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Rebuilding salvage bike for track - September 12, 2007, 12:16 AM

Who has experience doing this and knows what to look for in a salvage bike?

I'd be interested in doing this as a winter project - as a learning experience and something to hold me over till spring.

Advice?

Honestly, since wrecked bikes are new to me (thankfully! ) ... I'd be interested in getting opinions on various bikes I'm looking at. An expert eye versus my "don't know shit" eye.

I'd be interested in turning this into a "salvage to track bike" story to be updated as work progresses - and hopefully learn a few things along the way.


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September 12, 2007, 06:33 AM

Turning a wrecked bike into a track bike is relatively easy because it doesn't have to be pretty. Make sure you get something that runs, and if you can find a roller (something with both wheels that you can roll around) makes loading/unloading and working on it easier because well you can roll it around.

Stay away from things with a bent frame. Make sure all the bolt points on the frame are straight and not broken off (places like where the subframe bolts to the frame, etc.

If the forks are toast look down the steering head and make sure it "looks straight". Give the handlebars a turn... but it might have some messed up bearings due to the wreck or sitting out in a salvage yard for several months.

I picked up a 2006 R6 and here's what she looked like:









-- Ducati 1198SP
-- 185cc MadAss Commute 'Scoot

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Tearing her down:

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-- Ducati 1198SP
-- 185cc MadAss Commute 'Scoot

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Putting her back together!
I'll make a more detailed post some other time about the specifics of each pic, what exactly was fixed/replaced and what goodies I've thrown into the mix.




-- Ducati 1198SP
-- 185cc MadAss Commute 'Scoot

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September 12, 2007, 06:48 AM

Put a space between each img tag for your pics so it doesn't go horizontal.

Otherwise, nice bike and good work.

Dvls, It's not too bad, as long as yo uhave the time and space to do the work.


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September 12, 2007, 07:43 AM

Awesome... I've got plenty of time and even more space. I'm pretty sure I need more tools.

MT - what did you pay for that R6? Most of the crashed 06/07 R6 I'm seeing are priced like 4-5k


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September 12, 2007, 07:52 AM

Rob (clemsonjeeper) built up an R6 I believe.

Rossi...boomboom929 also know a ton about bikes and could probably answer any question you have.

Big +1 on the frame...make sure the frame is good, inspect for stress points and make sure the bike runs. From there the street stuff is usually all removed anyhow so don't worry about the platics.

If you have a question about the frame I think CTR can check whether it is straight or not.



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CTR?


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anything Yamaha related I can do
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CTR is a suspension company.

Also, do you all have a source for finding wrecked bikes?


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+10000000 on what chris said, i need a new project, besides the re-build of my current one...


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September 12, 2007, 10:38 AM

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CTR is a suspension company.

Also, do you all have a source for finding wrecked bikes?
I gathered it was a company... but who/where etc?

As for a source, not really - just been poking around ebay and the interwebs. Found a few candidates - but I'd be leery of buying anything without an expert/experienced eye.


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September 12, 2007, 09:43 PM

Where would be a good place to look for wrecked bikes? CL, ebay maybe? I think its an awesome idea to find a wrecked sportsbike and rebuild it to be a track bike, any info. would be appreciated, thanks.


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September 13, 2007, 12:19 AM

It wasn't hard to rebuild a salvage bike.

I stripped it down, checked the forks, triples, wheels, subframe, frame for any bends - rash - damage - creases. Changed out all the fluids, rode her around a bit to feel for any kind of damage.

After you have it totally stripped down you can start building it and check for possible damage. In hind sight I probably would have bought a Penske shock and other stuff while it was apart.














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September 13, 2007, 11:04 PM

See i'm tryin' to find a salvage bike, especially to work on during the offseason...


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