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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by busa1300, Jan 27, 2019.
Cassette transmission ...
One step closer to derestricting....
Sugo kit box
I'm waiting on some parts for the TZR that are still in Japan at the moment, and will be several weeks at best before I see them.
Cold and rain now....with snow not many more days away I'm afraid. So I think the TZR will be drained of gas and left in peace for now.
Which brings me to another two stroke project which I have had in my garage collecting dust and a few parts here and there for over 6 years now.
It started out as a $1500 pile of worn out parts.
I am not sure exactly what it will be when done, but it will be going with me to Bonneville this year if I can keep on track with the project.
1990 Australian market RGV250L .....at least that is what some of the bike is.
It is, and will be a bitsa in one form or another.
Will be tearing into this in the next week or two.
I have added SP fully adjustable front forks, RF600 3.5x17 front wheel, GSXR Nissin calipers, early Katana drilled rotors, RGV VJ22 rear 4.5x17 wheel, White Power steering damper....and a few other bits that were better than what the bike started with.
My gawd man...can I come live with you? I'll clean, cook, and even pay rent...just let me live in that garage!
Home improvement projects that need finishing before Thanksgiving are limiting garage time.
I did get a radial master for the RGV and test fit the Suzuki Kit pipes on the VJ21.
Cleaned up a set of 208 cases and the GK73 SP swingarm which will go into the RGV at some point too.
I also got my SPR airboxes for the TZR/SP to work along with my 3XV-80 ignition to unrestrict it completely
And.....I finally picked up a set of 2001 GSXR750 front calipers, which are basically the only real direct upgrade for my 96 RGV VJ23.
I have some HH pads on the way, so after Thanksgiving I will have something to do while it snows for the next 4 months....
Please, no home improvement interrupting this fine thread.
I have been informed that my RZV is in the December issue of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine....I need to get to a bookstore and see if it is on the shelves here yet in the States
Got my brake calipers on my RGV VJ23 yesterday.
Not a direct fit, but after drilling/tapping the mounting holes up to the next size to fit the fork they went on as original.
Brake lever feel is 200% better than when using the original calipers.....one finger braking now
Here is a pic with the original calipers....smaller and lighter....but no lever feel.
Popped out lunchtime to grab a copy so here you go, you famoose !
That’s cool. REAL cool.
Thanks for posting that for me
A small glimpse of fame and fortune.........It cost a fortune for the fame
Wow just read all 22 pages of this thread (home sick with a cold or I'd have been in the woods riding) and what a fabulous job you've done on the RZV !!! I had always wanted one too but just never bought one. I did race TZ250's in the 80's and 90's and love two strokes- in fact my go to woods bike is an 18 KTM 300 XC and I also have a 1290 Superduke GT myself too which is as you mentioned an all around great bike
Thanks for this thread and all the effort it takes
I'm starting to catch a cold as well....fighting it best I can.
I love my 1290SDGT....If there were no such things as two strokes....I could live with just the KTM as my only bike.
Can't say enough about how well it does everything.
Thanks for the input...get better soon
BIL makes carbon fibre tank/seat units for the RS' over in England - your paintwork is truly amazing but there's something to be said for naked CF also.
No carbon fiber here....old skool all the way
All in hibernation for another long winter....
I did get a better tail section for the TZR, so I can go out in public with it now and feel ok.
And the RGV is in more bits now than what this pic shows.....my winter project.
Hope I can get to soda blast the frame and all the other parts on it, before snow takes over in a few more weeks...
Holy crap, I have a copy of that book (read while relaxing on a beach in Cancun sipping cocktails so about as far away from the subject matter as can be...) and I definitely did not pay that much. Can't even think where I got it from now. Good book.
Great thread, thank you for taking the time and effort to document your fantastic build
To the OP: I gasped out loud at those garage pics. What a collection!
As a new Canadian back in the late '80s, I used my Canadian Tire part-time job money to buy an RG250 and then an RG500. Friends had between them another RG500, a Honda NS400R, and an RZ500. The RZ500 wasn't as brutal as the RG500, and it had the same kind of quality timepiece feeling that the Honda had. The RG500s both blew up, and the other bikes got given up for university and apprenticeships. I wonder if any of them survived.
You, sir, are doing the Lord's work
Keeping a few alive for future generations
Doing a little at a time on the RGV project.....very little it appears....
But still inching towards the right direction.
Fully adjustable SP forks are apart for complete rebuild with new seals and bushings, and better springs/oil.
Will get fork leg lowers refinished and looking new before going back together as well.
Wheels stripped and soda blasted, ready for paint when I get back to work next week...rear wheel was pretty rough, but I think it will be fine after I'm done.
Frame finally soda blasted and probably cleaner than it has been in 30 years....
Still has some marks in it that i can't do anything about, but they will never be seen after it starts going together.
It worked a hard rough life.....semi retirement will be good for it I think