From: "Al Pedro" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2001 01:38:05 -0800
Bumped into your web site and thought you may be interested in this piece of the past ! What is it ? It's a Honda XR125 ! The year ? 1977
They were built to run in I.S.D.T. events. Three were built and raced as a team .
Who was behind a project like this ? Three guys from Eastern Oregon . ( Al Pedro, Cliff Hoeft, and Doug Mentzer )
How did they do ? Cliff Hoeft 2- gold and 1- silver medal. Al Pedro 1- silver and 1- bronze medal. Doug Mentzer 1- bronze medal.
If this looks like something you would like more pictures of, and more info on, let me know.
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2001 01:38:05 -0800
First, I would like to let you know I enjoyed the web site. Being a part of the old XL era I got a real kick out of it! I was glad to hear you were interested in our old XR125 story.
Tonight I'm sending you pictures of the bike when it was re-born in 1977 as a XR, and I was a 21 year old kid with too many ideas. I have a few more pictures of it before we got it dirty, but I picked out the best ones. I will go through the pictures of it as a XL in 1976 and XR in 1977 out in I.S.D.T. events, and send you the best ones. I will make up a list of all the mods. also. I have event results to if you are interested, Bad Rock in Weston OR 1976, Trask Mountain in McMinville OR 1977, and Rattlesnake in Olympia WA 1977.
The bike is a 74/75 Honda XL125. The rear linkage set up was for a 76 CR125 and was made by an outfit out of Florida called Skunk Works. I adapted it to the XL. Front forks are off a 76 CR125. The engine I filled with parts from Powroll. It was 150cc.
We had more fun with this project than you can believe! There was nothing like the look on 2- stroke riders face when he got passed by a Modified XL125. Cliff was the one that really left his mark. At Olympia in one of the timed special test sections he tied for the fastest time in the 125 class and tied with Ted Leimbach riding a Penton. At Trask he finished fourth out of nineteen entries. Ten riders were I.S.D.T. riders and he finished ahead of seven of them. That was or best moment in the whole project!
We now have a new project after many years, also with a Honda XR. We are rebuilding and modifing a 1981, 1982, and 1988 Honda XR200R. Engine full of Powroll parts. Custom rear shocks by Works. Late style forks and hubs on the 81 and 82. Excel rims with stainless spokes. Etc. Etc.