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!