2003, with just under 13,000 km on the odometer.
I tore the motor down and replaced most of the bearings in the crankcase (crankshaft, balancer, input and output shaft bearings). All brand new valves, valve seals, and the valve seats were just done. Newish piston rings. Nearly new tires (MT43 front, D606 rear). New chain, front and rear sprockets. New manual cam chain tensioner (the bike came to me because the previous automatic tensioner appears to have failed). New throttle cables. New bearings in the rear wheel. New swing-arm pivot bearings. New pro-X gaskets used in the rebuild. Looking at my budget, I put about $1300 in parts into this bike.
The bike has a nice aftermarket FMF powercore muffler, sounds good, looks good, and saves a few pounds (and yes, is a bit louder than stock).
Kill / start switch. Kill switch doesn’t work. I have a replacement, but I still have to swap the wiring or the wiring connector. The exhaust header / heat shield is not mounted. The FMF pipe doesn’t have mount for the back of the heat shield. Given time I’ll build a fix. The front wheel needs balancing (I’m out of wheel weights), and to be honest, it has hit its share of rocks. I have new front brake pads on order. It occassionally dies when idling… starts right back up though… might be a leaking o-ring around the float valve seat.
The bike is surprisingly “un-molested” for a 17 year old bike. The exhaust and turn signals are about the only mods the (single) owner made. The carb has not been jetted, the airbox snorkel is still there, and the 3×3 mod has not been done. That is a mixed blessing, no-one botched any work. But these bikes are known to come running “lean” from the factory. There is a little popping/backfiring on deceleration, and an idle that can take a second or two to fully slow down.