Restoration movies usually take a standard bike that’s been run to the bottom or deserted, however it is a little bit extra particular than your run-of-the-mill motorbike TLC session. As an alternative of an previous Honda underbone, we have now a particular Paris Dakar version of the XL125R.
The video opens up with the bike operating, which might have been a uncommon sight on this planet of restoration movies, however as you may discover, that’s a shot of the bike operating after it was labored on. The actual state of affairs is that the motorbike was worse for put on earlier than the restoration session began. The video might span 37 minutes, however the clips are sped up, prone to accommodate the lengthy hours it took to take the bike aside, order the elements, and account for daylight whereas capturing the video (most undoubtedly because it says “timelapse” within the video title).
All particulars apart, the video opens up with the Honda being stripped of all its previous and worn elements. Other than rust that pervades many of the componentry, the bike has additionally seen a ton of miles with its worn-out tires, and a ton of mud or grime, which may point out that it was used to the bottom or saved behind a barn door so to talk. It seems that the bike has not been operating for fairly a while previous to this video, as evidenced by the rusted fork tubes and the caked-on mud and grime. Judging from the tires, nevertheless, it’s possible that the proprietor of this Paris Dakar version no less than wore it down till its tires squared off.
Following disassembly, it was a fast journey to the strain washing space, then to the sandblast zone of the store. Rust was peeled away, together with the manufacturing unit paint. On prime of that, just a few welding jobs had been accomplished to restore cracks and fractures within the body together with buffing, sanding, and a recent coat of primer and paint.
After the half refresh the suspension received a bit of affection with new seals and oil, the wheels received a refresh and a brand new set of tires, and whereas we didn’t get to see the engine rebuild in the primary video, it received a brand new paint job and a rebuild.
When all the things begins coming collectively, it’s a magical journey. The bike is again to its former glory. Purists may argue that it’s not completely unique, but it surely works nice for a resto-mod and makes for a particularly satisfying video.