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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
My original post got all screwed up when I moved pictures around and got screwed up, so this is the new one. I'll post the dates things were originally posted.

(02-24-2013, 04:41 PM)
I bought her off Craigslist for $2300 with 16k on the odometer, previous owner had already installed an R6 throttle tube, napoleon style bar end mirrors, delkevic exhaust, straight style drag bars, Suzuki sliders, buell foot pegs, custom radiator guard, K&N Air Filter, national cycle F-16 shield and a custom built fender eliminator. Here's the only picture of I have from day one sitting next to my old ninja.

 

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(02-24-2013, 04:41 PM)
Shortly after first getting the bike it was in the parking lot of our apartment complex and wind grabbed the cover and threw her on her side. Napoleon style bar end mirror destroyed (hated them anyways) and bars bent.

I opted to go for Suburban Machinery Bars (Type 1), some generic grips and cheap bar end mirrors. Here's the result from that incident :











(You can see in this picture the paint is coming off of the custom fender eliminator he made)
 

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(02-24-2013, 04:59 PM)
I decided the F-16 shield had to go in favor of a completely naked look, and got some parts powdercoated by SSPowder. The setup the previous owner had devised to hold the F-16 shield in place also housed the turn signals so I drilled holes into the headlight brackets to support the turn signals.

Here's the 'before' pictures of the parts I have coated :





Here's the after photos :







I decided hell why not, the bike sounds good now, let's go for broke so I chopped the Delkevic exhaust down QUITE a bit and it sounds AMAZING. During this time frame I also decided to opt for a HID setup since I do a lot of night riding. I figured since I had some parts blacked out I'd black out the reflector. Got some compliments, some hated it. I decided I didn't like it and the output was MISERABLE, so it had to go(It's still in my closet if anyone wants it haha). Here's some pictures of the Powdercoated parts installed, the HID setup and the chopped exhaust :





**Forgot to add I Plasti-dipped the tach and speedo cover buckets.

This summer was also spent re-jetting the carbs and (ghetto) shimming the needles which made a HUGE difference!
 

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(02-24-2013, 05:09 PM)
This past summer I hit some gravel mid corner and went down. It scarred my powdered headlight trim destroyed the gauge cluster, bent my shifter, broke my clutch lever and destroyed my foot peg.






Got another set of SM1 bars, this time removed the bar risers I had in there (which feels better. Went for a good set of ProGrips, Full Race Motosliders, OEM foot pegs, an after market CNC folding shift lever and a set of PainfullySlow's shorty levers. I took my old gauge cluster and pulled out the speedo so I could save my odometer reading and pieced it together with a unit from ebay to make a whole complete set. I also decided to run the wrecked up tank for while (got a spare sitting here at the house waiting for paint). Shorlty thereafter I added some BigHammer grips to my red crashed up tank and they work wonders!



 

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Discussion Starter · #5 · (Edited)
(02-24-2013, 05:23 PM)
As it sits now the bike is sitting insdie (minus the gas tank) for the winter. Projects underway currently are : Powdercoated swingarm by SSPowdercoating, powdercoated brake link arm, .90 Sonic Springs fork setup, powdercoated fork lowers, new undertail from bestem, new license plate holder, new turn signals, air-tech chainguard/hugger combo and fresh paint for the whole bike by Trading-Paint who is an SVRider member, meanstrk. Had originally planned to run a ZX-6R shock but couldn't modify things to make it fit because of the new undertail.

Here she is getting stripped down for paint and mocking up the new undertail.

















 

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Discussion Starter · #6 · (Edited)
(02-26-2013, 05:28 PM)
List of goodies on the way :

- Galfer Stainless Steel Brake Lines Front and Rear
- Michelin Pilot Power 3 Tires
- Powdercoated Brake Link Arm



Thing that are here and need to be installed :

- EBC Brake Pads Front and Rear
- Speed Bleeders for Front and Rear
- Powdercoated Swing Arm
- Sonic Springs .90 Springs


Things to come :

- All bodywork is out for paint currently
- Fork Lowers Powdercoated.

Oh yeah,



 

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
(03-09-2013, 06:51 PM)
Got the blacked out swingarm on today, was a giant PITA, required loosening the rear portion of the exhaust which naturally was rusted all to hell. Looks SO much better, should have been this way from the factory. Also got my speedbleeders installed on the rear brakes. Spring is coming up QUICK!





 

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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
(03-20-2013, 01:50 PM)
Update : Got the new tires mounted, got the forks pulled, got my Penkse triple clicker out at Zoran for rebuild, fork lowers are going to Scott at SSPowder for powder, got a set of '02 fork caps with preload adjusters on order from Motosport. New hugger from Airtech should be here soon and then going to Ron at Trading-Paint for paint. Slowly but surely coming together. Here's how she sits right now :



 

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
(03-27-2013, 12:44 PM)
Small update, got my hugger in, got it drilled and mounted and sent it off to Ron at trading-paint for paint.






And a small mock up of the tank...




Got my undertail completely mounted, got the Powerstands license plate bracket mounted, got my DMP turn signals, got my license plate LEDs on. Got the rear body work on and got the Penske shock back from Zoran at TWF Racing and just trying to fab up a mounting bracket for that. All front end parts have been sent out to Scott at SSPowder for powder. Just a matter of time now....

 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
(04-10-2013, 04:54 PM)
Small update with pictures to follow. Got my forks, triples and associated hardware back from Scott at SSPowder. Got my new mirrors in today. Just used my lunch break to knock the lower race out of the steering neck (giant pain in the ass). Pictures to follow tonight.



 

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Discussion Starter · #15 · (Edited)
(04-14-2013, 06:51 PM)
Got it 99% back together today and took it for a quick spin! Only thing that's missing is the license plate lights which are on order and my EBC HH pads for the front which are in the mail as well.

Sorry for the crappy pictures, they were done with my cell phone, my girlfriend has the DSLR with her at the time being.













 

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So, this winter projects have been :

- New Pro-Tek lite footpegs
- 2G cam swap
- Tried Renthal Ultra Low Road Bars, didn't like it got rid of them, back to SM1's
- Foot peg mounting hardware/brake pedal is out for Powdercoating as I'm typing this.









Also, planning on some track time this year, I've got my old tank and some spare bodywork I plan to fit on the bike when heading to the track just in case.
 

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So I never updated this. 9/22/14 I wrecked the bike, I was heading down a back road, got too trigger happy with the throttle and crested a hill that lays right into a right hand banked corner. Needless to say carrying too much speed over the hill and attempting to push into a corner the bike lost traction and went down. The bike crushed my left foot/ankle between the road and the frame and ground up the bones of my ankle and foot. The bike skidded on it's left side into a ditch that is backed by a rock wall/hill and the top of the tank and gauges were smashed in. After the bike and I separated I tumbled, hit my head and slammed into the rock wall/hill sitting upright. I immediately tried to get up and get to the bike to shut it off, my foot quickly let me know that was not happening at all. Funnily enough a driver who saw it happened rushed to me to have me sit back down, she was actually an Orthopaedic nurse, she checked me over and helped me get me shoe off while waiting for the ambulance. I ended up declining the ambulance, the responding sheriff took me home where my friends I was riding with followed us to, and from there they drove me in my car to the ER. To make matters worse I had just been laid off and my severance health insurance expired 9/25/14.

**Funny story, a girl I had been talking to on Tinder was actually an EMT who showed up in the ambulance, she pretended not to know who I was. We talked about it afterwards and got a good laugh out of it.

The ER told me I had just broken some bones and put me in a soft cast and sent me away the evening on 9/22 with an appointment for a local ortho a few days away (same practice the lady who stopped for me was at!). The ortho did X-Rays and said I had really messed my foot up and referred me a specialist ortho for a few days out, it was 9/25 or by this point. Knowing I was most likely going to need surgery some time in the near future I called up Anthem and signed up for the best plan I could ($300/month), it was slated to begin 10/1/15. I posted a gear PSA to Facebook about what had happened along with the X-Ray pictures and my cousin who is a nurse and works with the specialist ortho saw them and showed them to him. He called me on the morning of 10/1 and asked if I could come in that morning for an impromptu visit, he saw my X-Rays and noticed my foot has been dislocated for 10 days at this point in time and wants to do surgery immediately.

I got to their office and they did some X-Rays to confirm my foot was all sorts of messed up. Three broken metatarsals, one cuboid completely obliterated and my talus was fractured and the neck of it was broken off, which is super bad news. He was pissed the ER let me crutch away and spend ten days with a dislocated foot as I now ran the risk of the Talus suffering from blood loss which could lead to painful bone collapse and would need a Total Joint Replacement. He told me to leave his office and go check into his hospital right away, we were doing surgery that night. As soon as I left his office I called Anthem to ensure I was covered effective THAT day as I was going for surgery now, sure enough I was (Thank GOD for no more pre-existing conditions).

Six hour surgery and ended up with 7-8 screws, a few plates, a bone transplant to hold things together and some fused bones. 2 weeks in a soft cast (crutches), 3 months in a hard cast (crutches), a month or two in a walking boot and some Physical Therapy sessions. I have maybe 80% of up and down motion, at best 25% of side to side motion, still have permanent numb spots from the soft tissue damage and it still aches and hurts a lot especially if I'm up on it frequently. The total Ortho/Hospital bill prior to insurance was a little over $90,000, after insurance I owed less than 5 grand. My cousin still tells me that the ortho brags about my case all the time and it will be the kind he will use at conferences and such as my foot was that ****** up, and she swears I'm lucky to be able to walk at all.

The first thing I did after getting back from staying with my parents for 2 weeks after the surgery was bring the bike inside to protect it from the winter. The bike needed a new tank, bars, mirrors, gauges, tail fairing, passenger peg and some other odds and ends. Because I had just been laid off when the wreck happened and my fiancee and I had split in July I was forced to move home to live with my parents for a while and pay off bills (still there now). The bike didn't get back on the road until about August, and even then it's not quite as pretty right now, but it runs. I ended up missing a parking lot day (setting up cones to practice drills and such) with my riding club, but they called me up and put me on speaker and passed me around to remind me I was missed :)












If you don't like feet or are squeamish about injuries. Stop scrolling here.



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See that red thing in the ditch up there.... that's the bike :( My friend Ellen was following me on her Ninja 250 when it happened.


That extra lump is not supposed to be there.


But naw man, I got this, keeping spirits up! Adrenaline was still going haha


My ride in the back of the Sheriff's car home, he was cool and even ran the lights and sirens when I asked him to!


Still keeping spirits up and joking with the ER Staff! A large group of my riding club came to see me in the ER as word travels fast.


These next ones are from 10/1/14 the day of the surgery








I hadn't seen my foot/ankle in like 3 months by the time to hard cast came off and it was time to remove the staples.





The end result :




 
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