Honda CG125 - Renovation Project For Sale

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Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom
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Description Honda CG125 - Renovation Project

This is my 1988 Honda CG125, sadly up for sale as due to too many other commitments I don't have the time to finish it off.  The MOT expired on 30th May this year and it needs a few jobs doing in order to pass.  I've sorted most of these now but unfortunately an intermittent starting problem it's had for a while has become worse to the point where I can no longer get it started.

I've owned it for the last year and bought it fresh from a minor revamp after it had been removed from long-term storage - it had been in a lockup since 1997.  Unfortunately I've not had much time to use it this year and it's spent far too much time sat outside near the sea, the winter storms destroyed the cover and since then it's been sat exposed to the elements with regular but very limited use.  The mileage is high but the engine appears to be in excellent health, the MOT tester remarked on how healthy it seemed for the mileage so it may have had a rebuild in the past but I have no evidence of this.

The MOT failure has come mostly from lack of use and being exposed to the sea air for the last year.  The issues were:

- Chain seized (now replaced)
- Rear wheel misaligned (now fixed)
- Headlight poor (hopefully now fixed with new battery and cleaned earth points)
- Indicators affecting rear light (corroded earth point has been cleaned up) - they're certainly brighter now
- Rear brake lever and centre stand moving together - very common CG125 problem caused by a worn pivot, not yet fixed.  I've seen it suggested that as it has a side stand, the centre one could be clamped up/removed to get around this but no idea if that's true!
- Left indicator will not stay on - due to a worn switch, now replaced but with the wrong part off what must have been a newer CG125.  It works now but looks horrible, isn't close enough to the grip and the wiring doesn't quite match.  I don't know if it would get through an MOT like that.

Good Points
- When running, the engine is sweet.  It pulls well, doesn't smoke or make any horrible noises and used to start very easily on the kickstart.  It had an oil change with high quality Silkolene PRO 4 SX oil about 6 months ago
- It has a brand new chain and large/small sprockets, fitted today (see photo)
- It has a brand new battery, fitted today
- Both tyres appear to be quite new with virtually no wear
- It has no accident damage that I can see
- It has a rare (and very useful) side stand
- It comes with 2 original keys which both work in the ignition, steering lock and helmet lock
- It comes with a nearly full tank of petrol

Bad Points
- It currently won't start - it was running when last tried a couple of weeks ago but has had intermittent starting issues for the last couple of months - previously, it always started very easily.  I think it might be the points or condenser at fault but I cannot be sure of this.
- It needs some work for the MOT (see the above list)
- It's cosmetically shabby with surface rust on the wheels, frame and suspension.  It does come off with wire wool and elbow grease so it could be tidied up with a bit of graft.  The paintwork is faded and tatty.

I've got too much else on to give this bike the attention it needs so I've decided to cut my losses and pass it on to someone who can finish the work.  It's possible that if you know what you're doing, you could get this through another MOT without too much work or expenditure but I cannot guarantee this.

I strongly recommend that you view the bike and/or ask any questions before committing to purchase.  I will try to answer any questions as honestly as possible.

Please note, it does not run and cannot be ridden away.  I cannot transport it so you will need to arrange your own transport to collect it.

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