So for the gas tank, I wanted to do something creative and fun. So I went for the admittedly not original Japanese rising sun design. I’ve never had a bike with it before so it’s new to me! Took some work, sanded to bare metal, bondo on some inperfections, primer/ sand then white base coat, wait a week, sand and one more white coat, wait a week, sand and tape off and red sun coat, wait a week, sand and clear coat. Tada!
To anyone wanting to do good paint jobs. There is no shame in using rattle can if you get quality gas/ oil resistant engine enamel. MOST important is respect the dry times and prep prep prep! The finished product will be smooth and clear and very durable!
The poor bike spent about 2 weeks hanging in the center of my shop like some inconvenient art piece waiting on me to figure out the rear wheel situation.
First thing I did was order a set of new tires. They’re awesome looking, narrow and low profile like a bicycle so it should handle just like one. The rear wheel was a project. I disassembled the stock rear wheel, got the hub on its own. Bought a 99 Suzuki RM125 front wheel (21″) and tore it down for the rim. Sent the specs off to Buchanan spoke & rim in California and they custom made me a set of spokes for the new setup. I painted the spokes black and used my truing stand to spoke and true the new rear wheel. Mounted the tire and got it on the bike as fast as possible. I was so anxious to sit on a rolling bike!
When I picked this poor TS125 up my girlfriend gave me the usual flak. “Why do you buy these pieces of sh*t Taylor! What a waste of money!” I didn’t see a POS. I saw potential.
My inspiration for buying this bike was a good friend’s recent build with an old KDX200. I loved how he spoked a 21″ to the rear and I just had to try it myself. Here is his bike. I did the sharpie art for the front headlight fender 🙂