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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:37 am 
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Location: Mostly Barbados, sometimes Florida and western Canada
I've owned this bike since 2010, and bought it from the original owner who purchased it back in 1992.
I've known him since the mid 80s and actually remember the day he first got it, never considering I'd ever own it many years later.
All of the body panels are original and with the original paint and decals still on them, barring one or two decals I had to replace.
The bike has two sets of seats, an original black set, and some nos "Second Look" blue covers I found on Ebay, which I fitted to some other seat bases.
I also replaced the large stock pumpkin indicators with some more modern ones from the 2001 VTR1000 SP2 which bolted right on, but had to be altered in the wiring and sockets since this bike has front running lights. Lockhart Phillips carbon effect mirrors and tank bra are some nice additions as well.
Its also got on a full aftermarket exhaust system and some other engine work which puts the engine output up to around 150hp from the stock 135hp. The current mileage on the speedo is just above 50.000 miles.
Heres some photos of the bike taken in North Carolina over the years while attending the May two stroke meetings at Deals Gap.

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Near the town of Franklin, NC. The oem large indicators were still on the bike in this older photo.

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On the Tail of the Dragon, NC. The blue seats are on in this photo as well as the SP2 indicators and Vortex sprockets.

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In Cades Cove, TN. Running lights in front indicators are a great feature.

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At Deals Gap motel, NC.

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On the Cherohala Skyway, NC.

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Josh on the 900 in Cades Cove, TN.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:58 am 
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Gorgeous looking bike! Nice to see it in original condition. IMHO this is a proper bike before they softened it up with updates.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:25 pm 
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Thanks for your comments, I agree, the first generation 900RRs were, and always will be the best ones. The bikes indeed a time capsule and I only know of two others with the graphics like mine that are in similar condition.
It did not always look how it does now, it was stored in a back room of my friends store for a few years gathering dust before I got it. Luckily the room was airconditioned and so all of the aluminum parts on the bike still look perfect with no surface corrosion.

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The strip down begins in February 2010 for the restoration by removing the body panels and tank first. Each one was cleaned, polished and put safely aside. There was lots to do on the engine, carbs, brakes, wheels, tyres, suspension and electrical systems to get it all ready again for the road.

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Its now March 2010 and the bike starts again, the first time in almost eight years. You can see which decals are missing in this photo as well as both fenders are not back on yet. The back one had been cut off so a good used one was sourced from Ebay.

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The 900RR nearly complete after the rebuild/restoration, just a few minor cosmetic things are left to do. Next up was to tear into this 98 Bandit 1200 I got from a friend in 2008, it was time to begin a full cosmetic restoration to it as well.

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69 Suz U70
69 Suz T500
72 Suz GT750 cafe
74 Suz TS250
74 Suz GTXVR project
75 Suz RE5
75 Suz GT750
76 Suz TS400
76 Suz GT750
81 Suz GSX1100
86 Suz RG500x2
88 Hon CR500
93 Hon CBR900RR
98 Suz GSF1200x3
15 Kaw Ninja H2


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