The challenge ahead

Following on from the previous intro post, I thought I’d put up some pics of my “new” purchase. Since I’m doing car and bike detailing now, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to show what can be achieved with a little time and patience, although I wouldn’t expect other peoples bikes to be in this poor a condition or to have to invest the amount of hours I know this is going to take!

Here it the very first picture after being trailered home. On face value it doesn’t look too bad, with just a mass of dead flies and a dirty screen, but the real issues are below the surface. The large circle you can see in the middle of the screen is where the previous owner had superglued his GPS mount. That won’t be able to be removed for sure.

Very first job was to start dismantling, and here comes the first showing of the dust and dirt beneath the fairing












Mudguard stay- not sure if this is dirt or rust yet?
The frame doesn’t look like it’s been cleaned in a long time

























Rear of front mudguard
Left side frame spar
There’s a Mikuni carburettor hidden under all that gunk somewhere
Level of dirt and grime increasing the closer it gets to the chain
Underside of lower fairing and more chain lube
Scratched lower fiaring. I’m hoping this will polish out
With all bodywork removed it’s clear that it’s probably as bad, if not worse under the seat and plastics than the outside is!

So now you’ve seen these pictures you’re either sympathising with the amount of work I’m going to have to do, or wondering why on earth I’ve bought something in this poor a condition. Well, visually I’ll admit it’s challenging, and the old adage “you can’t polish a turd”” springs to mind, but given that Suzuki engines and gearboxes on this model are known to be super strong, I’m not too worried about cosmetics at the moment, although I will try and improve the fuel damaged paintwork and eventually stove enamel the battle scarred wheels. I’m sure I can restore it back to a far better condition, and although it’ll never be a concours winner, it’ll have been cheap, and if I decide to move it on, I’ll likely be able to sell it on for more than I paid, result!