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Rough life for 03, a long and slow (re)build

Take your jacket off, grab a drink, and pull up a seat. This could be a minute.

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-into cars when younger
-after car wreck decided to get my M endorsement
-saw an RC51 on the street and it was game over, I HAD to have one
-RC51 was my first bike, according to 99% of people I'm an idiot who should be dead.
-bikes been down a few times and debating what to do with it
-met gts455 and inspired me to build what I want

those are the basics. I have a love hate relationship with this bike. first time it was laid over was at about 5mph in sand. you know those horrible times where everything goes in slow motion but you cant stop it? Yep thats what it was. After about 2k in new Honda parts the bike was like new again. Two weeks later a tow truck decided to hit me. Again fixed up the bike and added a ton of parts (I went through my carbon fiber stage) and was not happy. Started to return the bike to more factory style when I lent it to a friend (who had a bike and has ridden for a while). Said idiot tries to pull the front end up and sent biking sliding across parking lot. freaking a, thats going to cost me. I got pissed off and gave up at that point. spray paint camo the bike because I didnt care and it looked better than rash.

Fast forward and I dont know if I should do a full build, do a part out and buy another, make it a track bike, etc, etc. I met GTS455 and his bike is simply a work of art, a piece of art thats going to tear up some corners and stand out from all the other usual pieces of art. check out his build here ( https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4681 ) after seeing his it relit my fire to build and have a nice RC.

Currently almost completely done with disassembling of full bike. I am literally starting from the ground up. Going to take some time but will be worth it. pics of my bike over the years, and pics of current.








Last pic is current. Waiting for SST to come from Ben to finish breakdown. After that frame and swinger are off to get powder.

Mod list is not too long yet. In random order

Varium link,
T1 Airbox
Kyle racing block offs
Akrapovic carbons
Kyle racing clip ons
TechG rear sets
Ohlins steering damper
Rapid Bike
Shindengen FH012AA Regulator
Sato rear spools
Goodridge SS front lines, rear line, and clutch line
HRC overflow bottle

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I sorta dig that camo spray paint job !

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Thanks. I actually liked it. Also had it in "urban" camo, which looked pretty neat. But, it was spray paint so looked neat from far, but not so much up close.

Got a socket in for the rear swinger nuts, and got a socket in for the top tripple nut. Now to find time to finish disassembling of it.
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Nice thread, let me know when you need some help, i have the next week off.

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Nice thread, let me know when you need some help, i have the next week off.
Wow...leavin' the wife and new born already. Aren't motorcycle great!



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Wow...leavin' the wife and new born already. Aren't motorcycle great!
sssshhhhhh, she doesn't know i'm volunteering my services yet.

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Nice thread, let me know when you need some help, i have the next week off.
Cool man, may take you up on that. I got the sockets I need for final disassembly. not intelligent move on my part, I sold my cherry picker a month or two. Fail. oh well, it will still come apart
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Taking longer than expected. Every time I attempt to do something I find out I need some different tool. 41mm socket purchased for top triple nut. Special socket purchased from Ben for the swinger castle nuts. Now I believe I need a 21mm hex drive for the swing arm adjustment bolts. Slowly but surely this bike will be apart! Can't wait til I get to start actually rebuilding it instead of just taking it apart.
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Finally out. Apparently need one more tool (spanner wrench) to get the lower of the top nuts off the stem and drop the stem/lower triples out and then it will be bare. Not as bad as I was expecting, but I can't say I fully understand the mount set up. A bit different than what I am used to from cars. Big thanks to 9Hondas (on SZ) for his pictorial ( http://www.airlinebrats.com/rc51/engineoutin/ ) and he went way out of his way to offer tips over PMs as well. Great guy that is a true asset to this community.

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bloody hell man, thats what you call stripped down, nice job. im mega jealous of guys like you that have the skill to do stuff like that. it keeps the bike mint and performing at its peak. guys like me with zero experience just buy a good example and ride it around "hoping" nothing breaks. its not a nice feeling. keep up the good work man.
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