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Well a bizarre 2020 is fast coming to a close but that just means next season is just around the corner. 

I piled up the last 5 seasons assemblage of toys for it's new owner, arriving in the great white north from Birmingham on Sunday. (We had snow today) I spent a day freshening it up a bit for it's journey. Farewell old friend.

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And drug this home for something to do over the winter. One of its owners 2 RC-51's. This one was raced years ago and has sat idle and neglected in the back corner of the garage for 10 years. It will be put back on the road in street legal trim so it's owner and his son can ride them together on weekends.

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Aside from this and a few other short term projects you just never know what will roll outta the shop come spring 😉

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Pursuvant

That doesn't look like a Christmas tree in back, but when you're done work'in your magic it will be a killer Christmas present (for you?) Enjoy the restore, enjoy the ride, and send us pics plz!

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RobZilla

Yea, I definitely want to see this build. 

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fzar

I'm very interested in this RC51 build, fantastic bike.

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mossrider

A few project start up notes;

*The shop has never been this empty or clean for that matter. Sad really. IMG_20201018_181748159.thumb.jpg.02722822ebf1ce18b98688d5dd958b88.jpg

*This is that project that everyone fears, the dreaded "I started taking it apart for no particular reason 10 years ago and it ran when I parked it now I need help". Apparently I can't refuse 4 boxes of challenge... IMG_20201017_194411519.thumb.jpg.24f616cdce763539bd46a1c7150cf182.jpg

I'm going in.....

 

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DewMan
4 minutes ago, mossrider said:

A few project start up notes;

*The shop has never been this empty or clean for that matter. Sad really. 

*This is that project that everyone fears, the dreaded "I started taking it apart for no particular reason 10 years ago and it ran when I parked it now I need help". Apparently I can't refuse 4 boxes of challenge... 

I'm going in.....

 

I've forgotten what my garage floor looks like it's so long since it's been empty enough to see it. I'm jealous.I'm actually considering moving just so I can have more garage space. I'm looking for a minimum 3 bay garage house in an area that won't b*tch if I want to leave a 10ft box truck in my driveway full time. Current location's zoning won't allow it *1st world problems*

Eww a box job..... never fun. Good luck. ✌️ 

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Just shut up and ride.

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blackout
7 hours ago, DewMan said:

I've forgotten what my garage floor looks like it's so long since it's been empty enough to see it. I'm jealous.I'm actually considering moving just so I can have more garage space. I'm looking for a minimum 3 bay garage house in an area that won't b*tch if I want to leave a 10ft box truck in my driveway full time. Current location's zoning won't allow it *1st world problems*

Eww a box job..... never fun. Good luck. ✌️ 

Yah.  Move to the country.  That's where I'm at and all my buddies keep their stuff in my backyard.

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Upstate New York

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blackout
7 hours ago, mossrider said:

A few project start up notes;

*The shop has never been this empty or clean for that matter. Sad really. IMG_20201018_181748159.thumb.jpg.02722822ebf1ce18b98688d5dd958b88.jpg

*This is that project that everyone fears, the dreaded "I started taking it apart for no particular reason 10 years ago and it ran when I parked it now I need help". Apparently I can't refuse 4 boxes of challenge... IMG_20201017_194411519.thumb.jpg.24f616cdce763539bd46a1c7150cf182.jpg

I'm going in.....

 

You now have room for an RS660.

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Craig Mapstone
Upstate New York

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DewMan
20 minutes ago, blackout said:

Yah.  Move to the country.  That's where I'm at and all my buddies keep their stuff in my backyard.

Yep. Once work decides whether full time work from home will continue after Covid (good possibility) I'll decide where to move.


DewMan
 
Just shut up and ride.

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cornerslider
11 hours ago, mossrider said:

A few project start up notes;

*The shop has never been this empty or clean for that matter. Sad really. IMG_20201018_181748159.thumb.jpg.02722822ebf1ce18b98688d5dd958b88.jpg

*This is that project that everyone fears, the dreaded "I started taking it apart for no particular reason 10 years ago and it ran when I parked it now I need help". Apparently I can't refuse 4 boxes of challenge... IMG_20201017_194411519.thumb.jpg.24f616cdce763539bd46a1c7150cf182.jpg

I'm going in.....

 

Your posts make me smile because I've "been there".... I recently regretted a project I took on for a friend. It turned out well (I got paid), but my friend had way too much "sentimental value" for a 30 year-old project  bike. In the end, we were both happy...... (I still felt a little guilty though) -


""W.O.T. until you see god, then brake"

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shinyribs
5 hours ago, blackout said:

Yah.  Move to the country.  

No. 

 

The country sucks. Everyone stay away. It's not as empty and quiet and you think, and nobody is buying up old farms and filling the land with patio homes :( You're an hour from anything. It's lonely. There's nothing to do. 

Stay out! 

 

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DewMan
31 minutes ago, shinyribs said:

No. 

 

The country sucks. Everyone stay away. It's not as empty and quiet and you think, and nobody is buying up old farms and filling the land with patio homes :( You're an hour from anything. It's lonely. There's nothing to do. 

Stay out! 

 

Me thinks you just don't want everyone moving into your neck of nowhere? 😁

 

Born and raised in rural Ohio so I know what I'm getting into.

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Just shut up and ride.

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mossrider
11 hours ago, DewMan said:

Me thinks you just don't want everyone moving into your neck of nowhere? <img src=">

 

Born and raised in rural Ohio so I know what I'm getting into.

Set urself afire once in a while or run the air chisel after midnight and people will stay away naturally. Ask me how I know...

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Geteup

You should coat that floor with some nice epoxy while its empty. I just finished mine and i think its a worthwhile investment if youre spending time out there, which you do. Just a thought sir!  

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bornagainbiker
7 hours ago, mossrider said:

Set urself afire once in a while or run the air chisel after midnight and people will stay away naturally. Ask me how I know...

I've also heard that wearing racing leathers while plowing your driveway helps keep folks away as well.

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DewMan
42 minutes ago, bornagainbiker said:

I've also heard that wearing racing leathers while plowing your driveway helps keep folks away as well.

Only if you're making a lot of "vroom-vroom!" and power sliding noises while you do so. 😁

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DewMan
 
Just shut up and ride.

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mossrider

Vroom

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watarski
On 10/19/2020 at 3:46 PM, blackout said:

Yah.  Move to the country.  That's where I'm at and all my buddies keep their stuff in my backyard.

If there was country close enough around, I'd probably move.  The worse my addiction to two wheels gets, and the more my disdain for tourists grows...the more I want out of this area.  

My lack of room in my garage and 2+ hour drive from the track kept me from jumping on Moss' bike above that was for sale.  First world problems... 

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mossrider

So this land yacht comes in for a full service and to fix a couple niggling issues. 

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WARNING: The next one of you that whines about taking the airbox off an MT07 is getting punched in the throat.

"Can you change the air filters too?" he asks? "Sure" I says, no problem...

OMG, it'd been easier to stack bb's with chop stix in zero grav riding a camel! 

 

On to more exciting projects. I got the RC51 onto the lift to assess her condition. Does anyone out there clean their toys? I musta got 2lbs of chain muck & planetary debris off the rear wheel, swinger and chain. I bet it makes 10 more hp, lol. 

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I have the brand new (in 2005) battery on the charger desulfating/reconditioning too. I don't have much hope for that.

I also started peeking thru the mystery boxes that accompanied this project.  The fact that there are 3 sets of throttle bodies in various stages of disassembly troubles me somewhat, altho I'm not sure why. 😏 A qwik check reveals there is a bad throttle position sensor on the set that came off the bike.

Today's revelation; My father giving me his old tool set in 1968, the one with the 10.4mm & 12.7mm wrenches, the complete set of bent flat & phillips awl drivers and the stripped crescent wrench was no accident. He was trying to warn me. Unfortunately, I wasn't bright enough to get it.

Till next time.

Oh, and guitar strings are excellent conductors of electricity.

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Nevets
On 11/1/2020 at 4:05 PM, mossrider said:

WARNING: The next one of you that whines about taking the airbox off an MT07 is getting punched in the throat.

I foresee a situation where mossrider has to punch himself in the throat in the future.

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mossrider
3 minutes ago, Nevets said:

I foresee a situation where mossrider has to punch himself in the throat in the future.

Wouldn't be the first time I couldn't take good advice. 🤣

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mossrider
On 10/19/2020 at 3:47 PM, blackout said:

You now have room for an RS660.

It's not an RS660 (not that great after all anyway) but it is totally cool. It followed me home from the racetrack last weekend...

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It's a 1999 R6.  I'll be in the 90's Cup class now instead of Lightweight.  An antique racer for a race fossil I guess. 

It came with a new set of bodywork that I dropped off at the painter. And the set that's on there was kinda a mess so I started in on it,

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When it's done I'll paint this set and keep it for a rain or spare set.  The chain pic in the Master Link thread is from this bad boy.  The brakes were shot too so I'll remedy that as well as go through the suspension and spring for my substantial self while I'm messing around. 

More to come.

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fzar
22 hours ago, mossrider said:

It's a 1999 R6.  I'll be in the 90's Cup class now instead of Lightweight.  An antique racer for a race fossil I guess.

Very nice addition, good luck racing her, she's quite the steward of production 600 cc history as we once new it. 

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mossrider

In we go! Yuck. Does anyone clean their stuff? Ever? Never mind.

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Before and after, a little Simple Green, a tooth brush and some elbow grease. Some new pads & we're good for a couple seconds a lap! Boy was she pissed about her tooth brush the next day. 

The boingers are going to the suspension shop for a refresh and respring. Good for another 2 seconds a lap. I may get outta 3 gear this year.

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This generation R6 had modest (in today's world) 43mm right side up forks.  They have preload & rebound (top) and compression (bottom) damping. These have upgraded valving too.

Getting at the shock isn't that bad but the subframe has to come up some and since I want to have a go at the whole suspension linkage, I tore the back end apart.

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An older Ohlins but should do nicely after refurb. The linkages are a sloppy mess so I'll have to measure everything after I clean it up.  I'm thinking the swingarm pivot is trash too.

Why do I ...

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mossrider

I asked the PO when the clutch had been replaced last. He said, "clutch?". So I thought I'd better go in there and see what's what. Looks good, no?

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Um, no. Aftermarket fibers (3) that had been over heated and crystalized,

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Hope I got them all out.

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Racing 101.

Step 1; insert head in vise.

Step 2; turn handle.

Repeat often.

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