Review: Full bodywork restoration and re-spray

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Full bodywork restoration and re-spray, £400
Miles covered/time
: 5000/three years

What’s good? Just look at the quality. This well-worn Kawasaki AR125 now looks like it’s come from a time capsule. Painstaking attention to detail means no-one could tell it’s not original.

A Kawasaki bar-code sticker on the tank, hidden by the seat, has been meticulously recreated.

As well as the paintwork on all panels, fairing and tank, the work included plastic welding and filling where bodywork was damaged. It still looks stunning after three years.    

What’s not? After two years, paint around the tank filler cap began to bubble, no-doubt a reaction to petrol. To stop the bubbles spreading, I had to sand them down and re-paint the area with a roughly matching touch-up pen.

On any other bike this would have ruined the whole job. Luckily the AR has a gawky plastic cover over the filler cap which hides the damage.

The bubbles’ march across the tank seems to have been halted.  

Contact: or 01843-580869
Rating: 4/5

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Steve Farrell

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