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    RVF400 Rebuild

    So,

    Picked up this RVF today.



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    Yes, that is a VFR rear end, it's definitely a bitsa!

    It has been sitting for quite a while, it wouldn't start so i drained the old fuel and cleaned fouled plugs and it fired up straight away! Motor has excellent compression, underneath all the neglect it seems like a pretty solid bike.

    Bike is destined for a pretty comprehensive rebuild from the ground up.

    Due to my new job i only really get one day every fortnight to work on it so progress will be slow but steady.

    However now that i work for a bike shop, parts and accessories will be cheap.

    After much deliberation i'm fairly sure it will be done in the Rothmans scheme although i'm still not 100% sure it could be a Repsol. I know they've been done to death but i just love them!

    I'm also tossing up between which fairings to choose originally i was going to stick with the OEM design, but now i'm throwing the idea up of a Tyga RCV212 front minus the rear cause the RVF Tyga rear doesn't do it for me. There is an alternative rear that looks a bit like the '09 CBR1000's which i'm researching a bit more, so i'll keep you posted.

    As far as mods go, i'll be fitting an Aprilia RS250 rear shock due to their adjustable rebound, compression, damping and adjustable ride height, with an 850 -900 pound spring to suit the RVF's shock lever.

    Probably looking at doing the SP1 discs and calipers with master cylinder, also the rear needs a new disc and pads.

    Going to upgrade the exhaust with a full system while i'm at it as well, probably go with a Tyga system at this stage as well as some better rearsets.

    Anyway, stripped the buggery out of her today for a few hours and this is how she stands as of now.



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    So far bike needs a new left hand switch block due to a bit of road rash, also the top radiator has seen better days so will be replaced.

    It has aftermarket triple clamps which i'm not really sold on cause they have no provision for the ignition barrel which was bolted to one side.

    Anyone know what the deal is with bulkier "race" triples? They have "Trick Racing" etched into them, they look like they'd be heavier than factory so i don't understand the advantage?

    Also needs the choke handle as the factory one was missing and was operated by what looked like a lawnmower choke handle mounted down near the idle adjuster.

    Thats all i can really think of now but there will be plenty of updates.

    Feel free to help with scheme ideas and examples cause i'm losing sleep over it!!!


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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    the infamous scooter of doom. I say go tyga for aerodynamics and cost.
    something simple and racey. suits your bikes.

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    Go for a repsol scheme just like CAMMYGTIR.

    If you want, i can source the TYGA parts for you

    But looks like a good rebuild, i will keep an eye out on the progress!

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    Subbed! i want one of these so bad..

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    Nice. Looking fwd to seeing how this project end's up.
    They are great bikes and I soft spot in the middle of my palm for them

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    Quote Originally Posted by cbrrrz
    i want one of these so bad..
    +1, i've spent many hours on youtube watching vids of these, drooling over the v4 sound... sexual.

    do a hannspree scheme i hear ozzy pretty good with em

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    Although i'm all about race schemes, the Hanspree doesn't do it for me.

    It's definitely either Rothmans or Repsol.


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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    repsol. cammy's looks soo fucking horn!
    i really dont thing a rothmans would suit a tyga kit, too modern and sharp looking.

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    This is the tail in question:









    What do you guys think of that tail with the latest Tyga front?

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    RE: RVF400 Rebuild

    or how about the san carlo gresini scheme, or LCR honda? just a thought

    yeah, that tail acually looks really good!
    they are some nice looking tyres on that too! would be great in the wet! lol

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