Your Collection: 1976 KX125Sunday, July 15, 2012 | 6:00 AM
This weeks collection comes to us from Tony DeSantis in New Jersey.
Here is my restored 76 Kawasaki KX125-A3. This is the same model and year bike I purchased new at the age of 14 in 1976. My 1st motocross bike, This rotary valve air cooled 124cc 2 stroke engine put out a claimed 22hp @9750 rpm and had tons of low end power for a bike only weighing 178lbs. With under 4" of rear suspension travel and 6" of fork travel, this bike was not good on rough tracks. Kawasaki made this bike from 1974 to 1976 virtually the same except color and graphics. In 1976 this bike was so behind in suspension technology that Kawasaki took a year off and didn't make a 1977 KX motocross bike. They came out with a completely redesigned motocrosser for 1978. I restored This bike to new condition, complete engine rebuild using all genuine Kawasaki parts, the frame was sand blasted and powder coated, all the original hardware nuts and bolts were re-zink plated, and all the chrome was re-done. The rims were polished and anodized, the fuel tank was cleaned, lined, and painted KX Kawasaki lime green. Every detail has been recreated to make this bike look like it came off the Kawasaki dealership floor in 1976. It would be very cool to have this bike featured in Racer X my collection. I would like to share my passion with all your readers.
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