Its been quite some time since I picked up my'03 SP2 salvage project. Long story short: I bought a "roughed-up" SP2 that I thought would just need a bit of freshening and cosmetics, but upon initial teardown, I realized that the PO and his methods of motorcycle repair and maintenance were just PISS-POOR. This really disturbed me, and there was no faith to be had in his craftsmanship of terrible quality of repair. It was time for a full dissasembley, so I know that I was the last one to touch any/all of the nuts and bolts and that procudure was followed correctly. I would never be able to have faith in this machine without giving her the full up and down.
So here we go: With winters arrival, I cleared a spot in the garage and cracked her open.
Here's a few pics to give yall an idea the type of shotty BS workmanship that the PO gave this pore baby. I wanted to give him Hell, but I just bit my tongue and rolled my eyes frequently throughout the sale.
1) '03 SP2...not too bad from that angle...Hey, Sato Bonzais? Stoked!
2) PO stated that the fairings took a impact from a loose dog that took a 70mph hit... no visual frame damage, forks looked alright. Mostly just damaged plastics and hangers. all the damage was giving me cold feet at first, but the fact that the headlights were still intact and that it had the Satos that were in decent condition made me lean towards buying her. Good track-build platform. Plus there is enough street trim there to consider making it a street machine years down the road.
3) I felt like I was adopting a refugee. Who does this sh!t??? "Hmm...my brakes are screwed...Ah to hell with it...Where's the epoxy?!?" The worst part: The dumbdumb drove the bike in the rain to meet with me for the sale...he considered it "fixed."
4) WTF? #2 Where's the chain slider??? Chain was band-sawing through the swingarm and doing a perty good job at gnawing through...see the metalic dust?
5) WTF? #3 160 wide tire mounted on the OEM 6.0 wide rim for increased traction loss and a sure near-death expierence.
She didn't like to turn too much.
6) I was in for a winter project...Always wanted an RC for track use...time to tear her down and learn the ways of the RC51!
7) Off with the swingarm.