OK, ok... maybe I sorta know "now what"... do track days. But it's not quite that simple right off the top.
Strap in, this might get wordy. Just warning you.
The second horse in the stable:
I bought a 2004 R6 with a Rebuilt Title, which as far as I can tell was laid down once on each side at some point (and was confirmed by the owner), but not hard enough to make me suspicious. I rode it quite a bit before agreeing to buy it.
I'm the fourth owner, I believe. The first two owners DID
the damage, the owner before me fixed it up. The guy I bought it from bought it as a first bike, wanted to fix it up and ride it but found he HAD
to get a Ducati 848. Good luck, man. Hell of a bike to buy with less than 2,000 miles under your belt. :facepalm:
So I grab it for $2600. For how it looks and runs, it's more than reasonable. It was originally listed at $4k, which might have been reaching quite a bit with a rebuilt title and all. It's a 2004 with 17,xxx miles.
My intention is to use it basically as a track bike. But I am going to keep it in street-legal trim for the immediate future and get some street miles on it. I at least want to get acclimated with the thing a little before going full-bore on a track. I don't want to try to figure the thing out at the same time I am on the ragged edge. Doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
So let's get to the "yeah, but's....". I'll just spit them out as they hit my brain.
There's a little rash on the stator cover, a little swingarm scuffing. You gotta look for it. I saw pics of the tear-down and rebuild and was pretty extensive, although the damage seemed fairly superficial. Although it was the seller's first bike, he had his cousin come in and help out since he works on bikes a lot. The tank was hammered out, the plastics were all replaced and everything was painted white.
The brake fluid looks like black coffee.
The rear brake essentially doesn't work at all. That's ok, but I'd like for it to at least function, you know?
It's lowered 3". The kickstand was chopped to accommodate the drop. Not modified
, but chopped
. It's like a skewer. Always have to keep a puck around. Genius, dudes. :facepalm:
The right switchgear is cracked. Nothing major.
The owner says after an hour or so of riding, it can have trouble holding idle. I haven't ridden it long enough to test the theory. The title is on its way, thus I have no plates and that means no tempting the law.
The clutch is stiff
. Gearbox is great, but it takes work at the lever.
The right rearset has some play at the peg/brake pedal assembly. Part of the peg was broken off so I am looking to replace the whole thing. eBay has been great so far.
The right passenger peg bracket was kinda screwed with and the mount was sheared off, so I got another one of those since it holds up the muffler.
The gearing is 16/50 (stock is 16/48?), D.I.D./AFAM 520 conversion. Wear looks ok for now. Chain needs cleaned badly.
Tires are mismatched with different wear. Pirelli Supercorsa III on the front that's cooked to the edges, and a Diablo rear with chicken strips. You tell me... I'm stumped.
Levers and bar ends are a little beat up, but I'm not losing sleep over that either. I'll want adjustable levers anyway. I have small hands so I prefer shorties.
I think that's most of it.
So I tried to prioritize what to do.
The hot-idle issue has been rumored about, but obviously I haven't had a chance to experience it. Most say fresh plugs cure it. If you know anything about R6's then you spark plugs are a pain in the ass. I have coil-on-plug experience with my F-150 and it's not a fun time.
I'm thinking before I put any real seat time in this thing I need rubber, ride height lift, brake fluid, new coolant, and fresh oil and filter just to be on the safe side. Air cleaner is supposedly new.
So the question is: do I tackle this myself? I can
, I just don't know if I want to
. The idea of the bike all torn down for a month in my garage in the middle of summer seems really counter-productive. Not that it takes a month... but I work a lot and have other shit to do and my only time is evenings and weekends. You know what I mean? That's good amount of time I can be riding
it. AFJ Race Shop in Cincy is about 3 miles from my house and charge $50/hour for labor. STG has Pilot Power 2CT's for $240 a pair. What would take me 16 hours, they can do in 4. Get them to knock out a tune up, tires, and the lift... and I am on the road. The rest I can piecemeal over time.
Is that really wussing out, or a smart play?