Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States.
Hey JD. Thanks for the offer, but I got the fork set silly cheap....really..and they are really mint. I am not expecting the 7R to be a major track weapon anyway...I have an F3 and 636 for that. Last time I swapped forks on a bike, it wreaked havoc on its front end handling if pushed hard. I am hoping the slightly longer swingarm will help regain some of the stability the fork offset gives up. The fork internals will get Gold Valves if they set I have doesn't sell first.
I'd contemplated a bike speedo, but found that the newer gauge sets don't refer to the ECU for speed, they operate on their own. So, my plan is to use a speed sensor off a zx6r to feed zx6r gauges.
I don't have a editor for drawing arrows on the pics, so you'll have to read and look at the pics to gather what you need.
Look closely at the first pic - showing the steering head of the frame.
1- Where the ignition lock screws on to the triple - removed material.
2- That bottom corner of that same mounting post had to get beveled as well.
3- Note the material removed on the cast boss on the front of the frame and the rib below it that goes to the mount for the guage bracket.
I do think a steering stop on the underside will be best...there's some good space to work with, though one might interfer with the air damn between the valve cover and radiator if you aren't carefull.
These particular clip ons are Yanashiki's, with Woodcraft bars. The clip on is a 1 piece, nice stainless hardware...but they come with solid bars...I like the hollow woodcrafts with the plastic knub end. I like the split clamp woodcrafts better, but I got these cheap.
As you read about this bikes development, that will be a re-occuring theme..weight loss on a budget. While I might do something crazy and look at titanium hardware its unlikely. But, the real end goal is 60# off the OEM curb weight, maintain street legal lighting, be suitable for real performance use and not break the bank doing it. In keeping OEM bodywork and lighting and not getting aftermarket wheels, I think I'll end closer to 50# off.
When I'm done, I would also gauges interest in creating a "weigh loss kit" for the 7R...perhaps an assortment of needed hardware, parts list, even new brackets fab'ed from aluminum instead of the steel (so sinfully used all over this bike). Its an old bike, but some people love them and would like to make them more current.