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So I picked up this old FZ600 for my girlfriend to learn on. They were great little bikes. 54hp, narrow,low seat, practically turn themselves.

This was Yamaha's first racer replica that hit the streets.
What I have discovered owning it is that there are so many people out there that were in love with these things. They drempt of owning one when they were in high school etc. We have had guys come over and rant and rave about how cool it is and totally ignore my 2007 R1.

So here is my thoughts on it.

I think with a few tweaks we can make this a really cool retro bike with modern handling. I want to make it handle better and "enhance" the looks but keep most of the classic style.

Here were my thoughts.

-Update the front forks to GSXR adjustable upside down sliders. Actually want to update the whole front end. (switches, brakes etc). Want gold forks since currently the brakes are gold on this thing.

-Wider wheels. Something lighter and wide enough to run radials. I would paint them the factory red so they keep the classic look. I have already figured out that you can run a 150ish in the rear.

-Powdercoat the frame factory red. Repaint the motor to look original and clean, etc

-I want to repaint all the plastics to a bright metalic white and put fresh decals on it. (it would look just like it does now, just fresh and crisp).




Thoughts? Would you do it? Cool enough?



Almost as it sits now. (has new tires)



 

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The rear swingarm is wide enough. I should not have to change that.

I have looked at the R6 forks. My understanding is that the GSXR forks offer more adjustability (which will be critical to getting the bike to ride great). Plus they seem to be a fraction of the cost used. People think their R6 stuff is gold.
 

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kerker pipe sweet

suzy forks would be a crime!

my vote is to keep her looking just like that picture
maybe have Race Tech play with the boingers but probably just need some new fork oil
 

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bike looks good :thumbup. My buddy has the same model and loves riding the sh!t out of it. But I don't know if it's the type of bike you want to be putting loads of money into.
 

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I think the max it would all cost me is $1,000 to do EVERYTHING right. So my total in the bike would be pretty low. I paid $550 for it and have thrown a few hundred at it for tires, and misc parts now.


Why do you say it is not the type of bike to do this type of thing with?

Its a 25year old classic. Its the first ever racer replica. Rare in clean form. 99% of them were trashed so this will stand out as even more rare.

No R1, but it was quick for its day. Ultimately I just want it to be a fun cool rider for my girl friend.
 

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Here is a pretty good example.

This is an 84ish RZ350. The original tires/wheels/forks were SUPER skinny.

This bike has modern wheels (wider and 17"), FZ600 swingarm, modern controls and brakes, upside down forks (reduces unsprung weight).
Yet the bike still looks pretty classic.

 

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Here are some of the bikes that inspired the idea.

Some are manufacturers concepts of retro sportbikes, some in production, some actuall retro sportbikes.








There are a ton of old 2 stokes done this way. I will post more if I find the link later








Love that Honda!
 
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