So as a lot of you know I acquired a 1994 Yamaha FZR600 last summer, and sold my GS450 Suzuki to a friend. The Suzuki was a great little bike, but just didn't stir up the emotions I was looking for. I've always loved older sport bikes. They have a lot more curves and soul than a modern bike and really get the blood flowing for me. Plus this one has dual headlights, which we all know are awesome.
I have some pics of it scattered around this site, but I thought I'd group them together in a proper build thread in case anyone wants to see it progress. The plan this winter was to really tune up the chassis and suspension, and give it more of a race bike feel. 145mph top speed is fine with me, so power really isn't high on the list of things to improve. Unfortunately the girlfriend loves it so it needs to stay 2-up, otherwise I'd change the tail out.
So, Last summer when I picked it up it didn't run for sh*t. A weekends worth or carb cleaning and a complete tune up had her in tip top shape. Burned up the hard rear tire, threw some fresh rubber on the back along with a D&D pipe, and rode it all summer.
After it was running I realized that the gearbox wouldn't stay in gear when you really whacked the throttle. This was pretty damn annoying, but apparently a common problem on these bikes, even with only 15K miles on the clock. I scored a low mileage gear set off e-bay and sent it out to APE race parts to get the gears undercut.
This is still waiting to go in, along with an EBC clutch, but I'm getting the chassis sorted before tearing into the motor.
Tore her down in the fall and started blowing through the bank account: