Greetings from snowy Michigan,
Picked up a cheap 2003 SP2-13k miles as a project this winter. I'm hoping to go through the entire bike correcting some bad maintenance, fixing safety issues, and upgrade the brakes/suspension/controls. Bike runs and rides great, has a couple mods already competed, and came with a PC3 USB.
This was a theft recovery bike from Ohio that was also crashed at some point in it's life. There's some rust on random parts and the rubber hoses are beginning to rot. I'm guessing the bike spent some of it's life in the elements or possibly an impound lot. A few small things are missing and there are scrapes on the swing arm and fairings. The fairings have been repainted but you can see the poor repair/sanding job immediately, no clear coat, and the graphics are not applied evenly. I'm trying to decide if I want to put a Hotbodies Racing Fairing Kit on it and sell the OEM fairings/lights. It would be nice to simplify and make removable brackets for lights if I ever wanted to make it street legal.
Bike has a lightly rusted 2-1 exhaust and a Yosh can. No exhaust hanger bracket, no rear tire hugger/chain guard, mismatched tires and a healthy amount of dust/oil/chain wax everywhere. The brake lines need to be replaced and probably the coolant and fuel hoses as well for reliability.
More pictures and posts to come as parts come in and I start dismantling the front suspension. This should be a quick project and maybe I'll see some of you at Grattan or Gingerman Raceway this summer. Not interested in making this the fastest RC51, just trying to maximize fun.