If you've never heard of a Kawasaki Tecate 125, that's because it wasn't built by Kawasaki. But it is being built by forum member loizl
, who set out to build a machine that was something Kawasaki never envisioned, which we all can agree was mighty unfortunate. The goal of the build was to put together a small, lightweight and most importantly, a reliable trike similar to a Honda 200X. So, under these parameters, he started building it from scratch.
Beginning with a second generation 1987 Tecate frame, it was modified to similar geometry as a first generation Tecate frame but with a removable aluminum subframe and a single downtube to clear his exhaust. Powered by a Gianelli piped KMX125 2 stroke engine, expected horsepower is to be between 20-24, more so than a comparable 200X but very reliable. Choosing this engine proves to be a great choice in that it had a very long production run with very few changes, and it features a counterbalanced 6 speed, wide ratio transmission. The fenders are from a Honda Fatcat bike, a Kawasaki Mojave quad (including the seat), a headlight off a Tri-Moto 225 Yahama, and also features inverted 41mm front forks and custom made triples. He is also preparing an aluminum gas tank for the machine. This thing will absolutely rip when it's done. To read more on the build, view more pictures and leave feedback, click here