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Looks like a Cagiva Elefant 125 with a coating of Nato green and a rack.

 

Think the engine is as Mito, most will have been imports from France or Italy anyway so full power (30ish hp?)

 

Pretty rare in the UK in any form I think, a jap equivalent will be easier to find for sure.

 

I'd love a Japanese equivalent but they're all so spendy. Any recommendations for a cheapy?  I've found one of these Cagivas on leboncoin for €700..

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I'd love a Japanese equivalent but they're all so spendy. Any recommendations for a cheapy? I've found one of these Cagivas on leboncoin for €700..

What dept? May be able to bring one back for the £50 the ferry charges for a moped rack on the back of the camper if you could wait for June/July if it’s not the other end of France from dept 22.

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My VFR has done 85K now, and though it still runs perfectly the handling is busted - it feels very 'odd' in bends, it's all a bit 'wheelbarrow' (stop me if I'm getting too technical here).  The fork oil hasn't been changed in about 5 years/40K, so have spent the afternoon replacing it.  Old stuff didn't look great.

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Too stormy to try it but I'm hoping it'll sort it; rear shock has never had any attention though, but I need to strip most of of rear of the bike to remove it.  

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Oh yes - tiny but beautifully formed. 

Add 25 stone Northern Bloke for comic effect.

 

Nice one. A mate had one of those on his bench in 1000 pieces for years - eventually he persuaded me to buy it and I put it together over a weekend for a laugh. I was going to insure it, but then a friend of a friend offered me £££ for it so off it went.

 

It was a nice looking little thing, I will have a hunt round for some pics...

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Did the plugs on the ZX10R. It had a misfire low down and the forums indicated plugs as the culprit.

 

The thick end of 3 hours graft. Seems better idling in the garage, so optimistic that the misfire is gone. Reckon i could do it in 45 mins now. Knuckles sore.

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Right then, let's talk Vision...

 

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Much was there hilarity at the test centre...

 

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"While you're here, I've got something you'll love."  "Really? Oh go on then, shove it in the van with the other one." :rolleyes:

 

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All done and dusted!

 

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/honda-vision-50-1989/401716875820?hash=item5d8831122c:g:j98AAOSwYXVcdVZy:rk:6:pf:0

 

Hells bells!

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I have a sudden desire to own one of these ex French-military Cagiva 125 two strokes. This one seems a bit salty, wonder if I could get one cheaper from France? 

 

Anyone know anything about them? 

 

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I can say it is not a Mito engine, as it is aircooled. More likely to be the Moto Minerelli engine (as fitted to a number of Fanticmodels) as Fantic were taken over by Cagiva at some point or other. Not bad engines, as very tunable and not too fragile-got to be worth a punt at 700, surely?

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Finally got a spare hour to wash the Versys and take a few pics

I’m looking for 1500 firm to a shiter .

Starts runs and rides fine . Has been a daily rider for the previous owner so some corrosion around the frame welds etc but a good weekends tinkering would have it looking pretty tidy

Data tool alarm with spare blips / keys . Full book pack etc

Tyres are a bit low and squared off , few more thousand commuting miles but I’d change them for pleasure riding personally .

Side stand is a bit worn and lets it lean a bit more than ideal .

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1000 in for it's Mot.   52 plate K2 

 

Pass - 

 

1x exhaust slightly noisy (dB killer refitted)

1x front tyre approaching limit (imminent replacement if it sells for decent price)

1x chain slightly tight (it's bang on when adjusted last week but I'll recheck it).

 

12k on clock.

Bobbins, RedScorpion can.

 

Rest bog-standard.

 

£2500 as is. (AS)

 

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Better pics to come.

 

Previous mx injury and wire in shoulder means sit up and beg style. New ad in main forum

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id be all over one of those if i fitted :D - not for the wahhhhhhhh but just for lols

 

or a 750

 

versys are gr12 - miss mine and apart from a stick coil splitting (they go in the head so get hot and split) and causing a misfire which me and uncle pat fixed at the roadside in ireland :D

 

they dont go wrong

 

did 40k in two years on a mk1 and in the 7 years since its done only another 20k and is still going as its just been moted :D

 

id buy another but spares interchangability and the dealer being miles away mean i out sadly

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Some Old Bikeshite for you. This is my old Yamaha RD125LC from about 1995 or so. The lurid custom paint job was the previous owner (though the tank dent was very much me) and I spent much of my time undoing some of the more scary modifications he had made. The best* of these was the rear single shock being extended by means of 2 short bits of steel plate with holes, to push the shock down from its top mount and using the underside of the fuel tank to stop them flopping around. Handled better without those. Also replaced the bars, rebuilt the brakes and front shocks and rebuilt the engine too after it seized at full speed on the A2. Added the belly pan, seat cowl and micron exhaust, then, like a chump, sold it for £500 to some other teenage monkey to raise money to fix the Renault 5 you can see in one of the pictures. 

A properly fun bike that, I still miss it from time to time. 

 

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They're back

 

 

"Here's why it's cheap...." Not going to ruin it, but I laughed.

 

I've had both of those bikes, the bandit was garbage (it was 3 months old) and was sold after a fortnight, the hornet was absolutely brilliant, apart from the small fuel tank.

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I've had both of those bikes, the bandit was garbage (it was 3 months old) and was sold after a fortnight, the hornet was absolutely brilliant, apart from the small fuel tank.

hornets are ace had 9 (both 6 and 9)

 

did trackdays and elvington (it was 3 months old :lol:) 12.4 :D

 

had it two years until some dick pulled out of a line of traffic - only needed a tank and a front end tho someone bought the it and it was still going last time i checked 18 months ago

 

got bored of in line 4s (had fazers also) and done twins for last 6-7 years

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Trying to avoid chinky stuff if poss but would consider a pw clone

One of the old neighbours had a PY90 4 stroke version of a PW80, it got ragged mercilessly for a couple a years and was still running fine.

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QuestionDoes anyone have real experience of rebuilding cast aluminium engine cooling fins neatly ?

 

Those on one of my Sunbeam engines have been broken away by some clout (no it wasn't me !) who levered against them to get the cylinder head off.  It's a common problem on these 60+ year old engines.

 

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^ Clearly the mechanics* never looked at the pictures in the manual, nor did they learn their first try, nor the second ..that there are two cylinder-head nuts inside the cam-chain tunnel that also needed to be undone.!

 

In the past I've tried having pieces of aluminium welded in but tbh it wasn't totally successful, nor very neat ..and even before being reassembled the weld line was cracked again..   Apparently welding thin cast aluminium from just one side is not so easy.   I know some owners have tried adhesives to fit pieces of aluminium in these places but of course we are talking about the fins getting hot and also subject to the vibration of a twin cylinder engine. 

 

How do you, else else quality restorers do this sort of repair so that it is an invisible repair.?

 

Thanks,

Bfg

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I've used HTS-2000 alloy brazing rods to good effect repairing cast alloy parts, even magnesium alloys. Only small parts mind as I only have a Mapp gas torch and you need a LOT of heat as aluminium is such a good heat sink. If you have access to oxy acetylene then that shouldn't be a problem. 

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