I have PVM 7 - Y spoke wheels. John Harris was trying to persuade me to go for Dymags, but I waited a few months and got these. Glad I did as Dymag went out of business since
PVM's are so well made they don't need any balancing weights front or rear unlike Marchesini's, so a bike shop told me...(Don't know if that's true for sure).
The only difficulty I'm finding now is getting an 80mm bore, 5 hole 100 PCD sprocket. B&C in UK can machine a Renthal one for me and Harris will have them too but they may be difficult to find in Japan. BTW, 15/41 or 15/42 is the largely agreed best gearing change for RC51's
Ladybird is in Osaka, about 650 km from Fukushima so I doubt there's any problem with getting their products. Smells like a bit of BS.
Only the area 30km around Fukushima Dai-Ichi is affected and there are many people still living there and thousands of volunteers helping. It's really not as the intl. media is suggesting - that Japan is unlivable or anything of the sort. There are published radio-activity readings all over Japan on a 3 times daily basis available to all to see. The vast majority of readings are at normal background levels, except areas close to Fukushima's power station. Most of the radiation that escaped was Iodine 131 which has an 8 day half life. It's not like Chernobyl which was much more serious, but I digress...
You might want to consider getting a Turn-One snorkel & carbon air box. The standard airbox has the throttles underneath it. The Turnone (A copy of the Durbahn design) has throttles inside and uses the underside of the fuel tank as an air-tight lid. By having a much larger volume this helps increase torque and as there is more of a ram-air effect at higher speeds. There is resonance with carbon, so it sounds much nicer than standard. You can hear the engine gulp air as you open the throttle wide open. Someone recently dyno tested and said it made 7 bhp difference, but it will probably make the most difference at speed. The snorkel is so large I can put my fist into it. For about 250 GBP for the while kit (roughly) it's well worth the cost.
Turnone are making a new batch this month, so you might want to get your order in...
Once you have a carbon intake snorkel, you'll probably want a Magical Racing carbon instrument panel surround. Beautifully finished & looks very sweet, just make sure your master cylinders don't foul it on full lock and adjust if they do...or you'll scratch the edges of that beautiful finish.
Adding pretty parts will bring you further into wanting cosmetic changes...
You'll probably like some flush mount LED indicators when you see them. A company called Watsen Design in Canada makes some lovely billet ones which are painted to match your fairing. Best I've come across. Can't really see them till they're switched on (Very bright). There are Rizoma rears or others available depending on what you want to do. You'd need to change the indicator relay to one that works with LED's. There's also rear undertail kits to change the ugly back light. My bike's previous owner made his own using an LED CBR tail light and undertray sections from coated aluminium. He did a good job. Looks much better than the heavy rear standard cluster... You can fit LED sidelight bulbs, etc. too. When you do electrical changes always use shrink wrap & a soldering iron, tidily zip tie loose wires, etc. Crimp connectors hold water, break off, etc. causing headaches. RC51's vibrate a lot, so anything loose will shake a lot. I usually Loctite bolts for exhaust, rearsets, etc. as a few fell off before I did that...
Most custom paint jobs seem to be to repair damage - nothing wrong with the original colours IMHO. If you do a custom paint job, may as well go the whole hog and fit some custom endurance style lights with an FRP fairing and save the original in your attic...The Cabin colours are pretty and there were some other lovely paintjobs on RC51 racebikes too.
I think it's Tyga USA that also offers a carbon rear seat hump complete with carbon lid.. Durbahn also made a nice fairing for RC51's. Check their site for more ideas...Pricey though!
You might also want to fit Carbon front mudguard & rear hugger. Magical Racing make some nice designs of these & some lovely wide angle lightweight carbon mirrors too - Best carbon parts I've found for RC51's. Mine have been on for 4 years and a lot of mileage, absolutely no problems, no milky discolouring, etc (Bike does live under cover when not in use though).
Or how about a Tyga top yoke to replace the standard item, topped with a Probolt titanium nut? Probolt sell some nice fairing bolt kits to replace the nasty old standard stuff too
HRC quick throttle (Available cheaply from http://www.scottsms.com
) is well worth it to make for quicker blipping for downchanges & it's cheap.
Keep the bike chained with an Abus Granite (Or similar) to a big steel anchor sunk into your garage floor and put a baby monitor inside the garage plugged in & hidden with the transmitter in your bedroom. The less than honest brethren wouldn't be able to do much without making a lot of noise by which time you'll have called the Police, or started turning on lights or making it known you are aware someone's there...
There's a ton of stuff you can still do to your RC51...May as well do it whilst parts are still available though. The nice parts are slowly dissapearing as demand wanes, just as it did for RC30's & RC45's. But it's very easy to lighten your wallet. I hate to count what I spend on mine, because then sanity begins to set in...
Saw an article in PB some months ago describing what was "probably" the UK's nicest RC51 for road use. Your's already sounds better...and will no doubt get nicer & nicer the way you're headed so far.
As a result of your suggestion I'm awaiting a response from Paolo on the best price he can offer for some bits. Did they clear anodise your radial caliper brackets?
Should you have difficulty I can probably also facilitate supply of some stuff from Japan such as MR stuff, although Simon in Kobe does that for a living I think.
Pound's value is rubbish though, so expect to pay a fair old chunk of wedge to import stuff from Japan.
US, Europe, etc. might be more attractively priced.
If you want website links to any of the above, just shout.