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May 4th 2016, 03:44 PM   #1
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
'14 Triumph Street Triple R Painting/Rebuild/etc.

Sooooo last week (Tuesday) I had a stupid crash after goosing the throttle while leaned over - back end started sliding and came around, caught, and chucked me and the bike down the road a ways. Was probably going about 25-30mph, but it did enough damage I couldn't ride the bike home.

I faired pretty well, with only a couple road rash spots on my knee, elbow, and hip. I was wearing an Icon textile jacket, kevlar jeans (no padding), and some random leather boots (not riding boots). Gloves and helmet, too, of course. Hip rash already healed, elbow and knee were a bit deeper but are well on their way. As a skateboarder, I know all about road rash and how to care for it so we're all good there.

The bike, however, did not fair as well... All damage done to right side of bike.
  • Handlebars snapped right next to throttle
  • Right turn signal mangled
  • Right mirror glass disappeared (cheap ebay mirrors, anyway)
  • CRG RC2 Brake lever curly-q'd as well as bent upwards such that the adjustment system is totally ruined
  • Right peg snapped in half, and the rearset cracked a little at one of the two mounting points
  • SC Project GP M2 exhaust titanium tube bent a little and carbon fiber can cracked :'(
  • Pillion arm scratched a bit, meh whatever
  • Black fairing up front scratched a bit
  • Front axle slider ground down a bit
  • OEM Triumph frame slider ground down a bit
  • One of the GB racing engine covers (timing cover?) scratched a tiny bit

All in all, nothing all that serious, it just adds up. The exhaust is the worst of it - I loved the look of that damn thing.

Anyway, while I was repairing it, I figured "what the hell, I'll finally do the repainting I've been meaning to do." So, I dropped a bunch of metal parts off at a powder coater (Portland Powder) this morning and will be giving the plastics to a buddy of mine to paint once he gets back from vacation. He is a spraypaint guru, and uses stencils he makes out of stockings and other random objects to give his art crazy textures. For example, here's an aerodynamic downhill skate helmet he did for me a couple years back:

Note the color way... I was hit by a truck during an outlaw downhill skate race in 2009, breaking my femur, fracturing a rib which punctured a lung, among other injuries. I was wearing leathers and a full face, but even the best protective gear can't keep you from breaking bones. I fully recovered in 9 months but vowed to be the brightest mofo on the track forever after and thus went with traffic cone orange and bright green. Photographers hate my suit - you try white balancing that . The colors I've chosen for the bike, of course, follow this same pattern.

Here's a mockup of what I'm going for - the green is brighter here than what I'll be doing, it was just hard to get it to look how I wanted in photoshop cuz the parts started off black. Hopefully they'll be a dark enough green that they look black except when in proper lighting (kind of like the dark green you see on a lot of Volvos). Also note that this image is missing the flyscreen and bellypan, which will probably both be orange.

Powder coating green:
  • rearsets
  • pillion arms
Powder coating orange:
  • Rear subframe
  • Heel guards
  • Pegs, passenger and rider
  • Shifter
  • Rear brake lever

And the rest will be painted. Parts were dropped off at powder coating place today (Portland Powder) and should be ready in 2-3 weeks.

Other replacement parts, destroying my already weeping bank account (I just HAD to crash when closing on a new house...):
  • Exhaust - Two Brothers Racing S1R Black edition
  • Bars - Rizoma Conical Tapered
  • Pegs - MFW Vario with 22m offset arms

I also need some new bar ends (have been using the CRG mirror bar ends but not the CRG mirrors...) and turn signals, but I'm going to be moving the turn signals away from their stock location cuz they just get crushed when the bike is dropped or crashed, probably up to the front forks. Need to mock up some mounts for that and probably extend the wires.

For now, that'll be it. Eventually I'll get a radiator guard as well, and probably swap out my hoses for a matching set of Samco hoses. Maybe also powder coat the other silver colored bits, like the triple clamps, bar mounts, and exhaust protector (though that can barely be seen with the belly pan on). Money will prevent me from doing some of those for a while...

I'll update this thread with pictures as it all comes along - got a bunch of pictures of the bike torn down right now that I'll throw up in a bit.
May 4th 2016, 03:59 PM   #2
 Runnerb0y's Avatar
  Apr 2016
  Hood River, OR

  2012 Kawasaki Concours
Sorry to hear about the crash and the damage to the bike. Glad to hear you're okay.

Can't wait to see the images you'll be coming up with. I like the sound of what you've described so far. Please update this as often as you can!

May 4th 2016, 04:00 PM   #3
 DGA's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  An Ape and a Husky
Daaaaang, sorry to hear about the spill, but I'm glad that you are relatively OK. Learning not to add lean angle while adding more throttle is one of those things most learn after a spill like that one.
May 5th 2016, 03:42 PM   #4
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Okie dokie, some pictures...

This is more or less how it looked up until the crash:

Nothing too special had been done to it - SC Project GP M2 exhaust, frame sliders, GB racing engine covers, some eBay mirrors, CRG RC2 shorty levers, R&G tail tidy... And some minor electrical work to get 2 USB ports up front and heated grips. Arrow map on the ECU to go with the exhaust upgrade, and I also pulled out the crappy screen in the air intake and made my own:

The original "filter" there was a big chunk of plastic that did a fantastic job of blocking everything from coming in, including air. Gotta love the silly crap manufacturers do to bring down emissions.

Anyway, the aftermath: I did a pretty terrible job of documenting this, and my phone camera is all messed up, so, sorry for the lack of quality...
Fairing, turn signal, frame slider:

Timing cover?

Axle slider:

Handlebars snapped:

CRG RC2 lever clearly totaled:

Cheapo ebay mirror:

CRG bar end (used to have the bar end mirrors but didn't like them on the bike, never replaced the bar ends):

And the saddest part of all of it... the exhaust...

Cracked carbon fiber:

It can't be re-bent bank into shape, and thus will always run into my swingarm. RIP, beautifully handcrafted titanium and carbon fiber exhaust...

Pictures of the tear down coming up next... though to be honest, I kinda tore it all apart and then realized "hmm, maybe I should've been taking pictures along the way. Oh well."
Jun 9th 2016, 11:12 AM   #5
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Feels like this bike has been sitting in my garage in pieces forever. Thankfully, Portland Powder finally came through after ~4 weeks and the parts look fantastic. Sadly, life circumstances have kept me from having the time to reassemble the sucker and will continue to do so for at least another 10 days, but at least I have the parts in hand.

Note: two pieces are missing from the picture - right side rearset and heel guard. They're at a buddies place being used for color matching as he paints the plastics.

I can't wait to see it all come together.

The parts (except the aforementioned rearset/healguard):

A little closer.

Close enough yet?

They really did a fan-f*ckin-tastic job of powdercoating these. The large subframe pieces got three coats because they weren't satisfied with how they looked after two. Tons of masking on all these parts so it was a lot of work for them, and I really appreciate their attention to detail. Some masking could've been done a little better but it's minor and won't be seen once assembled anyway.

Trying to get a good photo of the contrast between the two colors is difficult
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Jun 9th 2016, 11:43 AM   #6
 JEEM's Avatar
  Jun 2016

  2012 Triumph Speed Triple
Parts look good!
Jun 11th 2016, 11:48 PM   #7
 TyR6's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Vancouver, WA

  2011 R6, 2015 YZ250FX, 2017 FZ-10, 2018 FS450
I used Portland Powder for my 1996 YZ250 frame when I did a complete tear down and rebuild. They did a fantastic job for me back in 2006 as well. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Jun 12th 2016, 01:08 PM   #8
 mgfchapin's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 Daytona 675R
Very unique, I like the orange PC. Nice twist on the R's red subframe. Almost done with my Daytona, swapped the subframe for a gray one since it would've been too much color with the fairings.
Jun 22nd 2016, 10:10 AM   #9
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
And so it begins. Should be picking up the plastics tonight, hope to finish by the weekend - everything went pretty smoothly, other than forgetting which way the license plate bracket screws go in and then also forgetting the spacers for those screws... 3rd times a charm on that one...

Few other things I need to do besides just reassembling the thing:
1. Wheel rims - they currently have a red stripe around the edge... Luckily, I bought some orange tape for this a while back so it shouldn't take long to get it matching again.
2. Fuel tank - I added some vinyl to the front of it a while ago to protect it from rocks and whatnot, but did a mediocre job of it and the vinyl lifted in a few places, gathering dirt/dust. I need to redo this.
3. Bar ends - need to figure out what kind of bar ends I'm going to use
4. Front turn signals - one was smooshed in the crash, I've been toying with the idea of moving the turn signals to the forks but need a way to mount em... and also need the actual turn signals. The electrical engineer in me wants to get fancy and do some LED shit, but the motorcyclist in me just wants to ride the damn thing. I'll probably just go with some cheapo turn signals in the regular location for now and upgrade later.
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Edited by wooden on Jun 22nd 2016 at 10:17 AM
Jun 22nd 2016, 10:24 AM   #10
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
This is going to look great, I'm really looking forward to seeing pics of the end product!
Jun 22nd 2016, 08:17 PM   #11
 Pigs's Avatar
  Jan 2016

If you wanted an orange bike, should have just gotten a ktm

Can't wait to see it all put together!
Jun 23rd 2016, 08:12 AM   #12
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
@Pigs Haha but then I'd be paying outrageous prices for parts and whatnot! But seriously, I'd love a KTM someday, it just ain't in the cards right now. Besides, there aren't many (any?) orange Street Triples out there other than the older models that came in orange!

Anyway, picked up the painted parts from my buddy Skip "Turnco" yesterday. He couldn't paint the engine covers for fear of the paint not sticking, so they'll remain black. Everything else got the Turnco treatment. Most of Skip's work is on skateboards and helmets - this is the first time he's done any automotive parts. He works with spray paint and odd stencils, often using things like fishnet stockings to get funky patterns. For this, he went with a sort of water-streaking vibe and kept it simple so the bike won't be crazy flashy.

All the parts:

Little closer on the side panels:

And the weird vent things mounted (had barely enough time to get these and the airbox back on last night):

I'm friggin hyped on how this is turning out. Need to order matching levers now...

Edited by wooden on Jun 23rd 2016 at 08:17 AM
Jun 24th 2016, 09:23 AM   #13
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
I'm getting there... ordered some orange brake/clutch levers yesterday, too.

I'll get some better pictures tomorrow once I get some time to mount the handlebars and whatnot.
Jun 25th 2016, 05:05 PM   #14
 wooden's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
All good to go! That exhaust is loud as fuck, need to get the baffle.

Waiting on some new levers, need new bar ends and a turn signal and it will be as good as new!

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