Since I havenít introduced myself yet, my name is Darcy Iím a bike lover, I rebuild bikes in my spare time and recently have been working on my RC51.
Here is the story.
Back in 2007 I acquired a wrecked 2006 RC 51 with 8000 miles on it.
It was pretty well totaled by the insurance company and I was able to buy it for just a grand. I just wasnít sure what Iíd do with it at the time, but I knew I couldnít see it be scrapped out, she was calling out my name saying save me please, donít let me suffer this fate. The owner was sort of a friend of a friend ďI use that term looselyĒ so I was able to contact his insurance company and buy it from them. Before the wreck she was just a year old and such a beautiful bike, except the tires....
The previous owner walked away with his life but just barely, he was really an idiot because the accident was 100% preventable, how you might ask? By simply replacing the front and back tires for starters. They were bald, and I mean bald! The front was all worn out unevenly and the rear was burned off to where the steel belts were burned right through, I guess that was his thing, you know those cool guys that do smokey burnouts?..totally foolish IMO!
So one Sunday afternoon in sunny California we all went for a ride over the Ortega Highway. It was nice day riding my Gsxr750, until dude passes me coming into a corner, late on his brakes and way to aggressive on the throttle...I guess he thought he was the Texas Tornado ďColin EdwardsĒ that was until the back end came unhooked and high centered him right off the thing, up and over the guard rail he went and down a 400í cliff! His saving grace was a tree about 50í down! It wasnít a big tree however it was the only tree within a hundred foot in either direction, literally 1 tree on the side of a huge drop off, what are the odds? I was there, it happened right in front of me! I had that sick feeling like did that really just happen?
I was the first to jump down the side embankment to get to him, I was like dude you ok, can you feel your legs, he was like yeah howís my bike...I dragged him with some help back up top!
Over the guard rail was soft dirt at a really steep angle about 100í down, then a straight vertical cliff at least 400í if not more! He was lucky, but still an idiot, not my kind of ppl to ride with at all, but I found myself there anyways.
The bike did a barrel roll,1 complete rotation sustaining substantial damage to basically every single body part, tank, frame, forks, front rim, rear seat cowl, sub frame, all the fairings, ext...about the only thing still in good shape was the engine, swing arm, and miscellaneous things, oh yeah and the tires lol...The satos were bashed...but not the titanium headers, they just had a few small scratches ďscoreĒ
So way back in 07 I got this thing, never saw dude again after I bought it, and have been slowly collecting parts as life allowed me to, way back then I bought a used gas tank from an 03 for $550, it was almost new and in excellent condition! Glad I did that for sure
Fast forward, recently I said screw it, I really wanted to do a full on frame up restoration/custom built of the sorts. I found a good frame off eBay and started there. Stripping the busted up bike down into a thousand pieces, not an easy job! The frame I got had a few dings and chips, no biggie, I bought rebuild kits for all of the master cylinders, I Did the smog deletion, I really did some of the wiring basically tidied up everything and put my own personal touches on it. I sort of ran out of money towards the end so Iíve used A couple of eBay parts like the levers, and bar ends, but I went with Simon exhausted song connected to the sado headers I put my personal touches on the headers if you can notice, it kind a looks like the Cheshire cat tail. I went with the screen so battery is superlight one and a half pounds. I upgraded the clutch slave cylinder with the Simon 54mm, and changed out all of the rubber lines for stainless steel, so front brake lines, rear brake line, clutch line, I rebuilt the front two calipers, and the rear caliper and installed new pads. I sent the front rim out to a rim specialist down in Tucson and he straightened it within a Nats ass. And then I painted the front and rear rim, I put metallic in the clearcoat so it kind of pops.
I managed to buy a brand new upper faring, and I found a set of good used side fairings. I got a new after market windshield, with a complete fastener set.
I bought about $200 worth of brand new bolts hardware for everything from the fairings to the seat cowling. I bought a brand new upper faring stay and painted it.
What Iíve done to this bike is building from the ground up and had fun doing it. Itís not completely finished but it is very close and these pipes sound Bitchin!