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Hey Riders,

My name is Sam. I recently moved to Roseburg, OR, from San Diego. I moved their for 6 years after I got out of the Marines. Probably the fastest 6 years of my life. Time just flies when big fun is being had,, or however the sayin' goes. In May, 2016 I came into some extra cash and decided to squander it on a 2012 ZX6R with 3K on the odometer.
I had it for almost 6 weeks, it was my second bike at the time. My other bike is a 2011 Yamaha V-Star 250. I owned and rode bikes my entire life. I started racing BMX as a kid and the rest is history. I am mentioning this because I do have time on two wheels and I have already been ran over on the interstate once, so I do respect the ride.
My accident wasn't a novice mistake, my accident was absolutely reckless and stupid on my behalf. It happened on a bright sunny day at around 2 pm. I was riding at about 20-25 mph through a residential neighborhood. I had just taken Xanex and then I got on my bike and went for a ride. As I was riding down the street I lost complete consciousness and rode into the back of a parked full body work trailer head first. It cracked my helmet and shattered 3 bones in my right hand. The bike took the same brunt.
I am now 35, so I was 32 at the time. I came home 4 years later after being deployed and I dealt hard with alcoholism. I drank for a good 5 years then cleaned up when I was 28. That's when I moved down to San Diego to get a fresh go at things. I don't recall who I got the Xanex from or even taking it. I just know that I was dumb enough to take it. My inability to recollect does not give me a free pass. They found Xanex in my system at the hospital. I got the details of the accident from the witness statements in the police report. I was in a comma for 4 days and spent 10 days in the hospital from the hit to the head I took. I unfortunately have lost a lot of memories from living in SD and from my past in general, including the memories of buying or riding the ZX6R before the accident. I am sharing this part of the build story because it may help another one of you riders in one way or another.
So now that I spilled the beans, I'm ready to knock out this build. When I got out of the hospital, my girlfriend took me in my truck to the tow yard to get this bike.. or whatever was left of it. After I got it back I gave it a thorough going over and compiled this list:
Bent front rim
Torn front brake cable
Bent front suspension
Shattered facia
Shattered headlights
Missing right rear view mirror
Broken left rear view mirror
Broken Wind Visor
Missing Rectifier
Destroyed horn
Destroyed radiator
Missing radiator overflow reservoir
Missing break fluid reservoir
Bent handle bars
Dented gas tank
Torn front seat
Torn rear seat
Destroyed both right side panels
Destroyed Rear Brake Lever
Destroyed Wiring Harness
Dented exhaust beyond repair
Cracked right side turn signal
Cracked right rear fairing
Cracked left rear fairing

But the good news was I had a strait frame and a solid motor.. and my back rim didn't get bent!! Once I realized the bike was totaled, I stuck it in the back of the garage for 6 months while I focused on physical rehab for my hand and cognitive testing for my brainer. It took about a year for me to pull the sheet off to start looking into parts again. My GF still loved the bike, and I already had $7,000 into so the thought of parting it just wasn't realistic.

I AM STOPPING FOR THE NIGHT. I WILL POST SOME PICTURES OF THE BEGINNING OF THE BUILD. I WILL CONTINUE THIS STORY TOMORROW NIGHT. KEEP IT RUBBER SIDE DOWN GUYS..
 

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Glad you're doing well with recovery. Plenty of mistakes made that you acknowledged and will change; I respect that. Might I suggest making this a track bike build? :D
 

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Thank you for your service, and very happy that you're on the mend. May I suggest that you contact the VA, in regard to your health as it stands now?

We'll be happy to follow the resurrection.

:worthless

Sounds like you have a good woman in your life, too.
 

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Thank you for your service and Good on you for sharing that man...I’m sure there are a lot of people that have done similar and may think twice now that they heard your story.

eBay, CL, and forums will be your best bet for finding parts for the bike. If you got paid from insurance (full coverage) then make this a track bike and buy another bike for the street. That’s what I did and it’s fun having two bikes!


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Story Continued..

Hey Riders,

Thank you for your comments. In regards to my mental health, I am just fine. This happened in May of 2016. It was a stupid mistake that I paid for and now have recovered from. I told my story so that others can see that it is ok to talk about and everyone deals with hurdles in their lives. So back to this build..
After it had sat for about a year, I started pricing parts then buying them once I committed to the build. I mentioned I still had a strait frame and motor, and after spending $7K after Cali taxes, I decided to not part for "pennies on the dollar." I priced the build at $2,300. I had to do everything myself and I also had to learn how to paint with pro results. I started by buying a used donor wiring harness. I had stripped or damaged 8 connections on the original harness so I fixed the original harness by cutting the connections I needed off of the donor harness, then used wiring connectors to attach the new connections to the original harness. I then wrapped the connections with electrical tape.
I ordered everything I needed off of EBay.com. I then installed the parts as they trickled in. My biggest purchase was the 12 piece ABS Plastic body kit. Most of the panels look identical to the stock ones, but since they are aftermarket they were advertised as a kit. So I will refer to them as the "kit." The panels came in a beautiful satin black with stock decals already installed. I laid them out in my living room then went to bed. When I woke up, Tricia's cat, had walked all over each one of them and scratched them. I had also walked out in the middle of the night and had stepped on the lower right side panel, cracking it. I was asleep and had forgotten I had laid them out. I laugh about it now but it was a bugger at the time.
In the end I repainted all of the panels satin black and applied all of my own custom decals. I also installed painted mesh grills behind all of the vents, grinding out the inner plastic. I then installed 16 strings of hidden multi-function LED neon lights throughout the bike. It lights up like a Christmas tree.. literally!! I graduated high-school the same year Fast&Furious came out so I built an Eclipse w a body kit. Paint, rims, lowering springs, neon lights.. yes neon lights.. because they are cool. They were then, and they are now.. SO BACK OFF!!
On the face of the bike, I wanted to do something completely original. So I took the front face piece that came with the body kit and reshaped it to add a completely new shape to the headlights. I wanted them to be tiny and clean. I new that if I didn't focus on everything looking "factory," which appears to look like something the factory could have built, that the bike would end up looking shit.

<<ILL BE BACK LATER TO CONTINUE THE STORY. I APPRECIATE YOU READING MY STORY AND ENJOY YOUR FEEDBACK. KEEP IT RUBBER SIDE DOWN GUYS..>>
 

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Man.. everyone builds a track bike. NO beef with track bikes.. How about a Japanese outlaw street racer show bike instead? Since it's a 2012 ZX6R, it has plenty of track credentials. So I don't really need to do anything in that department.
 

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Been out of town, so catching up.
First Hello.
Second thanks for your service.
Third, I've taken Xanex and never felt a thing. SO your in the same class as my wife, I say she has PURE mineral water running in her veins because just about any drug flat floors her.
Sure glad your still here to tell the tale.

Lastly, bike might have great track credentials. Question is do YOU.
If not your missing a whole lot of fun and learning. Look forward to your progress.
Seems you got the hang of painting. Looking good.
 

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Man.. everyone builds a track bike. NO beef with track bikes.. How about a Japanese outlaw street racer show bike instead? Since it's a 2012 ZX6R, it has plenty of track credentials. So I don't really need to do anything in that department.
If you have time this weekend, stop by either Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - West track - on Saturday for the www.drrotrackdays.com event, or on Sunday at Arizona Motorsports Park for the www.xceltrackdays.com event. If you are even considering trackdays these are your only two options in Phoenix (or AZ for that matter).
 

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Thank you service and protecting our country. Glad to hear you acknowledge what went wrong and it is always a learning curve. Take your time building it.
 
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