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2003 Yamaha R6

Motorcycle item created by Flexin, Oct 14, 2013

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I use to own a Yamaha R6. I loved that bike. I still miss it. Here is my bike and the little bit of work I did to it.

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    Early mods were to remove the reflectors and cut down the huge mud flap in the back. Well my friend cut it, I wasn't ready to put a saw to my brand new bike.

    Next I bought a tank pad to protect the paint from the zipper on my jacket. Then I rode. My son was young then so I couldn't see the point in spending $700 on a new pipe and so on.

    I put on about 10000 kms when my rear tire was more then ready for a replacement. Because there was still some life in the front I was going to replace the rear with the OEM Dunlop and then replace the set when they go the next time. I was quoted $350 for the rear tire. I was expecting it to be much lower then that. Then I was told about a sale they had for a set of Michelin Pilots for around $300. I was sold. That was one of the tires I wanted to upgrade to.

    Brand new shoes!!

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    To save money I removed the wheels and took them to the shop to have the tires installed. New tires get me excited. This tires had a different profile then the OEM tire so it rode different. Steering the bike was different, once I got use to them I was in love. Those tires performed really well for me in all types of weather.

    Here is the bike waiting for the new rubber.

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    The new installed rubber.

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    James
     
  2. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Then I want to make a change. I decide that I'm going to strip the rims and polish them. FYI, winter time is a better time to come up with crazy ideas like this.

    I need to see if I took any pictures of the the rim just before the stripper and while stripping. I used furniture stripper to remove most of the paint. It wasn't easy and was messy.

    This is the rim stripped an cleaned up. I don't think I did any polishing on it at this point even though it looks like it around the rim. Spokes are rough and a few have raised letters on them. This all had to be removed to polish them.

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    I used a rotary tool and a mouse sander to remove the letters and to smooth the metal. Then I use various grits of sand paper and a ton of elbow grease to get the finish as fine as possible.

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    Doing around the disk brake mounting posts and the holes was murder on my fingers.

    Here is the bike waiting for me to return its wheel.

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    Here are some dirty pictures of my rim. I had many people tell me it looked great and I should do my rear. I was putting off the rear because I still had about 8 hours to go to get my front rim to my standard.

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    James
     
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    that's a nice bike, I have thought about buying one
     
  4. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Thanks. I miss it. What would you buy?

    James
     
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    im debating the r6 or the r1
     
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    Nice. I rode a R1 one night. My brother in law had it for the night. It had a lot of torque. Nice bike.

    James
     
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    what would u pic an r6 or r1
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I wish I could have my R6 back. I wouldn't mind an R1 as well. That is a tough decision. Right now I would go the Yamaha Warrior route but still love the R1 and R6.

    James
     
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    ok makes since
     
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    Looks great James, I'm not cut our for bikes I think though, they seem dangerous to me.
     
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    I had a Yamaha r125 in the days when I used to ride, the amount of people that don't know about bikes and thought it was a bigger bike was crazy. Surely the little pea-cannon exhaust gave it away?

    Beautiful Bike :)
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    The freedom, feeling and for some the danger is all part of the enjoyment.

    The feeling when riding is something that can't be matched by a car imo.

    James
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    Thanks how did you like the R125?

    James
     
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    It must be quite a rush I agree on that, maybe if I tried it I would become an addict, I do enjoy strong emotions...
     
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    Loved it! I've still got the bike but only really use it for short journeys or if I want to drive it. Completely different driving experience that being in a car. Would love to sell the car and get a bigger bike but at the minute the insurance companies are pricing it out of my bracket.
     
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    It's amazing. I love it.

    James
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    Insurance can be expensive at times.

    James
     
  16. Johnny Bravo

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    Sweet bike. I really wanted to get a motorcycle for a while and debated starting on a Ninja250/300 over summer then after 6 months or so upgrading to an R6. Looks like a really clean bike, too bad you don't have it anymore :/
     
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