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post #21 of 36 Old 04-28-2018, 10:44 PM
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post #22 of 36 Old 04-29-2018, 12:40 PM
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'04 here. Still riding everyday I get a chance.

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'05 track only here, I'm the original owner.

7 k miles only....will be up 4 sale in june-july.

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post #24 of 36 Old 04-29-2018, 03:28 PM
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Cool >> 1st Gen: '04 / 33k miles <<

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I am curious how many other Gen 1s are still out there being ridden actively? Would love to hear how many Gen 1 owners are still out there and riding it.
I'm one more of the "others". For $2800, I bought this single-owner '04 with 32,000 miles about a year ago, and I've put a little over a thousand miles on her. That number would be exponentially higher, but it's such an unenjoyable ride, as is, due to clutch & front brake issues. It was a track bike that I'm slowly piecing back together to street shape (i.e., broken fairings, blinkers, muffler, clutch, front brakes, etc.). She's old, she's been around the block, she's not incredibly pretty, but if I don't push any limits & I tolerate the lack of feedback, she's an exciting little ride. I'm on the under-employed side of the spectrum so everything with this ride is budgeted tightly, but I can't wait to replace the front pads & bleed the cylinder with a full rotation of new fluid as they feel tired, soft, & inconsistent at the lever. I'm twice as excited to put a new clutch in her as I hope that eliminates the absolutely horrifically heavy pull & disgustingly late engagement point at the lever. Overall [bike condition], she's not so bad, but w/o feeling, at all, connected to the bike through both my levers functions, I've had the handicap I've needed to keep me from pushing any limits. Very excited for the day when I feel like she's 100%.

I just facilitated the sale of a TRICKED OUT, MINTY, KWS-tuned 2012 that I was drooling over in the Local Facebook Classifieds. I recommended it to one of my buddies that was shopping literbikes last week, and after my first 3 seconds on it, I truly realized how clunky my old girl is. Holy sh$t! The clutch lever is like butter w/the drive engaging immediately off the knuckle, and the front brake is stiff, strong, & solid... admittedly, it's a Brembo/SS/Galfer upgrade, but it feels the way it should be. First impression, the '12 feels much larger than my 1st Gen, but damn, everything about it just felt so damn smooth.

Irrespective of his new badass ride, here's my old girl...


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My little monster.. fully built from the ground up, it's been through quite some iterations and configurations but i'm almost satisfied now.

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Wonder if one day these could become Collector's items!?
I think they will get there at some point. The first gen 10 and the k5 / k6 liter gixxer for sure in my opinion. These are truly the last ones of that era.
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Keep 'em coming boys! Great to see the 1st Gen is still rockin' out there, so many stories, look what Melampus's bike has been through, but he's slowly bringing her back to snuff. Eplusz, what a beauty, show bike for sure!
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Keep 'em coming boys! Great to see the 1st Gen is still rockin' out there, so many stories, look what Melampus's bike has been through, but he's slowly bringing her back to snuff. Eplusz, what a beauty, show bike for sure!
Thanks buddy, initially built her to be a show bike but she's far from it now... at first i was babying her around and now i'm stomping on her so hard i blew my 3rd engine, Lol. Just bought another engine a week ago and going to boost her upcoming winter :)

I get quite bored at times..
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'05 track only here, I'm the original owner.

7 k miles only....will be up 4 sale in june-july.

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They are still great looking bikes !
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