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Old 12-06-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Welcome to my most recent detail. I was asked by a friend to go over a Suzuki GSXR K6 for him. The bike had been used as a daily for some time and it also lived outside.

Last winter had taken its toll. I hadn't seen the bike before and following the preliminary phone conversation, I was thinking "How bad can it be?". Well, the answer was pretty bad!









That's enough to give you a flavour. The bike was washed and copious amounts of APC, Tardis, Iron-X, Bilberry and more, used. Now, usually, I'd shy away from using anything I'd consider harsh on a bike, but this one needed it.





The chain is/was actually gold!





Once cleaned, it was dried off and I set up in the garage, where condition of the paintwork and wheels and brightwork could be better assessed under the lights.















Being polite, I'd call it dull and lifeless.

Anyway, on with the resurrection! I used my 3M rotary for everything. Mostly with a 75mm pad, either cutting or polishing or finishing. I used 3M Fast Cut Plus, CarPro Clear Cut and then Sonax Cut and Finish and Perfect Finish. Wiped down with Carpro Eraser.

First hit on the tank.



and on the nose fairing



It was clear that a decent result could be had. I'd taken the side panels off at this stage, mainly because, as the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed, they were missing most of their decals.





Not only did they need polishing, they needed to be re-stickered. That took some time, floating the stickers into place and using a squeegy to remove 99% of the bubbles. However, I was winning.



More filth was dealt with. A selection of pics to show what I was up against.











Work in Progress........



The side stand needed a paint, so I made a makeshift booth from an old beer box and got to it.







The exhaust was next in the cross hairs. It looked tired. I de-tarred it and then machine polished it with a green compounding pad and Belgom Alu. Then finished with some Peek metal polish on a microfibre.







The badge had seen better days.



I got some black and some red enamel paint and went over the badge with it.



Then used my Festool de-nibber to take off the excess, revealing the writing below, but leaving the colour.





No idea if it will last with the heat, but it looked much better. Fairing bolts were also Belgom Alu'd as I went.



Frame guard and swinging arm were also polished.



The plastic chain guards were thoroughly de-greased and then Black Wow'd



Rear wheel back in and things beginning to look shiny. Fairings back on and a final polish about to take place.















Now, the rear seat cover wasn't on as I was waiting for a standard black tail unit to arrive. It had been ordered on ebay at the beginning of the detail and eventually took 10 days to get to me. Still, it was duly polished and fitted for the final pics. I'd also spent a considerable amount of time on the chain at this point and most of the surface rust has gone. I also chose to use Sonax Polymer Netshield on the bike, just to give it a bit of protection.





















It was an epic transformation. Approx 30 hours in total I reckon. So many little bits and pieces to clean and nooks and crannies to get into. I was very happy with the results and the owner equally so.

To recap. From this



to this



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Old 12-06-2018, 04:56 PM   #2
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Great work mate! and a great write up. Thanks for sharing
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:02 PM   #3
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I cant explain how painful that was to see. Nice job though in the end. Especially good work considering Suzuki's finish in general is rubbish (i had a 2011 Gixer thou too)

I still wouldnt fancy ragging it without looking at the state of the bearings and linkages, specially the swing arm.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:14 PM   #5
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I still wouldn't fancy ragging it without looking at the state of the bearings and linkages, specially the swing arm.
Indeed. It's gone in this week for a proper once over.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:40 PM   #6
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Are the first and last photos of the same bike?
Amazing job!
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:45 PM   #7
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Stunning job - it looks incredible
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Great turnaround, top job
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:11 PM   #9
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Superb work!
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Impressive before and afters

Even more so that it "only" took 30 hours!

Well done!

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