Custom Honda CG125 Is Cooler Than a Bike of Its Size Should Ever Have the Right to Be

Operating as WKND Customs in Portugal, Sergio Almeida isn’t a professional full-time builder just yet, but his work is absolutely top-notch. The bike we’re about to look at does an excellent job at showcasing his abilities, and it started out as a derelict 1998 Honda CG125. Sergio purchased it in pieces for the previous owner, so it should go without saying that a lot of work needs to be done.
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As a matter of fact, he soon discovered that the frame was damaged beyond repair and had to be replaced altogether. Thankfully, Sergio was able to find a sound CG125 skeleton online, connecting it to the repurposed forks, front wheel hub, and disc brake of a different, unidentified motorcycle. The forks were lowered and enshrouded in handmade covers, so as to give the little Honda a bit more visual heft up north.

Billet aluminum triple clamps hold the front suspension units in place, while the wheel hub is laced to an 18-inch aftermarket rim. The new rear hoop has the same diameter, and both are wrapped in retro-looking Mitas rubber. WKND’s one-man army also extended the swingarm by around two inches (50 mm), then he fitted a modern pair of adjustable shocks.

Their upper ends attach to a custom subframe, whose rearmost portion supports a circular LED taillight and a removable cowl. Once taken off, it turns that gorgeous black Alcantara saddle into a two-up should the need to carry a passenger ever arise. Flanking the bike’s seat are handmade tubular side covers, and there’s a discreet electronics box stashed between them.

A bit further ahead, you’ll spot the repurposed fuel tank of a Honda CB200, nicely repaired and adapted to suit the CG125. The cockpit area is now home to an aftermarket speedo and a brand-new handlebar, which sports Biltwell grips, compact switches, and fresh control levers. Sergio added a small Bates-style headlamp in that area, too, and there are LED turn signals all-round.

To keep the rear end as tidy as possible, WKND installed a swingarm-mounted license plate bracket that holds a minute fender. CNC-machined rider and passenger foot pegs are also present, along with a custom side stand fabricated in-house. As you can imagine, the donor’s four-stroke 125cc thumper was in dire need of some TLC, so our protagonist had it refurbished inside out and fitted with youthful seals and gaskets.

Combustion by-products are expelled via a powder-coated exhaust system, and the carb breathes through a mesh-covered velocity stack. Finally, we arrive at the motorcycle’s paintwork, which employs a Nardo Grey base and pale gold highlights. These hues appear on items like the fuel tank, side covers, and tail section, but most of the lower components were painted satin-black.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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