Honda TL 125, 1974

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Steve Young, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. jack85

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  2. lonedave

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    I was looking on line for replacement sidecovers and am leaning toward the Sammy Miller replacements (mine is a 76 "S" model) and the universal fenders. The sidecovers are black plastic and they say ready to paint. I sent a message to them about recommended prep, primer, and paint and the response was pretty much what I thought (degrese, plastic primer, and paint of choice). Has anyone gotten the sidecovers and painted them? How did it go and how has it lasted? Also, if you put decals on, did you use a clear coat over them or just leave them as is?

    The other question is about the rear universal fender mounting. The original TL fenders (and others) have a short tab extending down to catch the bolt on either side behind the shock bolt. The universal fender doesn't have this tab, so I was wondering how others mounted them? Do you make a short metal tab to span between the fender and mounting hole or just not use that set of bolts and rely on just the single center rear bolt and the small screws between the fender and the split front section (original black portion under the seat)? Thanks for any insight.

    Dave
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  3. More CowBell

    More CowBell gotahave moreCowbell

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    Can I see some pics of how you did the Bultaco chain tensioner ? PM sent
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  4. TLtrials

    TLtrials Been here awhile

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    Hi LoneDave,
    Made my own aluminum side covers that are more durable that the stock units, had some stickers made.

    Also made small aluminum brackets for the sides of the rear fenders to attach to the frame.
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  5. lonedave

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    Thanks for the info TL. I'd really like to see a close-up picture of your side covers, fender brackets, and chain tensioner if you've got any. I was also thinking about fabricating some aluminum sidecovers rather than spend $100+ on a set of Sammy's. I'm just not sure of my sheet metal skills, but I guess it'd be worth a shot as I think yours really look better than the original "large" design. I also need to come up with a spark arrester as mine's almost completely rusted away. I need to send a message off to FMF and some of the other aftermarket firms and ask for some dimensions to try to match one up. I think a couple of the ones made for ATV's or small bikes may work. Have you ever thought about

    I just came in from riding it around the yard and driveway a bit. It sure is a fun little bike!
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  6. TLtrials

    TLtrials Been here awhile

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    A Sammy Miller Universal chain tensioner, that I hacked up to make work on my swing arm and the existing tab. I found the chain tensioner after I had already powder coated the frame, and tried this just to see if it would work. It has been on there for over 10 years now, so I guess it worked.
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    I had the local machine shop mill out a set of risers for the bars. If I was still in college I would have made them on the CNC mill, but since college is long past it was cheaper to have the shop build as opposed to buying a milling machine.... Raised the bars 25mm from stock position.
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    Domino Bars, cut down to 30", MSR levers, Domino fast turn throttle, Sammy Miller front fork bace/fender mount.
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    Aluminum Side covers, I just broke them out of some aluminum sheets that I had picked up from the scrap metal yard. I put threaded clips on the stock frame tabs, spaced the bolts with spacers, rubber grommets, and bolted up. Polished and added stickers. I need to replace the grommets, they have dry rotted.
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    Hope these help with your project.
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  7. lonedave

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    Hey TL

    Thanks for the pictures. That's about what I was thinking for the fender mounts. The side covers look good and I never thought about using the chain cover mount for the tensioner. I appreciate it.

    Dave
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  8. yellowrose

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    If you are looking at a 1974 Honda TL 125 Trials Bike. I have one for sale. $500 OR BEST OFFER.
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  9. yellowrose

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    Super good running ready to ride. Starts one kick every time.

    A fun little bike, light weight and sounds great. Very rugged, too. Never fails to start.
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  10. Irish John

    Irish John Been here awhile

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    Check your PM
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  11. motojunky

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