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Old 4th May 2021, 11:05   #16
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That red RX looks swell! Great effort in resurrecting the legend. As GTO mentioned restoring is a tedious process and it's absolutely worth it at the end of the restoration.

I regret selling my father's restored RX100 and wish I can get it back.

Made in Japan means the bike is made between 1985-87.

Keep it as long as you can!

This was the restored RX
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Very nice Mr Boss. Thank you.
I have a problem with my Yexdi 1976 Model, in excellent condition. Deven iccasionall, because I'm not able to get registration done in Mumbai. It was last registered in Bangalore, while serving in the IAF.
Anyone can help. ?
My email <alanrcjee@gmail.com>

Thanking you.

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I too did restoration of my RX-135 recently & understood 2 valuable things as below:


1. If we are passionate or have sentiments towards the bike - better we need to be nearer with the Mechanic to ensure work is coming up as we want. Once these restoration work starts, Mechanics will have doubts/request to do additional work on few parts -which we wouldn't have discussed/thought of during the start (esp because they will be seen only after dismantling the bike).

2. As GTO mentioned, we need to settle our mind with 8/10 perfection. i always love to have bikes & cars in stock condition & in my case he changed few additional parts like odometer etc. which was working fine, but just to ensure overall vehicle look harmonious after restoration & hence now the odo reading starts with zero. i was little upset for few months, but now came out of it.
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Thanks for the kind words guys

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Now that investment feels like Gold but just like household Gold one will never sell it no matter what
That's a good collection of spares.
Consume the rubber parts if possible, they have limited shelf life.

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I regret selling my father's restored RX100 and wish I can get it back
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This was the restored RX
Beautiful piece of machine.
Wish you get it (or a similar one) back

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I'm not able to get registration done in Mumbai. It was last registered in Bangalore, while serving in the IAF.
This thread may help you.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ml#post4972748 (Moving a car between States - Transfer, road tax, refund etc.)
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This is pretty cool. I had a query though if any of you enthusiasts have built a 50CC dirt bike? I mean I see the frame and other body kit is available in the market for as less as 7k to 10k. I was wondering if it makes sense to mount a TVS50 engine onto this frame. The idea is to engage my 10yr old during his summer break and also to introduce him to riding(in a close circuit with proper gear). Appreciate hearing thoughts from you all!
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Thank you. The Bangalore RTO wants me to bring the vehicle to Bangalore from Mumbai, if I want NOC. I'm 75 years old.
They say they cannot give the NOC unless Fitness Cert. is given by them. Because the vehicle is 1976.
So I'm stuck. Then Covid in between.
Is there any way I can write to any higher authority who can allow the vehicle to checked out here in Mumbai and the get me registration.
After sometime I may not be able to use the vehicle, myself. . .
Thanks.
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Amazing thread Sir! You really are the boss. I wish your thread had come in a year ago when I made the decision to completely restore my 94 RX100. The first job done on the RX was a resto-mod way back in 2015-2016. Only cosmetic. Over the years I realised I should have done a mechanical restoration first. Anyways it was never too late. Last year gave me good enough time to think over What I wanted to do. Thoughts went on from
1. selling the RX and accepting that I will never ever be able to get one in the future
2. Do a partial restoration - mechanically.
3. Doa comptele restoration.

finally went with option 3 and stunted enquiring about a complete rebuild (mechanical + cosmetic). Budgets ranged from 50-75k for a complete restoration. probably thats also the reason we seeprices of restored RX's spiralling upwards of 1 lakh.

Got a few contacts for OE and OEM spares and ordered almost 30 kilos worth of parts. Then came the wheels and spokes and clutch parts. Then came the " Who' - I have my hands burnt on so called experts who change a lot and almost mess the motorcycle up. This time I really wanted the engine /gearbox rebuilt by a professional. So took it to Yogi Chhabria from YC Design to work out his magic. The complete job took almost a week and included the rebuild+ new tank + some needed parts. It cost me almost what a new RX costed way back - but I have never heand my RX feel and sound so good. Still in its running period now.

Once that is done, all the new parts will go in.

I am just waiting to confirm all the parts that I need and order it from the contact you shared with me. Thanks Ma. BOSS!!
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any of you enthusiasts have built a 50CC dirt bike?
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The idea is to engage my 10yr old during his summer break and also to introduce him to riding(in a close circuit with proper gear).
I couldn't recall any custom bike build here, except for a pocket bike (out of TVS Scooty ES) I started sometimes ago but couldn't complete for various reasons.
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...scooty-es.html (Building a 'Pocket Bike' out of a TVS Scooty ES)

A similar one was successfully done by svsantosh
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...cket-bike.html (She runs! TVS Scooty converted to a Pocket Bike)

I suggest getting a fully built bike will be more economical unless you have a donor bike and competent cheap labor or enough tools and facility for DIY already in place. Here is a old thread on similar subject and check if Praveen could help you out with the bike
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...ml#post1092081 (Pocket Bikes and Pocket Bike racing)

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The Bangalore RTO wants me to bring the vehicle to Bangalore from Mumbai, if I want NOC.
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Is there any way I can write to any higher authority who can allow the vehicle to checked out here in Mumbai and the get me registration.
Yes, that's the standard process (Vehicle along with the current owner as per RC should be in person at source RTO get the NOC)
Let's wait for someone knowledgeable in this process who could explain if there is any official deviation allowed. Otherwise check with any RTO agents in Bangalore who could support.

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The first job done on the RX was a resto-mod way back in 2015-2016. Only cosmetic. Over the years I realised I should have done a mechanical restoration first.
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Once that is done, all the new parts will go in.
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I am just waiting to confirm all the parts that I need and order it from the contact you shared with me.
Thanks for the compliments.
Cosmetic upgrade is the very first mistake from many of us and it hardly takes some time for us to regret. Anyways, hope the machine is doing good now. Wishes for the full fledged restoration.

Let me know if I could be of any help.
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I would like to thank you Mr Boss for your efforts in compiling this thread. Newbies like me hardly know where to start and mostly fail in the restoration but threads like stop us from getting scammed and wasting money. My 1st RX100 that was restored in 2017 turned out to be total fail. New Clutch plates broke in less than 300 kms of restoration, Paint job was horrible, lots of problems with the electricals etc etc. I was so unhappy that I sold the bike with in 2 years. Though I ended up in loss, I did learn what not to do when restoring a motorcycle.
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I too did restoration of my RX-135 recently
Please do share the restoration experience and snaps

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Once these restoration work starts, Mechanics will have doubts/request to do additional work on few parts
100% true. Look at the number of calls on a single day (only a part of call history in here)
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My 1st RX100 that was restored in 2017 turned out to be total fail.
You are not alone
My first restoration was also a failure I would say (Frame painting was not good, platting peeling off and started rusting at many places, changed so many parts which could have been used), but still retaining the bike for some sentimental values. It is due for next fitness renewal by end of this year and I wish the pandemic settles down so that I could do a proper restoration before FC.

Wish you had retained the bike. I know a handful of people who regretted after selling 2 strokes.
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Wish you had retained the bike. I know a handful of people who regretted after selling 2 strokes.
Though I regret selling my 1st RX100 as it was my 1st motorcycle and I have many memories attached to it and mom loved it too, God has been very kind to me as now I have two RX135 and and another RX100 which I got a week ago.

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That's a good collection of spares.
Consume the rubber parts if possible, they have limited shelf life.
Thank you. I have done many cosmetic changes and also a lot of work has gone in the engine to produce more power. So, I have the new block piston set along with a new exhaust and air box (OE box has holes drilled in for more airflow), which I may use if and ever I feel like going back and riding a stock RX 135 (engine wise at least)

The rubber parts I haven't used any and they seem to be holding on well along with the manifolds. A spare crank and oil pump have been lubed with oil and stored to avoid any rusting.

This is how my 135 looks now after the latest cosmetic restoration.

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Cosmetic upgrade is the very first mistake from many of us and it hardly takes some time for us to regret. Anyways, hope the machine is doing good now.
The engine is the soul of the motorcycle and its important its in good health. Many who buy these used two stroke try and avoid doing a complete engine rebuild or maybe do a semi rebuild to avoid costs. Even if you change your piston to a next oversize, without changing your connecting rods or crank bearings then that is a disaster waiting to happen, as the extra power the new piston makes will damage any weaker parts which cannot take the extra load. Even a simple decarb can increase power in these two strokes tremendously.

Also, another important point to remember is to get your jetting in your carbs right after every rebuild especially when going with oversize pistons. With every oversize the main jet will get slightly richer as the surface area of the piston has increased which create more fuel mixture been sucked in. A lean mixture is what one needs to avoid as this will make your engine run hot and subsequently your piston will get seized and just like a new bike following the running in position is very important along with the first oil change and please don't ride it like you have stolen it immediately after a rebuild.
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