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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 well but is cosmetically challenged after the low side, its got a coolant leak from somewhere near the thermostat and the PO informed me that when he rode it (only once) he found that it tended to understeer especially in right hand turns.

PO had also already purchased a new magnesium clutch cover, decals and other things. Bike came with the majority of the original parts as well (Rear fender, pipes, levers, Seat, windshield etc)

here is the treatment plan :

-Strip to the frame (may or may not take the engine out - we will see) for deep cleaning
-New Steering Head bearings
-Rebuild front forks with new bushings, O - rings and seals (will check them for strangeness too)
-Wheel Bearings
-New Tires & repair to front rim scuff. (ensure its not warped either)
-New Brake Pads & Calliper service
-New Wiring harness & connectors, the original owner did some major chopping of the harness for a tidy tail and LED lights
-Repair and Repaint the damaged panels and Decals
-All new Genuine Honda OEM fasteners and screws
-New Rear Shock (maybe with 5mm shim added)
-New bar grips and bar end weights
-Fix the coolant leak - may require a new hose or two
-Replace the right side radiator (crushed fins)
-Replace right side mirror
-Install all the original parts, which came with it (Pipes, Rear Fender, levers, seat, signal lights, windshield etc)
-All fluids (oil, coolant, brake fluid) and filter changes
-Check valve clearances and make adjustments as needed

So far all the new parts have arrived and I have started to repair the bodywork. As luck would have it the lower fairing was mainly decal damage and after removing the decals the actual damage to the plastics is very minimal. The main damage was the upper fairing, there was a couple of cracks 4" and 2" which I repaired with plastic welding and Plastex before some surface filler. Tail section has a scuff and a crack (plastex repair) and will need paint as well.

I won't get a big start on it for a few weeks Im just wrapping up my Ducati 748 refresh first.
 

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I have a 2000 SP1 I've started parting and is pretty minty...let me know if you're looking for something I'm parting with, which is most of it...
 

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I have a 2000 SP1 I've started parting and is pretty minty...let me know if you're looking for something I'm parting with, which is most of it...
OK, thank you, will do !
 

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LOL, thanks Nigel. Judging by your avatar your SP2 arrived. I kept the pics of that that you sent. We didn't get the white and silver ones over here and they are my favourites. How does she ride ?

I finally finished my Ducati 748 yesterday (needed a bit more work and parts than I originally thought) so I can get to the SP1 now with a more time devoted to it.
 

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LOL, thanks Nigel. Judging by your avatar your SP2 arrived. . . . How does she ride ? . . .
Like most here will agree, bloody brilliant! Different ball game to the inline fours I'm more used to, but had to get one of these after having just a 'basic' Firestorm/SuperHawk.

Some might say they're heavy to turn, but as a heavier person, I find it much more comfortable and useable than the 'twitchy' minute 2018 Fireblade. Each to their own of course, but I believe every Honda enthusiast should have one of these - or the SP-1. Brilliant machine.

Good to see the Ducati up and running. Time to sell it and get yourself on the 2020 (labelled as 2021 for USA) RR-R SP, specially detuned for the American/Canadian market. Gee, you guys get shafted. You get no base model and power cut back to 186 bhp as opposed to our 214, and your revs are cut to 12,000 as opposed to our 14,500. Is this only Honda, or are R1Ms and other top line bikes similarly nobbled?:frown2:
 

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Like most here will agree, bloody brilliant! Different ball game to the inline fours I'm more used to, but had to get one of these after having just a 'basic' Firestorm/SuperHawk.

Some might say they're heavy to turn, but as a heavier person, I find it much more comfortable and useable than the 'twitchy' minute 2018 Fireblade. Each to their own of course, but I believe every Honda enthusiast should have one of these - or the SP-1. Brilliant machine.

Good to see the Ducati up and running. Time to sell it and get yourself on the 2020 (labelled as 2021 for USA) RR-R SP, specially detuned for the American/Canadian market. Gee, you guys get shafted. You get no base model and power cut back to 186 bhp as opposed to our 214, and your revs are cut to 12,000 as opposed to our 14,500. Is this only Honda, or are R1Ms and other top line bikes similarly nobbled?:frown2:
Yea, I keep saying im gonna sell some stuff, but I just keep buying. My Firestorm and my Hawk GT will get sold this spring and maybe the FJ09 and the Ducati. Still hankering for a CB1000R and an Africa twin and a M109 and a Rossi R1 and ...and....and...and, im hopeless,

Many of our insurance companies (mine included) won't touch the hyper sports bikes, and when they do, they charge insane policy rates. It will likely be close to $30,000 CAD for a RR-R SP, to my retiree spending allowance won't allow for that.

as far as the power cuts, not heard of that but im not surprised, you guys get so much more than we get here. Maybe Honda thinks Canadians cant ride. LOL
 

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. . . as far as the power cuts, not heard of that but im not surprised, you guys get so much more than we get here. . .
Just for those who aren't up with this, or don't even care, here's pics of USA Honda information and UK copied from my own brochure. I accept California has different laws (perhaps only emission related)but this impacts on the whole USA/Canada imports:
 

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Wee bit of progress. Bodywork is all repaired, just needs wet sanding now. Also pulled off the wheels and found the front is dented and gouged. that will go in for repair tomorrow.
 

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Wee bit of progress. . .
Gee, that rim's copped a real hiding. I know they repair well, and I suppose if you were keeping the bike as a 'minter' you'd source another one.

I meant to say the other day that on looking at my own wheels, it's not hard to understand why that grey is difficult to replicate. It's almost a 'blotchy' finish (to describe it crudely) and I'm not sure you'd find any auto paint as a direct match. What you really need is an old-timer who did his trade in the 1960s who would have the talent (pending his remaining good eyesight!!) to manually mix and match.

Alternatively, I used to know some mean chicks in downtown Vancouver who could mix and match eye shadows better than any detailer with Ford or GM. Think they'd be a bit past it now:grin2:
 

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Hi Nigel, yea original owner threw her down the road after a few pints of beer and maybe clipped a curb to bend the wheel like that (?).

The wheel got dropped off today at the Metal Fab shop. the guy didn't seem too concerned about the damage extent (on first glance). I'll assess how much paint damage there is after its repaired and decide on the approach to paint. Our local paint supplier has done a lot of mixing to match for my painter, so we will see. the cost of multiple tints may prove too spendy if he charges fo revery 1/2 pint he mixes. (dont know if he does).

Metal guys will check the wheel for true and damage extent and also for any hidden cracks etc.

I've looked for a new wheel, but front wheels off an SP1 seem hard to come by (seen a few rears on Ebay but no Fronts).

My main concern now is that the forks are not FUBAR. If Original Owner low sided and hit a curb at the wrong angle....who knows. I wont likely get to pulling the forks until next week, then ill have to pull them all apart and check everything carefully.
 

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Coming along nicely Straycat. Love the 748. My buddy had an almost identical one and we often swapped bikes. The 748 was a blast to ride.
Looking forward to seeing more progress on the RC.
 

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Thanks.

Today I found my coolant leak.

I pulled the fuel tank and the air-box but there wasn't much evidence of a leak. I did see a small purple tell-tale "dry" stain (has purple engine ice in it) but absolutely nothing wet and no puddles. so to be sure I took a vacuum/pressure hand pump I have for doing brakes and leak down in 2 strokes, and attached it to the overflow stem on the right side Radiator.

My suspicion was the short 2" hose the connects the front head to the thermostat.

As you know, there is a 2 way valve/spring in a Rad cap, it compresses at a certain pressure to allow coolant out and into the overflow tank when hot, and allows the coolant to return as it cools...so....just attach the pup to the overflow barb on the rad and pump unto 15lbs on the gage. (dont go too high), and wait.

In less than 2 minutes it started to drip, right were I expected. the hose clamp wasn't tight, so I snugged it up a wee bit. we will check it again later when I have time. if not ill have to replace the hose which looks to be a huge PITA.
 

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If one of the previous owners is missing a sweater....I think I found it....the mice had it hidden under the TB's
 

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Started the fork rebuild today. Left fork is straight. Lets hope the right side is as well.

Update : Both forks are done, both as straight as an arrow. Good news
 

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Been cleaning & polishing the engine cases today. will get some pics once they're all done.

Next up, head-stock bearings.
 

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Was out on mine yesterday before the rain.

These bikes are in a league of their own. Just feel so much better than the current crop of mini-moto styled bikes.
 

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it will be a while before I have any bikes out here. I still have a solid 3 feet of snow on the ground. Its usually May before I see the road from behind a set of handlebars. Im on a gravel road so I wait for the frost to come out and the clay underneath to firm up otherwise its like trying to ride on carpeted jello. 1km of that and im onto paved road.

My first ride will be taking the FJ09 to the dealer to trade it on the Suzuki M109R

Ill also be hitting the logging roads and skidder trails with my son on the YZ250f's in the spring, so come to think of it, that may be my first ride of the year.
 
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