Hey everybody. Not necessarily new to the forum(been lurking for over a year now) but decided to take the time to introduce myself and share my story, so here it goes.
Back in 2007 a cousin of mine came into quite a bit of money and asked me if I would like for him to buy me a car(I was walking at the time). Jokingly I told him no, I would prefer to have a motorcycle. When he asked me what kind I wanted I told him it didn't matter, as long as it ran and had a title I'd be happy. I had a couple dirtbikes as a kid, my father has a 81' Harley that he bought brand new in 81', so I've always had a love for bikes. Unfortunately, I had kids at an early age, and numerous "jobs" never a career, so owning a sportbike has always been a dream.
Then the dream became a reality. Into my hands came a 2001 RC51. At the time I acquired it my DL was suspended and I never had the MC endorsement. So the bike sat improperly stored in the garage until the spring of 09'. It was then that I finally had my license restored. First thing I did was sign up for the MSF course at the local college. With the endorsement added and the anxiety to ride mounting I hastily took the bike to a local backyard mechanic and had him tune it up and get it running. And run it did! With no car, and no desire to own one, I rode my baby hard and put her away wet. Everyday for 4 months straight, rain or shine, I did everything but picking up the kids and grocery shopping. And then the inevitable happened, it broke down
Turns out the regulator took a crap. My mechanic got it running but it only lasted a couple weeks. When I took it back he said he had "rigged it" but there's nothing else he could do. So to the internet I turned and got smacked in the face with the realization that I can't afford to ride. I had no idea how expensive replacement parts were for motorcycles when compared to cars. $100+ for a battery that's 1/3 the size of a $60 car battery? $11 spark plugs? This saddened me to the point of depression and contemplation of selling. Because not only did the regulator get fried, it took the battery along with it. The previous owner lowsided so the left rad had a leak. The sprockets and chain were shot to shit. The tires were showing signs of dry-rot..... You see where I'm going with this? If it wasn't for my wife's support and reading alot of the posts on this forum, I would have been sold my pig.
Fortunately I didn't, and have spent the last year with the help of this site and my service manual bringing her back to life. So far this is what I've done: I was able to source a used Rad and Reg. from this site. The rad doesn't leak and after learning how to use a multimeter the charging system is within spec. I've done the PAIR mod and flapper mod, bought a new battery and tender, changed the oil and filter, air filters, and plugs. I have a lift which aided me in doing the work but in order to continue I had to get the bike off the ground. So I bought a Black Widow swingarm stand and front triple tree stand. They're not Pitbulls but I'm pleased with the quality. Wifey Claus bought me a new Scorpion Exo-1000 and the rest of the family pitched in and got me some new Spacely Space Sprckets and D.I.D. chain. I went with the 15/41,530 set-up. Next on the list are a set of Michelin Pilot Power's, and new brake pads front and rear.
In case anyone was wondering , no there isn't any Thorsten this or Sato that, Mori-who? The bike came with a PCIIIr(map unknown) and Two Bros. CF slip-ons(C4) and mid-pipes. Aftermarket undertail with integrated blinkers(manufacturer unknown) And also the PO had the rims chromed. That's good for another 5 HP right?
I could keep rambling but it's getting late and I think I've held your attention long enough. I want to thank you for reading my post and feel free to flame me at will! I would also like to thank all the forum members who contribute to this site with their wealth of knowledge and expertise. And also to the elitist prick bastards at RC51.org. Greatest bunch of guys I'll never get to ride with