As most of you know I bought a VFR back in June and have had a few issues, delays, and frustration since then. It is all finally behind me and I can ride whenever I want. There is something I missed about not having a bike ready to ride at any moment. I couldn't write this thread without mentioning a few people involved in the whole process. These people really made it happen.
Since I bought the bike DJPaul replaced the chain, sprockets, replaced various pieces, and did the valve work. He also took all the fairing pieces of the bike off, and brought them to Leedam for painting. Once it was all painted he put them all back on without scratching or marking them. Paul took a lot of his own personal time just to make sure the bike is was perfect. It was a lot more than I expected.
Leedam did an amazing job on painting a matte black bike to a pearl white finish in a short amount of time. I have always wanted a white bike and the end product turned out much better than I thought. In any sort of light the paint finish is perfect and flawless. In the right light the gold pearl shines through enough to show a lot of character. This guy knows his paint. I should also mention that he painted both sides of the fairing pieces (not to the same quality as the outside) which shows how much effort he puts in.
Once the bike was put back together I brought it to vtwinvince to get rid of most of the 50,000kms of dirt and grime. Vince was frightened at the amount of dirt but he did his best to get rid of most of it. He wanted to spend eight hours taking apart the bike and cleaning every possible nook and cranny but I just wanted to ride! In the short time he had the bike it was looking near new again.
After all three of these guys were finished with my bike I had a virtually different bike than I began with. These three guys really turn the wheels of the sportbiking community.
I should also mention that Paul is looking for a new shop to do his work in. He basically needs a garage (or something similar) where he can work on bikes. Check the thread on VROM if you think you can help him.
Here are the results!
currently pictured is 50,000kms of dirt on wheels.
Currently pictured is a near pure, re-virginized bike.