1972 Honda MT125R Frame no. 125R2F-1257,

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1972 Honda MT125R
Frame no. 125R2F-1257,

US$ 9,000 - 12,000
£ 6,900 - 9,200
1972 Honda MT125R
Frame no. 125R2F-1257
Throughout the 1960s Honda dominated Grand Prix racing’s smaller-capacity classes with its works-entered multi-cylinder exotica, while at the same time providing the privateer with a series of less complicated models which often proved capable of getting on to the GP leader board in the right hands. Developed from the works CR250 and CR395 twins, the 250cc CR72 and 305cc CR77 were comparative rarities, the most numerous of Honda’s over-the-counter racers being the 125cc CR93, followed by the 50cc CR110. Honda’s official withdrawal from Grand Prix racing at the end of 1967 coincided with an upsurge in two-stroke development (Honda were firmly in the four-stroke camp at this time, at least as far as road racing was concerned) and when GP rules changed for 1970 - limiting 125s and 250s to a maximum of two cylinders and six gears - it was obvious to all concerned that the future would be viewed through a haze of blue exhaust smoke. Even four-stroke die-hards like Honda were forced to take notice, and while there would be no direct works involvement in Grand Prix racing for many years, there was soon a new privateer racer on offer - the MT125R. Built by the Honda Racing Service Center, the MT125R was powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled two-stroke engine developed from that of the MT125 dirt bike. This simple motor drove via a six-speed gearbox and was mounted in a conventional set of cycle parts. Eventually up-graded with water cooling, the MT125R proved an enormous success worldwide and today is a mainstay of historic racing’s 125 class. We are advised that this Honda MT125R has never been used; indeed, the engine has never even been started. A veritable ‘time warp’ machine eligible for AHRMA and other historic racing events, it constitutes an ideal starter bike for anyone considering taking up classic motorcycle racing.
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