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The bike started off last year a bit tired looking but otherwise in decent condition. Did a few good trips on it. :thumbup:

Then, on the way back from Italy, via Germany we went through Luxembourg where I fell off rather embarrassingly in some road side mud. :banghead:

I busted up the indicator and put a few cracks in the thing, no major damage that couldn't be taped up. :angry:

All fixable!

The colour had darkened to the point where it couldn't be touched up, plus there was some scratching over a wider area where I threw in into the leaf litter. So it was in need a of full respray. Having got a lot of piss taking quotes I decided to do it myself. :evil:
Bought a decent mini HVLP, gravity fed gun and polythened up a spray booth.
I used Acrylic 2K paint and had to 2K lacquer over most of it to keep the vinyl bits on.


It's a bit more up to date than it was but still keeps the green. I'm more anal that an American porno, so if I think it's not bad then it really isn't that bad! It's got a few minor specs that I could fix but I really need it on the road now.
Valve shims done, radial fork conversion done, rear shock re-valved. wheels powder coated, new bearings, new tyres, radial brakes all bled up.
Look out world, here I come!! :thumbup:

The ZX12R decals were made by a guy in Bulgaria. They're pretty good but are multi layered and needed lacquering over. The tabs where the frankenbolts go are adapted trail-bike mounts for Kreiga luggage.
I stuck a few business logos on there so I can try to claim the paint etc, against tax. I may whack a few stickers/graphics on it, but I'm not sure what else to do with it.

That's the same traditional (2003) Kawi green, but the light was a bit poor for the camera phone today.
 

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Nice job Shep, I like the colour scheme. Tidy work:thumbup: How is the new brake set up? is there much difference.
 

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Nice job Shep, I like the colour scheme. Tidy work:thumbup: How is the new brake set up? is there much difference.
Lever feels pretty hard. I'll run it out for MOT in the morning. It's expired so I've not ridden it yet.
It'll be a bit hard to tell the difference as I've also put on new forks, shock, and tyres since I rode it last.
 

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looks really good there Shep, what are the things in the tail section hanging on your "frankenbolts"….curious to see what you think of the front end retro fit, I'm thinking of looking for all the req'd parts to do the same
 

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what are the things in the tail section hanging on your "frankenbolts"….

They are fittings designed to attach Kreiga luggage through the plastic skin of off road and trail bikes. I took some to bits, combined them with the spacers from a Renntec grab rail and did that. It looks a bit odd without the luggage.

 

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Come on Shep, get some pics of it out in the sun :D

Looks good

Oh and clean that rear brake caliper! Its letting the rest of the bike down!
 

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Come on Shep, get some pics of it out in the sun :D

Looks good
All the sunshine seems to land on your side of the world! We may get some on loan for a few days over the coming months.

And you're right about the caliper. It has been ignored, it would probably get more attention if it actually did something.
 

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That is a really nice paint job sir!
Looking at it again and again i think it would look better with a screen that isn't double bubble.
 
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