Post Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:18 pm
 Subject: The track bike build continues

Today I decided I need to put some time in on the angry hornet. So far, I've done the following:

Stripped the bike
Swapped the stator cover for one from an 06 (swapped right in - thanks Wes)
Cleaned the carbs
Flushed the tank
Swapped in a GSXR shock
installed my race exhaust
Fabbed (mostly) a new battery box bracket

For anyone debating about doing the GSXR (or similar piggyback shock) mod, don't do it. Unless you have a LOT of time or free access to a machine shop to do the requisite grinding and cutting to make it fit. I happen to have time and a decent amount of tools to choose from, so I did it. I have no idea how it will ride, but I'm hoping it will be nice. If not, I can always swap in my WP shock for track days. There's still a lot of work to do before I can even start the engine, but here are some pics:

Post Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:39 pm
 Subject: looks like a nice build :thumbup:

Are you planning on keeping the stock airbox?
Post Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:44 pm
 Subject: Re: looks like a nice build :thumbup:

Thanks! I'm going to run a K&N pod on it. The PO was running it with no filter. Plus, the fender chop to fit the piggyback shock requires airbox removal at the very least to get it installed. From looking at it, I could probably run a stock box if I wanted, but I don't.
Post Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:52 pm
 Subject: Just wondering because some race organizations require it

I know on my build I am trying to get my bike WERA legal.

I know a few people on the wera board run modified gsxr shocks on there ex250s
Post Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:04 am
 Subject: Probably non-piggyback ones.

Thanks, AJ, for the info about the difficulty of putting on the shock. I'll add that disclaimer to the FAQ, along with some of the photos.

Sounds like a lot of fun. There's something about a machine that's designed purposely to go fast and handle well that brings out the hooligan in all of us Thumb up
Post Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:26 am
 Subject: Mine's just for regular track days

I don't really have an interest in racing. I just wanna go fast and push the limits in a safe environment. I already feel like I could ride my "regular" canyons quite a bit faster than I do, but it does not seem smart or safe. Plus, I want to do it without hurting my daily rider.
Post Posted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:29 am
 Subject: More notes on the install

The only way I could get it in without uninstalling the front part of the rear fender was to slide it in from the back, over the rear tire and down into place. I also cut more of that fender off after the pic. The part that's hitting the air stem, so Icould access all the adjustable bits. All in, I cut out way less than the guy who did the original write up.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:36 pm
 Subject: She fired last night!

Last night, being bored with nothing but crapola on the boob tube, I decided to go putin some more time on this baby. Next thing you know everything is back on except the tank and I'm just not able to resist trying to fire it up. Pop the tank on, splash in enough gas to cover the reserve straw and chugga chugga chugga VROOOM!!!!!

I know that Muzzy is a loud pipe, but this shorty on here sounds like the dogs of war, or the 4 horseman of the apocalypse. But it does sound dman good.

One thing I did discover is that the controls from an 04 DO NOT work on an 89. Before I got the chugga vroom, there was five minutes of "press start....nothing" It took me another 10 minutes to find the original pod. Guess I am going to swap out the harness like I was considering.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:35 pm
 Subject: Can you fit 2 plugs in each ear? :razz:

I wish I had a track to go to. I wish I had my own track bike. I wish Claire would let me build one Very Happy
Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:44 pm
 Subject: You DO have a track close-by, right?

The one where you high-sided the scooter?

And it's better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission. Wink Though, that's harder in your situation since you need to enlist her help in buying used vehicles. Tongue
Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:55 pm
 Subject: The only thing not in her name is my computer :grin:

Every time I need to order something even as inane as brake pads I get this glazed zombie stare. I could just see what would happen when I started wanting a big bore kit, new fuel injector, and $85 scooter tires.

I keep thinking about the other local track, the one that's more dangerous than the roads. But I may have to head back out to the scooter track one of these days, now that I have the CVT running at the right revs. I always forget about that track for some reason. ..
Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:46 pm
 Subject: Re: Can you fit 2 plugs in each ear? :razz:

You put this in my head, now YOU get to hear it too.

Post Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:08 pm
 Subject: How do you even inhabit the same universe as that song?

Is that something one of your kids brought home?

Where's the 2nd Boston album, so I can get that out of my head? Very Happy

Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:34 am
 Subject: ROFL!; That song was BIG when I was in HS.

Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:45 am
 Subject: Hmmmm... Big hit when I was in HS:


Or the parody:


You're younger than I thought. Didn't you ever listen to KROQ?
Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:53 am
 Subject: Re: Hmmmm... Big hit when I was in HS:

I actually dig My Sharona. It was a hit song when I was in grade school. Along with the Weird Al version. And yes, I listened to KROQ, but not "actively" until about 94. Usually it was KLOS, then Pirate Radio when that came out.
Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:56 am
 Subject: Wow, that WAS hideous! Thankfully I'd never heard it before...

This was my HS album. No idea what was "big" as I was typically clueless about mainstream stuff.

Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:07 am
 Subject: I never said I LIKED it, just that it was big in my day

I dig some of the NIN stuff, but most of it, meh. I dated / lived with a goth for about 2 years and she was infatuated with the group.
Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:24 pm
 Subject: I hope this doesn't change your opinion of me...

I LOVE that song! Very Happy I think that came out when I was in HS too and I still find myself recalling it in situations like this. Cool
Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:24 pm
 Subject: OK, now I hate you.

Post Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:54 pm
 Subject: Me, too :twisted:

Post Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:15 pm
 Subject: YouTube video of the bike running.

Post Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:57 pm
 Subject: We really need to ride on the track together AJ!

I think we'd be the loudest bikes out there Very Happy My classic bike is definitely a hound from hell...
Post Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:00 am
 Subject: Re: The track bike build continues

thats so sick! and she sounds beautiful Smile do you have a list of mods that i could have a look at?

Man, i can't wait... in about 3 years i'll be picking up a 250 for track bike Very Happy

!!!!!!! can't wait! lol
Post Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:56 pm
 Subject: Here's what I've done

Although it's all in various threads...

1989 Chassis, original engine with about 6k on the clock
Swapped out the electrical system from an 04
Stripped all the unnecessary wiring from the harness (horn, accessory leads, signal light wires, headlight wires, tail light wires, etc.) and left it "unwrapped"
Swapped in an 06 stator cover (the original had a "crackle" finish that I disliked)
EX500 clutch and brake levers
K&N pod filter, rejetted with Keihin jets, cause fuck DynoJet (cost me less than $15 and only took 2 tries to get it right)
Muzzy 2:1 stainless round exhaust, chopped down
GSXR750 rear shock (have not ridden yet so I can't give feedback on if it's a good choice)
Removed the ignition & Hotwired the bike for keyless running
Pirelli MT75s (ordered, have not arrived)

In the works:
Reshape the tail section (no details - I'll post up if I make it work and it looks good)
Fork oil swap to 20W to see if I can get away with not upgrading the springs
New paint scheme (black & yellow)

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