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Picked up a wrecked 2001 Honda RC51 last week. Sold my SV650 to fund the project, looking forward to a larger v-twin. Have owned a CBR 929, Yamaha R1, and Aprilia SXV 550 in the past.

So far the parts list of needs is:
Left rearset
Clutch reservoir
Clutch handle
Frame sliders
Grips
Fork seals
Chain and sprockets
2 Two Brothers exhaust hangers
Fairing set, Ebay
Tank maybe
Fairing stay
Left mirror
Tires
Want to trade the chrome wheels for stockers I can refinish and powdercoat (anybody want to trade?)


As it arrived yesterday. Beat up and riced. But it starts and runs good!


Will be receiving a whole new fairing set. Previous owner wrecked it, stopped paying on it, and it was repo'd and sold at auction. Clear title.


I think "Stitch" is a fitting name for two reasons. A rebuilt wreck and looks like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.


Fork seals blown, have a new set on order for $25. Probably trade chrome wheels for some stockers.


The better side, but it has been down on this side before.


Two Brothers exhaust sounds good, but pretty janky with broken exhaust hangars.


Road rash on the left pipe and can.
 

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Left rearset broken and bent in.


Impressed the RC has a hydro clutch. Need to replace the reservoir and lever. Have some black clutch and brake levers on order!


Huge dent in the tank, looking for a used tank to replace it with.


Fairings removed.


Chain and sprockets are toast. Previous owner must have never cornered this poor thing. And the tires still have TIRE SHINE on them! Really? That's probably why he went down.

Fork seals, clutch and brake levers, clutch reservoir, new DID chain and AFAM sprockets (15/41 gearing) on order. Currently watching how much a left rearset goes for on Ebay. Plans are to get it rideable, ride it around and make sure a solid bike then piece it together over time.
 

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Wow.. You have a lot of work on your hands for this one.. But its a labors of love... Nithing better than nursing a rare bike bike into its full glory.. I am looking for some pieces for mine as well.. and will keep an eye out for you... Are you in the midwest or southern part of the US??
 

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oh.. I saw some Woodcraft Rearsets both sides and brand new on ebay for 197.. free shipping... If I find It again I will post a link up if your interested in going that route. they are very nice for the price but not adjustable.. but they do set the pegs up 1" and back 1/2"
 

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Sounds like it runs good in your video! Sorry I don't have any parts to help ya out. I love the tire shine and brand new shoulders on the tires Lol. Hey I am so curious if this will work. Empty the tank and try putting air pressure into the tank vent nipple on the bottom of the tank. Mabe I'm wrong but I don't think it will take much pressure to pop out the dent? Probably a lost cause looks pretty bad, but what do you got to loose try it!
 

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Wow.. You have a lot of work on your hands for this one.. But its a labors of love... Nithing better than nursing a rare bike bike into its full glory.. I am looking for some pieces for mine as well.. and will keep an eye out for you... Are you in the midwest or southern part of the US??
Southern, I'm located in Houston, Texas. Not looking forward to summer temperatures lol. As for the rearsets, that's a nice price, but not sure if I want to go with aftermarket rearsets that don't fold like stock pegs for the street.

Sounds like it runs good in your video! Sorry I don't have any parts to help ya out. I love the tire shine and brand new shoulders on the tires Lol. Hey I am so curious if this will work. Empty the tank and try putting air pressure into the tank vent nipple on the bottom of the tank. Mabe I'm wrong but I don't think it will take much pressure to pop out the dent? Probably a lost cause looks pretty bad, but what do you got to loose try it!
I don't know if that would work as this dent would have to overcome a lot of metal bend. Interesting thought though. If I can't find a tank within my budget (which I haven't yet) I might try pulling the dent out myself. Like you said, not much to loose!

My bike had been laid down too nothing like yours though. I ended up painting the bike and using tapeworks graphics to still have the stock look. Mabe something like that would work for you. :) http://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7078
Wow, nice work on your bike! It looks like it came out great.

With the price of full fairing sets from Ebay being below $500 it drops the budget a lot. No way am I buying OEM fairings since the Chinese fairings these days fit decent and can be bought in almost endless schemes from legit sellers. Haven't narrowed down a scheme yet though...
 

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With the price of full fairing sets from Ebay being below $500 it drops the budget a lot. No way am I buying OEM fairings since the Chinese fairings these days fit decent and can be bought in almost endless schemes from legit sellers. Haven't narrowed down a scheme yet though...
You have a long way ahead of you although I believe you are just the person for it....

I used Chinese fairings before on a friend's crashed Blade..........


........and I was very satisfied from the quality and service of the seller. Seller's are a trap however.....you can never be too sure of their credibility.

Since your fuel tank is wasted anyway, you should try the blowing-air repair. You maybe be surprised from the results. However if it doesn't work, oh well, you were about to buy another one anyway ;)
Just built up some pressure in the tank and hit, the damaged side, softly with a mallet. I believe if you built up too much pressure, it will disform on it's other good side or at it's top :rolleyes:

And don't forget to feed the crowd with lots of pictures.....:D
 

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There is a reason those Chinese fairings are so cheap. Don't waste your time or money unless you like having a bike that only looks good from 10 feet away, and cracks or melts when you look at it funny.

You are already going to have to pay someone to paint the tank. Depending on what colors you want, it won't be much more to get the rest painted. The prep work can be done on your own and that will make it much much cheaper. I know I wouldn't even look twice at a used bike wih Chinese fairings, or just the fairings. They are worthless and make your bike look cheap and cheesy.

On the plus side, you are keeping more of your money local, and not sending it over to china where the guy that painted your recycled spoons fairing probably wasn't wearing a respirator and was pumping out 10 sets a day for shit wages. If you have ever spent any time overseas in that part of the world, you would see that it is quite commonplace to paint and polish a turd and sell it to idiots.

If you do decide to get them, just keep the chrome wheels. They will complement each other.
 

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Since your fuel tank is wasted anyway, you should try the blowing-air repair. You maybe be surprised from the results. However if it doesn't work, oh well, you were about to buy another one anyway ;)
Just built up some pressure in the tank and hit, the damaged side, softly with a mallet. I believe if you built up too much pressure, it will disform on it's other good side or at it's top :rolleyes:

And don't forget to feed the crowd with lots of pictures.....:D
Has anyone tried the compressed air method on this kind of tank without damaging the internals? Don't you need to have a pressure fitting where the fuel filler is at?
 

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There is a reason those Chinese fairings are so cheap. Don't waste your time or money unless you like having a bike that only looks good from 10 feet away, and cracks or melts when you look at it funny.

You are already going to have to pay someone to paint the tank. Depending on what colors you want, it won't be much more to get the rest painted. The prep work can be done on your own and that will make it much much cheaper. I know I wouldn't even look twice at a used bike wih Chinese fairings, or just the fairings. They are worthless and make your bike look cheap and cheesy.

On the plus side, you are keeping more of your money local, and not sending it over to china where the guy that painted your recycled spoons fairing probably wasn't wearing a respirator and was pumping out 10 sets a day for shit wages. If you have ever spent any time overseas in that part of the world, you would see that it is quite commonplace to paint and polish a turd and sell it to idiots.

If you do decide to get them, just keep the chrome wheels. They will complement each other.
Why so much hate man? You want to donate to the OEM fairing fund since they'll cost more than I bought the bike itself for :D

There is a time and place for the utmost quality and precision and I can see where your opinions come from. I just don't think spending that extra money on looks is really what I'm going for with this specific project bike. Not looking to be ghetto or cheesy, just practical.

I've seen China fairings and was impressed - for the price. They can take some TLC and will not be show quality, but like hell I'm going to pay thousands for brand new OEM set. It's just not worth it for an older bike like this that's been wrecked and will be seeing a lot of tracking. Not interested in showing it, and nobody is going to think about whether my fairings are OEM or Chinese when I'm riding the bike and enjoying it.

I've done my share of fiberglass work and painting and am still on the fence on whether I want to just get a blank polyurethane base set and paint it myself or go with a pre-designed scheme. I own a vinyl graphics business so working with a solid paint base would probably be the most economical since I can do the graphics.

Here are some photos of my Aprilia I painted and powdercoated in house:

Before: stripping to bare frame to shim the valves and do chassis work


After:


Assembled:
 

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Some updates:

Levers and fork seals came in! Still waiting on sprockets/chain, clutch reservoir, and shifter which should come in the next week or so.


Found a left Two Brothers can for $50 locally. Will be picking that up soon. Got a set of new hangers on order from Two Bros today as well.


Called a local motorcycle paint shop and got quoted $250 for metalworking, body filling, and painting the tank I have. Dropped it off earlier today and should be done in about 2 weeks. Decided to go with a fully black base color on the tank and fairings http://www.houseofpaintdesigns.com/




Once my fiancee's SV650 is off the lift for it's GSX-R front end swap the RC will go on for a while.


Haven't had any luck getting rid of the chrome wheels so I've decided I'm going to paint them myself, can't stand keeping the chrome wheels on there and will need to order tires soon. The powdercoaters around here were wary of powdering over chrome, and after a suggestion of a forum member I did a little research on painting over chrome. Overall it is widely accepted as long at you do good prep work. I'm all about good prep work after painting my Aprilia so I'll be saving a bit of powdercating money and paint the wheels black myself.

Anyone have experience with Duplicolor wheel paint or true automotive paint? Deciding which route I'm going to go and any opinions on either would be helpful!
 

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Has anyone tried the compressed air method on this kind of tank without damaging the internals? Don't you need to have a pressure fitting where the fuel filler is at?
Heres a thread of mine about why I suggested this to you. Of course you will still have to use some filler to perfect the tank if it works out at all. I was thinking if I tried it I would take the tank off the bike lightly vise grip the supply hose close the filler and use a blow gun with a rubber tip and press the rubber tip into the vent nipple. when my tank popped back out from sitting in the sun aparently the psi wasn't even strong enough to blow the vent hose off which just slides on no clamps. I can't imagine anything in the tank could be damage. put up some pictures if you try it. I like MakisRC51's rubber malet idea too.

http://www.rc51forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4873
 

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Has anyone tried the compressed air method on this kind of tank without damaging the internals? Don't you need to have a pressure fitting where the fuel filler is at?
Don't do it the compressed air will blow the seems out /or the air clean space out the bottom I did it years a go it was only VFR 750 tank :D:D:D he he cheers Buddha
 

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Why so much hate man? You want to donate to the OEM fairing fund since they'll cost more than I bought the bike itself for :D

There is a time and place for the utmost quality and precision and I can see where your opinions come from. I just don't think spending that extra money on looks is really what I'm going for with this specific project bike. Not looking to be ghetto or cheesy, just practical.

I've seen China fairings and was impressed - for the price. They can take some TLC and will not be show quality, but like hell I'm going to pay thousands for brand new OEM set. It's just not worth it for an older bike like this that's been wrecked and will be seeing a lot of tracking. Not interested in showing it, and nobody is going to think about whether my fairings are OEM or Chinese when I'm riding the bike and enjoying it.

I've done my share of fiberglass work and painting and am still on the fence on whether I want to just get a blank polyurethane base set and paint it myself or go with a pre-designed scheme. I own a vinyl graphics business so working with a solid paint base would probably be the most economical since I can do the graphics.

Here are some photos of my Aprilia I painted and powdercoated in house:

Before: stripping to bare frame to shim the valves and do chassis work
There is no hate against you personally. I just don't like seeing people throwing dollars after pennies. And I hate seeing people spend money on things from the other side of the planet, when they can get something else locally that supports local businesses and keeps their neighbors lights on. I'm am also not saying you have to go out and buy all new bodywork from the dealer. Get some used stuff and paint it whatever color you want. It is cheap enough to get lightly rashed stuff and easy enough to repair it. It doesn't have to be show quality, but call me crazy for liking a bike to look good. I don't like spider cracks around every mount point, thin plastic, melted plastic, headlight mounts that fall off, other mounts that simply aren't there, decals that aren't aligned correctly or are the wrong shade, and soft paint. These are all things I have seen personally.

If this bike is going to see the track a lot, then get fiberglass race bodywork and paint those instead of getting chinese bodywork. It will be much cheaper in the end. It is also easy to fiberglass in a headlight and use the stock tail light with track skins. Another issue is what will happen when you go down. The chinese shit will disintegrate into a million little pieces. Then you will be stuck with trying to fix or replace the entire set. A fiberglass set will be much easier to fix, and will be much much more durable. You can also find really good quality fiberglass that is made right here in the states. An added bonus of going with the fiberglass bodywork is that your bike will look different than anything else on the road. Also, if you ever decide to make the jump to racing, you already have the oil containment and don't have much more work to do. Instead of being stuck with some chinese crap that nobody will want to buy, and in need of another set of bodywork.

I mentioned they look cheap, and cheesy because they do. I have helped install a few sets of these and seen enough in person to know they are junk. I'm not trying to hate on you for doing whatever you want to do. It is advice from my personal experience, take it or leave it.

Since you were impressed by the "quality" of garbage fairings from China, that means I am pretty much wasting my time. Best of luck, and I'll go ahead and say "I told you so" now when you get a huge box of junk from china that cost you $500. I would bet you money that you don't like what you get, but I have found in life that those who are too stubborn to listen to advice are usually those who are also too proud to admit when they are wrong.
 

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There is no hate against you personally....
....Since you were impressed by the "quality" of garbage fairings from China, that means I am pretty much wasting my time. Best of luck, and I'll go ahead and say "I told you so" now when you get a huge box of junk from china that cost you $500. I would bet you money that you don't like what you get, but I have found in life that those who are too stubborn to listen to advice are usually those who are also too proud to admit when they are wrong.
^Pretty sure that's hating right there.

Like I said, some of the china stuff I have seen looks good for the price. I'm not expecting the world for only $500. Don't come on here acting all high and mighty and expect me to follow your advice because you like to give your opinion. The internet is full of opinions.

That said, I have and still do, agree with you on some points. I went over to the motorcycle paint shop I mentioned in my previous post and got to see a lot of different china fairing examples in person. Some were complete shit, too thin, bumpy, etc, etc as you say. However there were some that I was once again impressed with for the price. I can now say I have been able to identify some of the sellers which are crap and which are not in person. Before I knew some fairings I liked were Chinese, but couldn't discern which ones.

Since I got a good price from them to repair the tank I finally made the decision to go with a black paint base and work with vinyl graphics from there. On my local forum a lot of people are recommending MotoFairings in Florida. They fit my budget and are a legit seller. Just need to get some more PMs back from members who have them and then I'll go from there. If I do get these I'll be painting them myself http://www.ebay.com/itm/130617299109?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649#ht_2437wt_825
 

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Haven't had any luck getting rid of the chrome wheels so I've decided I'm going to paint them myself, can't stand keeping the chrome wheels on there and will need to order tires soon. The powdercoaters around here were wary of powdering over chrome, and after a suggestion of a forum member I did a little research on painting over chrome. Overall it is widely accepted as long at you do good prep work. I'm all about good prep work after painting my Aprilia so I'll be saving a bit of powdercating money and paint the wheels black myself.

Anyone have experience with Duplicolor wheel paint or true automotive paint? Deciding which route I'm going to go and any opinions on either would be helpful!
I would suggest ColorRite. They make the OEM paints for many of the manufacturers. I've personally prepped about 4 or 5 sets of motorcycle rims for paint. But I've never tried over chrome. I would probably prep them with 240 grit for good adhesion with primer.
I guess I'd consult ColorRite and ask what primer they recomend. Then prep the primer gently with grey scotchbrite, and shoot your base color. Unless you want a super smooth look with no 'orange peel', then lightly prep with wet/dry 600 and water. only the flat surfaces, not the round edges or spokes.
One more gentle prep with grey scotchbrite, and finish with clear coat.
I know that's a lot of work, but that's the way we've done them, and not only do they look great, but they are pretty road worthy, and clean up easily.
But black? How about a silver, or medium charcoal color?
If your prep work is thorough, and you get a GOOD painter to shoot them, your rims will look great for years.
 
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