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    Hi folks,

    I've been lurking for a couple of years now, but figured I should introduce myself a bit better :)

    I'm a software engineer by day, and tinker with electronics & other maker activities in my spare time. Wy wife & I have a hobby business (CrankyBot) making science based jewellery with our laser cutter & 3D printers.

    My wife (Ruth) and I both ride, and are now on our full licenses.

    We both started off sharing a Honda 250RA MC42 (which Ruth still rides), which we just lowered so she can flatfoot it comfortably. The bike was made to be a leaner bike, and was built down to a price. The handling (still on the OEM tyres) is very skitterish, but did improve somewhat after lowering it. We replaced the heavy OEM exhaust with Danmoto chinese special, but a word of advice to others thinking of the same, don't. It sounds like an overpowered lawnmower. A single cylinder was never meant to have a fat pipe on it. We also did the airbox mod on it to eke out a little bit more power on the cheap.

    I soon realised that sharing a bike wasn't practical, picked myself up an '88 Honda 250R MC19. Shes a 4 cylinder carbied job, with teeny pistons, so she redlines at 22K and sounds awesome. I came off the test ride with a big dumb grin on my face. She handles a lot better than the MC42, and I did my MOST test on her. I was able to do the U turn 9/10 times without putting my foot down (you have to lean her over a lot more than the MC42), and you guessed it, the last time was during the test... Fortunately that was the only the point I lost. I also used this bike to teach myself mechanics, and am getting more and more comfortable around engines each time I do a service. She's coming up to 5000km from when I got her, and I don't know what happened previously, so it's time to strip her down and do the valve clearances. I've replaced the OEM fairings (in horrible shape) with aftermarket Repsol fairings, replaced the dash with digital gauges, added indicator mirrors, heated grips, and replaced the lights with LEDs/HIDs.

    I recently picked up a CBR600RR, and dropped it after 2 weeks, too much power on a roundabout, with a cold road & tyres. Fortunately I walked away from that, and learnt an important lesson, so it was a good accident to have. I've replaced the damaged levers, pedals & pegs with aftermarket ones, smoothed & repainted the gouged engine covers, repaired the scratched & broken fairings (ABS/acetone slurry to fill in the gouges, 80W soldering iron to melt ABS filament from the 3D printer to repair the cracks), and am currently learning airbrushing to do a custom paint job on her. My plan is a black basecoat, black holographic flake next (low density, for a starfield effect), then airbrush ghost true flames over the top in a salmon->copper chameleon pearl. I also used the opportunity to do a full service, and learnt another important lesson - always use the right tool for the job. I used a torque wrench that didn't go soft enough to tighten the cam brackets down, and stretched a screw in the process (fortunately, it came out in 1 piece!). I'll start another thread with some progress shots of her when I get a chance.

    My most recent acquisition was an '09 CBR1000RR repairable writeoff that I won for $5.5K (total) at Pickles.
    Replacement aftermarket Repsol fairings are on order (the current fairings are missing some pieces, so I can't repair them), as well as mirrors, heated grips, an OEM exhaust (since she has to go over the pits), barends, frame sliders, spool, pillion seat & cowl. Later, I'll try and repair the damaged Akrapovic exhaust, theres a carbon fibre shop in the UX that sells replacement tubes & tips for them (http://www.pjengineering.co.uk/).


    Anyway, off for now, keep her sticky side down :)
     
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    Lurch Capt. Sense of Direction Administrator

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    G'day mate, and welcome!
    Good story and write-up there :)
     
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    supamodel Secret Aaaaaagent Man Staff Member Moderator Supporter

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    PJE are pretty well regarded, they do good stuff so that's definitely one way for the carbon tube on the outside of the exhaust. I thought Akra also would sell you replacement outers for mufflers but I might be mistaken.

    Good stuff and welcome aboard.
     
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    I like to keep hold of OEM exhausts, lights, etc for all my bikes, just in case I ever get stickered, I can get them back on the road in short order. Fortunately, I picked up an OEM exhaust for the 600RR for $1 (Ebay, no other bidders), and the 1000RR was $130 shipped from Melbourne.

    I'll chase up what other options I have for repairing the Akra later, for now, I want her back on the road :)
     
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    Welcome to the forums!
    You don't tinker with bike dashes for a reward by any chance, do you? ;)
     
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    You don't have a photo of that 09 you picked up do you? I might have a bit of an idea of the history of it and might even have a few spares somewhere in the shed.....

    Edit. Just saw the pickles link. Yep pretty sure it is the bike I'm thinking about....... Might even have the spare key somewhere......
     
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    Alastair? 'bout time you poked your head out of hiding. ;)

    Nice upgrade from the MC42 there.
     
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    If it's the blade I'm thinking of it has a lot of damage including the swingarm is bent.
     
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    That included in the 'what needs repairing' list that needs to be ticked off to go through Dickson?
     
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