On 2000-2001 VTR1000-SPW that Colin Edwards rode, he complained the frame was too stiff and not allowing the rear tire to hook up properly.
They removed the upper rear engine bolt and made cuts in the swingarm for added longitudinal flex.
The 2002 VTR1000-SPW had these designed flex changes incorporated into the re-design.
Which why Edwards always preferred the 2002 bike over the earlier ones.
It put the power down so much better.
The SP1 and SP2 that we mere mortals ride is only a passing resemblance to the factory bike Edwards rode.
I would suggest leaving the engine mount bolts alone.
The SP1 suspension was more progressive than the SP2's, which had a revised link ratio.
One improvement to the SP1 rear suspension is to replace the OEM lower rocker link with the Kyle Racing link.
This changes the link ratio to a more linear rate over the OEM progressive rate.
It also raises the rear ride height a few millimeters to quicken the steering response by steepening the rake slightly and thereby reducing trail a bit.
Hi Guy's thought I'd start a thread as I prepare to start a mild restoration of my 2000 Sp1 (#27).
I got the bike in January. PO had only had it for a short time (few months) and the bike had been low sided by the Original Owner.
Now its in my collection and it will get refreshed. It runs...
Only slips when running hot or in the power band its got a new clutch braided line oberon slave and rebuilt master I decided to throw parts at the problem and she's still got a slipping clutch I don't know what to do!!
I want to run this by you guys for some help.
On My 2000 RC51, the brake lever was nice and firm, but the fluid was horrible. On top of that I needed to put new pads on it too. I cleaned the calliper pistons, but didn’t remove them. Pushed them back in after cleaning and installed new...
Ive done a lot of bike decals over the years, but nothing like this one damn decal. I need to replace the decals on my SP1 now its back from paint, but this one has me sweating buckets. Picture below is of my SP2 for reference.
The worrying part is how much I will need to shrink the decal...
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