Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Port Richey, FL, USA
97 900SS/SP craigslist find
With the restoration of my 888 coming to the end, I was looking around on Craigslist one night for anything interesting (always dangerous). Stumbled on a 97 900SS/SP in the Asheville area. Bike looked to be fairly original/survivor with the exception of the headlight/front fairing. After speaking with the seller and agreeing on a very cheap price, the deal was done and payment was overnighted to him. What made the deal even sweeter was he had already planned a trip down to Miami. A meeting point was agreed upon and after meeting him yesterday at a truck stop off I-75, south of Ocala, the bike was loaded on my trailer and brought home.
The bike was just as pictured/described. It showed its age and the frame had been welded due to cracking near the tank mount. It fired up and idled and the inside of the tank is spotless/rust free. Some extras included the factory OEM seat with solo seat cowl/cover, Haynes manual and the factory tool kit.
After unloading, the side fairings and Powerbronze headlight/fairing were removed and bike given a wash and full degrease.
The plan for the bike is a mechanical and cosmetic restoration with some added performance upgrades (944cc kit, FCR or Mikuni TDMR) with the addition of a Superlight solo tail. Most of the bodywork will be spent on the side fairings due to large holes drilled for the frame sliders. 3M sells a great plastic repair kit which will be used. The frame will be gusseted, scuffed and given a fresh coat of paint as well.
Just thought Iíd share and look forward to showing the progress. Any insight, recommendations etc are always welcomed.