First job was to send the bike next door for Scott to make a battery box

First job was to send the bike next door for Scott to make a battery box (this is part way through the build)

Olli wanted the area under the seat as clean as possible

Olli wanted the area under the seat as clean as possible

Scott also made this seat locating tongue

Scott also made this seat locating tongue and a rear tank mount

Nice hand lettering

Nice hand lettering

Olli’s Honda CG125

Olli had bought this brat-style 125 as a city runabout, but the wiring was a bit of a mess. There was no battery, and the regulator was fried, so although the bike ran it kept blowing its bulbs.

Because Olli wanted a clean area under the seat we sourced a very thin gel battery with a similar amp-hour rating to the original. Fabricator Scott cut away the original Honda frame brace and replaced it with a slim battery tray, with room for 4mm of protective foam and a new reg rec in front. He also sorted out the tank and seat mountings because he couldn’t help himself.

Meanwhile Olli got a replica Yamaha switchgear cluster from Yambits, and four tiny Shin Yo indicators (Scotty made brackets for these too). I made mountings for the speedo, ignition coil and ignition switch, set the points gap, replaced the plug and cap, and repaired the knackered speedo warning lights. Sometimes getting a bike ready for a loom build is the biggest part of the job.

The build went fine. It’s always fun to see how much of the wiring you can hide or minimise. Olli was delighted with the final result.

Olli wanted the area under the seat as clear as possible

With a bit more steering lock it’d make a good flat track practice bike

Replica 1970s Yamaha switchgear had the right look

Replica 1970s Yamaha switchgear had the right look

Shin Yo indicators – the smallest available – with Scotty's custom brackets

Shin Yo indicators – the smallest available – with Scotty’s custom brackets