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Old 11-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #16
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Mirrors - these came (in black) on the Softie, and I was impressed enough to get some chrome one for the V-Rod, not fitted yet, waiting for the indicators:



Don't you guys have indicators lit as running lights? In that case, tes, I see what you mean. As a way of cleaning up the front end so there are, to the casual observer, no indicators, I like these. Theye would only be lit when signalling a turn:



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I like all the ideas highlighted above, HATE the LED blinkers that wrap the forks, look like a Glow stick at a rave and anything with the NEss name on it is usually way too gaudy for me.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:32 PM   #17
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Mirrors - these came (in black) on the Softie, and I was impressed enough to get some chrome one for the V-Rod, not fitted yet, waiting for the indicators:



Don't you guys have indicators lit as running lights? In that case, tes, I see what you mean. As a way of cleaning up the front end so there are, to the casual observer, no indicators, I like these. Theye would only be lit when signalling a turn:

I just despise those Bracelet lights almost as much as those Horrid tiny rear indicators people put on their upper shocks that look so out of place because a huge rear wheel is usually placed between them.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #18
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Where's the fun in that?

Anyway, while I love their stuff, the first thing they invariably do with a V-Rod is shove a 300 tyre in it, which you will note is, like lowering, missing from my list.

If I wanted a lawn ornament, I'd get a gnome...
The fun is riding the bike, not building it. I dont have time to turn wrenches anymore.

I like the 300 look, but you could always tell them not to if you so desired. Actually only a small % of the bikes they build have 300s.

This is just beautiful to me



These are simple, stock swingarm and wheels



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Old 11-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #19
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The fun is riding the bike, not building it. I dont have time to turn wrenches anymore.

I like the 300 look, but you could always tell them not to if you so desired. Actually only a small % of the bikes they build have 300s.

This is just beautiful to me

Thats a Goddamned Beautiful thing!
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #20
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My ideal V-Rod:

Start with an 08 VRSCAW with ABS.
painted gun metal blue frame and tins, with very suttle tribal design engine black and crome
big bore with turbo and cams

Get some unsprung weight off:

Muscle wheels, Galfer rotors, Metz tyres
Probably some matching Hardcore rims and rotors with PM Calipers

Get some ordinary weight off
[Single sided swing arm ]
Lithium batteries,
Fix the suspension:

Arnotts on the rear and the cartridge emulators on the front.

Bodywork:

Make up a new short rear fender rear in steel with LED lights underneath and a plate, chrome the airbox cover, fender, new tail etc. Fit a spoiler type shroud and DX nose cone in gloss black.
remove inner fender and cut frame to hug 260 rear tire, move TSS for custom solo seat, no need for the rear pegs either
Bars and controls:
Pull back risers with swept back drag bars, digital guages prerably in the mirrors, short rear over 260mm, 21" up front wrap in long tire hugging fender


Fit Burleigh bars, and chrome out controls. Slotted levers and foot conrols. Arlen ness lipstick mirrors, and around fork LED blinkers.

Exhaust / tuner:

PC Vision and autotune with Akrapovic exhaust. If I wanted to go further, TTS supercharger.

Bits I added as I thought of them:

GRC seat, V-Gauge, back stop.

What have I missed? Please don't suggest lowering it! I'm sort of half way to this with my 07, but I've taken some different routes with which I am now stuck.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:01 PM   #21
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From scratch I'd want the outcome to be somewhere between this



and this

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #22
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #23
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Shave as much weight as possible

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Diet, diet, diet, diet, diet for the bike.
  1. I would use 2008 D/ABS or later model DX/ABS and put mid controls on it. Whichever weighs less to begin with.
  2. Take as much rake out of the Triple trees as possible.
  3. Definitely go with Kawi ZX-10R forks and wheels & petal brake discs. Figure out how to use the ABS wheels. Compensate ride height for change in front wheel size.Swap out rear shocks for taller lightweight performance shocks. Overall raise the lower frame rails about two to three inches to increase lean angle.
  4. Investigate whether or not you can take weight out off the engine by remaking engine covers in carbon fiber.
  5. Carbon fiber fenders, aluminum airbox painted flat black.
  6. Lighten rear inner fender as much as possible
  7. Lithium battery (have one now)
  8. Ceramic coated Akrapovic pipes
  9. 1/2" crank offset,
  10. stage two cams,
  11. CNC heads,
  12. trask turbo,
  13. 50hp Nitrous shot,
  14. PCV Autotune
  15. Lightweight wide dirtbike handle bars, (anodized black).
  16. Sportbike Brake and Clutch reservoirs, braided stainless steel lines
  17. Eliminate every pound robbing superfluous piece of metal on the bike. Replace Steel frame downtubes with a lighter alloy either chrome molly or titanium or aluminum. Same with kickstand.
  18. Replace every steel bracket possibly with titanium or aluminum, stuff like headlight brackets, cowl brackets, etc, etc.
  19. Replace all foot pegs with sportbike aluminum foot pegs.
  20. Get rid of the the radiator & oil cooler covers.
  21. Examine every piece of metal on the bike to see how it can be lightened.

Maybe this bike would weigh in at 500 to 540lbs? Just a SWAG.

I lament that I have the very desirable two tone, 100th Anniversary edition bike and will not bastardize my future collectible to make these changes. Cam with the optional chrome engine kit and I added boat anchor reactor wheels. (LMFAO)

My bike feels like my 2002 CBR with a 140lb chick on the back from an acceleration perspective. It tops out at 120.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:46 PM   #24
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From scratch I'd want the outcome to be somewhere between this



and this

that would be one ugly sombitch,
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ernie 82 Im with you spot on I would do exactly the same in fact I might if someone buys my bike when its finished...
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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oh OZ ..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:13 AM   #27
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This is just beautiful to me


Absolutely perfect.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:49 AM   #28
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Yes I know their work well. Vambo can have a fit now because they are doing a Diavel. The 300 based one is nice, but would be horrid to ride and ruinously expensive with it. The other two are fine, but nothing people on here don't do regularly...

All this heavy modding makes the bikes worse, not better, so the fun is in the designing and wrenching, not the riding. If you just want to enjoy the riding, get a stock bike, change the pipe, fit a tuner and Arnotts, job done.

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The fun is riding the bike, not building it. I dont have time to turn wrenches anymore.

I like the 300 look, but you could always tell them not to if you so desired. Actually only a small % of the bikes they build have 300s.

This is just beautiful to me



These are simple, stock swingarm and wheels



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2006 Triumph Daytona T955i (Evil).
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:06 AM   #29
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Yes I know their work well. Vambo can have a fit now because they are doing a Diavel. The 300 based one is nice, but would be horrid to ride and ruinously expensive with it.


Exactly why would I have a fit there louie? The diavel can use some help.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:17 AM   #30
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Exactly why would I have a fit there louie? The diavel can use some help.
They've posted some shots on FB. I can't see if they are before or after, and worryingly I bet joe public feels the same about our v-rods.

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