Bike of the Month - December 2010
1979 Mugen ME125
Nobby Toledo
Sandy, Oregon





I started this build back in April and finished it in June. Like all of the other six aircooled 125 Mugens I have built it was a very low hour bike. I started from the ground up.


Dunlop tires, DID rims, powder coated hubs, 8 gauge stainless spokes, and new bearings. I made rimlock nuts and valve stem covers and new brake shoes. The swingarm did need alot of attension to get it to look the way it does now. Shocks are custom built Ohlins by Craig Comontofski of the Husky Club and a great guy to work with.


The forks are 43mm Showas that I completely went though and are held in place by FMF billet clamps. The bars are Renthal and all new cables. I hand built the chain guide, brake arm, chain buffers and brake pedal. The frame was powder coated by Blakeley Kustom coatings of Clackamas, OR.


I painted the tank, forks, wide foot pegs and motor. The plastic I bought from Peter at VMX Racing New Mexico and seat cover from Billy Ray of VRM Racing Portland Or. I completely went though the motor bearings, seals, and gaskets all OEM. I made the the Mugen emblem and letters thats on the clutch cover.


The cylinder and head are stock Mugen that came from Holland and I did no porting to this one. V Force Delta 3 reed, 36mm Keihin carb and nos oem air-filter. The pipe is not the one that is staying on the bike. I am testing and developing pipes for the '79 & '80 125's right now on my race bike and I am real close to what I want from the pipe but the wheather has been terrible and is holding me up.


This bike was alot of fun to build like all of the others I have built. It has never had fuel in it and probably won't as long as I own it. If you have any questions you can contact me at


Thank you and I hope you enjoy the bike,