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 Post subject: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:24 am 
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Hi all

I'm relatively new here, a few posts here and there on the forum and I've never done a build thread before so I thought I'd start one off!

A few years ago I sold my last bike after a bit of time on the roads, starting off with my little Honda XR125, moving to a Bandit 600, GSX-R600 k4, GSX-R750 k4 (my favourite!) and then on to an SV1000 (awful!).

A picture of my 750 - regret every day that i sold this but needs must at the time!

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I then had a break from bikes and moved on to cars for a bit, the latest being a Honda Civic Type R where I found the love for Hondas again! It was used mainly for trackdays, and although it was great fun, it just didnt scratch the itch I was having to get back on two wheels!

This is her sitting in the pits ready to go at Croft, my local circuit!

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So after selling the Civic in October, I began seriously thinking about another bike. A 2 month old baby meant funds were a bit limited, so began looking at older sportsbikes, but they all look like buses IMO! Another option was a z750, but all the ones in my budget seemed like rusty commuter bikes with questionable build quality. I didnt want to go back to a Bandit as I found them a bit soft for my liking, and so I started looking at Hornets (Always wanted a Hornet when I was younger but budget and insurance meant I had to go for the Bandit :cry )

So after a month or so of looking, I found a Hornet about an hour away from me, below budget (allowing me to do some mods) and although she has 27,000 miles on, when the seller sent me pictures through I knew this was the bike for me. She was unbelievably clean, so I went with the cash and brought her home the same day as viewing her!

Here she is, my 1999 Hornet as I bought her, already with a screen, hugger, Remus can, a lowered seat (to be replaced) renthals and Oxford heated grips :)

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:28 am 
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First impressions were that a few things needed fettling, namely the lowered seat which was promptly swapped for a standard one with a member on here (Cheers Alan!).

Also the suspension was dangerously soggy, even though the rear shock was virtually new! So, these were my first mods:

Ohilns rear shock bought from here

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and some K-Tech 9.5n linear springs with 15w oil

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:18 pm 
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At the same time as deciding what springs to go for, I was keeping an eye open for a 17" front wheel.

I just didnt have the confidence in the 16" front, so decided to go for the 17" for stability as well as giving myself a wider range of tyres.

So this came up on ebay for an absolute steal:

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Wheel, tyre, discs, spindle and spacers - a direct straight swap!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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I also decided that as nice as the Remus can looked, it was just too quiet (fixed baffle).

So I bought the Staintunes can and link pipe from a member on here who happened to be local to me. He happened to be selling a K&N filter as well so bought this also.

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I'd never heard of Staintunes before, but the seller assured me it sounded great and it was in good nic. He wasnt wrong - the noise is unreal especially between 5-7000 RPM and howls all the way to the red line, whilst not being so loud I'll attract unwanted attention. The build quality is very impressive also!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:28 pm 
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So me and a friend fitted all of the above parts over the weekend and I went for a short run, as it was a bit frost and salty/wet.

It was my first ride on the hornet apart from bringing it home up the motorway, and even though I couldnt throw it around I'm very impressed so far!

Next up on the to-do list are the brakes - I have braided lines and sintered pads waiting to go on but she'll be tucked away until the better weather returns.

A quick (mucky!) picture from the weekend showing the new exhaust:

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Exhaust looks well I think!

Opinions welcome - more to come!!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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That pipe looks good


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:48 am 
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Thanks mate, I was more than happy with how it looks!

A small problem, when I bought the bike I noticed the throttle switchgear was a bit loose. No biggy I thought, just tighten up the screws.

Apparently not :cry

A previous owner has filed down the locating pin, and made an ar$e of drilling the renthals. Luckily I managed to get a hold of some cheap switchgear from eBay which only needs new screws (I can take these from my existing switchgear). Because the bars had been badly drilled, I bought some renthal ultra-lows as well, which were on the list anyway as the existing bars are very wide! A quick measure of them and I think they are the streetfighter bars, which arent for me.

Does anybody have any advice for drilling the renthals for the switchgear? Or is it just a case of careful measuring? Dont want to get it wrong!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Hi, I have fitted renthals many times and what works for me, (we all seem to have our own ways) is to put 1 or 2 winds of electrical tape around bar in approx place, hold ya switch gear in the required position and squeeze together, this should make an indentation in the tape of where to drill, also providing a good anti-slip surface to aid procission. the bars are suprisingly easy to drill with a nice sharp bit. hope this helps ! JB

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:29 pm 
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Thanks mate, I'm going to give the electricians tape a bash :)

I also have a few other modifications lined up/in mind:

1. Just got some tinting spray for the front screen - the screen is a nice shape but its a strange colour, like plastic that has been nicotine stained? So my plan is to try and tint this just to change the colour a bit, not fully black though.

2. New levers have just arrived. After seeing the quality of my friends ones, I ordered the cheap ones off ebay for £16 delivered; black with blue adjusters. Exactly the same as the Pazzo Racing ones I bough for £140 a few years ago which i fitted to my gsx-r 600. Even the machining marks on the levers themselves are there, they're an exact double apart from they dont have 'Pazzo' on them - I honestly think they're made in the same factory. I've heard the colour might rub off after a few years, but for the price of the Pazzos I can buy 10 pairs of ebay ones!

I therefore call them Spazzo levers, and will update the thread with pictures later for anyone who's actually reading this lol and who might be interested.

Few other mods in mind - new LED indicators, smaller plate, try and chop some excess plastic off the tail area, and a tail light mod.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:39 pm 
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:) I'm following it matey ! I also have a 1999 600 and I am in the middle of a complete makeover. I have also bobbed the tail, removed all and cropped right back, to create single seat. I'm nearing completion now. I'm in the middle of a tank respray, custom paint, will be 'army of darkness' a mixture of all types of demon/devils skulls coming out of an orange flamey darkness ! :evil I will post a couple pics when completed. I am so pleased with losing the back, it looks awsome bobbed, get ya grinder out and just do it :D Heres a wee photo of the work up to about 3 weeks ago, also sent saddle off for new leather, tan with yellow flames running accross it but wont get back til next week. Look forward to seeing your project progress ! keep us posted bud.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Hope ya managed to get your brake levers on :) ! I didnt pay a lot for mine either but they are from billet and the quality is also excellent, had no issue at all, been on approx a year as they were one of my first jobs, old ones were both snapped as bike was dropped by previous. I have since replace headlight too, back to a 8'' round and I now have SES control peddles and pegs, they make a huge difference, gear change is more positive and smooth, also no play in rear brake peddle at all. (braided lines are next on long list) Keep us posted with ya progress mate !! I like the end can :clap , I'm a fan of stainless and it has better lines and looks more sleek than your previous...
Wee shot of paintwork so far too:

Tank Not Yet Lacquered......

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Sorry, used wrong photo links :(

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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That paintwork is awesome mate! Where did you get it done? I don't think I have the balls just yet to completely chop the back end lol so for now smaller idicators and tail tidy will do until i decide what I want!

Haven't had a chance to work on the bike this weekend mate, hopefully one night this week!

Do you have a picture of the SES rearsets? I'm quite interested in them too! They bolt straight on and do they come with the switch so the rear brake light works?


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:27 pm 
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Nothing wrong with the tail tidy, give the bike a sweet lift, yeh small indicators are a must ! I have only used the SES levers and linkage, I adapted my original hornet sets to take them, so i have both brand new SES brackets sat in my shed, you are more than welcome to them...don't want any dosh, I fitted them complete at first but found they were too high for me, i like the slightly lower peg position, must be my age :( even though i'm a young 45 (well, like to think so) i do suffer from the odd cramp up and i have metal in both feet. yeh they go straight on, no switch, so purchased a pressure switch, they are a lot better than the old rod & spring anyway.
Send me ya address & i'll post them SES set brackets out to you, i'd be more than happy to see some one get use from them. All you'll need then is the pedals etc..*you must turn your brake cylinder through 180 degs though, easy enough* see in photo !
I'm doing the paint myself, i love to tinker, just masked up for final stage before the lacquer goes on, cant wait :D
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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Some serious skills there with the painting! pop some photos up once its finished!

Very kind of you to offer the brackets too mate :) I'll send you a PM!


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Ok bud, no worries. I'll post more photo's later, cheers !

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:47 am 
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So I finally managed to get round to doing some bits to the bike! Dropped the oil and took out the plugs and replaced with new. The ones that were in weren't actually too bad, but as the bike was new to me its always nice to make sure. Also cleaned & oiled the K&N and fitted that, along with a new oil filter.

I went to put my Renthal Ultra Lows on, to find I already have some fitted! So fitted my new switchgear, which solved the problem of the throttle not clamping down to the bars as these ones have the locating pin intact - so happy days!

I also fitted my new Spazzo levers - took 5 minutes and I think they are brilliant. Fitted my new mirrors also - won them on ebay for a cheeky £10 delivered and they're aluminium not plastic, so again very happy with that!

Finally, got myself some new tyres. I went for Pilot Power 2CT's as I ran them on my GSX-R's and have so much confidence in them.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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The next day (Easter Sunday) I went for my first proper ride out on it. From my house, up through Rothbury and up over the border stopping at Carter Bar for a cuppa and bacon sarnie, then down to Kielder and back home.

At Kielder the old girl seemed to attract a couple of fans - of all the nice modern bikes parked up there were a some people who came and looked at mine!

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The weather was fantastic, and the tyres were nicely scrubbed in before hitting the twisties from Kielder back to Otterburn. Have to say the suspension mods and tyres have transformed the bike. When doing the service I rotated the Renthals back a bit for a more aggressive position and its worked wonders, while still being soooo comfortable!

Coming back into Alnwick where I live I had to flick on to reserve, 115 miles which I though was quite good. Gave her a wash to get the bugs off - really finding the love for her now:

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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
 Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:59 am 
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I have a few more mods still to do - LED indicators & flasher relay, and tail tidy with new plate. A new screen may be required (tried tinting the old one - lets not go there... :rollin ) - I quite like Puig Raptor so will see.

Also I think my chain is stretched to hell so a new one will be on its way once funds allow, along with a -1 front sprocket (for now!).

Brakes are still to do and are next on the list as I have the parts sitting there - just trying to find time.

Finally, still need to figure out the footpegs as they're very low and I was riding around waiting for it to deck out, but all in good time :)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Sounds like the Hornet is already working its magic on you :)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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bud wrote:
Sounds like the Hornet is already working its magic on you :)


It really is! Shame this weekend has been crap :(


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 Post subject: Re: My 1999 Hornet 600
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Fitted my new indicators and flasher relay over the weekend then went out for a run - amazing how something as small as that can freshen up a bike. Will upload pictures when I get round to taking some.

Had another good run out on bank holiday Monday, until 70 miles from home I realised my LHS brake caliper was moving side-to-side by crazy amounts. Caliper was all tight but was sliding on the pins. Got home and inspected is and its beyond warped - it was a second hand wheel so I think someone may have done the old 'forgot the disc lock was on and rode away' trick.

So now looking for new discs which aren't cheap, as I was saving my money for my Scotland trip next month! Think I'm going to settle on Armstrong discs, unless anyone has some discs for a 17" wheel lying around they dont need... :angel


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