I first saw the R1 LE in Spring of '06 and thought it was the best looking bike I'd ever seen (had an older Gixxer 750 at the time) but the OTD price ($26K plus PDI and taxes put them at about $29.6K OTD - the dollar at the time was worth about .69 USD so no too far off the US price) in Canada was way out of my league, and I thought that was that!! Well come Jan 08 the local dealership still had an new '06 50th (regular R1) the original list was about $15.9K and after beating them down over a few weeks I bought it at $9.8K CAD (just over $11K OTD for a brand new bike - believe me this was a smoking deal up here - I wrote this for the US R1 Forum).
So from then on I tried to make it as close as I could to the LE for 50% of the OTD price of the original LE (so I had about $3.5K to play with) and improve on it if I was lucky!!! Well I've just hit the level of funds I set from the start and through patient e-bay and forum purchases (you gotta love the recession) I think I've done pretty well on my psuedo LE, here's what I done:
Ohlins Rear Shock - $600.00;
Ohlins Fork Internals (valves and springs, etc) - $300.00;
Ohlins steering Damper (LE never had this damper only a stock one) - $210.00;
STM Slipper Clutch - $500.00;
520 Conversion kit (DID Gold Chain, Stealth Rear and AFAM front sprockets) - $225.00;
Gilles Chain Adjusters (Titanuim Colour) and Lifters - $150.00;
Magical Racing Windscreen - $200.00;
Magical Racing Rear Hugger - $200.00;
Magical Racing Mirrors - $250.00;
Rizoma Grips and Bar ends - $80.00;
Rizoma Rear sets - $400.00;
Rizoma Oil Cap $45.00;
Termigoni Slip ons - $400.00;
CRG Clutch and Brake Levers - $100.00;
Escort Solo II Radar Detector and RAM mount (best mod to date) - $250.00;
Watsen Design Flush Mounts - $115.00;
Agras Fork sliders - $100.00;
Rear Seat Cowl (black) - $50.00;
Stomp Grips - $40.00; and finally
Hel Brake Lines (red with gold banjos) still waiting on delivery - $105.00.
Total spent to date $14,920.00 which is approximately 50% of what the first LE would have cost me!! Now to be fair I don't have rims or the full RT forks but aside form that I think I've done darned well - what do you think???