After my crash I've been left with a decision that has consumed me. Do I rebuild and repair the bike so its sorta "like" new, or say fuck it and turn her into a Streetfighter? I've had a hard time deciding to be honest. On one hand I bought the bike because I'm a bit older now and I really liked how comfortable it was, and on the other hand I want a project, and and I'd like to save some money. Either way its going to cost me a chunk of money, but I feel like the Streetfighter route will be cheaper, and less of a headache in the long run. On top of that, projects are always fun.
The bike still runs great. The rear end took no damage. Insurance company didn't care to even look at it so title remains clean!
Maintenance time... chain, sprockets, brakes, spark plugs, air filter are all due. My broken bones have left me feeling tired a lot.
Left/Right fairings are shot. The entire headlight fairing/housing/lights/coolant reservoir etc... exploded into a thousand pieces. Rearset snapped. One of my Givi side cases broke. Rash here and there, but whats really annoying is the entire front end brackets seem to have been pushed back about 1". I had to modify my new coolant reservoir just to mount it and start the bike...
The cost to fix certain things like the headlight assembly could be $500-$900 alone. The adjustable windscreen hardware is broken and offset. I could get lucky and bang a few things back in place with a hammer, but I don't see the benefit of that here, and with resell value in the shitter it seems like a bad investment. Hell my brother told me to slap a $30 ebay fairing on the front and call it a day, but I can't do that to her.
So I took most of the broken stuff off and took some pictures. I gave her a bath afterwards.
I've never done anything like this before, but I already have a vision for the bike in my head. It will probably be end up being a slow build, although I'm not expected to return to work until Mid-January so I have plenty of time, just not plenty of money....
I will post some ideas here and random brainstorming to get ideas from anyone who cares to give input or suggestions. It will be appreciated. With that said I'm going to go ahead and share some of my plans now, and I'm sorry if this is a bit sloppy and a long read. My bike is a 2011, and it has about 20,000 miles on it. I'm planning to murder it out. Anything that isn't black is probably going to be covered in paint, or vinyl to a certain extent. The exhaust is going to be loud, and the front end is probably going to look like a sportier Harley to some degree. I want the lights to really shine(didn't see that damn deer) and I'd even like to fabricate my own underbelly fairing down the line as well as a front wheel fairing. I'm not going for any sort of gains here. The bike is fast enough for me as is, I honestly love its characteristics and I hope what I do to it doesn't negatively impact it in any way.
Here is a very basic sketch of my new front end plans. Please take it with a grain of salt.
1: Shed weight. Rear grab bars, rear foot pegs/brackets, various fairing brackets etc.... They all have to go. That means the girlfriend too! I have no plans of having her on the back of the bike again, but I really like the rear end of my bike so no adjustments there. Will I save weight? Sure probably, but now my bike isn't very aerodynamic so I don't see any real gains to be had. It really just gets rid of the stuff I can no longer use.
2: Exhaust. Breadbox Delete. In order to put the exhaust where I want it I have to delete this. I think I'll keep the cat, delete the breadbox, and run pipes similar to the Urban Brawlers right behind my feet. Not sure how this will mesh with my Ivans tune, and any advice appreciated. I want it to be a bit louder than Urban Brawlers, but not to where it hurts my ears. I also want to keep it a dual exhaust.
3: Lights. Amazon has this awesome 7" LED headlight, with two 4" fog lights kit for $99. The 4" fogs are a bit large in my opinion, but again I'm just throwing ideas. This is a Harley replica light set for 1/6th the cost, and with better reviews. I really love the look of the new bar end turn signals, if I could possibly get them to sync with this headlight it could be very interesting in my opinion. Of course wiring it all is my kryptonite.
4: Handlebars. Our triple tree is a bit limiting from the little time I looked at it earlier, but I hope to figure out a way to mount some Renthal Streetfighter style bars. I also hope to have my gauge cluster mounted up there as well. I'll probably end up with some CRG mirrors, and as mentioned I'd like to figure out some bar end turn signals.
5: Windscreen. You will be missed... Seriously this is one thing that gives me doubt. Our bike with the Puig windscreen was magical. Hot day just drop it down, cold day pick it up. One of my favorite Ninja 1000 features that can completely change your level of comfort in an instant. I hope to find a way to have a removable bracket for a windscreen that isn't an eyesore.
Other mods... Denali Soundbomb, Exhaust Wrap(or paint), Radiator Guard, Venhill Brake Lines, Lowering Link(1"), Underbelly Fairing, Front Wheel Fairing, Extended Rear Wheel Fairing, Relocate Coolant Reservoir, Relocate Rear Brake Reservoir, and more.