Inspired by your magazine, I’ve been itching to do a winter project for a while now and last year this old Fireblade sort of fell into my lap. It had suffered an accident on a trackday, and the plastics had been smashed and bodged with filler.
However as it had been laid up for almost 10 years it was fine underneath, and was a great basis for a restoration. So over the last few months I’ve lightly restored it whilst trying to keep the spec as factory as possible.
To keep the costs down I used Chinese replica fairings – I was pleasantly surprised about the quality. I had the wheels, tank and exhaust professionally painted; the trickiest job was rebuilding the clocks as the rear case had been smashed in the accident. I’ve done it all-in for about £2000.
I’ve now ridden 2000 troublefree miles since the rebuild. I can’t believe how good these bikes are considering they’re coming up for 25 years old.