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    latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Bought this during the summer. Definitely a fixer-upper, but it ran/was rideable. Due to some unexpected circumstances, I ended up with 3 bikes... my neighbor gave me an '82 XJ750 Maxim project to fix up (non-running). That took awhile, but got it running and addressed some issues, sold via CL a few weeks back. Wife was not happy about 3 bikes in the garage. Once the XJ was gone, she asked why I needed 2 bikes, whereby I explained that the FZ6 was the "wife" - rock-solid, comfortable, dependable, by-your-side all day long; and the FZR was the "girlfriend" - smokin' hot/flashy, probably a model at some point, handled roughly by previous individuals, uncomfortable as hell, headstrong, but still a looker. She laughed, and pointed out that the girlfriend need a bit of cosmetic surgery. She's not wrong. But the original plastics are still in decent condition, and the color-scheme plus dbl side-by-side headlights are so appealing... LOVE that look.

    So this is by far the biggest teardown I've attempted so far. To give you an idea - the front brake-lines were original, from Jan 1987. My goal is not to have a show-piece, but to get it in much better shape that it was/is.

    - rims are off and being powder-coated
    - deciding on new tires (tires were from 2002), Michelin (PR3) or Pirellis
    - exhaust being ceramic coated
    - trying to refinish/fix up the old yoshimura can (scratches/dings)
    - have 2006 R6S front calipers to install
    - new Spiegler brake/clutch lines
    - probably new front/rear brake rotors (some ducati-brembo models fit it)
    - carb ready for disassembly

    No way I could do this without another bike to ride during all this. I find I get itchy otherwise. And this is fun stuff. I'm not as accomplished as Gary in NJ or others, but I swear, sometimes this sort of work feels like... therapy.

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    latest project - '87 FZR1000-img_20180721_075220-large-jpg

    latest project - '87 FZR1000-img_20181028_183440-large-jpg

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Hope you keep the same color scheme, me likes!!

    It's in great shape for a 1987.
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    2007 Yamaha FZ6- BD43 headlight mod, PIAA bulbs, Stebal air horn, Scorpion SS pipes-(no DB killers), Speedohealer, HEL SS brake lines, Fenda Extenda, K&P SS re-usable oil filter, custom mounted BMW style electrical outlet(L.S.), Techmount GPS mount with handlebar bar risers/set backs, additional helmet lock, custom mod'ed seat(Spencers), Hyper light-rear running/brake light, custom radiator/fan protector, Techspec tank pads, Grip Puppies, Yamaha rear rack with custom aluminum flat rack.

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Quote Originally Posted by TownsendsFJR1300 View Post
    Hope you keep the same color scheme, me likes!!

    It's in great shape for a 1987.
    Thanks Scott - absolutely keeping the original color scheme! Love the white/red/gold... The picture isn't too close so you don't see the road rash, and the blue gasket sealant, and so on... the plastics hide some stuff too. But yeah, regardless of all the items that need attention, I think it isn't as bad (cosmetically) as it could be for its' age.

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    That looks like a great project. The bike appears to have a great foundation.
    Lifelong student of motorcycling. Current bikes: Custom Naked '05 FZ6, LS650 Café Racer, DRZ400 Street Tracker

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    Vrrroooooom! latest project - '87 FZR1000 Motogiro's Avatar
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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    I had a friend that brought one home from the dealer. He was in sales. I got to test ride this when it first came out when it was new. I was so impressed!
    Definitely a keeper!
    If you can't fix it by hitting it with a hammer, it's electrical!

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Quote Originally Posted by Motogiro View Post
    I had a friend that brought one home from the dealer. He was in sales. I got to test ride this when it first came out when it was new. I was so impressed!
    Definitely a keeper!
    As long as my back holds out. Not a forgiving position...

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    "Ape hangers"!
    Scott
    2007 Yamaha FZ6- BD43 headlight mod, PIAA bulbs, Stebal air horn, Scorpion SS pipes-(no DB killers), Speedohealer, HEL SS brake lines, Fenda Extenda, K&P SS re-usable oil filter, custom mounted BMW style electrical outlet(L.S.), Techmount GPS mount with handlebar bar risers/set backs, additional helmet lock, custom mod'ed seat(Spencers), Hyper light-rear running/brake light, custom radiator/fan protector, Techspec tank pads, Grip Puppies, Yamaha rear rack with custom aluminum flat rack.

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Quote Originally Posted by gnyce View Post
    As long as my back holds out. Not a forgiving position...
    I do know....
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    If you can't fix it by hitting it with a hammer, it's electrical!

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    Re: latest project - '87 FZR1000

    Rims (powder-coated) and headers/exhaust (ceramic-coated) are back, look good. Brembo rotors (Ducati) for the front are on the way. Man, the snowball-effect certainly is in play... "well, since we're already in there, might as well replace X and Y as well. And how about Z?".

    Picking the red was hard... trying to keep close to original (a bit more orange), but wanting darker, but trying to keep with original stickers/plastics.

    latest project - '87 FZR1000-img_20181108_180101-jpg

    latest project - '87 FZR1000-img_20181108_180129-jpg

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