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Old 12-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Exclamation NightRod Touring (APE + Wrapping)

Very pleased with my NightRod's (VRSCDX 10') engine and with the Supertrapp Fat Shots, I wanted to have more comfort for long ride. So I decided to customize it to a more touring model.
I've installed bonanza 14'' and Windshield from Memphis Shades (wrap outside and black matt painted with a dragon in metallic grey inside). I've also lowered the headlight (to lower the windshield) and repositioned the speedo with MS-Biketec kit, and relocated my GPS on the risers. Cut my dog-ass and relocated the front and rear signals
I have also installed leatherworks 323 bags on the left side, leatherworks 101 on the right side and a tool pouch on the front.
As the project was finalized, I wanted to change the color but without damaging the original paint, so I use wrapping Avery Supreme vinyl and went for the metallic grey, and use HD emblem from street bob.
Next step (coming weeks) will be power vision, air filter K&N, and open end caps for my supertrapps.

Your comments are really welcome as they can give me ideas to further develop the style of the bike.

Now pics....

Original Paint:





Wrapping in Metallic Grey:


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Old 12-08-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Cool

can you see over the windshield ? apes look cool my daughter yells look they got apes every time she sees them on a bike.. good stuff..
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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Gotta admit, when I saw that windshield. This is the first thing that popped into my head.

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:51 AM   #4
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No problem to see above the windshield, but I've used the MS-Biketec lowering kit for the headlamp to lower it. The windshield completely protect you body and head. The wind is really diverted above your head. This gives enormous comfort improvement.
Concerning the ape, the bonanza gives a very comfortable ride, and the position on the bike gives an "attack" feeling (pulling your hand forward) due to the specific shape of the Bonanza => it's then also a really nice when you ride with a more aggressive style.
Since the ape, I've a dual bike: Touring and Sporty.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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Hey, yours is very similar to mine. Great pics! I've got 12" over "El Diablo" bars on EBay. As you can see from my avatar, my seated position is perfect and control of the bike is improved. The bars came with the Chrome controls and wiring in the bar. I just cut and spliced the wiring to the NRS wiring connectors. It rides great! Takes the "clam shell" effect out of riding a VRod.

Check it out:

http://s1339.photobucket.com/albums/o717/jketley/
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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Yes, it definitely turn the ride into a more comfortable position ! You can then enjoy the engine for hours
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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Absolutely! They must call them Bonanza's over in Belgium but here in the USA the name I found them under was El Diablo. Yours look to be about 14 inch (355.6 millimetres). Is this correct? They also have a shape down angle to them from the pics but that could be wrong.

I do have a thread installation description and average prices I paid for the components:

!2" over "Chopper Style" handlebar installation.

on 1130.com under VSCRDX treads for anyone who wants to do the conversion.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #8
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Here are the ref of my bars: Santee Medium Bonanza Black Narrow Handlebars, 13", http://www.jpcycles.com/product/500-719
They have indeed an important shape down angle which are pulling me forward in riding position so a can have a slight "clam shell" effect to still keep an aggressive riding position. The advantage of ape is there are hundreds of possibilities to adapt the riding position to the driver's expectations with balance between comfort and aggressiveness
My past bikes out of harley were CBR900, GSXR-600, Ducati... So it's important to me to be able to "attack" the road.
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You've got it setup just the way you like it. Your 13" is only 1 inch over mine but they look much taller. Like I said, prob the pic angle. Mine are an 1 1/4" and these are 1" according to JP. I like yours! I see what you mean by a more aggressive attack angle. Now compare yours to mine on EBay. They are quite a bit different:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-RISE-BLAC...item53eef5795a

That had to be hell trying to thread that wiring loom into those bars with that sharp angle. Did you wire it externally instead? I paid extra for the internal setup.
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I've done the internal wiring, but needed to lub to pass through. It was indeed not an easy job.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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I've done the internal wiring, but needed to lub to pass through. It was indeed not an easy job.
Ha-Ha! Yeah, I never thought about lubing it. That's what my ol' Lady tells me all the time!!! :
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