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I always trawl Yahoo Auctions in Japan for interesting RC51 bits.
Found this SP2 this week. It had been highsided and hit a guardrail.
Got me thinking, as I have original parts from my SP2 that would fit this such as brakes, foot pegs, exhaust, indicators, seat, screen, mirrors, handlebars, rear shock, link, etc.

A very good friend here loves my SP2 and has been wanting one for years since we met, but can't afford it as his wife's recently had a baby girl and isn't working, plus SP2's aren't cheap in Japan.
You can buy a nice & much newer CBR1000 for the money they fetch here... :eek:

So anyways, I bought it and my original parts will have a home. Hopefully the seller has original screws, brackets, broken panels, etc. from when he took it apart.
I'm sure I will still need to find all sorts of parts and I'm sure I'll need help from some of you guys if you have parts lying around. Will probably use the services of www.rc51parts.com for some bits which I can ask my friend in the military here to help me with getting to Japan. ;)

Other contingency plans in the event it's too hard to get it back to running spec. is to part it out and keep spares like the engine - or he buys an SP1 later on and we use the bits to convert it to SP2 (ish) spec.

LOL, I was speaking with my buddy on the phone last night and he mentioned I have too many projects on the go.... and now I have one more, for him! :D





 

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..... Now you own two RC's !!! You BASTID !!!

LOL enjoy man... keep us posted on it !!!!
 

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Thanks for the encouragement, guys. Well, the idea is to build it with my buddy for him to use, so he doesn't have to use my bikes and won't feel bad having it at his place instead of mine... And if he does have it (He probably won't decide till he sees it) then the costs of making it up will be his.. spread over time.

I'd just give all the original parts I hoarded away & my knowledge to make it right.
He's a very gifted designer by trade, so should have no problem using a plotter to cut new decals of whatever design we choose and I have a friend in the paint trade who would do us proud with repainted panels.

Hmm, I wonder if I should order a carbon rear pod. Already thinking of ordering a few more upgraded bits for mine so I can use the old ones on this bike, but we'll see.
It needs to arrive first so I can see what it needs and if it's really worth doing & if he wants to make a joint project of this. Would be fun though and would sure put a smile on his face when he rides it... :D

The other bonus is that as it'll be a while before this one is back on the road, I can take off the spindles and have new ones made in chrome-vanadium. It may take a month or more for these bits to be finished, but the time taken won't matter as my RC won't have to be off the road. Weather's beginning to warm up for Spring now.

I've already planned a trip to Nagano on the RC51 & RC36 (VFR 750) with my buddy for 3 days once the weather's better, so he gets riding fever... See I've been steadily chipping away on inspiring him to get a bike. He knows he wants to! :D
 

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Nice...let us know how we can help! Oh projects I've never regretted one but man sometimes you think why is my wallet empty?...lol

Good luck and have fun.
Ah, I know that feeling nobody. But then we just have to make some more to watch it drain again. It's a way of life...
 

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So.... from all that I have read from your postings stig, is that you " just had to " buy another one " say " it was " your buddy's " and it is just really an excuse to you/wife to spend more on your own LMAO !!!!! :p:p:p:p:p:D:)

Nicely played...... ;)
 

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I think I may have finally seen the truth hit me squarely between the eyes! :eek:

But then again, I really can make use of the bits I have.
A brand new PCIII still in it's package... will find it's home.
It all falls into place so poetically you see!

I've been checking for Brembo clutch master and other bits today, since the other bike will need the original bits. Those Pazzos I got from nobody would go on the new bike quite well then.
My new ZG screen arrived yesterday, as the old one got marked when the clutch master dribbled a little and the fluid got onto the inside. So now I have a smoked screen for it.

Already found some used fairing parts in Japan which I'll be keeping an eye on till the bike arrives. A good used tank maybe hardest to get hold of - We'll see if the previous owner has a damaged one that could possibly be repaired. It's got to be a cheap project, as my buddy won't be able to afford it otherwise, but that's the challenge.

Looking forward to seeing it here. Will be fun rebuilding... :D
 

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Just spoke to the seller (Tango San is his name.... have I been Tango'd?! :confused:) who seems a decent guy. He's owned this RC51 since new and had the accident in October last year. Broke a few bones, recuperated then decided to sell and buy another bike.

He's got a few extra parts that weren't included with the bike, so will list them for us and at what price - but sounds like he's going to be fair about it. :)
Also sending us all the nuts, bolts, clips, etc. so I don't have to buy them new.

Also spoke with my buddy on the phone. Assuming the frame's OK and it can all be perfectly repaired (As a designer by trade, he puts a lot of attention on fine details) he reckons we'll first get it to a good starting base, then he wants to tune & improve it to become something like mine. Says he too laughed when he saw that I wanted to give him some bits off mine, so I could improve it further. I've been rambled! :eek:

Once I know what we need, I'll start searching here, or post a wanted thread for what you hoarders may have stashed away. Kinda excited about this project. Will be cool to make it perfect again... slowly as & when my buddy can afford bits & pieces but I know I'll be pushing him along all the time...And knowing me, he'll expect that too. :D
 

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Today was the day we collected the 2005 SP2 from the bike delivery depot, about an hour's drive from my home!

My buddy came by last night and slept in our lounge so we'd be able to make an early start of it, but being the beginning of the weekend we had stayed up late chatting till 2am & only managed to get outside around 10am :D

First off we took the back seats out of my trusty people carrier, laid breeze blocks on the floor and put a plywood sheet down so the bike could be carried inside.

On arrival to the depot we paid the transport fee and 5 minutes later the bike was wheeled to us. We were like 2 excited kids seeing a cool new Xmas toy...





Tango San had been great and sold other bits he hadn't included in the auction sale to us for dirt cheap & even fitted them. So we got the complete tail harness with ECU, CDi, Coils, relays, rear brake assembly and upper cowl frame (It's straight) as well as a complete lock set for negligible money.
He'd also put all the original bolts in place where he could too and even given us the side panels and V cowl for the front for free. The right side's got a couple of cracks, but we'll repair those no problem. (Left panel needs replacement). Couldn't help smiling...




We stood around it carefully checking the damage and could see the left fork's bent. The right looks OK. It appears the left clip-on and steering stop took some of the impact as the bike hit the armco (after highsiding Tango San off it!). The seat frame's completely broken too. He'd explained to me over the phone that the rear had also hit the armco barrier.



There's some scratching inside the swing arm where the chain had rubbed against it, but no damage at all to the frame and the swing arm looked good too. These hadn't been the wheels the bike was using at the time of the accident, so they're OK too.



Bonus we could see was that the forks have been reworked, so maybe the internals are OK and we can keep the improvements by switching components with a standard Sp2 left fork??

My buddy soon knew this was the bike for him. We loaded it in, secured it with straps and headed back.



 

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When we arrived, we parked it under the gatehouse and took the side panels off. Put my SP2 behind it and took the side panels off to check what we'd need. Got an old laptop and begun making a spreadsheet of all the parts we'd need right down to missing bolts, clips, etc.



The bike had been well maintained but ridden hard. The oil filter and drain plug are lock wired and the tires worn right to the edges, so this bike was used on the circuit and ridden well. The horn's still fitted, original electrical controls, etc. so this was not a race bike. It was a weekend toy.



The rear seat frame definitely needs replacing.



Right radiator is a bit bent, but doesn't leak so it'll soldier on.



Signs show this bike's been down before... Anyways, this spindle will be replaced with mine and in turn I'll get the Vanadium alloy ones I have been hankering after.



I took all my original RC51 parts from my loft and we checked them off from the list of parts we'd need to get. Within a few hours I'd created a list of pretty much everything we still needed so I took a picture of the VIN plate, we put the bike away and now I'm hoping to find some good used parts, hopefully with the help of some you!



I find myself sitting here, excited for my buddy and myself too. Seems kinda funny that Tango San was saddened and sold the RC51 he'd owned since new in 2005 and we're so happy to have been able to get it. Feel sorry for his loss, really.

Anyways, so we'll each have our own SP2's to ride together on, but here's a project to do that won't cost me money but we can both enjoy bringing back to near perfect condition. Well, it'll cost me a bit as I'll probably upgrade a few more bits and give him mine.
Anybody got any recommendations on size & place to buy a Brembo radial clutch master cylinder assembly from? :D

I'll put up a list of the bits my buddy's going to need. If anybody's got any of the listed things (below), we'd appreciate your PM's so hopefully repair progress can begin soon.
 

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That bike is a veteran.......she has been witness to very harsh moments

You better strip her to frame and start all over piece by piece, my dear friend.

At a glance I can see a broken steering turning stop knob which in addition with the left broken clip on makes me think about it seriously on placing the whole bike on a digital frame calibrating machine to check every geometry on it to be as it supposed it should be.

But....she definitely haven't been ridden a lot.....she is sparkling for that matter.
 

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Here's a cut & pasted list from my spreadsheet of what we need. This is a bike for use where it'll be driven on the left side of the road, so US headlights will point the wrong way unfortunately...

The items in bold are already available from original parts removed from my SP2 or other sources (Tank from Simon Kobe, or small fasteners from Honda for example).

Front Cowl (Upper Cowl)
Front fender
headlight left
headlight right
headlight sealing rubbers
Headlight bulb socket (Socket, Headlight)
screen attachment nuts, dome hext screws & washers
headlight under duct (Cowl Inner *NH1*)
Instrumentation Harness (Sub Harness Front)
Speedometer cluster
Top Yoke
Bottom Yoke (Stem Sub Assy)
left clip on
Snorkel
front indicator signal harness (If it's seperate from the instrumentation harness?)
Fuel Pump Assembly
fuel pump gasket
fuel pump banjo bolt & sealing washers
clutch master, reservoir, banjo bolt & sealing washers
Front brake master cylinder assembly, banjo bolt & pinch washers
shift lever & pinch bolt, Swivel & rubber seal
rear seat frame (Rail, Seat)
rear tail (Rear Seat Cowl Set
rear tail cover
rear tail sealing rubber
rear tail foam
Seat
Original Rear Under Tail (Rear Fender)
Rear Tail - Battery Cover
front brake calipers & pads
rider's rearsets
rear passenger pegs
left fairing panel
Right Fairing Panel
Right Fairing Decals
front fork left
front spindle & bolt
rear shock
exhaust system complete
exhaust header gaskets (Gasket EX Pipe)
fuel tank
 

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That bike is a veteran.......she has been witness to very harsh moments

You better strip her to frame and start all over piece by piece, my dear friend.

At a glance I can see a broken steering turning stop knob which in addition with the left broken clip on makes me think about it seriously on placing the whole bike on a digital frame calibrating machine to check every geometry on it to be as it supposed it should be.

But....she definitely haven't been ridden a lot.....she is sparkling for that matter.
We looked carefully and can't see any signs of damage to the frame except the steering lock stop which has some light damage on it. This SP2 needs to be repaired on a budget for my buddy to be able to afford it, really & I don't know of any digital frame repair places in Japan, although that's not to say they don't exist.

Am thinking we replace the fork(s) first, then compare measurements between the swing arm pivot to front wheel spindle with mine, having set equal fork lengths - hopefully we'll get the same figures... :)
 

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Wow, Stig you are a very good friend! I am jealous of what a fun project you have on your hands. I'm curious why do you want Vanadium alloy spindles, What advantages do they provide, Strength?
 

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Anybody got any recommendations on size & place to buy a Brembo radial clutch master cylinder assembly from? :D
Stig.... Why Brembo ??? Go with Accossato... bit cheaper...and out of the norm ??? Same shit, diff pile really. ;):D
 

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Don't know what kind of supply you can get for ISR master cylinders over there, but they get nothing but good reviews, and they really look good.

I love a good project and can't wait to see this 1 progress.
 

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I'm curious why do you want Vanadium alloy spindles, What advantages do they provide, Strength?
Last summer I met a very interesting guy with a totally tricked out, but stealthy TDM850 (He calls it a TDM870SP :)) whilst he was touring on some beautiful mountain roads. We got chatting and after spending about 15 minutes discovering all the changes he'd made I noticed the spindles. I'm pretty sure they were chrome vanadium (Which cannot be easily cut, is very strong & is used to make hand tools). He was especially pleased with the difference in feel they'd made and e-mailed me the machine shop's details where they could be made as copies from originals, so I really want to get some. Alternatively if I can get titanium spindles, then I might have those instead. Lightweight and also very strong could be even better.
 
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