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bdbecker
03-18-2010, 1:39 PM
Once my cash flow dried up and stalled the XS650 project, I had to do some sort of wrenchwork to fill the cold, South Dakota winter nights, so I convinced my buddy that his '95 Intruder was lame, but that we could make it cool with a few tweaks here and there. He was not too keen on the idea because we had just dropped a new (different) motor in it a few months earlier, and he was thin in the wallet as well. One day he finally said lets go for it, so we did, but it had to be on a budget.

Here's how she sits today with about $300 invested - it's definately not a full blown chop like a lot of you guys are rockin, but he didn't want to go that far with it quite yet. It's just a nicely cleaned up, quasi-custom Intruder.

We didn't really take any before photos, or we deleted them, or something, but it doesn't matter because the bike was lame with gigantic saddle bags, weird buckhorn bars, and a windshield. Yeah, I've been trying to get him to lose the highway bars and pegs - he takes awhile to convince. At first, he said no way, now he's coming around to saying that he wants to see how much he's going to use them before deciding. Next week we should have them off...

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz19/curtdnelson/Intruder/IMG_1357.jpg

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz19/curtdnelson/Intruder/IMG_1350.jpg

http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz19/curtdnelson/Intruder/IMG_1358.jpg

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Brandon
03-18-2010, 2:04 PM
Those bikes look good with the little bit of stuff doe to them like this one. I like it. Can you get a side mount and take the stop light off the fender it would look so much cleaner

bdbecker
03-18-2010, 3:57 PM
Those bikes look good with the little bit of stuff doe to them like this one. I like it. Can you get a side mount and take the stop light off the fender it would look so much cleaner

The way the fender is shaped from the factory leaves a big flat spot where the ignitor is mounted under the passenger seat. If the light wasn't there, the fender would be really odd looking. Someday we might cut that section out and put a new piece of metal in there to smooth it out, and throw a Sparto on there, but riding season was getting close and we wanted to get it done. Same goes for the plate mount, the gap between the fender and the tire is a little more than we would have liked to see, by putting the plate there, it helps hide it a bit. After riding around with him the last few days, the light really grew on me. Its funny how most people would have thrown that in the trash, but on this bike, it really sort of works in a weird way. We did mock up a sidemount, but it just made the bike look too wide. Having it on the fender keeps it really skinny.

themaninblack
03-21-2010, 10:55 AM
Hey I know that bike! Hows it ride with the stuts in back?

bdbecker
03-22-2010, 8:02 AM
Hey I know that bike! Hows it ride with the stuts in back?

Curt says so far so good - didn't even notice on the way to work this morning. There is a big pothole near his house that he hit on purpose just to see, but once was enough.

ghostling
03-22-2010, 9:15 AM
. Someday we might cut that section out and put a new piece of metal in there to smooth it out,

I actually disected mine, cut the back finish off, and had it welded a few inches back...

Check it out

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_pD__sScGnRA/S6UlD-x3GKI/AAAAAAAAO3w/yOHb5uN6ZeY/s144/IMG_4968.JPG

ghostling
03-22-2010, 9:16 AM
. Someday we might cut that section out and put a new piece of metal in there to smooth it out,

I actually disected mine, cut the back finish off, and had it welded a few inches back...

Check it out

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_pD__sScGnRA/S6UlD-x3GKI/AAAAAAAAO3w/yOHb5uN6ZeY/s800/IMG_4968.JPG

PickupMan92
03-23-2010, 3:07 PM
Very nice and subtle. I like it. I hope he does change his mind about those pegs... they stick out pretty damn far.