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Getting back into an RC

Hi everyone. Haven't ridden in quite a few years but my last bike was an RC51... and I miss it every day. I have an opportunity to buy a friends '02 as a project and it's really tempting. He lowsided it about 8 years ago and he's been storing it in his garage ever since but doesn't have the time to get it running again.

The good:
-One owner
-2,000 miles
-Lots of spares

The bad:
-Hasn't been started in 8 years....
-Forks need a rebuild
-Master cylinder leaked out all of the brake fluid
-Who knows what else it could be hiding

I have a few options with it ranging from restoring it to a clean street bike, run it with the scuffed fairings as a street/track bike, or build it up to go racing in a year or so.

Hopefully I got the attachment to work, it's me on my SP1 in 2008
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All depends on the price of the bike, I'm building a crashed one up at present but got it for the right price and bought it to keep for many years.
2000 miles on the clock would sway me though.
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I've brought bikes back from being unused for 15+ years, it's not that difficult - but they are all bikes with carbs which are a little easier to clean than an FI system.The fuel system may need replacement. Gunk in tank, hoses, fuel pump, filter, injectors, etc. won't be easy to remove. Ultrasonic cleaning can help a lot here.

Also look for corrosion in the tank... plan on expenditures like these (Fuel system parts are available used, normally) and you should be OK. Forks - seals will cure that, I doubt there's need to entirely rebuild the forks. No idea why the m/c has leaked. Maybe seals have perished? If you get it cheap it's worth the trouble.

Let us know how you get on.

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I'd just buy a clean one and go ride. They are not that expensive. Then pick up your buddies bike for spares.
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A clean set of Mori exhaust is worth $1000-$1500 us, just something to think about.
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Welcome. Do your thorough before hand work; you could have a diamond in the rough or a chunk of fool's gold.

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So... I had put this on the backburner for a while due to some shoulder issues but those have been mitigated.

Fast forward to now, I'm picking her up this weekend! My friend (who I'm buying the bike from) is going to help me get it running and I have a few events targeted on the calendar. It could be a challenge to trouble-shoot but I do appreciate the suggestions about what to address in the fuel system. Luckily it comes with a spare tank that is super clean.

I'll start a rebuild thread once I start tearing into it. Super excited and looking forward to the challenge!
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