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Beautiful Disaster (2004 SP2)

Hello all,

I recently purchased my first RC51. A 2004 that, being a big Hayden fan was the year I have always hoped to have. Being a Ducati owner and WSBK fan I have always wanted an RC51 but for one reason or another never put one in the stable. I came across a deal that I could not pass on and am now the owner of a bike in need of a lot of love. She had been sitting in a barn with around thirty other bikes for the past ten years with only a little over 5000 miles on the clock. I don't know much of her past but she does have a clear title, a running engine and what seems to be a straight frame.

It is my hope that fellow forum members with more educated eyes for this bike can help me come up with a parts list to get her back on the road and working towards her former glory. My plan is to put her back on the street as I already have two dedicated track bikes. I am away for the next two months but would like to start rounding up parts as soon as I can so that I can jump right into her once I am state side again.

Thank you all for your help and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you and sharing my progress with you.
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Trying to get some pictures up with very limited Internet across multiple devices.
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On our way home...
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Well, you got your work cut out right there ! :-)


"Former glory"will cost a pretty penny if you want all OEM panels.
Alternatively -and if you can live with some imperfection- there are Chines body panel kits.

Or replica decal sets...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/RVT-1000R-R...itleDesc=0%7C0
(I have NO affiliation with this company)

Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
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That's a real shame. Why would some BOOB paint the frame ?
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That's a real shame. Why would some BOOB paint the frame ?
Hopefully it's just a rattle can paint job, and can be removed with acetone, or brake cleaner. If they did not sandblast the frame, or rash/crash it, you should be able to restore it.
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Well, you got your work cut out right there ! :-)

"Former glory"will cost a pretty penny if you want all OEM panels.
Alternatively -and if you can live with some imperfection- there are Chines body panel kits.
I actually have a full set of factory panels of an '05 for the bike already that will just need to be painted in '04 scheme. I knew I would have one at some point so I have a small collections of parts I have picked up over the years. That being said does anyone have a good source for a complete decal set for the '04? And maybe the paint codes? Like to have all of that ready to take to my painter when I get home. One big elephant though is that I do need a fuel tank so if anyone out there has a spare please let me know!


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That's a real shame. Why would some BOOB paint the frame ?
Yes, I totally agree with the 'boob' comment. Truly an unforgivable sin! I think the brushed frame and swingarm on these bikes is very beautiful! Thankfully it is just a very poorly done rattle can job and it was flaking off with me just running my hand over it. Is acetone going to be the best for getting this off the frame and swing arm? I don't know what is best and I don't want to discolor the aluminium frame in anyway. Unfortunately there is over spray on everything too so there is going to be a lot of disassembly just to clean everything up.
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Trying to get some more pictures up... I suppose I should start a 'Parts needed' thread in the classified / marketplace. Anything that anyone can see that I need please let me know, or if there are things that should be improved or upgraded now is the time to do it!
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The Tail

Here are a few shots of the tail. Looks like there is an inner and outer fender and I'm going to need both. I would like to find both stock pieces, a full inner and the outer with the stock square tail lights. If anyone one has pictures of these handy I'd love to know what everything is supposed to look like back here.
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When I polished my frame on the VFR back in 1991 (when it was popular) I tried everything to remove the anodize. The only thing that worked was EZ-Off oven cleaner, so stay away from that for sure. I would strip the bike down to the frame, or frame and engine. Then try things from least caustic to most aggressive.

Water Blast
Simple Green
Kerosene
Brake Cleaner/Carb Cleaner (carb cleaners tend to be a bit more oily)
Lacquer Thinner
Jasco Paint Remover


Try a spot inside the frame or swingarm to test first, and always rinse with soap and water afterward - do not let anything sit on the surface overnight.....
(do not use dish soap on painted surfaces as it will strip the wax off, and oils from the paint)
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