitting at the top of the mountain . And 9 HP! Don't need a popular liter bike to have fun. Right on man. I love it.

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You let a fella earn one set of FOTM knucks...now he's nitpicking people's muffler bolts. Some people....
I just can't believe how much fun that day was. Just stay off the highways - which is a good motto to live by anyway.

I know right? But he had me bang to rights. I fitted the pipe miles from home and didn't have my bolt stash to hand.

Dang that looks good, i had a chance to go to Gibralter a few months ago but went to Ronda instead. Kinda regret not going though
I consider Gibraltar a one day cruise stop. You can see most stuff in one day if you don't hang about. Then there's more detail like the 100-Ton gun, the local history museum, caving inside the Rock, Etc. It's not a big place but it does have a very long and interesting history.

Ronda isn't much to see either, but the road to get up there is spectacular.
 
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You let a fella earn one set of FOTM knucks...now he's nitpicking people's muffler bolts. Some people....
Let's hope i don't get another set, I'll be walking around like this dick:



:D Basically UK weather = deep-seated fear of standard steel fittings!

Bike looks crackin', i'd love to have a blast around on one. I saw one for the first time in-the-metal the other day, the brave soul was on a motorway in pretty crappy weather.
 

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I consider Gibraltar a one day cruise stop. You can see most stuff in one day if you don't hang about. Then there's more detail like the 100-Ton gun, the local history museum, caving inside the Rock, Etc. It's not a big place but it does have a very long and interesting history.



Ronda isn't much to see either, but the road to get up there is spectacular.

Yea ronda wasnt much but that bridge was awesome (i'm particularly fond of architecture and history as well) you can walk/hike for about 3 hrs underneath it climb all over.

Maybe one day i'll get back that way and explore the country more.

I would love to have one of those bikes though, just for something to rip up the town and make short back road trips
 

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The brakes thing didn't work out, nothing lined up.


Meh.

So, when you fail to upgrade your brakes, what do you do?


Yep that's right, you add 50% capacity, much bigger valves and thereby double your horepower.

I'll update once the kit arrives from Thailand.
 

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Well it's been a long time coming, but I no longer own an MSX125...





I now have an MSX183 :D :D

Didn't take a lot of pics due to oily fingers, but here are a couple in-progress:



The only external difference:


And the all-important first button press:


Thoughts...
It's nippier, or at least less slow. Should be with about double the horsepower (to an awesome 18hp :D). Certainly it gets through the revs quicker even though I put 16/34 instead of 15/34 on with the new chain (428 X ring in place of 420 plain).
The idle needs sorting out, as it's "lean hanging". It's a manual balancing act between air screw and throttle stop, no big deal and 5 minutes fiddling nearly sorted it already.
Everything else works as expected with the new parts including ECU, iIncluding, somewhat surprisingly, the kick stand and clutch lever sensors. The EFi light stays off so far. I haven't yet swapped the wires for the rev counter yet, so I don't have a working rev counter til I do.
It sounds more naughtyer.

Feels like I got a new toy all over again :)
 

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Another slow burning project begins...Pair of calipers both with brembo branded pads with lots of life left. 35€ each!


Rear is from a 2002 (it's cast in the body) Ducati something or other. Really nice condition.


Front is from a 1998 cagiva mito 125 and didn't age so well, but moves freely. Nonetheless it's in much better condition than my 2013 MSX caliper.



This will be stage 2, the front is on back order for a few more days. Then it's the slow boat from Thailand as always.


Got some stainless bleed nipples, half bolts and banjos on order as it'd be a shame to let that spoil the job.
 

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Another slow burning project begins...Pair of calipers both with brembo branded pads with lots of life left. 35€ each!


Rear is from a 2002 (it's cast in the body) Ducati something or other. Really nice condition.
Its from later model SS / Monsters and 916 derivatives, I think I'm right in saying it's basic design was used on most ducs until only the last couple of superbikes. It is "the better one" the poor relative can be seen in this pic actually:



The one you have has bigger pistons + pads than that POS, which I tried on my SS once, it was useless, swapped out pretty quickly.
 

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The stock rear brake has a 27mm piston and 14mm master cylinder and those don't match well with the leverage it has. You can get a half inch master or 32mm single piston caliper from a recent cbr125, but where's the bling in that?

The original reason for swapping brakes is (embarrassingly?) purely functional. These are my original calipers, less than 3 years old. That's rust not dirt.



 

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It's a similar architecture but now has a high compression piston which may make a difference?

The exhaust is relatively tame - it's jmca compliant, at least it was when the bike was 125. There's a bunch of these bikes in Gibraltar with Thailand exhausts, basically they make the tubing and put a crappy Chinese pit bike silencer on the end. They often sound loud and not in a good way.

I put the air box back on, it doesn't sound quite as mean any more. Not really sure about pod filters? The one I have which came with the piston kit fits a stainless bend I happened to have on my parts stash. But the filter material is just a stainless mesh (really!) and the area I live in has a lot of dusty building sites and a sandy beach very near... I'm not really convinced it will protect my engine.

 
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