S2007 was a great year for Suzuki, with Ricky Carmichael finishing off his upercross career on-board an RM250 two- stroke, which in turn has inspired plenty of riders across the world over time and even now, to collect and build the iconic machines.

James Harris did exactly that, rebuilding a beautiful 2007 model in all its glory.

“The reason for this build had started with my love of Suzukis, and my Grandad was Graham Beamish of Beamish Suzuki,” said Harris.

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“Graham had a huge input into my schoolboy racing career, living next door and having Golding Barn Raceway in my garden meant he spent a lot of time watching, advising and helping with my bike setup.”

“I also had my ex-GP racing uncles always offering support, and after the passing of my grandad I have only been able to buy Suzukis, as they handle better than any other bike I’ve ridden and being based at a track that is harder than concrete in the summer, handling is everything.

“Knowing that Suzuki RM125s are dying off through lack of production I wanted to build something special, and I wanted all the parts I always wanted when I was growing up like the aluminium tank and the Scalvini pipe. These are the parts my grandad always said, ‘These won’t make you faster so they’re not needed’.

“I look at this bike as a tribute to the hours he put into my racing and a thank you for being such a legend in my eyes.”

“The bike cost a hell of a lot to build, I’ve got a figure but would rather not disclose it as it might a tad more than what I told my wife. I’m looking forward to getting out on it to see how it goes but I might end up letting my little cousins (Charlie and Ollie Beamish) ride it instead as I’m sure they’ll do a better job.”

Check out the modifications James has made to the Suzuki below:

Chassis

  • Original bike fully stripped
  • Frame shot blasted and powder coated gloss black
  • All bearings removed from swingarm and linkage
  • Swing arm and linkage shot blasted, hand polished and new bearings, seals and sleeves fitted
  • All brake calipers ad master cylinders stripped, shot blasted, crerekote painted in burnt bronze then rebuilt with new pistons and seals
  • Genuine front brake lever and clutch perch assembly fitted
  • New braided brake lines made and fitted
  • Pro taper RMZ foot pegs modified to fit the RM125 fitted
  • RFX rear brake lever
  • Rear subframe shot blasted and hand polished
  • 2021 RMZ250 x-trig clamps modified to fit the RM125 frame
  • Renthal fat-bars, billet alloy throttle tube
  • 2021 Ohlins RXF48s front forks and Ohlins rear shock
  • Full scalvini pipe with carbon silencer 
  • Talon wheels
  • Motomaster overside front disc and carrier and motomaster rear disc
  • Dunlop mx53 tyres
  • Renthal sprockets
  • DID chain
  • Genuine Suzuki gear lever
  • Lectron Carb

Engine

  • Completely stripped
  • All internal bearings and seals removed
  • Engine cases vapor blasted
  • Engine cases and cylinder blueprinted 
  • Cylinder tuned
  • New bearings and seals re fitted
  • New con-rod, cylinder replated and new piston fitted
  • Wiseco clutch basket fitted with new clutch boss, pressure plate and new genuine Suzuki clutch plates
  • Boysen rad valve fitted
  • VHM head fitted
  • Power valves machine polished
  • Boyesen engine covers fitted
  • Running on Sunoco race oxygenated race fuel

Bodywork

  • Polisport 2021 RMZ front end
  • Acerbis RMZ450 rad scoops
  • Polisport re-styled back end
  • Custom Decals By Unbounded Designs
  • Custom seat cover

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