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Old 05-01-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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My Build Thread

Now that I'm on a REAL forum for our bikes, I'll be keeping this build thread up to date as I progress.

This is my bike, Roxy, [almost] as I got her. 1986 Shadow, 20,500 miles. I paid $400 because there were issues with the front brakes. My fiance went with me to look at the bike and after several minutes she pulled me aside and said "you're buying this bike." Ok!



After getting her home and disassembling the brakes, I found the previous owner had ground the pads all the way down to the metal. A new set of pads and change of fluids and she was back on the road.



I drove her like that for a few months. The bike was reliable, fun, and inexpensive to ride. Even as the weather turned ugly here in Colorado, I still took every chance I had to spend time with Roxy.

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Old 05-01-2014, 06:15 PM   #2
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Then the customization bug hit. Roxy looked decent in pictures, as long as they were taken from far away. Up close it was evident the owner did the crappiest, most rushed paint job in the history of spray paint. Evidently he had never heard of masking tape because the cheap paint covered EVERYTHING.

I started sanding down to metal. Unfortunately, underneath the crappy black paint was a GORGEOUS silver and blue two-tone that he had ruined.

I decided to go a different route altogether. After a quick order online,I received a pound of candy red powdercoat. On the front fender I laid down a couple coats of chrome, followed by 5 or 6 of the red, and was very pleased with the results!



So I continued onto the rear, which took quite a bit more work to prep but came out great.



I discovered the oven would BARELY fit the gas tank, but I'll have to wait until the bike will be down for a while. Right now I'm having too much fun riding her to deal with that.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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When the bike was parked in my garage, I always left the keys in the ignition. After all, if someone were to gain access to my house, there are far more valuable items that would be much easier to take. A few weeks ago, they disappeared under... suspicious circumstances. Of course I didn't have a spare so I loaded it up on the carrier for the back of my truck to go to the locksmith. On the way there, disaster struck.

I hit one of the crater-like potholes here in Colorado Springs and one of the straps broke. I was able to slow down to <5 mph, only to see the bike come crashing down into a parking lot I pulled into.

Most of the damage was cosmetic, but the taillight was smashed, and the shift rod shattered, leaving it in gear. Replacing both items was on my list already, this just pushed up their priority level.

The new shift rod (left) compared to old. I can't believe the JB Weld from the previous owner didn't hold.



The new LED taillight looks great and works even better! Also note the homebuilt license plate holder.

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Old 05-01-2014, 06:19 PM   #4
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Within three days, the bike was miraculously roadworthy again. On to more customization!

While great around town, I'd like to be able to ride Roxy for longer distances. I had the idea to make a luggage rack for a duffel bag and supplies, but it had to be easily removable for when the loving wife needs a lift. After all, she was the one that gave me the go ahead to get the bike to begin with!

After disassembling and repairing the rear seat lock, I drew up a sheetmetal pan that could be used to replace the rear seat for longer rides. It clicks into the front seat hole and rear seat lock, just as the original rear seat does. I bent two hoops of 1" tube and welded them together, then welded them to the pan using tubular risers.



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Old 05-01-2014, 06:22 PM   #5
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One item that I never cared for on this bike is the handlebars. I switch them to more modern drag bars and the change in appearance is dramatic. The steering is a little heavier at speeds under 15 mph but after that control is greatly increased. These are the only parts so far that have gone on the bike and I haven't modified.

While I was at it, I repaired a lot of the wiring in the handlebar controls.



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Old 05-01-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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good deal man keep up the work
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
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X2. That sucks about the strap breaking. Whats on the list of to do's
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #8
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X2. That sucks about the strap breaking. Whats on the list of to do's
Thanks guys. Next on the to do list is find a way to clean up/get rid of the gauges. They got pretty smashed up when the bike fell and they're ugly as hell. (Search noob!! Beat you assholes to it).

Another thing that's pissing my off is the Harley "Made in the USA" air cleaner cover the PO put on. See the irony in that?? I'm thinking CNC milled with some logo would be sweet.

And then I'm going to ride the piss out of it until I find something else I want to change.

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Old 05-02-2014, 06:10 PM   #9
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I got rid of mine. I'm using a mini speedometer.

I moved all my switches off the bars to toggles and a momentary start button. Its relocated to the side covers. I moved my fuse box too and used that spot for indicator lights. i made a panel for them. It really cleaned it up.

The water temp gauge is gone now. It broke a week after I got. Ebay shit. You get what you pay for..lol I'm getting a radiator cap with a built in mechanical temp gauge and I wired my fan to a toggle.

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Old 05-03-2014, 02:00 PM   #10
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I got rid of mine. I'm using a mini speedometer.

I moved all my switches off the bars to toggles and a momentary start button. Its relocated to the side covers. I moved my fuse box too and used that spot for indicator lights. i made a panel for them. It really cleaned it up.

The water temp gauge is gone now. It broke a week after I got. Ebay shit. You get what you pay for..lol I'm getting a radiator cap with a built in mechanical temp gauge and I wired my fan to a toggle.
I'd seen your setup and I like the classic speedo look. It'd be easy enough to get a matching tach to go with it. I was also looking at the Acewell meters so that I could get rid of the dummy lights altogether but I haven't found anywhere that's not sold out.

By the way, love the whitewalls on your old bike.
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