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January 2018 Bike Of The Month Contest

Time now for the January 2018 BOTM contest!

1) PM me with a link to the best photo of your bike.
2) Entries will be received for the 1st week, and voting will commence on the 2nd week of the month.
3) At the end of the 2nd week, the Bike Of The Month (BOTM) winner will be announced.
4) That month's BOTM winner will not be allowed to compete in further BOTM contests for the remainder of the year.
5) Those that did not win will be allowed to compete next month.
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-04-2018, 07:47 PM
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Hey there. Not really sure on how to send a link to a pic for the 2018 BOTM. So here are some pics. Took me a couple years to build this 02.
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So the bike started out as a pretty nice bike to begin with. It had ladybird slip one, the turn 1 carbon snorkel and air box, but the rest of the bike was pretty much OEM and unmolested. It also came with a beat up 04 Hayden parts bike that was beat with a baseball bat by someoneís girlfriend... and thatís all I asked about it. So for $4300, I bought the bike and a bunch of spares.

So, basically I hung the bike from my garage ceiling by straps, tore it down, and then replaced any bearings, seals, washers and bolts that needed it. Bought a set of RK Excel wheels, Dan kyle did my suspension, Brembo RCS brake and clutch masters, core brake/clutch lines, wired under tail and front end the right way with OEM connectors, had a plating company electropolish a Jardine 2-into-1 exhaust with carbon Yoshi R77d, worked with a carbon fiber guy in Massachusetts who made me some one off carbon parts, including tank guard, exhaust hanger, rear hugger/chain guard, chain and sprockets, full service of fluids and greasing everything with new grease, and then re-assembling everything and tweeking the control area and making sure nothing is pulling, chaffing, or bending. Thereís a ton of stuff I did to help reduce weight as well, like Shorai battery, titanium bolts, deleted rear pegs and rear fender, etc. then touched up any paint marks on the frame, swingarm and fairings, painted the radiators black. Thereís much more to it, but you get the idea.

What I didnít do was tear the engine down or do any engine or tuning work. It ran great, so I didnít mess with it. I also didnít fabricate any of these parts on my own. Basically I just had an idea of what I wanted, and tried to make it so. The only thing I wouldíve changed is that I would change the color of the wheels to silver or gold. The army green doesnít do it for me, but the wheels are top notch in fit and finish. And let me tell ya, this thing Was a beast in the twisty roads of North Carolina before I made all the changes. Canít wait to run the tail of the dragon on it this year!!

Thereís a pic of what the bike looked like when I bought it attached, as well as some more random build pics. This is the 4th bike Iíve done up like this, and Iíve got a pair of L-model ZX-7ís Iím building right now. They will be something special I assure you. Thanks for the interest and Iím happy to share any resources I have. I also have a ton of parts Iíd you need something.

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Beat with a baseball bat? Wow! There's a lesson in there somewhere. Either the bike was too pretty for her liking, or it got more attention than she did, or both. Don't forget to show some love to your Ladies guys. Next thing you know, your pet rabbit is cooking in a pot on your stove, or some appendage is missing from your body, AKA Lorena Bobbit style! You did an awesome job Sig. List whatever parts you have available in the classified section. I have some decent OZ racing wheels on my SP2. I'd be interested in knowing how durable powder coating is. If scratches come easy, I'll just leave them the stock silver (bare) color they are now. Thanks for sharing! We may need to move this discussion to your other thread regarding your bike.

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Powder coating is pretty tough , much tougher than regular paint.
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Hey there. Not really sure on how to send a link to a pic for the 2018 BOTM. So here are some pics. Took me a couple years to build this 02.
Man, that is a beautiful build! One of my fav's I've seen through the years!
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post #7 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-06-2018, 10:00 AM
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I'm always bothered by the over use of the word ''build''. Bolting on aftermarket parts is NOT a build.
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I'm always bothered by the over use of the word ''build''. Bolting on aftermarket parts is NOT a build.
So what IS a build? Where you create your own parts out of thin air then assemble them? Even an engine is just a bunch of parts bolted together.
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A build , at minimum would be complete reassembly. Do you tell everyone you rebuilt a bike every time you put air in the tires , because you removed and reinstalled the valve caps ?
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Maybe he did that. A ton of people on here have dug very far into their bikes. Even if it's just to clean everything up and perform maintenance.

I see no problem with the term build as it defines the bike as a project they are working on.
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