Nigel Manning’s 1983 Honda XL125RC and Honda VF400F-D
This was a basket case that I was given and I like a challenge (and bikes from 1983, I also own a Honda VF400FD). So the bike spent some years in my garage while I completed an engineering degree with the Open University. During this time, I was constantly looking for parts and refurbishing parts. When I completed my degree, the XL was now a mix of ‘new old stock’ and refurbished parts waiting to be assembled. So I have spent the last couple of years rebuilding the XL and I have to say that I am very pleased with the result. It is not perfect (later model indicators, pattern bars etc.). I am really surprised with the number of blokes who come over to discuss the good old days, when they see it.