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April 18, 2003, 03:07 PM

Okay, so that's a bit dramatic but here she is and her makeover has already begun. I bought Stillie's old tank, a rear stand from CyclePlanet.Net and a bunch of other goodies on the way via UPS and Champion Motorsports. She doesn't look like much now but give her a couple of weeks and she'll be the nicest RC-51 in my garage. EBay is truely amazing.







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What a POS, why would anyone buy an RC51?

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April 26, 2003, 09:36 PM

The Yamahas are too fast and scare me so I needed something ALOT slower, hence the RC-51!

You should see it now. The subframe is mounted and all the wiring is connected, got the Ohlins shock and damper on, bodywork is fitted, brakes redone, pair valve mod completed, power commander installed and all unneccesary ballast jetisoned. It's starting to look like a bike again. Even fired it up today with only the headers on....yeah it was just a tad loud!


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May 2, 2003, 04:08 PM

Hey Dan, where'd you get the ohlins? Ebay, did you buy it at an on-line store? I'm probably buying an Ohlins for the SV, so if you found a place with good prices, let me know!
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May 2, 2003, 05:28 PM

I got the Ohlins from Champion Motorsports in Herndon. They had great pricing and had it revalved and sprung for my weight by Lindeman Engineering. Still only took about a week for delivery.
I seem to recall Travis (SVBadguy) saying he liked Penske for the SV because they were in Pa., had better customer service and had adjustable ride hieght. The new Ohlins all have ride height as well as high and low speed damping and when someone like Lindeman sets them up you know it's done right whether it's the next state over or not is irrelevant with this kind of service. As long as you know the guys at Champion you have an inside line to great customer service.
I have a Penske on my R6 as it came to me that way. I have Ohlins on all my other bikes and will only go with ohlins from here on out. After racing several different machines with different suspension set-ups there is a definitive line between component companies' quality, consistency and adjustabliity and now I know which is best.


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Thanks Dan! I had heard that Lindeman was a good place to get my forks done as well. Who'd you deal with a Champions? Nick or is there someone that handles the suspension.
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Yes, Nick set it up with Lindeman and Chris ordered it for me. What a team!

As the English would say, "Lovely bit of kit, this one."


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What would the Australian's say?
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They'd probably look at your SV and say, "Ey, that's not a motorcycle....(then looking at a Yamaha) Right, THAT's a motorcycle, mate!"

The English would look at your SV and say, "Here now, that's not a proper motorbike. Why not get a Yamaha? Too mush the tart's handbag, eh?" Translation:You can't handle the Yamaha!!


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Ah what the hell do they know! They make Triumphs!!
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BTW, I found the website for Lindemann Engineering. I'm gonna go back in and talk to Nick about a similar set up for my SV.

http://www.le-suspension.com/
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Wonder what weight the shocks are set up for from the factory. Maybe at my weight I wouldn't need to have it revalved and resprung. Or is there more to it than that?

Stillie mentioned the same place for the forks, and since you and Champions did, I'm sold. The forks need a lot of work, they are waaaaay to soft.[Edited on 5/3/2003 by rddy]

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May 6, 2003, 07:09 AM

Dave, typically Jap bikes are set-up for a 160-180 pound street rider, depending on the manufacturer. They are far too soft for the rigors of track riding and usually way too soft for we American "men". You can look up the stock setting/spring rates on the Traxxion Dynamics website when you do a suspension recommendation work-up.
As far as the Lindeman quality, look closely at this pic that you posted. See the "LE" stickers on those forks? Those are from Lindeman and Rich Oliver BTW has won more 250 GP races than anyone else. Something like 60+ wins over his career.
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Hey..tell you guys what. I can settle this one by just asking my wife if you'd like...althought there is a Yammie in my garage, so I think I know what the answer will be


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Oh, Dan, I meant what what the Ohlins shocks are set up for at the factory. In other words, could I buy the Ohlins, or is it worth it to buy the Ohlins and have LE revalve and respring it? I could see spending the additional money for someone that is 200+lbs, but for me, would the Ohlins with the standard springs/valves be sufficient?
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