Iʻve had my bike for a year and itʻs age is showing. If it being two motorcycle generation old doesnʻt surprise you enough, here is a list of references to show what times were like when the motorcycle left the factory:
-Gas was $2.30 a gallon (US)
-Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans
-President Bush began his second term
-It had been 3 years since OIF
-Valentino Rossi had been with Yamaha for 1 year
-Star Wars: Episode II was released in theaters
Like most sport oriented motorcycles, theyʻre primarily bough either a) by military service members who thrash them till they get married or are discharged, or b) a person from the upper middle mid-income class going through a mid-life crisis. My bike was born from the former, meaning that the bike was fundamentally untouched, maintenance wise. What does this all mean? The old gal is due for an over haul.
Iʻll be posting on this thread partially as a way for me to ask questions when I get stuck, and for others to learn from my mistakes now that this motorcycle has passed the sub $4k mark on craigslist. Making is more appealing to income challenged individuals like myself.
Iʻm concentrating on my tool list for black Friday, but stay tuned as Imma lay out my plan of attack for the next few months. Deadline being the ides of March, when my safety check expires.