View Full Version : My Long Road bike build

04-12-2012, 4:03 PM
So I started with a Stock 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom. I turned it into this...
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/73219_10150092293050984_680020983_7108113_4084466_ n.jpg

later on it turned into this...
https://fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/228108_10150245901845984_680020983_8688620_4715429 _a.jpg

now, im preparing for a 8 day ride from the KY/VA Border to Vegas and back. I'm not building it to look cool or to be a rad chop, but to be a chop that I feel good on for 3-4,000 miles. So here is where it's at right now.
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/544581_10150816420385984_680020983_11679685_115733 8715_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/539986_10150816406315984_680020983_11679652_342114 594_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/543072_10150816404385984_680020983_11679649_499659 016_n.jpg

It looks like a big fucking couch on there but I'll be goddamned if it ain't a comfortable ride. Unfortunately, I had to move the rear fender which looks like shit from the rear, and of course the seat doesn't make it look any better but, I'm going for a little comfort and a whole lotta fun!

04-12-2012, 4:30 PM
holy hell!! im looking at my recliner and i dont think its that big. id be worried it would be too comfortable and i would wanna sleep. your not worried about flexing on the seat and grabbing some tire after all the seat time?

04-12-2012, 5:15 PM
Now that is a couch cushion of a seat, sure does look like it'll be great for all those miles ahead. Good luck man. A ride like that you should join the instagram thread (http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18785)

04-12-2012, 6:17 PM
junkyardxl- im currently coming up with a structure to prevent that, along with something to keep water from splashing up on my battery and wiring.

detale- as soon as my trip starts i will join.

04-12-2012, 6:31 PM
holy shit!! better not let my wife see that

04-12-2012, 7:06 PM
it looked sick with the upswept pipes. godspeed on yr hike.

04-17-2012, 7:02 PM
So, I got some 'Almost Rabbits' from Steffan @ Zombie Performance. These are Rabbits that have been tweaked to my needs for comfort.
Here are some pics, tomorrow I am drilling for internal wiring and clearing them. I'm super stoked with the turn out!!!
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/403383_10150828516120984_680020983_11726796_187256 9470_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/74762_10150828489580984_680020983_11726740_1745204 252_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/582070_10150828488860984_680020983_11726739_120911 9928_n.jpg

04-18-2012, 5:32 AM
Rabbits look good. WTF is that seat off of originally?

04-18-2012, 5:39 AM
I like those bars...
And that seat looks like it could fit my whole family...Ha, looks killer comfy.
Am I seeing a car tire on back? How is that treatin ya?

04-18-2012, 7:53 AM
Rabbits look good. WTF is that seat off of originally?

That would be a mid to upper '90's stock "Pillow Top" off a Harley Touring bike. RK or EG.

04-18-2012, 8:52 AM
ADKCHaos-Yes, thats a seat off an Electra-Glide.
Bandersnatch-The rear tire is a michelin 205-65-15, Im switching to a 215-55-15 next go around. I love the car tire, you have to work a little harder in the corner but once you get used to it's just like having a bike tire. Just a hell of a lot cheaper and last a lot longer.

i will hopefully be drilling for the internal wiring today, depends on the weather. my garage is packed and i do most of my work outside

04-25-2012, 5:48 PM
for those of you looking at this, here is my new sissy bar
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/562877_10150857214995984_680020983_11790889_366075 590_n.jpg