The time has come. That is, the weather in Finland is starting to get so crappy that I decided to park my VFR for the winter. I did some planning in https://vfrworld.com/threads/planning-a-refresh-rebuild-on-a-99.57347/ and got some good advice too and now I'm slowly starting the project. Slowly because we've got a toddler to look after and the winter in Finland is long so I have plenty of time The target is to get my VFR close to original goodness and also add in some improvements as I will be doing some part replacements and/or mods too along the way. As already discussed in the planning thread, this might result in changing out parts that still have service life left and spending more money than absolutely necessary to make the bike essentially 'too good' for my needs but frankly, I don't care. It's not that I have so much extra money to shovel around but I like also the tinkering side of motorcycling and I like to do things as well as I can, especially when it comes to safety (brakes) and handling. I'd much rather be a mediocre driver on a bike that's 'too good' than a mediocre driver on a bike that's crappy. There will be some changes to looks too just for vanity. Because I've babbled already too long without any pictures whatsoever, here's a few from last night as I just started stripping things off. Some of the previous owners have added an extra fuse box along with a wired intercom thingy and one slightly shoddy grounding point, a bolt + nut combination with 7 spacers in between through a hole in the subframe which didn't even have the paint scrubbed off. Might have contributed a bit of extra resistance in there. I'll have to fix some of the other wiring too. According to the prev owner the R/R is original but has the SH689DA been shipped originally for the 5th gens? I've heard the Motobatt batteries are of decent quality and this one is practically brand new so I'll be keeping it.