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This has been my winter project. It had very little history when I purchased it from a nurse who moved to Guernsey last year and who had parked it up in the west coast under a Tarpaulin! Now, the west coast on Guernsey gets the majority of the storms that come flying in and dump sea water and spray over everything. Months of that and you can imagine what the salt water did to the bike! I was also told it had undergone some restoration…
Anyway he was leaving the island in a hurry and wanted shot of it. It was running but after riding it away I decided to push it the last mile as it was making some very weird noises and running like it had been on 60 a day for the whole of its life. I thought I could strip it down the following weekend and I’d then be able to see what exactly was needed.
Fat chance: the restoration it had undergone appeared to have consisted of being thrown down the road and the plastic panels glued back together, sprayed and then glued together, back onto the bike! For those who know early CBR600s, that’s a lot of plastic to sort out! Three weeks and a lot of swearing later the bike was stripped and in fact the engine wasn’t too bad at all. It had 35,000 on the clock but had undergone a decent rebuild at some point.
A full service, new fork seals, chain and sprockets and some electrical work (due to salt corrosion) and lots of elbow grease got it running properly again. All panels were stripped and re-sprayed white. This is the end result. Not sure about decals yet as I think it looks too much like a cop bike at the moment!
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