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New bike for 2016
Old 02-12-2016, 04:25 PM   #1
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New bike for 2016

Hey guys. I've been gone for a while since I modded my last bike but I've been reading the forums on and off and I got the mod bug again. Sad to see this forum has lost some traction but I thought I should start a thread to try and get some action going. After all, most of my ideas and knowledge comes from this forum in the first place.

I felt like modding a "new" bike so I bought a 1989 VLX for cheap last spring and started planning it out. The bike only had about 7500 miles on it (12000km) in its 26 year life so It seemed like a nice bike to start with. I've gotten a bit of work done (mostly tear down and mockup) and the plans are getting more solid.

Last bike I went with tall Apes. This time I'm going with clip-ons. I wanted to mix things up a bit. I'm also going more all-in on everything. I will attempt to build my own exhaust. I already covered a seat pan from TJ Brutal Customs myself with a piece of my old leather jacket. I will tear the wheels apart and changing the front to a 17" rim laced to the stock hub (with a 140 WWW front tire) and get the rims and hubs powdercoated black. TJ Stacks and jet kit. 4 degree timing mod, clutch springs.

I have however noticed that it's getting closer and closer to riding season so my big plans of tearing everything down and getting the frame powdercoated black as well (it's blue now) may not be happening this winter because shit doesn't just happen, shit takes time. Same for painting the tank and rear (old front) fender. Just not enough time.

Right now I'm thinking I should take the fork lowers off and have them powdercoated together with the rims since I really want to rebuild the forks with new seals, bushings and progressive springs. It feels soft now and has a small leak. And if I do that I really want to shave the fender mounts off at the same time.

Well enought for now. Here's some pictures... Everybody likes pictures right?

When I got her:



After the first day in the garage:



Testing out clip ons, seat pan and new model side covers:



My first time covering a seatpan. Not perfect, but neither am I...



Made a custom bracket for smaller gauges:



Cut the frame, maybe it would have looked better if I cut an inch less, but It'll be good enough:



And now I took the wheels off to try and get them Powdercoated and relaced. New WWW tires are going on as well:



I'll keep you updated!
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Old 02-12-2016, 06:24 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:06 AM   #3
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That will be a real good looking bike, I'm loving the look with the clipons.
On another note, can you get the Black Widow tank decals ? I'm in the U.S. and the dealers out here won't even attempt to get a set for me. I was wondering if you could even get them in Sweden
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:03 AM   #4
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Thanks. Hope it'll look something like the bike in my head when it's done.

I don't think the Black Widow decals are available but I'm going to a swedish dealer next week to get the stuff to rebuild the forks so I'll ask. Your best bet would probably be to get a set of custom stickers made up if you really want them. I like them better than other Shadow stickers but I'd probably rather get rid of them alltogether with a repaint. But I never had a reason to since I like the gray color on that bike.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:26 PM   #5
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Well. I fucked up. I relied on internet intel and thought the vlx front wheel had 52 spokes like the rest of the shadow line and got a 17" rim and spokes for an ACE to relace. I'm almost ready to go to the powdercoater and het the hub and rims coated black but I thought hey, let's count the spokes just for fun... Well... There's 56 of them so that won't work. I feel so stupid for believing the site: http://www.vt600vlx.com/mods-and-info/rim-relace that clearly states: "you can also relace your stock rim to an Ace or Aero 17 inch front rim to gain access to that fat tire look". Well that might be right for 750s and other Shadows but NOT the vlx.

I could have just counted the spokes months ago and wouldn't be in this situation. But I suppose if it sounds too good to be true...

It would look soooo good with a fat front tire though so I have my 750 Spirit in the garage and I'm going there forst thing tomorrow to see if I can somehow switch front wheels on the bikes and get it working somehow. If anyone has done this, please tell me.

Well. Fuck me and goodnight. Keep you updated.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:09 PM   #6
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Keep your eyes open for a set of Cbr wheels, seen the swap done on a spirit , but not a bobbed Vlx
I think it would look sexxxy an hell

Just food for thought
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Old 02-22-2016, 08:47 PM   #7
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Holy fuck, I LOVE the stance of a VLX after that ugly part of the rear frame is chopped off. Looks SOOOOOO good.

And call me crazy, but I'm actually really digging that blue frame. I wish mine had been something other than black. Ugh. Ah well.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:18 PM   #8
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Yeah. The Vlx is a nice looking bike when you take the ugly off. I wish Honda had made the bigger bikes with monoshocks as well. I have been thinking about color on the frame. I actually don't like all black bikes but I can't decide on a color I like either. Maybe green. But I know I hate blue so that needs to go. And cbr wheels might be cool, but I really like spoke wheels.
I've been trying to figure out if I could get a 750 hub fit the vlx but it's too wide. Maybe if I cut down the wheel spacer and lost the speedo drive but I've given up on that for now. It would probably be easier to swap the entire fork, but then I'd have a wider fork that I don't like as much so maybe a custom rim and spokes would be the way to go. But for now I'll keep the stock 19" rim. I've torn it apart and is looking for a powdercoater that is willing to do a small, cheap and good job. I also had to order new spokes for it, and that will take about 2 weeks to get to me. This is taking a lot more time and money to get done than I was planning but there is still snow coming down so I might still make it before ridingseason.

On a good note. I sold a car and bought a welder for the cash. So now I can get started on exhaust and capping the rear of the frame.
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:14 AM   #9
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Nice thread. The 17" front wheel sound like a really nice switch that I need to start looking at! Would love to get away with the skinny large front wheel for something a bit bulkier..
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:14 PM   #10
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Hej GSBH. Fellow Swede! Love hour bike. Hope you don't mind that I'll use your exhaust for major inspiration on mine. It really is awesome. Yeah. The 17" fat front tire would look killer. Just don't do what I did and assume the internet is right. I think getting a custom made rim and spokes made up or swapping the forks for vt750 forks are the best bet to get it right. The aero/ace rim won't fit a vlx. If you find a way let me know.

Progress report: Tuesday I'll go to a friends work and sandblast the stock rims, hubs, lower forks and top tree. Wednesday I'll drop them off for powdercoat and hope they can squeese them in this week.

Today I got the rear shock off the bike to install a lowering kit. Top bolt wouldn't go out without force but I got it. Sadly I found out my spring compressor wouldn't fit so I'll have to make something up. Oh well. I got a week to get that done at least before wheels and fork are back. I also decided to put all the stock plastic stuff that holds the battery and electronics back in it instead of reinventing it all. Maybe next winter. Hope i kept all the parts I tore out months ago.
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