What the hell is a Sikk Trail 125? Great question. It’s basically a pit bike, with an extended swingarm and fork so you can stuff 21”/19” wheels underneath. Why? Because it gives you a 140 lb motorcycle that handles like a mountain bike. Is it an awesome motor? No. It’s a piece of junk from China. Is the suspension excellent? No. It is adjustable, in that it adjusts up and down when you ride over stuff. How did I come to own such an amazing machine? That is a bit of a story… I saw this thing on craigslist back in 2015. It was only a couple hundred bucks, and I could swing by on my drive from Maine to Vermont to pick it up. The only problem? I was driving a Volkswagen GTI, which is not known for it’s moto-carrying capabilities. You can fit anything into a car if you take off enough parts, so running with that theory I started removing bits until the bike fit. Was I 100% high from gasoline fumes by the time I got home? Yes, but it was worth it. The Sikk had a few issues… like not really running if the choke was off, a badly slipping clutch, a non-functional rear brake, leaking fork seals, ect. This is where I discovered the magic of these bikes: cheap parts. Because the Sikk Trail 125 is essentially a pit bike, most of the generic pit bike parts on eBay will fit. You need a new rear master cylinder, brake line, and caliper? That’ll be $28 please… With a little bit of love the bike was running well, and turned out to be a real hoot to ride up in the mountains. Unfortunately I still didn’t have a way to transport it, so my riding area was limited to what I could reach from my house. There was one logical solution: exploit Vermont’s extremely lax rules about what is street legal and put a plate on it! It’s not unusual to see motos running around here with a squeeze-bulb horn on the bars, because that’s pretty much what it takes to plate a dirt bike in Vermont. I like a good project though, so I went all out. LED headlight, LED brake/tail light, LED turn signals, electric horn, folding mirror. This baby was ready to OWN the streets… at up to 45 mph. I think the project cost me $100 in total, thanks to more cheap Chinese parts from eBay. This is where the story gets weird. My former-moto-riding neighbor (we’ll call him Gentleman #1) wants to take it for a rip. I’m a nice guy, so I say sure… The bike comes back missing the rear brake line. He says he’ll get one fabbed up and have it replaced in no time. He asks to borrow it again… comes back with no front brake lever, and no front fender. He tells me, again, that he’ll fix all that stuff, plus the rear brake line that he never replaced. I wait a month or two… still no parts, and now I’m moving. I didn’t really have space for this thing before, and my new apartment definitely won’t have space for it, so what to do? I end up selling it to my other neighbor (Gentleman #2) for the princely sum of $300. Bye-bye Sikk Trail 125… or so I thought. Fast forward to Fall 2018. I’m living back in the same building where I lived when I owned the Sikk. My current (and former) neighbor (Gentleman #3) asks me, “Hey, remember that little dirt bike you had? Do you want it back?” Apparently Gentleman #2 broke the clutch lever off in the first day of riding it, dumped it at the house of a mutual friend (Gentleman #4), and then went on the run from The Law. Gentleman #4 was moving, and was going to take the bike to the scrap yard. I said “sure, I’ll take back that motorcycle that I sold for $300”. Three days later, it shows up on my porch. Yikes. No front or rear brakes, no clutch lever, the chain is totally rusted out, there is corrosion on the fork tubes, the exhaust can is broken off, all those sweet parts I installed to make it street legal are gone… it’s a mess. I put some fresh gas in it and kicked it over a dozen times to see if it would run. Nope. Not exactly a surprise, but still disappointing. With winter approaching, I stuffed it back under the porch. There it sat, under a snow bank, all winter, until this morning. Behold its wretchedness… No matter; like a phoenix this piece of shit is going to rise from its own ashes! Plans for the near future: Go through the ignition system to make sure it’s sparking Clean out the carb Get it running again! Reattach or replace the exhaust Fix front brakes Fix rear brakes Replace clutch lever/cable Replace front fender Replace chain Make roost! This will all be happening as cheaply as possible. If you're looking for some high-end custom build, look elsewhere. If you want to see what happens when an inexperienced home mechanic tries to polish a turd on a pauper's budget, this thread is for you!