After not doing anything to my bike for about 2 years I decided it was time for some changes. I just finished paying it off and was getting a little bored of it. I am a little low on cash right now so I decided to put a little money into the bike rather than end up getting really tired of it and getting another bike which would have cost me more money.
Anyway I did the following 520 conversion with 1 tooth down on front. The bike needed a new chain anyway. Takes off alot faster now and pulls harder in every gear. No need to downshift for passing power. I'm liking it alot, in my opinion it was worth it.
Put in a speedo recalibrator to go along with the gear change. Not sure if it is working properly didn't get to pass on eof those "You speed is" signs yet. But pretty cool gadget if it is working proper.
VFR shifter which reversed the shift pattern to GP style. I used to miss 2nd all the time. Not anymore. I like the GP style better. Especially on the highway when you are in 6th you can just rest your foot on top of the shifter instead of beding it in that akward position under the shifter. Also lets you shift alot faster around the city. In my opinion bike should come this way, I dunno who decided to make it the other way around
Put on a new front fairing. Mine was shot had a huge crack along the edge of where the headlight is. This was really what was pissing me off about the bike the most. I tried to fix the crack a few times but it kept opening back up. I never wrecked the bike it just happened to crack there for some reason. I had a hard time finding the Fireblade upper but I finally did get it from Canada. This was the most expensive piece that I bought. But it needed it and my bike looks new again.
Double bubble windscreen. Factory windscreen was spider webbing. Good replacement. Looks better I think but I dunno about it giving me any better wind protection. MAybe a little.
Stuffed the OEM seat with a Gel pad. This was another big gripe I had with my bike the fact that it was so darn uncomfortable able about an hour. I bought a bicycle seat gel pad, took off the seat cover cut out some foam, placed the gel pad in there and recovered it. The looks are ok you can kinda see the bumps of the seat but no one noticed it until I mentioned it its very suttle. But the comfort is well worth it. I used to figit in my seat all the time and today I didn't even think about it. After about an hour in the saddle it dawned on my that my butt wasn't hurting
and I realized the gel pad does work.
Overall I am very happy with the bike now. It feels like a new machine. And was alot cheaper to do than trading up or buying another bike, and only took me 3 hours to do it all. I recommend to anyone who is getting tired of their bike to do a bunch of mods all at the same time and it will feel like a new bike to you. Definately much cheaper than getting raped at the dealer. Who by the way offered me $3000 for my trade