Post by r1ckbuilder on Jan 29, 2014 18:45:02 GMT
It's about time I started a build thread. Mainly because I'm sure on this journey I will need your collective help. Well, actually I know I will as I have already progressed a bit and had a fair share of head scratching moments. This forum has been an inspiration and was a huge influence on my decision to purchase a Tr1ke kit. Necessity is truly the mother of invention and if I can achieve a small amount of what some of you have, I will be a happy man.
The journey so far - I bought the Lotus look Tr1ke from RTR that had been used at a couple of shows. I like the gold and black, which is probably connected to a misspent youth and too may JPS or BandH if you know what I mean. Anyway bought it back in May and then about three weeks later got put on notice of redundancy at work. This put quite a few things on hold for about three months but we're through that now so enough said. When the ground beneath my feet felt a bit secure again I decided to buy a bike. I need a 04-06 model for the frame so took the plunge with a R1 registered in July 2004. Beautiful bike, got it for a song, one owner, 14k on the clock etc etc. Too good to be true I thought... and I was right. It was actually a 2003 model and not the 5VY model I needed. Luckily, with the help of RTR I found this out before I took the spanners to it. Sold that to a dealer and made a couple of hundred quid so apart from the delay and a bit of embarrassment, no harm done. I became a R1 expert fairly quickly and my next purchase was definitely a 5VY (hope the picture works). This is stripped now and the engine in the back of the Tr1ke. You wouldn't believe the relief felt as I tightened the bolts that fitted perfectly through the engine and into the frame.