From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

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Camarinho
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From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by Camarinho » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:12 am

1 year ago I purchased a poorly loved XJ600N that was abandoned in a garage for over 3 years. Its a 1999 XJ600N and the previous owner was quite a grease monkey, but a bad one... so everything was poorly serviced, with bad tools and bad taste (see pictures ahead)
However, I did enjoyed the bike and for an excelent price I purchased a poorly loved motorcycle with an extra motorcycle fully disassembled for parts, a Shark helmet and a Yamaha R6 original jacket.

The day of purchase
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And here's the bike for parts (poorly stored)
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There way a lot to be done and so my primary concearn list way:
-New mirrors
-New Licence Plate
-Oil and filter change
-Brake fluid replacement

The secondary concearns list:
-Back tyre exchange (Had a michelin new in the rim of the parts motorcycle)
-New chain and sprockets
-clean and lube everything
-Brake pads check
-Rear stop light
-New blinkers
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Re: From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by Camarinho » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:39 am

After the first proper wash and some intense cleaning and scrubbing the motorcycle finally started to look a bit better
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Still... the back of the motorcycle looked like sh*t!!!
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Also found that the previous owner had installed a LED kit to brighten the motorcycle at night.... (talk about pimp my motorcycle)
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And here are the rims of the parts motorcycle... just a scrub and the everything looks ok!
I then switched the back rim, and futurly switch the front. The original rims in the motorcycle weren't painted, they were the bare aluminum one... the motorcycle for parts had the rims painted silver grey and were much more beautiful
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Re: From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by Camarinho » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:57 am

After a lot of scrubbing and lubbing and a few parts purchased i finally instaled
-New licence plate
-New LED strip blinkers in the licence plate
-new chain and sprockets
-old rim and tire
-Tire penz
-Reflective tape on the side of the rims

Finally it started to look decent
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Installed new mirrors and grips
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And then installed night driving lights
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I can assure you that the night lights are the best thing ever. Not only they look nice, but at night you can see very, very well at a short distance
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Re: From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by Camarinho » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:11 am

After that and more parts arrived:
-Installed original handle bar (the one that came with the motorcycle was a straight one and very uncomfortable)
-Refurbished the gauges
-Wrapped the exhaust with black wrap
-installed tank pads
And this is the final result
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And this is how I scare people in between trafic
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I still have a few things to do in the future:
-Change front rim and tire
-Attend the clutch rattle (when I change the clutch plates)
-Attend the typical engine rattle (maybe reset the chain tensioner)
-Buy a rear hugger
-Buy a belly pan
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Re: From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by MattP » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:55 pm

That's a great job you've done with the bike Camarinho!

I especially like the rear led blinkers :thumbsup:

Also, it's amazing how much better our bikes look after a simple wash (I have to remind myself of that constsntly :oops: )
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Re: From bad shape to true love - XJ600N

Post by Camarinho » Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:30 am

MattP wrote:
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:55 pm
That's a great job you've done with the bike Camarinho!

I especially like the rear led blinkers :thumbsup:

Also, it's amazing how much better our bikes look after a simple wash (I have to remind myself of that constsntly :oops: )
Thanks MattP
The Rear LED blinkers do look very nice, but I'll have to change them. Unfortunately during sunny days the LED light is too dim to be seen, so I need to find some better ones.

Regarding the bike cleaning, I like mine well washed and lubbed. I live in an Island, so I if I don't properly attend those small details the bike's duration will be severely compromised. I take special attention to the chain as it rusts easily with this climate.

Cheers

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