sanyarcosean
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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