WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Project Hunter -

1 Rear sus­pen­sion

Monoshock was soft from new and you, frankly, aren’t as light as you were at 17. Bud­get for a de­cent af­ter­mar­ket re­place­ment.

2 Rear link­age

Alu­minium rocker lends com­pe­ti­tion ku­dos but do check that it has been reg­u­larly lu­bri­cated. Kind of un­likely, if we’re hon­est.

3 Ex­pan­sion cham­ber

If it’s been cut to re­move re­stric­tion it might not have been rewelded or re­fin­ished neatly. Take a close look at the bar­rel end and the be­gin­ning of the ex­pan­sion cham­ber.

4 Electrics

The RG125F was equipped with an elec­tric start only. This and other electrics may suf­fer the usual age is­sues.

5 Frame

Pressed steel so look out for cor­ro­sion and crash dam­age which can be costly to rec­tify.

6 Gear­box

Not the smoothest shifter but rapid enough. Don’t worry if it feels a lit­tle notchy.

7 Bar­rel

Suzuki made much noise about the SBC plated bore. It wasn’t that good. Bud­get for a re­plate if it hasn’t re­cently been re­done.

8 Pow­er­valve

Some had a ten­dency to break, wreak­ing merry hell in the bar­rel and head. Poor main­te­nance and a loose bolt were the usual cul­prits.

9 Body­work

If you’re look­ing for pris­tine you’ll prob­a­bly have to stand back a lit­tle and squint a lot. If it’s all there it’s a bonus re­gard­less of con­di­tion.

10 Front brake

Float­ing disc and four-pot To­kico prompted much brag­ging in their day. They’ll still see you right now on the light­weight RG-F.

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