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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    It was a pleasure reading your thread, F4i is an awesome machine. Great job there bro on the DIY stuff. Keep it up. You cannot find such a clean SBK in India. I can openly say that all my 3 bikes are not as clean as yours

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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Quote Originally Posted by yogisays09 View Post
    It was a pleasure reading your thread, F4i is an awesome machine. Great job there bro on the DIY stuff. Keep it up. You cannot find such a clean SBK in India. I can openly say that all my 3 bikes are not as clean as yours
    Thank you yogi! I am pretty sure you take good care of your stable well Have an eye on your thread as well.

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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Long overdue post.
    The bike is running well, although has taken somewhat of a backseat as I have had an addition to my stable and that has been getting more attention
    More on that later.
    The CBR has since got new stainless steel Motad headers as the stock headers were corroded . These were meant for a CBR600F4 carb model but it still fits the later version Fi models. It's slightly longer so has different power band but I like it now after trying another aftermarket header which gave me huge dips in the powerband.
    The balancer pipes on these 600s are very important for the low/midrange and the one I tried had shorter balance pipes. The Motad is a proper replica of the stock headers so it's propbably the best SS header for the CBR600F4i-shame that Motad folded and ceased trading in the UK.
    The bike also ran with a coffman shorty exhaust and power commander but they have since gone and a Yoshimura race exhaust and stock ecu are doing duty on the bike.
    I sometimes miss the coffman as the sound was amazing but it too lost me a ton of midrange.

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    I also got the suspension setup professionally for my weight, so hopefully I am now extracting good performance from the Ohlins shock and uprated fork internals.
    I have been intending to do a trackday for the longest time, and finally did it. Went to Brands Hatch this independence day. Didn't occur to me then but should have gone with a tricolor scheme sticker or something
    Brands Hatch is near London and is one of the iconic British tracks. It used to host the F1 events for some years before it went back to Silverstone. It's 2.5 hours ride away so bit of a drag riding in the morning to reach by 9 am but it was worth it. The trackday was great , very professionally managed and not too many people crowding you out. But some guys were really fast.


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    It's quite funny when you feel you are fully leaned like Rossi when riding on the track but when you see photos it seems you are almost upright

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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    ok, an update. The CBR has mainly been a commuting tool since the summer. It hasn't had much attention from me and has been giving me zero trouble. I think it's more or less where I want it to be.But never the one to settle down, I have some plans for it. I have always liked the look of the split seat model over the single seat. The banana single seat,although super comfortable for touring etc, is somewhat an eyesore to me.I have been amassing parts since last year to do the conversion. It's very popular conversion. The differences between the two models is mainly subframe, fender, rear cowl and seats(obviously). I have now got all the parts and would start work on it as soon as I finish my current 'project'. Which brings me to my new stable additions.

    In April last year, I got my self a big V twin- the Aprilia RSV Mille.Mille is Italian for 1000. Since beginning of last year I started fancying a V twin. I somehow like the sound they make. I love the IL4 high pitch scream, make no mistake but the V twin noise has somewhat of a rumble to it and sounds awesome to the ears. A Ducati 1098 would have been the ideal bike but they are pricey and temperamental. So an RSV was the obvious choice. I looked at some SV1000s but they didn't do it for me.
    The Aprilia looks and sounds exotic with some proper premium parts(at least for a 1999 model).
    It's a proper sportsbike. A bit heavy than today's pocket rockets and underpowered-making 'only' 130 hp, but they are all about the low down grunt.
    I got one in decent condition and low mileage.
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    What they say about the Italian bikes is true. They are pretty temperamental and maintenance intensive. Aprilia has pretty pathetic dealer backup and for these early gen models parts availability beyond sundry items like seals etc is non existent. Compare that with say an early gen fireblade-the 929 which still has good dealer parts availability, atleast you can place and order and they'd be delivered within 2 days. For the mille, aprilia doesn't make much. Funny thing is this was a sales success for Aprilia unlike the RSV4 today. On a positive note the Rotax built Austrian engines are pretty much bulletproof plus it has fantastic forum support. I am on cbrforum and it has some good members and a lot of knowledge but the Aprilia forums both the US and UK one are on another level.

    Not one to keep away from tinkering, I am doing a full rebuild of the RSV. Full fork job with a valve piston kit from KTech ,KTech springs etc. Head bearings, Engine seals(valve cover etc) replacement, brakes upgrade to a radial brembo 19rcs unit, aftermarket clutch slave cylinder upgrade , collector mod, aftermarket chip, ohlins damper etc plus other bits which usually need sorting on these aprilias. Hopefully I'd be done before spring sets in.

    After that it should be that sweet Vtwin roar bouncing off trees in quaint English countryside backroads

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    I now have a proper abba stand with front lift mechanism, so no more jugaad to push the rear down like I had to do when I rebuilt my cbr forks

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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Now on to the newest bike in the stable-

    The Ninja ZX10R C1h

    I have always wanted a Ninja. Right since the day I stepped into the Probiking showroom in Vashi. Back then the Ninja 250 was the stuff of my dreams. Xbhp did a feature on the Ninja back when it was launched and I remember having one of the pictures as my desktop wallpapers for months. Of course I could not afford it back then and walked out of the showroom with a Duke 200.
    Well, a decent one came up for sale recently and I could not pass the opportunity up. Who knew back then that I'd eventually have a big Ninja.

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    This is the first gen 10R, before this Kawasaki's flagship model was the ZX9R which was good but the other 3 big 4 Japs were much ahead in the superbike game. Kawa launched this as an answer to the stonking Fireblade 954 and that suzuki brute also known as the GSXR1000.
    There is huge hype around this bike here and most tend to say that this is the best 10R iteration-may be influenced by nostalgia, I don't know. The gen1 10R has a very bad reputation of being wicked and evil-it's called the 'widowmaker' among the biking community here.The motor is brutal above 8000 rpm and I mean scarily brutal. It doesn't have much low down power to be honest, so it's pretty ok at slow speeds and around town riding. But once the tach goes past 8000 rpm all hell breaks loose. I'd be honest to admit I am scared to ride it. My current skill level is grossly inadequate for this bike and I am pretty sure I'd either lose my license or my limbs/life very soon on this bike. So much power ,no rider aids and an unskilled rider can only end up in pain. I'd see how it goes and how successful I am in keeping my temptation to give it the beans in check.
    Of course I have upgrades planned already, but think I'd have to finish the RSV rebuild first before the Ninja gets to burn my wallet

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    Default re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Doga View Post
    Now on to the newest bike in the stable-

    The Ninja ZX10R C1h
    Of course I have upgrades planned already, but think I'd have to finish the RSV rebuild first before the Ninja gets to burn my wallet
    Man ,your collection of bikes makes me go green, and not only riding them but taking time out for DIY's on them is what marks you out as a true Biker. I thought the cost of insurance was really high for bikes like ZX-10 R ,how do you manage it specially in pounds .Maintaining just 2 small bikes along with other 4 wheeler gives me headaches at times .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bharatheshk View Post
    Man ,your collection of bikes makes me go green, and not only riding them but taking time out for DIY's on them is what marks you out as a true Biker. I thought the cost of insurance was really high for bikes like ZX-10 R ,how do you manage it specially in pounds .Maintaining just 2 small bikes along with other 4 wheeler gives me headaches at times .
    Thank you. I really like working on my bikes and learn new stuff. Sometimes I think I should have been a mechanic lol.
    And tbh I don't think one has to be able to yank the guts out of his bike to be a true biker. Some people absolutely love their bikes but leave the maintenance to a garage, doesn't make them any less a biker.
    Yeah insurance is tough man, it's crazy here. The quotes are insane but they have come down a bit for me as I have some experience under my belt now.

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    Default Re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Ok, so here I am with an update almost two years since my last post!
    I am sorry haven't been able to cope too well with life with too many things changing and going on. Motorcycling was not being undertaken with as much passion as I always do, but of late was able to get some stuff done and put some miles on my bikes.
    This post will be on the Ninja. I'd write about the CBR and the Mille on later posts-hopefully not two years hence

    The ninja underwent a bit of a rebuild. I wanted to address the niggles/issues which plague the gen1 Ninja as some of these can result in serious damage if one is unlucky.
    Kawasaki pulled out all stops to make it the the meanest and baddest 1000 and it showed as it was a 600 in dimensions and weight with a monster of an engine. But probably went a bit too far with weight saving exercise as the valve retainers on the gen1s reportedly cracked under serious redline load. I have heard some frames might crack as well but touchwood mine hasn't, yet!

    This usually shouldn't happen during normal sedate road riding like I do almost all the time but I didn't want to take any risk, so bought the slightly thicker and more robust looking retainers off a gen3 Ninja and went about replacing the stock ones. Didn't want to drop the engine and remove head etc, so just followed a hack to do this and it turned out pretty straightforward thanks to a youtube video a very nice gen2 owner had posted.
    To my surprise the stock retainers were in fantastic condition which was good to see as this meant the bike wasn't truly abused by previous owners.
    Obviously if I take this much pain I ought to do the valve clearances as well which I did. A few hiccups with the cam positioning later I was all set with this.

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    Next up was the alternator- another weak point on the gen1 Ninja. These sometimes blow themselves apart if the spacer/washer clearance is not within
    spec. There was a recall of sorts in the US on this part, so I removed it and got latest uprated spacers and washers and set the clearance within spec
    and in it went. Again nothing really was wrong with the alternator when it came out so this exercise actually only achieved peace of mind, but hopefully I have made sure the alternator would be good for at least 20-30k miles.
    I have to say the Ninja is a very compact bike and it's great design but a nightmare to do maintenance.
    The fairing is proper difficult to remove compared to my CBR which is a doddle. Plus to replace plugs on the Nina, you have to remove some engine mountings! Laughable really, but wasn't so funny when I was doing it all-trust me!

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    Also got a full Surlfex clutch kit(both steel and friction plates) installed as the clutch was binding a bit.
    Of course my usual wretched luck ensure that I ended up cracking the mag clutch cover. Mag is notoriously difficult to weld and there weren't any used ones around on ebay so got a new one off the dealer. Cost me GBP 230 with the bearings for just a hairline crack- ouch !

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    Stripped and renewed the suspension linkage bearings as I was installing an Ohlins GP shock so wanted everything perfect there.
    And of course the obligatory DID chain, JT sprockets as well to complement the new Michelin pilot power tyres!
    Got some new coils as well as the ones on the bike looked tatty and flushed old coolant out and put some engine ice in.
    The stock header is titanium on these bikes so no rust issues, a bit of elbow grease and they came up really nice. threw new copper gaskets and cooper nuts as didn't want a future stud snapped episode like I had with the CBR!
    Fixed the GPS(gear position sensor) as well as I was missing my neutral light. Some pics-

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    The Kawasaki main dealer in Bournemouth was very helpful as I went through this rebuild during lockdown and ordered numerous parts off these guys.
    Finally the bike was ready and since then have done some nice rides in and around the south east area.

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    Default Re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    I really like it , congrats friend

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    Default Re: Doga's stable- CBR600F4i, Aprilia RSV Mille Gen1 and ZX10R Gen 1

    Came across this thread recently and believe me I am blown away with the sorted collection of bikes you have. Would love to hear more about the CBR and RSV Mile.

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