Spent an evening in garage test fitting new parts to the bike.
Bought a Woodstock exhaust bracket (Pillion footrest delete) from Webike (Japan). Perfect fit. -Yes this bracket is more expensive than the typical stamped ones like R&D, BUT the Woodstock bracket looks so much better..
Took off the OEM rearsets and bolted on a rearsets from Gilles Tooling (Ebay). Sadly Gilles do not sell the Gold anodised sets that I really wanted anymore (according to the Ebay seller/shop from Germany, I did also check Gilles webpage and seems to be true. How ever seller gave a me a discount on the rearsets because the set I originally bought was the gold adonised ones but he could only deliver the black ones. That was nice of him..). Then again the Black set does look good to.. but the rearsets not being gold color kinda screwed with the final look I want for the bike...
Side note... There are several ways to adjust the Gilles rearsets. Problem is the tie rod that comes with the set is to short to use for some of the settings. At the more "extreme" settings the tie rod does not thread deep enough into the foot/lever assembly threaded rods. Well it does, but then the gear lever is in and uncomfortable position, IF using Race Shift then it would be ok.. They should have put a shorter and a longer tie rod in the kit or maybe a longer rod is missing from the kit I got. Going to check with the seller if that is the case... For the moment I set the footrest in slightly higher position (knees more bent) than the stock ones. I will have to experiment more once I am able to ride the bike again (winter intermission over here).
Also bought a set of chain adjusters (Ebay, from China). These adjusters are actually made for a ZX10. The adjusters fit with out any issues. BUT using the paddock stand pins attached to the adjusters is probably not a good idea. When doing work on the bike I will use the paddock stand pins attached to the swingarm (OEM position) and just unbolt the pins when not doing work/service on the bike, takes only seconds to do. The new adjusters are more for the look. The adjuster bolt "clicks" when you turn it to adjust the chain tension, I really like that.
I still have some parts to test fit, an update will come. After I know everything fit like it is supposed to, I will take the bike apart for a through out cleaning and service.
On the "to do" list is new bearings to the swingarm and suspension pivot linkage. When I did the shock change to a Wilbers in the early spring, I did check all these bearings and greased them but because I will paint the swingarm black, I will put in new bearings at the same time. I will also paint the lower forks black because the aluminium is pitted and looks awful. Do some other minor paint touch up here and there on the bike. I also have to deal with, as many of you have, with a minor oil leak from the valve cover, I'll also change the spark plugs at the same time.