The B-motor runs!!

woop! it runs \o/ (so far).

This has been a massive learning curve for me, particularly the sheer number of operations which have to be completed, as well as having to build at least 2 special tools to get the job done meant (for me anyway) it wasn’t really possible to “see” the whole process from start to finish, which in turn makes me very nervous on a project.

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YZF R125 180cc kit top speed

TL;DR: Top speed I’ve managed (so far) on mine with 180cc kit, 160cc injector and longer duration cam, with PCV + Autotune/wideband: 89mph.


So I’ve noticed there’s people searching on this topic so I’ll share what I’ve discovered so far, hopefully it’s of some use.

Top speed on mine when I got it, as 125cc on stock 14t sprocket was 83mph (indicated). That was absolutely throwing-it-down-a-hill-with-the-wind-behind-you, the most I could get out of it. 83 seems to be a fairly common top speed for stock bikes. Some other people have claimed 86 out of a stock bike but I can’t verify that myself and that wasn’t my experience.

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YZF-R125 180cc “B-motor” engine build photo catchup

I started a thread on the forums a little while ago but meant to mirror it here. I may add in the old posts here if i get time but otherwise this will have to serve as a little photo-catchup. please refer to the forum thread for the full story. I’ll try and update both moving forwards..

Whilst not pictured here the cylinder and head are loosely on now while I set up the timing chain etc. Hopefully in the next few days it should be ready to fit.

[EDIT: pics updated, engine fitted and runs!]

Splitting the crankshaft on YZF-R125

Biting the bullet here and using the ebay hydraulic pless to separate the halves of the crankshaft and replace the con-rod etc. This is getting serious now..

Finding crankshaft balance factor on YZF-R125

going further down the crankshaft-rebuild rabbit-hole and getting on with the crankshaft rebuild for my new motor…

In this video we’re looking at trying to calculate the balance factor for the old 125cc setup vs with the big-bore kit, to see if that maybe explains why it’s run a little differently since going big-bore.

The logic is based on this video from 2StrokeStuffing (thank you!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hoE_…

splitting the B-Motor crankshaft on YZF-R125

B-motor crankshaft rebuild progress in pictures…

what we’re starting with..

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Replacing inner cam bearing on YZF-R125

This is me attempting to replace the inner camshaft bearing on a YZF-R125 cylinder head.

I’ve not done this process before and it involves extracting a bearing from a blind hole. I’ve found how it’s meant to be done but this is a test to see how well that goes to see how difficult it is, and to help me decide whether it’s something I want to try doing on my main engine.

The bearing puller I’m using is pretty much the default ebay one, just search on “blind bearing puller”.

Removing lower timing gear on YZF-R125 attempt #2 – success!

This is the second attempt at removing the lower timing gear and the captive bearing on the crankshaft of my spare “B-motor”, which I’m trying to build up for my bike.

Idk if this is how it’s supposed to be done but I’m working with what I’ve got.

Whether this turns out to be a good approach or not long term remains to be seen but for now let’s see how far we get with it…

How not to remove lower timing gear on YZF-R125

This is the first of my “descent into madness” series of videos where I’m trying to rebuild this spare R125 engine.

I bought the engine as broken and when I took the cylinder off the bearing surface of the little end was damaged, which means the crank needs to be pressed apart to fit a new connecting rod.

So basically I have to take the entire engine completely apart just to get to this one dumb piece to replace it.

The videos are out of sequence but I have such a backlog and there was going to be a plan and it all went to crap. Every expert I was hoping to get to help me with this basically just disappeared or didn’t follow through, so I’ve finally resolved to buying the kit and figuring out how to do it myself.

Even though the engine in my bike has issues (from when I messed up a couple of years ago), despite that it’s done another 5k on the 180 cylinder (even wiht the timing chain issues) and I have not gone easy on it 😉

I’ve had a few people asking me to rebuild engines and do upgrades etc which is very cool, so it seems like it’ll be worth learning how to do it.

Hopefully this all ends with an engine dyno and building mad engines as was always the dream/plan 🙂 I’ve added this video to a new playlist for the B-motor rebuild so I can add all the other videos to it as I work through them. Thanks for watching and thanks to SXparts.com for sourcing hard-to-find components like the lower timing gear.


UPDATE: I said in the video (at 2:08) the lower timing gear wasn’t available, well it turns out i was wrong on that and you can get it here. Thanks to A for the link 🙂 https://www.cmsnl.com/products/sprock…

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I’m on Instagram – NEW R125 FRAME

Ok well you probably know how I feel about facebook products but if anything’s going to get me to cross that line it’s bikes. And it did..Actually so far I quite like it. Lots of nice picsand seems like lots of similarly bike-obsessed ppl but less noise than fb. Biker twitter has decidedly less outlaws than I was hoping for so perhaps Insta is a better place.

Either way..if you’re on there, of if we’ve seen you whilst out riding, please do follow + say hi 🙂

Let’s see if insta is a better outlet for my photos…

https://www.instagram.com/north_cust/

Also: this just happened:

For about a year I’ve been looking for a cheap frame to mount the turbo motor in, kinda because I was hoping it would be easier than making a motor stand..You sometimes see written off frames o ebay for peanuts and I was hoping to get one and perhaps cut out what I needed if it couldn’t be put onthe road anyway. You can get clean frames with paperwork from italy and germany but they’re usually £500+ and that’s a bit much to spend on somethign wich may never even make it to he road…but then at long last I found this one the other day in Germany.

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