In this week’s 2-Stroke Tuesday, brought to you by RYDCREW.com, we take a look at Johnny O’Mara’s 1986 MX des Nations factory Honda CR125, show you the legendary rides of “O Show,” “Bad Boy” and “The Little Professor” on that day in Maggoria, Italy along with a behind the scenes look at our MotoWhips CR125 “Dream Bike” build and some trick two smoke parts.Johnny turned in legendary rides on this CR125 going up against the best riders in the world aboard 250 and 500cc machines and finished second to his teammates Rick Johnson and David Bailey in his two motos. The US team clinched the des Nations title in 1986 with one moto to spare.
The little 125cc power plant that beat the world’s best looks so simple in design compared to the engines of today’s factory race machines.
If you really look at this picture there are more than a few trick one-off parts to be seen.
Check out the matching aluminum rear sprocket and rim. That was beyond cool in 1986 when there weren’t very many color options available.
The early days of shorty silencers!
If you haven’t seen this video, it is a “MUST WATCH.” This is the entire footage of the 1986 MX des Nations from Italy and has some insight from David Bailey himself about what was going on at the time. Press play you won’t be disappointed !
Here is the start of our CR125 “Dream Bike” build. We have teamed up with Justin over at MotoWhips to build a 2003 Honda CR125. As you can see it is going to need a lot of attention and elbow grease. Above is before MotoWhips got ahold of the frame and swingarm, and below you can see the transformation.
Titanium makes everything better ! This is a subframe kit from Mettec for our CR125 “Dream Build”. They have complete bike hardware kits or can supply you with the exact nut or bolt you are looking for. For more information go to www.store.mettec.com or click the image.
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Yep there it is in all its glory. Have you seen it yet ? Scroll down to see the 2017 Gas Gas 300 in action now !!