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I picked up this 1992 RC36.1 last spring (2018) in Connecticut (USA). It was a really good price, but not exactly a cream puff so I’ve been trying to bring it up to a decent standard and as cheaply as possible. To do that, I've been poking around online and you all have been guiding me too, so thank you for that. By now I have a few insights and experiences of my own that might actually help somebody else. Time to get out of the shadows. The odometer was at just over 25,000 miles when I got the bike and I am at least the fourth owner. The bike's history is long lost along with a number of odds and ends, bits and pieces. I wonder if there is a way to trace it all back. The guy I got it from seemed honest and funny but he had some curious theories of shade tree mechanics so it's taking me a little while to learn to trust the ride. I'm still semi worried about the long term effects of some of his theories but so far, so good. The title showed that he'd bought the bike in 2012 at 23,122 miles. So we're talking 2000 miles in 6 years. I’ve ridden about 1200 miles in less than 4 months without major surprises. I've also encountered the usual gen3 issues. When I took it on, the bike had almost new tires and chain and battery, and the upgraded regulator/rectifier. The starter clutch is supposed to be new too. The engine oil was the color of honey. I needed a few things right away and, as you'll see, this is a work in progress. The cosmetics really, really need help. Really. Look closely at my photographs and you'll spot plenty of issues. I haven’t decided exactly how to proceed on those yet, but I’m considering options. You are welcome to make suggestions here and I might even follow some up. And I can tell you all my experiences so far. A few things done as soon as I got the bike home... Front Brake Switch I needed a front brake switch. These are $16 at Honda or $3 from China for a generic one on Ebay, or maybe it was Amazon. I’m trying out the $3 version. Sorry Honda. The one I got is pretty cheaply constructed with a thin plastic shell, but it does fit and work as advertised so far. I check it before every ride. If it doesn’t last, I know where to find the real one. Or I can get 4 more cheapos… Krator Mirrors I picked up the Krator replacement factory-look mirrors too, also from Ebay (...or Amazon...). They’re fine. The bike came with carbon look mirrors that were a mess. I know lots of you prefer newer styling and you get rid of the boots. I’m content with the original look. The Krator fittings are plastic, not metal, and the boots are kind of a fiddly fit on the proximal end. But you can tighten down the collar so that with a little patience you can get the boot to stay in place. These cost $22 for the pair. Honda OEM? Um, more than $22. Keys I needed proper keys. The bike came with a single cut key that looked like a generic car key made at the DIY store. It didn't even fit all that great. I had to get the key code from under the gas cap and there are services that’ll make you the right key from the code for about ten bucks. Once more to Ebay. Once more cheaper than the dealer. I don’t have anything against my local dealer. Not at all. I feel bad not supporting the guys more. But jeez louise, I just can't afford it. I wouldn’t even mind paying a little extra, especially if I could just walk in and out again with the parts I need. Unfortunately, not only is the dealer expensive, but most things have to be ordered from the warehouse anyway. So I still have to wait three or four days. I’m just sayin. So far I’ve had good results from all Ebay orders. I'm not thinking they're better than OEM. But some things are good enough. There's plenty more to add, but that's it for today. Stay tuned.
1. CENTER STAND 2. GSX-R MIRRORS 3. LEDs 1. CENTER STAND: Just got my center stand from Honda. Yay!!! Adds extra weight, aint pretty ... but dont care. Gunna make my life easier & maintenance / cleaning easier. Got it from Hondapartsnation.com Ebay had a used stand (Just the stand for $79.95 & it needed powdercoated / painted ) When i went to check their website for all the other parts, the part from Honda was $77! Brand new!!! Sold. So the total parts order was right around $127. $77 for the stand & $50 for everything else. Shipping was round $25. From Michigan, so it got here in a day or two UPS ground once they shipped. 2. GSX-R MIRRORS w/ LED BLINKERS Buy it now from ebay stor SINCITYCYCLEPARTSINC for $38. Im sure they are chinese for that price. But the company is outta NY, and they pretty solid. So Im gunna take a shot. Ive gotta replace mirrors since i dumped the bike for the second time ... hence the center stand. Gunna have my cousins shop or one of my buddies make up the required base / mounts. Ill keep everyone posted about the base, so i can get extras made up. Ive noticed quite a few posts with guys wanting the base. Even if the mirrors dont work out, ill have the good base setup. If anyone has a pix or simple drawing, post it so i can get an idea. i know ill need to modify / fix wiring so LED blinkers work, right? 3. LED LIGHTS Gunna add some LED lights similar to HALO angel/demon eyes. Or maybe trim accent lights similar to AUDI. Then id like to add some spot / extra lighting were my turn signals were / are. I think the name of the spots is DENALI??? from twisted throttle. $220 per pair. Im getting everything through SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM Spots are around $40 per pair. Dont like their housing, but im gunna make some custom mounts for a clean look. Now I just gutta get my girl to run again, since she just died, and i had to push it 3 miles. So thats priority #1 NEXT PROJECTS??? 1. 929 or Penske or Ohlins shox ( Probably 929 to save the $ ) 2. CBR600RR fairings & tail / subframe 3. Custom exhaust ( either BUELL style or high mount like staintune ) OR Save my money, keep my girl stock, and get my 1125R, RC51 or S2R They are all around the same price - $5000 KOOL Steve Ill keep everyone posted on the GSXR bases as soon as I can