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Trying to restore a neglected sp1

I got the but of a lifetime in 06. Bought an 04 Nicky Hayden edition with 348 miles for 5k. Put 7500 on it and traded it for an new 07 zx10r. It was my only vehicle and I wanted a warranty. I always missed that bike and ran across sp1 for cheap (after repairs I could have probably bought a clean one for the same or cheaper, but it's hard to cough of the 1 lump sum). The bike appears to start and run fine. The chain was maxxed out to the adjusters and came off the sprocket on the test drive. The head lights are HID and poorly wired in. 1 fork is leaking. Front tire has tits on the edges but cracks in the tread and side walls. The rear is bald in the center.The blinkers are aftermarket and only some work.I don't k ow if it's the sticky controls or bad wiring. They arent firmly mounted as much as loosly poking out of the fairing.The head lights are stuck on bright only. The throttle had aluminium grips the caroded the throttle so It doesn't return properly. It does have Jardine cans.
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I just received my forks with 20mm valves and sprung to my weight from Kyleracing, 15 and 41 sprocket kit, 520 mrvs(?) chain, speigler front and rear brake lines. I think I order kyle' s flapper valve plates too. A front headlight harness from eBay, new break and clutch reservior, handlebar controls, throttle from honda. Progrip oversized grips (I wear 3xl gloves), and Pirelli angel gt 120/70 and 190/55 tires. A speedohealer and pc5. I hope this gets is roadworthy. Somethings I'm sure will co me up. I just want a fun bile to ride on my days off no track warrior here.
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Sounds like you got a good plan there. Congrats on the RC51 project, and the revalved forks , and welcome to the forum.

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Welcome aboard & congrats.

Musta been scary having the chain jump off during a test ride, did it do any damage when that happened? How about some pics of what it currently looks like?

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I thought the clutch was gone and grinding. It lost all power and had grinding/rumbling sound that went away when I pulled the clutch in. I came to a stop and then realized it was the chain rolling on the front sprocket.
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Kind worried now. The gas tank is a little rusty on the inside and the coolant is empty. It didn't over heat before and seemed to cool down. The test drive was in rather short but the fans did see to cool it. A bail bondsman took it in trade.
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It was a short ride, so i wouldn't be too worried. As long as it was short and the bike was moving and getting cold air it shouldn't have gotten too hot.....although it does sound like the bike was in critical shape. Check compression on the cylinders, check the old oil for traces of coolant, change the spark plugs, and check the valve clearances. If the rad cap has signs of rust, i'd pull the water pump cover off and check to make sure its not corroded. If they all check out, i wouldn't be worried.

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Post up some pics so we can get a look at it.

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I got radiator cap off and it appears in good condition and full of coolant. Seeing a bone dry overflow tank scared me. I drained the oil and it looked ready for a changing but not milky. So it has been a good day. Click image for larger version

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Welcome to the forums samb03 & congrats on the project bike..

you've got your work cut out for you on that 1 but looks like you're off to a good start..

it's a labor of love & should be worth the ride it once it's finished
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No milky oil is good; that tank wants some serious TLC inside her.....

Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
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