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PAD

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#31
It is indeed a fine thing. And, imho, it’s a fine thing that you use it rather than have it ‘mothballed’.
 

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Gods teeth but it’s a beauty, had her long?, & where an earth did you find her?
I got it last year when I realised I wasn't getting any younger. I've always wanted one and last year realised it was now or never, age isn't kind to riding sports bikes. First few rides I couldn't manage more than 60 miles before my aching wrists and neck cried enough, I think my old bones have bent into shape now because the pains have gone. It's an ex race bike, I have receipts for it being tuned by Ron Grant the famous VFR750 and RC30 fettler in about 88/89. The original clocks were in KPH and the bike was first registered in the UK in the 90's, it's got about 25,000 miles on it now. The previous owner changed the wheels to 17/17 for modern tyres and also fitted the ohlins shock with the correct linkage, he also fitted the full race exhaust. All the original bits came with the bike so it could be put back to original if I wanted.

PAD someone once said to own a RC30 and not ride it is like having a beautiful girlfriend and saving her for the next boyfriend!
 

PAD

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#34
C'mon PAD, you must have a piccy of your pride & joy? :nusenuse:
My ‘p&j’ is a workhorse with a generous amount of rough edges, lumps, bumps and scrapes and has had engine transplant surgery. It ain’t pretty, shiny and photogenic, but it also has Maxton suspension, a few quite subtle but very useful electrical and electronic additions and modifications, it’s mine, it’s all I’ve got and that’s why it’s the best. There’s probably a photo of it on here somewhere, most likely that someone else has taken on one or another Shropshire Shenanigans, if you want to do a search. It’s years since I took a photo of it and that would probably have been either documenting the circumstances around and during the transplant or to help with a technical question - they should be on here somewhere too!

And it’s red.
 
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petey2sheds

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My ‘p&j’ is a workhorse with a generous amount of rough edges, lumps, bumps and scrapes and has had engine transplant surgery. It ain’t pretty, shiny and photogenic, but it also has Maxton suspension, a few quite subtle but very useful electrical and electronic additions and modifications, it’s mine, it’s all I’ve got and that’s why it’s the best. There’s probably a photo of it on here somewhere, most likely that someone else has taken on one or another Shropshire Shenanigans, if you want to do a search. It’s years since I took a photo of it and that would probably have been either documenting the circumstances around and during the transplant - they should be on here somewhere too!

And it’s red.
I seem to recall it's an FiY?, so X or Y plate, have you had it long?, why the transplant mate, what happened? It may not be a photogenic show winner, but I bet you wouldn't part with it :beer-toast1:, actually, I think I've got some Maxton sprung front forks for an 800f in the loft somewhere, bought them ages ago but I do remember seeing the box when we moved house...........all I need is a VFR to fit 'em to! :BangHead:
 
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PAD

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FiY registered in 2001, I’ve had it since early September 2007, so a little over 11years. I’m on record as saying I want to be buried with it! Actually, make that sitting on it.:)

The engine was replaced due to second gear trying to, and partially succeeding, escape to the outside world (it’s a long story). I was very fortunate to be given a lower mileage replacement, in exchange for a donation to the Air Ambulance service, by Muppet of this parish, for which I was and still am hugely grateful.

I’ve had all the usual problems (at least once!), all fairly readily sorted once diagnosed. Probably, no, definitely the worst thing was finding, during the transplant operation, that the top engine mount through bolt (between the cylinder banks) was seized solid, Thankfully it was in the spacers, not the frame itself, but it was a proper bastard. Eventually, I chain drilled along the length of the LH spacer on opposite sides (bolt was rotatable in the frame) and split it. That allowed the engine to be moved sideways and the spindle sawn through in the resulting gap between engine and frame on the RH side... Sorted. Eventually!

Despite the trials and tribulations... It’s a bloody great bike. Not anywhere near as good as a KTM RC8R, but it’ll do!:)
 
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