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Old 07-02-2014, 04:44 AM   #1
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Wink '81 Fantic Caballero 125 rebuild

I'm finally going to finish the Fantic project that my dad started 10 years ago.
In 2004 my dad looked at a '81 Fantic Caballero Regolarità Competizione 125 (What a name) and after the seller did a wheelie out of his garage and some other tricks with that bike my dad bought it. It was dirty and not in good condition but also cheap and almost no parts where missing.
Back home after fixing an exhaust leak he noticed a clanking sound out of the engine, stripped the bike and found out that both the piston and the cylinder had many deep scratches. Looked like the bike had eaten a lot of sand during his life. So he decided to restore the bike.
He already did a lot of work, engine is completely rebuilt, many things are polished or painted or bought new. But there are also parts that still need to be done like rebuilding the shocks and fork, replacing every bearing, do a new wiring harness...
But because time and money never seemed to match the bike never got finished and now waits since 8 years to get reassembled and finished.

I'm going to finish the bike together with my dad. Its going to be a nice father and son project and in the end we want to get the bike registered and ridable for some honing around in the forest, some daytrips and maybe even hitting the mx track some times(we also have the parts for an mx setup of the bike). So yeah, I know it is a rare bike and I will scratch it up and maybe even break something but if I can break it I can repair it.

This is how the bike should look like when its ready.


And this is how it looks now:




It's not going to be a fast project. It has been sitting for so long that another few weeks wont matter but I hope that I have a running bike by the end of this year. But I'm going to post an update when ever we did something on the bike.

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Old 07-20-2014, 04:00 AM   #2
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I did have a bit of time today and started on the shocks.

After spraying myself all over with oil while checking the pressure in the chocks I decided to rebuild them.

Catching all the oil worked rather well..

..until the tape said fuck it and fell off.
Oh well, I wanted to clean the garage anyway.

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Old 07-20-2014, 05:32 PM   #3
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Cool bike and good story!

Any more history on the model?
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:40 AM   #4
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Fantic is an old Italian company that started manufacturing bikes in the late 60's. Back in the day the bikes where probably comparable to a KTM today. Ready to race from the factory. They had a lot of goodies and high quality parts like powder coated frames back then.

In the mean time I only managed to check out the two airboxes and how I'm going to repair them. As they are made of fiber glass I'll laminate them over to give the airbox extra strength and to seal every leak.
I also made a new service cover for the airbox but that's pretty much all that happened.
I remember why the bike didn't got finished during the last few years...
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:15 PM   #5
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Here comes a big update

I actually wanted to do the airbox since a few weeks but I noticed that my last 5m² GFK where used in the Firewall of our Formula Student Racecar so I couldn't start. Today I finally had the time to look trough our leftover carbon and could get started.


And heres a pic right in the middle of the process.
Looks finished a lot better


And thats about it.
I honnestly dont know why I started this post with "Here comes a big update" Sorry about that
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:39 PM   #6
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I can remember they did a 50cc caballero back in the late 70s early 80s, they were a quick little thing as i can remember, every British 16 year olds drean ride back then.
Cool project and keep the story coming.

One of the 50cc sixteener specials here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q41UFh5bvlg

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Old 11-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #7
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Thank you and nice to hear something about back in the day.
The bike in the video is about twice as old as I am.
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After everything dried up I could finish it off with some last touches and test it for waterproofness.

Test passed
And I couldn't stop without putting the engine and the airbox in place

Looks almost finished now. haha
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:31 PM   #9
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Even though the frame is powder coated, I treated the frame today with a special preservation spray. Sprayed it everywhere where moisture likes to hide, to keep the frame in good shape for a long time.


Replaced a leaky radial shaft seal


and polished some parts

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Old 12-11-2014, 11:27 PM   #10
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I dig details like the small polished parts; feel like it makes all the difference.
looking great so far!
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:40 PM   #11
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Nice I had one of those when i was kid in high school, more then 30 years ago.
They were the coolest bike ever back then.
Good luck with the project
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:37 AM   #12
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Nice build up!

Just for the sake of Fantic brotherhood, I'd like to share my rebuild(ish) Fantic here.

Good luck man.

http://vimeo.com/77960005
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:57 AM   #13
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Thank you guys for the great response. Definitely motivates to keep updating this thread.
Nice trial durotork. My dad used to have a Fantic Trial 240 Professional. Was a nice bike, I used to ride it sometimes before I had my license. Fortunately I never got caught.

I pressed in some brand new SKF steering head bearings

worked rather well with cooling down the stem in the freezer and heating up the bearings on a radiator to ~60°C

Installed the triple clamps and the tach bracket.
For now I decided to go with the Regolarita triple clamps instead of the Cross Competizione. I'll see what suits me more when the bike is ready. But for now I keep it original.


And I pressed in new linkage bearings. They are a bit dirty due to all the copper paste I used to protect the metal.
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Looking good man keep the progress coming a nice build.
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