Somewhat of a "Build Thread"
Alright. So I've posted a few threads here and there, asked some (silly, mostly) questions, got answers - now, I thought I'd let you guys live vicariously a bit. =)
As you probably know, I bought myself an 06 919, after selling the RC51. I'll miss the RC's engine dearly, but not its registration/insurance costs, and most of all, certainly not its ergos. The goal with this bike is to get something reliable, that's fast enough when I want it to but that's quite comfortable cruising around at some pretty low-key speeds (100 km/h, kinda [60 mph]). It was also to get something a bit less expensive, so that I can invest in as-good-as-I-can-get suspension components. I'd long been wanting to see what all the fuss was about. After researching here, I've got a few ideas of the mods I want to do. So, follow along if you'd like, you're welcome to stay as long as you want!
So, planned mods :
- Ohlins rear. I've already settled on, and ordered, the HO322. I ride solo almost exclusively, and am mostly a set-it-and-forget it type. My funds are not unlimited, and I thought the dollar difference between it and the 201 would be better invested elsewhere. I ordered it from a local-ish suspension specialist (Windmill Motorsports in Ottawa), who I'll pick it up from. Many thanks to LDH for the deal he's offering, but I thought I'd try to support somebody local if I could;
- I was originally going to do either a revalve up front, or at the very least, new springs. But, I saw Ditch's forks thread and thought that was a mighty good deal for what one would be getting, if only I could convince him to sell them to me. Mission accomplished, they're on their way to me. =) I wasn't worried about the .95's (I'm 220 in gear), but the length did have me worried. It's speaking to Kyle of Windmill (before buying them!) that cinched the deal for me : he mentioned it would probably be, from what he could see in the pictures, fairly easy to change the ride height, and custom spacers could even be machined to make them the exact same length as stock 919 forks, so we'll see. I'm going to Ottawa at the end of the month, so I'll bring one of my stock 919 forks with me, and both of Ditch's forks for him to work on;
- 900RR header conversion. I've been reading Bart's thread intently, and have also been communicating with him a fair bit (thanks man!). He's been quite good at answering my myriad little questions. I think I've mostly got it figured out, looks pretty straightforward. Gathering parts for this still. Think I've found the muffler (brand-new Micron on clearance), still waiting to try to get a better deal on header. My plan is also to recruit a metal fabrication expert friend of mine, to fabricate a better bracket. My idea would be to basically replicate the passenger luggage bracket (i.e. two bolt holes), but with a downwards extension to bolt the exhaust into. Not sure if this is making sense, but I'll post pics as this develops;
- Stainless steel lines. Already ordered a set (in clear, and the normal chrome banjos) from G&J from sticky thread. Only looking for a firmer feel, as the brake power is sure to be fine for me and my intended uses. From what I've seen riding the bike home, the stock brakes themselves are just fine;
- Various odds and ends. I've already ordered the Chinese shorty levers, and I want to tidy up the tail too. Thinking I'd like to do it myself, but I'd need to buy LED bolts as license plate lights, and an integrated taillight (watching one of each currently on eBay). Will need to dig a bit deeper to find close-up pictures of people's who've done it themselves, specifically the license plate mounting with some aluminum stock;
- Last is a set of six-spoke wheels, but I think that less and less likely. The exhaust will have pretty much exhausted (no bad pun intended) the money I had set aside for the project. Shipping charges are crazy!!!! In any case, I'm planning on keeping this bike a long time (I kept the RC51 for 5 years, and that didn't even seem like that long a time!), and so I don't mind selling some of the OEM stuff I'll be replacing. For instance, OEM 06 forks will be going up for sale if I like the new ones. Same for the exhaust pieces. So, if I can recoup enough money this way, I'll go the six-spoke route. Of course, rear is pretty cheap, and easy - it's the front that has me worried. Anybody confirm whether or not VFR800 front wheels follow the same conventions as F3 ones?
That's it for now! I'll start off by posting pictures of the bike as she currently stands, in a day or two.