sanyarcosean Reader
9/27/19 1:29 p.m.

Since starting to ride on the street 10 years ago track days have been a bucket list item for me.  One of my main obstacles has always been not wanting to "wad up" my only bike. Now that I have a small Katana collection it seems like a good time to try and scratch that itch.  I realize a Katana is not the ideal go to tack day ride, but its what I have.  In my mind that makes it perfect.

This will be a (hopefully) low dollar build combining parts I already have with as many used and as few new parts as possible.  While this is going to be a track day ride, I'd also like it to be street legal so I can ride it more often. Bonus points for being old enough to register as an antique.  Oh and I hope to have it built by spring...

I have $200 in the build on day one.  That includes a complete GSX600F parts bike with no title and a 1993 GSX600F frame with a salvage cert.  Since Fairings get in the way of maintenance, break easily and are expensive to replace I'm going to Re-purpose some old broken ones I have laying around for this build. 

I had a little time, so I did a rough concept sketch and started a little body work. (modeled by my wife Jessica's project bike)

With luck I'll get some time this weekend to start mocking up the frame and actually building something.





wheelsmithy SuperDork
9/27/19 1:50 p.m.

I've got a nekkiid 600 I never could get to look right. I like your solution to the ugly frame very much.


sanyarcosean Reader
9/27/19 2:03 p.m.

In reply to wheelsmithy :

Best part is it will only take 2 bolts per side to remove for a track day instead of the 20 or so with the full fairings.

MadScientistMatt PowerDork
9/27/19 2:13 p.m.

Interesting, it almost looks a GS500E with two more cylinders. Can't wait to see the final result.

sanyarcosean Reader
10/2/19 5:47 a.m.

Time for some real work.  If its a frame up build, might as well start with the frame. :-)  I finished stripping Mary Jane's original frame which gave me a 750 swing arm (the 600 arm is shorter) as well as a decent set of forks.  Then I grabbed the 600 frame that I have paper work for and gave all the parts a good cleaning.  I want it to look nice, but as its will mostly be track day bike I'm trying to use common paints ( easy to repair/refinish ) and I'm not going for show quality.  A good old 20' "Nice Bike"  will do just fine.  The frame is painted with a Rust-Oleum Metallic Aluminum ,  triple trees with gloss black and the body/forks with Rust-Oleum flat electric purple.  Everything will the be shot with gloss clear. Anything seeing a lot of wear or possible fuel/oil will be covered with Spray Max 2k High Gloss Clearcoat.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
10/2/19 5:56 a.m.

Having never ridden a big bike on a big track, I look forward to following along. Looks like good work so far. 

sanyarcosean Reader
10/2/19 1:57 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Having never ridden a big bike on a big track, I look forward to following along. Looks like good work so far. 

Thanks!   I'm Excited to try it!  And a little terrified....  LOL

sanyarcosean Reader
2/12/20 10:42 a.m.

Finally got the bike on its own wheels for the first time.  Still so much to do.

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