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Old 07-22-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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2007 Aero Build

I've spent so many hours on this site that I've come down with a nasty case of the mod bug. This bug is never satisfied, no matter how much time I devote to it. So I am going to have some fun with my little pony.

Here was my bike the day I brought it home:





I rode it unmodified for nearly 6 months. It was my daily commuter and my long haul buddy.



It wasn't until I stumbled on this site that I realized the potential for modifications. I didn't want anything that any one else go out and buy. I wanted something for myself.

Here was my first attempt at a modification...



I took the front fender until I could decide the next step. For me, that was removing the rear fender and painting some parts. I used plastidip rubber coating on the chromed parts because I couldn't decide if I wanted to scuff the chrome to apply primer and paint.




I love the look of the bobber shadow's, but most people that go that route cut the rear frame rails off. I want to be able to convert it back to a 2-up when my wife is ready to ride again. (We just had a baby and we do not have a baby sitter) That is why I am saving the rails.

Next came the major overhaul. My wife took the baby to visit family for the weekend, so I had some free.

I started with the easy modification.



I pulled everything off the bike that I could think of. Air cleaner, tank, seat, and handlebars to get ready for the new parts and paint.

I painted the tank with white then black plastidip to create the stripe and I love the way it came out. Its durable and if I ever scuff it, I just respray that area. I would love to get a custom paint job, but I am a recent college grad and a new father. Money does not come easily
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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I test fit the trailer fender on the rear. It cost me $17 at the RV store compared to the $65 "motorcycle" specific one that I bought for my nighthawk.

I also picked up the seat and springs on ebay last week. Figuring out how to mount it was a little challenging.

I picked up a set of bars from my brother-in-law off of his Shadow 600.

At this point, I am still waiting for the new risers to come in so I can mount the handlebars. The stock bars are on so I can push it around.

Here is where I left it on Sunday.






















More to come after I get the risers. Maybe some white walls in the near future...
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:35 PM   #3
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It's looking good, I like how the tank turned out.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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That is one sweet looking Aero, the after the before part that is.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thank you!

I am a little nervous about the seat I have chosen. I'm taking this on a road trip to San Francisco on Friday (4 hour drive). I haven't ridden it with the new seat yet...
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:37 PM   #6
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One thought on your seat, I would suggest taller springs. It's going to feel like you're falling off the back of the bike otherwise, and you'll tire out much quicker.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:10 AM   #7
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It's looking good! like some of the ideas you used and have used some of them myself in the past like blacking out the can on the pipes... really liked that look. Agree with Martin on the seat springs, they will only sink more when you are sitting on them and you may feel like you are hanging off your bars. thought on your rear fender, I like the lines but with a couple of spacers from the hardware stores and some grinding to match the curve of the fender you could do away with that strap across the top
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the bike is looking nice
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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i do have one question seeing how your still running the shocks not struts isnt that fender going to rub. i have mine lowered by moving my upper shock mount moved forward so have less travel now and had to leave more clearance between my fender and tire than you do
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #10
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I got my risers last night. I immediately ran out to the garage to mount them. I had some M12 x 1.25 bolts from the last set of risers that I modified. The new risers were marketed as "2007 Honda shadow aero" black risers. I checked the threading on the risers and it did not match the bolt... I went to the hardware store to find a new bolt to match it. it was a 1/2" coarse thread that fit. I went home to go and mount them up only to find out that the new bolt will not fit through the triple tree now.

I decide to make one last trip to the hardware store to buy a 1/2" drill bit to widen the triple tree holes to fit the new bolt. $20 later, I go back to my house and find that it does not fit my drill. I grabbed my biggest bit, an 11/32, and decided to try and bore the hole out by running the drill up and down, around the hole. Poor decision. my drill head started to wobble and overheat.

I needed a break.

I went and shot some hoops for a while and then hopped on to ebay where I bought the risers. I was so angry that I had specifically purchased risers for MY bike and nothing was fitting. At the very bottom of the page it read, "May or may not require modification to fit your bike". DAMN IT!!!! That is the crappiest way to market parts. If it doesn't fit a 2007 Shadow aero, do not market it is a part for that bike!

I went to the store to take my mind off of the riser problem for a while. I stumbled on a 1/2" drill bit that would fit my drill and was 1/2 of the price from the other one. I came home and with the help of some gear oil in the hole, I was able to bore it out to fit the new bolts.

I got the risers mounted and DAMN they look good. I'm a taller guy so I wanted to be spread out. I'll get a picture of it in a little bit.
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