Everyones got a pet name for their projects, so I figured why the hell not me. The name certainly fits. When the bike was together it didn't look that bad, but once it went to teardown and each part had to stand under scrutiny, holy hell...
Glad I didn't try and ride it
Everything is coming along nicely now though, I'm almost worried that it's going so well that I'll pull 3ft out of the garage and get sideswiped by a runaway fat woman on a Rascal.
So much for the couple hundred in parts to get the bike running, it's so cheap to replace parts that are probably perfectly good. But newer parts are less rusty and don't have that "questionable" feeling.
So far, Pauls Powdercoating has been my crack dealer and has really treated me right. As soon as I got the frame and swingarm back and started organizing the rebuild, I noticed about 7 parts that would look out of place...off to Paul they go!
Included the wheels in on that latest shipment as well...gun metal spokes and hub with a polished rim, clear coated all over...really looking forward to seeing how it's gonna look.
Cycle Concepts is working the engine over with a new kevlar clutch and replacing some internal parts that weren't right. Good group of guys over there, prices are right and their turnaround time is quick.
Got my tank cover in a few days ago and the new gas tank and airbox assembly is waiting for me at the leasing office desk to come pick up. Until i get the engine though I can't start plugging shit back up.
I'm redoing the front suspension since I had to disassemble the forks for powdercoating, so with with some Racetech spings and new bearings for the steering head and swing arm it'll ride like a dream. The stock rear shock is good for now, $500 to replace a working part is a little overboard.
With a new 520 front/rear sprocket and chain conversion and a Yosh or Devil (love that twin stack high mount! yuM!) it'll be a quick little manuverable shit.
I still can't decide on the fairings. I'm converting the tail from the 80's style tail to an R6 tail and seat, so I dunno where to go. I know it'll be silver, but WHAT will be silver...Ah well, that's part of the fun, eh?
In keeping with the phoenix theme, I'm replacing the yahama insignia with this:
(This would be so much more impressive if I had a digcam, but ah well...