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Old January 12th, 2019, 01:37 PM   #1
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California Naked Fighter

A few months back I bought a stock 2007 non-runner with the intention of making it my project bike. The bike is now running and maintenance has been done, many thanks to board members help on the tech forum. Originally I was going to go the cafe route but it looks like it will most likely fall between the category of naked and street fighter, hence the name.

This is my first post in which I'll be documenting the progress of my project. I will avoid reaching out for help here (i'll post separately on the tech board) so I can focus on completed modifications and installations. Wish me luck!

Here are the "before" photos after I got it home:
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Old January 12th, 2019, 02:02 PM   #2
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Coilpack conversion

Since the bike will be pretty much naked I decided to ditch the ignition coils and mounting brackets for a cleaner look. I paid $28 for a pair of used coil packs and $9.95 for the wiring harness on Ebay.

It was a pretty simple swap, just involved a little soldering for the wiring and had to drill out the spot weld for the mounting bracket. After that I just cleaned up the metal that used to be covered up by the mounting bracket sprayed and it with gloss black spray paint.

1st official mod completed!
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Old January 12th, 2019, 04:46 PM   #3
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Old February 26th, 2019, 07:32 PM   #4
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Naked-er

I've been spending some time on cleaning up the body lately, almost done. Only thing left to trim will be the front portion of the rear fender then I'll move on to the rear frame section.

Here's an update with photos:
-covered up the tank screw holes
-trimmed the front fender
-removed back portion of rear fender
-removed rear seat latch assembly
-trimmed side covers/fairings
-trimmed saddle (will clean it up more once the tail light & seat fabric arrive)

Don't mind the zip tie & Home Depot'd lighting mounts I'm trying to keep it street legal throughout the process even if it's a little scary looking

Next on the list will be fitting the tail light, fastening down the saddle, and cutting the rear frame section. Oh and putting some plastic goods up for sale to aid the continued economic burden

On a side note, I've become rather eager to weigh this thing once I'm done. All the stuff I've removed from the bike seems to be adding up much more than I would have expected.
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Old March 25th, 2019, 02:26 PM   #5
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Saddle up!

After an embarrassingly sticky, failed attempt at re-covering my saddle I swallowed my pride and dropped it off at a professional upholstery shop.

It actually looks like a real (small) saddle now that the foam isn't visible at the rear!
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Old March 25th, 2019, 06:05 PM   #6
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Old March 25th, 2019, 06:59 PM   #7
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Seat looks great! I will be upholstering my seat soon also a custom job. If you donít mind me asking what did it cost
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Old March 26th, 2019, 06:08 AM   #8
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Seat looks great! I will be upholstering my seat soon also a custom job. If you donít mind me asking what did it cost
I paid $70 at a small local shop. Seemed a bit high but I was too lazy to shop it around.
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Old April 8th, 2019, 07:50 PM   #9
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Will be good to see it finished! I love how these bikes look all streetfighterised.
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Old June 10th, 2019, 02:13 PM   #10
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Swingarm & exhaust

I stripped the swingarm then primed it with etching primer. After that it was black wheel paint followed by a wheel clear coat. I've finished up the exhaust so I decided to take it for a short ride this weekend before I wrap it.

The exhaust held up well but turned out much louder than I prefer so earplugs will be in order for future rides.

Next up will be ordering tires so that I can swap out my wheels with the black ones I have standing by. I plan to wrap the exhaust while I wait for my tires & have them mounted to the black wheels.

(Couldn't figure out how to rotate my photo )
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Old June 10th, 2019, 07:16 PM   #11
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I stripped the swingarm then primed it with etching primer. After that it was black wheel paint followed by a wheel clear coat. I've finished up the exhaust so I decided to take it for a short ride this weekend before I wrap it.

The exhaust held up well but turned out much louder than I prefer so earplugs will be in order for future rides.

Next up will be ordering tires so that I can swap out my wheels with the black ones I have standing by. I plan to wrap the exhaust while I wait for my tires & have them mounted to the black wheels.

(Couldn't figure out how to rotate my photo )
Top notch work so far
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Old June 21st, 2019, 03:20 PM   #12
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Wheelin'

I received my new tires in the mail, I bought the Shinko SR741 & SR740. This week I had the new tires mounted to my new-to-me black wheels (it had silver ones before) and swapped over the rotors. I hadn't planned on messing with the cush drive but I found the slop was ridiculous. I couldn't ignore it so I sacrificed one of my wife's tuperware lids and when to work. Turned out to be very easy work and now zero play.

I plan to scrub in the tires on some local canyon roads tomorrow. I'm very curious to see if I actually notice a difference now that I snugged up the cush drive.

Next up will be silicone spraying the exhaust wrap and then doing something about those unsightly rearsets.
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Old June 21st, 2019, 09:26 PM   #13
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I got those tyres on my street newgen. Really works well!

Put Ninja 300 rearsets on. Really improves the look! Doesn't have that machined industrial look that aftermarket rearsets have.


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Old June 22nd, 2019, 06:33 PM   #14
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I second the 300 rearsets. I think the color would be a close match to your exhaust. Could you install some db killers or fiberglass batting to quite them down?
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 08:00 AM   #15
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I got those tyres on my street newgen. Really works well!

Put Ninja 300 rearsets on. Really improves the look! Doesn't have that machined industrial look that aftermarket rearsets have.
how are those tires holding up? I put 89 miles on mine yesterday to scrub them in.
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Old June 23rd, 2019, 08:03 AM   #16
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I second the 300 rearsets. I think the color would be a close match to your exhaust. Could you install some db killers or fiberglass batting to quite them down?
Looks like the color would certainly match up well. I ordered the afermarket ones so we'll see how it goes.

As for the exhaust, there's no way to repack them without really tearing them apart. I haven't heard of DB killers, I'll look them up. Worse case, I may swap them out for aftermarket exhausts that have a removable baffle.
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Doesn't look like those mufflers can use noise inserts.

Not that difficult to drill out rivets.
Then wrap inner pipe with ceramic muffler packing.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011PW22DE/
Use safety-wire to loosely hold in position.
Stuff back into muffler.
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how are those tires holding up? I put 89 miles on mine yesterday to scrub them in.
I've put about 2000-miles on mine. Barely tell they've been used. So I anticipate I can get 8-10k miles from them.
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Old July 5th, 2019, 04:10 PM   #19
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Rearsets

Rearsets are finally installed. They were a true test of patience because they do not come with instructions, just a diagram of how they look once assembled. Assembly took some trial and error, then came installation. Installing them took some time to ensure the right hardware was used and installed in the right order.

I got them them fitted hand tight and adjusted so this morning I removed them, disassembled them, applied loctite on all the fasteners, torqued everything down and reinstalled them.

Hope to take them for a quick spin tomorrow.
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I ditched the skinny front tire for a 120. You also have to ditch the front fender or fab one.
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My fender is trimmed (not widened, though) however I went with the stock tire sizes.
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Old August 18th, 2019, 05:43 AM   #22
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Clip-ons

Installed new clip-ons yesterday. Task was a bit more tedious than I had expected due to cutting the bars, drilling them and adjusting them. Once in proper position, with grips installed, each screw was removed individually for Loctite and then reinstalled and torqued.

I had anticipated an "unfinished" look so I had ordered some large body plugs to use as caps on top of each clip-on which I think cleaned things up a bit.

Photos show clip-ons without and with the caps.
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De-evapped!

Had some time to kill this weekend as I wait for my new headlight so after having run the bike a few weeks with the evap system bypassed (but all parts still installed) I removed the system. This was done strictly for aesthetics as the bike is naked exposing the ugly evap equipment. Easy way to clean up the left side of the bike.
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Were those the Ninja 300 rearsets you used, or some aftermarket ones? They look great, as does the entire bike!
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Were those the Ninja 300 rearsets you used, or some aftermarket ones? They look great, as does the entire bike!
Thanks.

I used aftermarket rearsets designed for the 250/300 (same fit as pregen).
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