I sold a 2003 R1 that was 4 years old and I'd bought new, loved that bike, and in an attempt to stop riding like a twat everywhere bought my first Blade. It was in good nick mechanically and from a distance looked ok but the plastics were broken, badly repaired, scratched etc. Kept it that way for a couple of years, then dropped it (not the first time) pushing it around the warehouse at work, much to the amusement of my fellow 'workmates'. This finally made me get off my arse and do something about its shabby appearance. A friend had a car body shop and they did an excellent job plastic welding, particularly the nose cone, can't be easy with all those holes. Having insisted on painting a Mini I'd restored a couple of years earlier (only took me 5 attempts and approx. 9 litres of 2 pack to get it right) I decided to do the Blade as well. It's a lot easier painting bike panels than a car, the tank took a couple of goes though. Wasn't worried about it being stock colours so its 'black as night', decals are a brushed steel clear coated after application. Lost the truly hideous double bubble, I hate these thing they do nothing and look bloody awful, and picked up a black tinted Mira for all of £5. Best part of a decade later still looks great.
1993 Honda 900RRP (Black)
Calipers from a SP1 steel lines.
Largely stock, ignition advancer, dyno jets, K&N, Akra system.
Frame, swingarm, linkage, rearsets, engine casings, subframe and just about anything thing else chassis wise powder coated black.
RRW forks with Ohlins internals, rear Ohlins.
Harris clipons, Harris rearsets (the ones with the metal heel plates not the stupid snappy snappy carbon ones).
Wheel and Tire
It's got lights.