So I bought this bike my first year outta high school. Saved up 800 bucks over summer, picked her up off of craigslist, and had my first bike of my own (had been riding my dads old KZ since I was 15).
It ran but was in shitty condition. The dumbfuck who owned it before me had no business being on anything
with two wheels. It showed obvious signs of being laid over on both sides, mainly that all but one of the turn signals were being held on by duct tape, and the infamous left side cover was missing. He left the poor thing in his side yard, in the elements, so the tires were all checked and crap... but hey, I had 800 bucks burning a hole in my pocket, and I saw the possibilities.
So I got it *safe* to ride, and since I just blew all my money on a purchase that I shoulda haggled down to 500 (not shitting you, it was that bad), I rode it like it was. Slightly bent handlebars and all. And for a couple years, that was ok cause I had no money. Damned cigarettes...
Then the wiring harness shorted out (8 months ago). I didnt ride for 6 months while my buddy worked on it, I'm all thumbs when it comes to wiring problems. Got it back 3 months ago, and rode for 10 hours straight, I kid you not.
Then I decided to make it something to be proud of. Swapped the stock cruiser bars for a European set, made a vacuum forming machine and made some new side covers for the thing, and replaced the huge stock signals with chepo lo-profile ones. Now I'm giving her a new (half-assed) paintjob.
Ill update with pics when its back together, also I'm gonna redo the seat soon. Mad Tailor's "From Stock to Custom Seat" thread is gonna be a huge help there. Also coming soon are customized ammo can saddlebags (gonna reshape the bottom edges of the cans).
When winter rolls around, I plan to:
-do the pod filter/airbox mod
-lower the tail with smaller shocks
-get/make a new fender
-get/make a nice passenger seat
-do away with the idiot lights and tach
and other stuff I can't think of at the moment.
Oh and so you can get an idea of what I'm going for, I'm thinking kinda bobber style, but with a passenger seat for the bitches and some sidebags cause I wanna be able to take trips without needing a backpack.