She breathes, she growls, she roars. Note: Every ninja owner should run their bike briefly without the silencer, it is a beautiful experience, briefly. The check list: CARB crap dealt with: we'll see if I messed anything up. I plugged a couple hoses, vented a couple more, and got good and crafty with plastic hose pieces and some super glue. Chain adjusted: all bueno. Kragen supplied some electrical connecters so I attacked the hiring harness at the front end with gusto. New headlight has all the necessary connectors and a set of chromed blinkers that belong on a 57 Buick are going on next (*they were free and they are legal-ish, so I don't care.) I got a nice new tank from an inmate. Getting the gas out of the old one was an experience that left my pants and shoes soaked in gas and my testes itching like I had spent a week in Reno (no offense to residents of Reno: I'm sure you have some pleasant brothels.) New tank on. Done-skies. I put a very twisted front fairing stay back on and who would have guessed, but the tubes are the perfect fit for a conduit bender. To date the most absurd tool I have used on a bike is either a claw hammer or an acetylene torch. Going after the fairing stay with a 4 foot long length of a pipe attached to what can best be described as a medieval torture device, one foot on the gas tank for leverage and yelling and grunting just to cement the moment in my mind was wonderful. Jake: 1. Conduit bender: 2. Fairing stay: 0. And she runs. I put humpty dumpty back together again. As many who frequent this portion of the forum can attest, hearing a bike run for the first time is a special moment. I imagine it is a bit like the first blood-curdling scream from one of your children, except that it is going to be a hell of a lot cheaper in the long run. Pipe: fitted. Footpegs: suspended. Wiring: ziptied. Ignition: turned. She turned over briefly and then idled as if she had been parked intact the night before. It was a moment of karmic greatness. I feel that the moto-gods rewarded my desire to reinvigorate the ninja, to breathe new life into her with the help of high-octane gasoline and new coil-sprung limbs by flicking a switch, and idling ensued. But the first ride has yet to come: I still need a front fender and a set of footpegs. (anyone?) Edit: footpegs are ordered through fleabay. Lately, I've been mulling over the ideal of stripping the tank down to bare metal and clear-coating it, I've always wanted to. Thoughts?