KTM 125 2003 - Seized But Loving It
by Alex Gaisford
The day I picked it up and how I travel to race meetings!
Well I bought my KTM 125 just over a year ago and have loved it every time I've ridden it! I have raced about half a season on it and am half way through my second season now.
After my first season I gave the bike to a mate to get it re-built and he had a look over the whole bike. He set up the suspension and all the little bits on there and I was very happy with it. It now handles soooo much better and goes better, until recently when halfway through a race it decided to seize the bottom end solid.
It has taken me 2 months to afford the parts and get them fitted and has completely ruined my chances of a new bike. Other people complain about prices of things and I just read the article about the 09 crf 250 and he's saying about how his numbers are made from electrical tape and he doesn't know the meaning of budget racing! I get trundled along to meets with my bike on the back of my dads old rover and put on my bargain bucket kit and go have a great time!
As for the bike it has never let me down mid race (except for seizing) and has been a great first bike for me. Once I had it set up properly it is a fantastic handling bike and goes really well!
One problem that I have had is my gear lever. Apparently this is common on KTM's because of the design and usually results in me being stuck in 4th gear at the bottom of a steep hill with no hope of ever making it. The only solution for this is to locktite and then lock wire the bolt in. Other than that I have no complaints about this bike, and considering I paid about £900 for it it has served me well!- Ain't it amazing what some fine tuning to your suspension setup can do?! For a second hand bike for £900 you can almost expect a bottom end blowout at some stage, but once you repair it (properly) it will be all good to go again for a long time. Cheers for sharing.