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    Hi & bloomin eck

    Hi folks, first post after lurking since finding an unmolested RSVR Factory and thinking about committing, only after working my way through many threads here I'm becoming slightly wary of handing over my hard earned.

    Truth is I've fancied one for quite a few years and have run my old steed into the ground with 80k miles of giving it the beans, a ZX9R, that I'm presently stripping to perform open heart surgery. Now the questions:

    1 Are these bikes worth the agro of stator failures, clutch slave and swinger problems, the main reason I ask this is that I'm quite handy on the tools but the bike I've found has pretty much been somebodies ornament for ten years prior to the present owner and he's only clocked 2k miles in the past four years.

    2 Basically I'm knocking on a bit but always had 'sports' type bikes as the ride position suits me best, however I want something which does as it states on the tin, in this case handling and brake wise? and other than the badly designed parts which are causing the biggest issues here are these as good as they say on youtube vids etc.

    3 The model is an 06 and is immaculate, everything is bog standard on it without even a shorty lever in sight, in fact if it didn't have the almost 3k on the clock I'd say it hasn't turned a wheel, I know about the clock reset issue but I don't think from the looks of this that is the case however I'm no expert on the bike so is there any other way to tell apart from the reading.

    The present owner has changed the front tyre for a scrub to get it through its last MOT as he reckons the diablo which was on it was breaking up/cracking, which I can believe if the bikes been stood for years but can anyone tell me how much mileage you get from a front diablo?

    Anyway thanks for reading through this lot and I await all answers, I have ten days to picking her up, tia H.

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    The stator issue is easily remidied, you have optioins there.
    Swing arm, easy to see if it has been replaced or not, there is a sticky above on this.
    Brakes and suspension on a factory are awesome. They have an amazing chassis, and will handle with the best of them.
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante, Power Commander
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    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    Completely agree With KiwiRSV1000..

    I believe the Swingarm only pertains to ‘04 & ‘05... as you’re looking at a ‘06 you should be ok... but as suggested the Sticky will give you everything to look out for..

    Brakes and Handling are amazing, I just bought my RSV (‘07) 3 weeks ago and just completed a track day last weekend with heaps of confidence on the bike with its excellent manners and handling...

    If you’re concerned about it sitting... take it to a mechanic that knows them well to give it the once over for piece of mind...

    This is my 2nd RSV1000R... still the best bike i have ever owned.. the look, the sound, the torque, the handling... it’s just awesome..

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    Thanks for the info boys its all I needed to know, I've now read through the remedies to these problems and also have a dealer within twenty miles if it does need a swingarm replacement and apparently they're still a freebie in the UK.

    The bike being sat in someones front room doesn't bother me as its done the 2600 miles since, I haven't used a mechanic in 40 years as my brother was one and always roped me into helping him out on his own bikes and cars, my plan is to pick this up in one week in a van as its 350 miles away and its chilly here in the UK for long rides home then I'll be doing mods to the wiring, clutch etc before it gets road tested proper, the swinger can keep till the spring if it needs one, the stamp into the engine casing reads Nov 05 and knowing my luck it will have the earlier swinger but no worries.

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    A bike over a decade old and 3k on the clock...2006 Factory has gold frame.

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    I've put over 15,000 miles on two RSVRs, and not had a stator failure. Others here have had several, so who knows how that happens. Later bikes have 350 watt units, earlier ones were 500 watt and seem to be the ones that fail.

    I'm 6' 2" and love the riding position on mine. A good buddy rode it, same height, and couldn't get off it fast enough. Said it killed his neck. Another one of those things you can't know till you get on one.

    The handling is wonderful, as are the brakes. The RSVR won the Master Bike Challenge in 2006 for good reason.

    The swingarm recall was only on 2004 bikes, the first year. 2004 bikes were also the only ones that had the odometer reset issue. Your '06 will not have either.

    Have fun, and when the weather permits, shoot us back some feedback on your impressions. I think you'll love the thing.

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    Since you ar in the UK, go to Griff at Aprilia Performance. He's the best there is in the UK. I'm in NZ and I still consult with him.
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante, Power Commander
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    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    I've never regretted buying an RSVR, only selling them.

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    I plan on riding it every dry day, thanks for the heads up on the swingarm, it has the gold frame, gold OZ wheels the rest is black n grey, I've only seen photos up to now and going by those the bloke owning it now hasn't even touched the suspension, its done a couple of hundred miles per year the last three years and is gleaming, I doubt it knows what a raindrop is.

    I've been clocking up between 10 and 15,000 a year on my old kwack and its only off the road due to the output shaft bearing needing changed and the wife said to get another bike, I've been putting off on that due to my age and hoping my 80k miles kwack would last me out but seen this beaut and thought sod it, I need a new (to me) bike.

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    I've watched the Griff vids Kiwi1000R, he's a bit far south for me though no doubt I'll manage some time during ownership if I have some problem I can't figure out.

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    Well worth contacting Griff, he ballances the throttle bodies correctly. This is critical for getting running right.
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante, Power Commander
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    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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    As it hasn't done a lot of miles and has sat around for a bit, it's probably worth pulling the fuel pump out and changing the filter, replacing the fuel lines and clean the pre-screen filter. A well charged battery kept on tender is recommended as the twin takes a bit of oomph to turn it over. A lot of issues on the forum are chased back to a bad battery and or loose/bad connections.

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    I've got a morgan carbtune to try on the throttle bodies and I'll be sorting the battery connections, reg/rect and doing the stator cooling mod, though I'll not change out the stator unless it does kick the bucket, my plans are to go over the whole bikes electrics and fuel side before I take her on the road, probably give the brakes and everything else a lookwhile I'm at it too, 6 days to go, whoopee.

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    I've owned 2 and think they are the best unknown sports bike out there for all of the above comments. The stator fix is easy and you may not need it. The Ohlins fork seals can fail- keep the fork lowers clean, keep the battery charged and enjoy it

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    Sorry mate, but a Carbtune is no good, you cannot correctly ballance the RSV throttle bodies by vacuum. I have compared vacuum and the correct way. The correct way is so much better and more accurate than vacuum. The difference is very noticeable. The carbtune doesn't allow for the idle control valve. Using a carbtune one cylinder will run rich. Trust me, I know!!
    Shane
    My current ride: 2004 RSV1000R Factory, DNA air filter, Arrow pipes, tail tidy, Aprilia alloy muffler brackets, Aprilia Performance open airbox conversion, Bazzaz Zfi & Afm. My wife's: 2002 MV Agusta F4 750S Diamante, Power Commander
    Previous:
    2006 GSX-R1000 Full yoshimura exhaust, Galfer discs and lines, Pazzo levers, Factory Pro intakes, BMC filter, Yoshimura case savers, Vortex rearsets, Toby adjustable steering damper, Yoshimura bar end sliders.
    2004 GSX-R1000,1999 GSX-R750 SRAD full Arrow race system,1998 TL1000R Two Brothers pipes, 1993 ZXR 750,1998 TZ250U,1990 TZR250,1990 KR1S 250,1986 XR250 340 big bore kit,1991 KX250, 1993 KX125,1991 YZ250, TS250X RH,1974 CR250M Elsinore

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