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Just 3 low res camera phone pics for now. Observations for now:

All the parts of the JVB kit generally speaking fitted quite well aside from some messing around with getting all the wiring, clutch and brakes lines tucked in behind the new, much smaller headlight.

The radiator was a bit of a pain to remove, paint and refit. Getting the high temp paint to stay on the radiator was interesting and took multiple attemps......

Sourcing the Arrow exhaust was a bit pot luck as they don't list this style for the XSR700. It's a combo of a manifold (Yamaha Tracer) and MT07 end can and bracket which had to be redrilled to hang off the rear pillion mounts.

The headlight paint required several attempts to get right too with every try ending up in a dull matt finish. In the end I finished it off with professional clear gloss lacquer and it came out great, shinier than new.

I should be getting some better pics soon once the bike is properly detailed.
 

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Just remembered some other things:

For anyone thinking of fitting an aftermarket exhaust: if you remove the cat AND the exhaust baffle it will run lean and you will lose power (even if it does sound amazing).
For now I've refitted the exhaust baffle and it runs great but I will be removing it and getting it remapped as soon as I can find the right tuner in Kent to do it.

The original OEM headlight, seat, rear light, front and rear mudguards, indicators, handlebars, mirrors, foot pegs and full exhaust system weigh a ton! When I placed all the parts in a box I couldn't believe how much they weighed compared to exactly the same size crate with ALL my replacement new parts in. I would hazard the difference is around 10 kg's. My bike certainly feels a lot, lot lighter now and to be honest it didn't feel heavy in the 1st place. It's now light enough so that when I fit my nobbly Continental tyres I might actually use it to do some cross country laps around my farm rather than just for posing. :)
 

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Hi Steve,

This bike sounds great, pics don't work?

Can't wait to see it.

Interesting point re all the weight savings. I now have a bonkers idea for a trip to the attic to round up all the OEM parts and put them on the scales. :D
 

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warning - never use google photos if you ever want to share images on forums.......super convoluted pain the backside!
 

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I like it..Looks pretty stripped back from the original..I really like the headlight it really cleans the front end up.

Also like your house now that's cool!
 

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Yeah this bike is cool. Definitely an interesting take on the forest green. I like the brown seat. Any further mods planned?

The house in the background is spectacular. I don't suppose you've an exige tucked away somewhere?
 

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Stevo, your bike is close to how mine will look in my head when I've finished with it, looks great!

Where did you get the seat? It looks perfect. I've thought about the brown seat/bar grip combo and thought it would look fine with the green tank, you've just proved I'm not wrong. Love it!

One thing that would annoy me is the throttle cable arcing up like that. Is it possible to shorten?
 

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I don't suppose you've an exige tucked away somewhere?
OK that's spooky! I don't have an exige anymore but I've had 2 before (a laser blue series 2 supercharged) and then a 2010 burnt orange one - same model). Guessing you used to have one and was on the forums too?
 

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Stevo, your bike is close to how mine will look in my head when I've finished with it, looks great!

Where did you get the seat? It looks perfect. I've thought about the brown seat/bar grip combo and thought it would look fine with the green tank, you've just proved I'm not wrong. Love it!

One thing that would annoy me is the throttle cable arcing up like that. Is it possible to shorten?
The seat is my own design and was made by Viking seats in Kent. Their work is exceptional - they let me take away samples of over 25 browns - both leather and vinyl so that I could colour match it to my Biltwell brown grips. I also paid a bit more for a gel layer on top of 2 different density foams. It's much comfier than the original seat which used to give me some pain after an hours riding.

As for the throttle cable I tried my best to run it the same as OEM but due to my new lower handle bars the excess throttle cable has no where to go. If I don't arc it up it makes the throttle stick wide open - not good.

Finally - thanks all for the comments on my house. It's been a fair few years of hard slog working with Sevenoaks council to get planning permission and then of course building it. My wifes the architect so I'll pass on your kind words (she laughed when I told her there were as many comments on the house as my bike.......on the XSR700 forum!)
 

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I don't suppose you've an exige tucked away somewhere?
OK that's spooky! I don't have an exige anymore but I've had 2 before (a laser blue series 2 supercharged) and then a 2010 burnt orange one - same model). Guessing you used to have one and was on the forums too?
Bike is sounding great. Exige is on the list of cars ive been drooling over ever since project gotham racing on the original xbox. Asked the question based on your username.
 

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Bike is sounding great. Exige is on the list of cars ive been drooling over ever since project gotham racing on the original xbox. Asked the question based on your username.
Same here but man do they cost a lot. My poor mans version of that will be a V8 Miata which although no where near as nice or fun as an Exige, it still offers a level of performance and balance that is hard too find.

Prime example here:

 
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