So, I got this package in the mail the other day. I wonder what it could be?
They are late model CB125T Showa forks to be exact. These things are in excellent condition. There are a few reasons I went for these. First, they're Showa. Second, they fit my upper triples. Third, they have a caliper mount. Two big downsides though; the caliper mount is on the wrong side and the bolt hole for the wheel bolt is too large.
Since the bolt hole is directly in the center of the fork, I'm solving the caliper mount problem by mounting the forks flipped. This puts the caliper mount in exactly the right place and should make no difference to the operation of the forks. The too large hole was handled with this tool right here.
Seems odd to be making the hole even larger when it is already too big. Here's my logic. The hole is currently 14 mm, I need it to be 12 mm and this bit is 16 mm. On the old rear shocks, I have four spare spacers (the bit that goes between the mount on the frame and the rubber of the shock). These measure in at an internal diameter of 12 mm and an external diameter of 16 mm. Drilled and fit (it's protruding out here so it is easier to see what I did).
All pushed in and ready to go!
That allowed me to get the front tire mounted correctly.
I tossed on the rear tire, swing arm and center stand so I could mount the front up correctly. Then, I rolled it outside for some shots of how the final look is going to be.
Not bad at all!
I then threw on the brake and clutch levers as well as the caliper to see how close I was to fitting.
As you can see, the caliper is going to need a bracket, but that is incredibly easy to handle in comparison to everything I've dealt with up to now.
I then rolled Brandon's Dream out for some comparison shots. I was curious just how different in size they were.
Turns out, they're still nearly identical in size!
Then it was back in for some more welding work. I put the engine back in so I could mount the side stand. The main reason behind using the side stand was so that I could remove the center stand as it would interfere with where my rear sets were going to be.
You can see here where I've started work on the rear sets.
Here's the mount for the peg. The thick steel is actually a left over piece from the frame and the centering pieces welded to it are steel nails.
Tacked in place with the peg checking for location. The top arm is welded to a giant spacer that sits around the swing arm bolt. The giant spacer is actually the old rear wheel spacer from the CB125T cut in half.
Here it is mostly welded in place. I have some more welding to due on the inside that's going to have to wait until I dismantle the rear end again. I'm also thinking of adding an additional brace connecting the giant spacer to something else, just haven't decided what. You can also see my future placement of the rear master cylinder here too.
The location is perfect for my legs. It is very comfortable, yet still high enough to give me plenty of ground clearance. It's actually considerably more comfortable and spacious than the Dream originally was. Now I just gotta make the other side. After both rear sets are made, I'm going to properly mount the rear master cylinder and the front caliper. Then, I gotta sort the chain and finally dismantle and weld some more!
Alright, first things first, I finally found the PC cable and battery charger to my old Sony Cybershot, so no more cell pics from the shop. Naturally, I had to take a test shot to see how it'd do.
Not super pretty, but much better than my poor cell could handle. So, next, I got to work on the left side peg. After some welding, cutting and re-welding, I got it lined up just about even with the right side peg.
And me mocking up where the shifter is going to sit about.
Now that i had two pegs I couldn't resist but sitting on it and seeing how it felt as a package. This is about how it will sit in finished form, the only thing that will change will be the handlebars as I have some clip-ons on the way. This thing fits me like a glove. The pegs are almost at the perfect height and are plenty comfortable. The whole thing feels great!
I need to shave... With the left side peg mounted, I got to work mounting the rear brake master cylinder. I created a little L-Bracket, tacked it on and then bolted the brake master to it to get a feel for positioning.
The problem with having it in this position is that it is a bit too far away from the pedal, so it needs to have an extension. It's also slightly further outboard than the pedal, so the extension needs a kink in it.
A trip to the hardware store found me with a turnbuckle (or whatever the proper name is) and some stainless steel all thread. A little heat and a lot of muscle and I ended up with this:
This is looking down from the top and you can see the kink I put in the stainless.
This works fantastically and pushes on the master rather well. It sits a little low, but I don't think I'll ever lean the bike over that far, and if I do it's probably because I've fallen off. Here's a shot from a little further away.
With that handled, I started on the shift linkage. I took the original linkage off of the Dream and bolted it up. I ran into two problems. The first was that the wider engine sits further outboard than dream, meaning the linkage needs a kink in it. The second was that the linkage was a bit too short. So, another turnbuckle and stainless steel all thread were ordered up to do the trick.
Here you can see the kink in the original shift linkage.
This shifts amazingly well. It just pops up and down through the gears like it was meant to be like this.
The only problem with it is that the side stand gets in the way when it's up. This is because the side stand sits further outboard than the Dream 50s side stand. I'll have to find a way to tackle that problem sometime in the future. For now, though, this is as far as I've gotten.
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