Hello All from an RC newbie
Hi guys and gals of the RC world, I'm Aaron. I have been riding for around 15 years. I've owned everything from a 1996 CBR 600f3, to a 2005 GSXR750, to a 2006 Harley Roadglide, to a couple 1977 Electraglides, now to a 2001 Honda RC-51.
I am a mechanic and basically consider myself a custodian of old machinery. I take bikes that are almost too far gone to be worth saving, and take my time bringing them back up to spec. This particular RC is no different.
I got it from a sketchy guy in Fall River, MA who had never registered or titled the bike in his name, although it had a clean NJ title from the guy previous. The under tail had no real external brake lights, no functioning directionals, the fairings are missing several bolts, the rear harness was pretty hacked, there are problems in the gauge cluster wiring, and it seems to leak quite a bit of oil, all added to the normal scratches, bumps, and bruises on the plastics, being 14 years old. Luckily, I traded a bike that was just sitting around for this, and I have already ridden it more in a weekend than I rode the bike I traded, in a year, so I'm stoked.
From what I can tell, and judging by the marks here and there on the frame, I am guessing this was formerly someone's racebike. It was probably hastily put back together to sell or maybe to try and ride it on the street again, and then sold. The good news is that it's solid, appears to be wearing it's original radiators, has a Micron full system, PCIIIusb, brand new chain and sprockets, good tires, good brakes, stainless lines, and a Corbin seat.
I've already installed new taillights, repaired the existing directionals, and added a set. I use all weatherpack connectors to make things easily removable and easily changed to something different in the future, without necessitating further cutting of the factory wiring.
I also just ordered a set of old EclipseUSA saddlebags and tailbag, so while I am sorting out the wiring, I'll be fabbing up some mounts to make those work. I'm hoping to make some sort of heat shield for the mufflers so that i don't end up having to wrap them in Kevlar.
So in the end, I just wanted to introduce myself and kind of throw out an overall story on my RC as I'm sure I will be here a lot looking for both parts and advice. I'm kind of the odd duck that considers the RC a perfect sport touring bike. It's a sportbike that I take touring, so it's sport-touring....right?