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Some of you will know of my woes with Japanese inspection 10 days ago.
To cut a long story short despite it not having been a problem 2 years ago, this time they didn't approve of my Akrapovic Titanium Race system (despite having aluminium silencers secured inside to keep them quiet for the test), nor my Watsen Designs front LED indicators. So I had to refit the original exhaust system and front indicators, change the number plate lights for something brighter and other silliness.

Anyways, this morning with everything to their requirements the bike passed.
In celebration, I bent the number plate stays back to a more aesthetically pleasing position and rode it home - fast.

Was fun to hear the airbox resonate with a quiet exhaust. Still running the same PC map as I usually use , it felt a little strangled at top end compared to usual, but not a lot slower.

It gets used in all weather and last time coming home I got caught in some typhoon rain, so I didn't bother cleaning it, considering I'd have to take the fairing off to refit the Akra anyways.

So this is how it looked when I got it home this afternoon.



I cleaned up the Akrapovic system of dried on dirt and chain lube, changed the gaskets on each exhaust port and loctited the studs into place. Weighed every piece with a calculator at hand to see what this system weighs. Including all the securing springs, this full system is 5.85kg.







The standard system including the stays / rear footpegs , etc. is about 12kg in all.
 

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My standard brake discs have hot spots on and vibrate badly sometimes, so they're toast.



Thanks to Plasticmaggot putting me in touch with the source in Italy I'm, waiting on some one piece bottom mounts for my SP2 forks that have been re-valved and re-sprung to match their GP7 4 way adjustable rear shock.

The bottom mounts will be the same as these:

http://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4490

As they need specialist work to fit, I'm going to use a set of radial brake adaptors from RC51 parts.com for this season before sending the forks to Maxton for a service at the end of the year & fitting of the replacement bottom mounts...

I finally have my Discacciati CNC calipers with 35/31 titanium pistons ready to to replace the standard front Nissins.





Did some searching around and bought these discs to replace the standard ones. Braketech Axis S/S. Should work well.





With the new one piece front lower mounts I also ordered a rear underslung carrier designed for SP2 forks. Goods should be here in roughtly a week (Italians aren't known for their punctuality :D). Then I'll work out a suitably sized Brembo rear caliper and replacement hose system.

Also have a set of Stomp grips. Want to wait for really hot weather before fitting these though.



Tommorow if I have time I'll fit the exhaust, replace the front brakes and bleed with DOT5.1 fluid (Master cylinder's a 19mm Brembo).

Will then take some better pics of the bike and other parts already fitted, such as the carbon snorkel and MR instrument cluster carbon trim, GP7 shock, etc. once the bike's all cleaned and polished.

Have a set of new Bridgestone BT003's to fit, but will probably wear out the existing tyres first, so I have the new tyres ready for the hottest weather where they'll perform best on our local mountain roads.

Roll on summer :D
 

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Still don't see where the porn fits in here other than those bits for the SP2 are very sexy indeed.
 

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very nice.... that Akrapovic system and brakes are definitely some sweet RC51 porn
 

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Thanks for the compliments. In the UK the word "porn" is often used for tuning parts and such that add desirability.
Maybe it's not a term used in N. America though.

Hoping to find a couple of hours to do some work this afternoon... Or maybe tommorow.
Will post pics when it's all in one piece again (Hate touching the camera with grubby fingers :))
 

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Did a bit more today....

Finished re-fitting the exhaust. Used a couple of spare springs to help twist the right side silencer anti-clockwise, to keep it in position (It used to sometimes touch the number plate).


Reset the static sag & changed the position of the remote reservoir for the Maxton GP7 monoshock.



New Magical racing instrument trim covers up the slightly melted plastic cover & compliments the carbon snorkel (Turnone).



For those who might like to see what the MR mirrors look like. These are about 5 years old and are still as good as they day they were bought.



 

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Took off the front wheel and removed the original discs, washed it and gave it a coating of Zaino ZA-10 wax.



Then I put the new discs on, using loctite on the bolts.



Had to pick my daughter up from nursery, but fitted the RC51parts.com radial brackets and Discacciati calipers after it got dark.



The Banjos that connect to the calipers are the wrong angle and would stretch the brake lines, so I've ordered 2 x 45 degree olive banjos from an online store which should be at my door in a couple of days.

Have received a used rear disc and Kyle clip ons bought used from Will Glancy, who recently parted his RC out. He was kind enough to send the end weights for free, after having said they weren't included - which was cool of him. I'll try to get these fitted soon.





I ordered a Tyga USA black top yoke, but it's still not arrived despite having been posted over a month ago. Hopefully it does get here eventually at which point it'll go on, with a blue titanium nut from Pro-Bolt. May as well wait and change the Kyle clip ons at the same time, I guess.

Tommorow if I get a few hours free, I'll take off the back wheel, clean it up and fit the new disc, ready for the underslung kit which should be arriving in a week or so... Once that arrives I'll need to find a suitable Brembo caliper and make up a new brake line. Shame Discacciati don't make a 2 piston Brembo style rear caliper, nor do ISR. Looks like I'll have to stick with a Brembo. A gold CNC would be nice, but too expensive for something I'll hardly use.

I'll also need to refit the Watsen design flush front indicators using new (Easier to remove) electrical terminals.

Will finish up with a few coats of Zaino polishes and sealants then hide it under it's cover, so it'll be pristine for when the new banjo fittings arrive & I bleed both brakes with fresh 322 degree bpt. DOT 5.1.

I'll ride it up the mountain and shoot some up to date pics soonish.
Looking forward to seeing what these new brakes will perform like after bedding in. :D
 

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Lots of awesome goodies man! Thanks for posting the porn!
Thanks!
The radial brackets you supplied were beautifully finished & fitted perfectly.
I've not forgotten my offer to send some decent quality pics of your bracket set fitted up. Will do soon. :)
 

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Wow stig really interested in those Discacciati calipers....maybe in the market for some soon as well.
 

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:rolleyes:...I'm truly sick....

Of not riding it!!!!!

Currently being held up because I need two little 45 degree olive banjos. Isn't it always like this?? :eek:

Hopefully they'll be here by the weekend. Can't wait to try out these brakes and be rid of the vibrations I was getting from the original discs.

I want to be seriously retarded!

.....by my bike :D
 

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Another quiet morning at the office today, so I'm going to take a few hours out and go finish the rest off for now - as planned.

More pics coming soon :D
 

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Started after lunch by removing & cleaning the back wheel and waxing with Zaino ZA10, ready for a light coating of Vaseline to protect against chain-lube fling and other dirt.
Also used some very light metal (Wolfgang) polish / wax to clean the swing arm, linkage, frame rails, etc. They came up like new.

Replaced the cracked cush drive rubbers with new ones from PVM, then fitted the replacement rear disc recently bought - used.



Re-fitted the Watsen design front indicators. Found myself wishing they made similar flush mount items for the rear cowl...



Put the right fairing panel back on and gave the remaining dirty bodywork a wash.
No sooner had I finished - it started raining again, so I couldn't wax it.

The brake olive parts are on their way, so they might arrive tommorow morning.
The bleeding recommendations from Discacciati are good: Bleed system fully, then take one pad out and pump pistons all the way out & push them back in again. Do same for other side (For each caliper), re-assemble pads, pump master cyl. to take up pressure then clamp the lever overnight to get rid of any residual bubbles".

With a bit of luck everything will come together tommorow & the weather will be good on Friday so I'll use the bike to go to Tokyo, over the Hakone Skyline roads to Odawara.











 

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Would be cool if Fuji is visible on Friday... here's what it looked like on my way back from Tokyo one afternoon last autumn. Awesome roads to ride. Empty, well maintained, very twisty & beautifully scenic.

Same roads that are used to drift / drive touge on during weekends.



 

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Nice pics of Fuji Stig! I have family in Fukuoka but it's been a decade since my last visit. I guess I am overdue. My wife wants to visit her ancestral lands in Scotland first though.
 

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Beautiful work, everything qualifies as porn!! Everything you have done is extremely tasteful, and flows so nice. Nice work!!
 
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