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SwedishMatt
01-31-2015, 7:19 PM
So it is time to start chopping my Vulcan 800 classic. Been riding it for a little over 6000 miles this summer. My first thought was to flame the original tins, put on some apes, slam it and call it a cholo but the more I think about it the more I want to strut it, put on a low tunnel sporty tank and some dragbars or something like that. We'll see where it ends come springtime.

It will have to function as a two up as I have two small girls that love to ride, so a sturdy sissybar will be needed to keep them from falling off the bike. And this bike is my main mode of transportation during the summer months so reliability and function over form is keywords for this build.

Anyways here is the start, a bonestock VN800 Classic.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0367.jpg

Started taking off all the crap and testfitted the front fender as a rear fender. I really liked the look but the fender is plastic and this will need to be a two up bike so a steel fender is better.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0393.jpg
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0392.jpg

Cut off the crossbrace that is under the saddle to get the seat to sit lower. I also took out the battery to start relocating some of the electricals.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0417.jpg

That is about where I am today. I will mount a king sporty with relocated filler cap and petcock, swing mount a rear fender, make a sissybar, mount some smaller turn signals, cut off the pipes right before the muffler and probably sweep them up with some fishtails if the timeframe permits it, put on some other bars and clean up some odds and ends. Oh, and the deadline is May 1st, as that is generally the first real ride of the season here.

SwedishMatt
02-10-2015, 1:16 PM
Made a little progress with the build. Started cleaning up the backbone area from all the brackets, thermostat housing and wires.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0435.jpg

Got my king sporty from my ironhead hardtail, which is getting a mustang instead, and tried it on for looks. I think it looks awesome and I'll have drill and tap some mounting holes for it in the backbone. I also found an old flamed fender in my parts stash that will be cut to fit. And the sissybar I loaned from a friend, mine will be thicker and not so tall.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0436.jpg

The taillight and license plate will be mounted to the sissy to make the bike skinnier for lanesplitting.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0438.jpg

chopper666
02-10-2015, 4:55 PM
very cool.....can't wait to see that rear fender set up. What did the fender come off of?

SwedishMatt
02-11-2015, 3:19 AM
Thanks. The rear fender is from a shovelhead hardtail. Bought it years ago to put on my ironhead but I couldn't cut into that 80's paintjob so I left it sitting on a shelf in my basement.

Wolfie
02-11-2015, 6:59 PM
but I couldn't cut into that 80's paintjob so I left it sitting on a shelf in my basement

Wow....I was saving the 50s and 60s...now you youngins are preserving the 80s......I guess Im gettin old, lol....you sir, are a true gentleman for doing what you did...you cant replace TRUE old stuff....to cut, weld bash it, is almost a crime....(unless it rusted and rotted to hell, and it cant be use as a stock replacement anymore....or there are thousands of them)....

kudos brother !....

billybiltit
02-12-2015, 4:23 PM
can't wait to see where this ends up!

keep us posted,

leon

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:32 PM
seems you are on a good way

lets see some updates

SwedishMatt
03-27-2015, 6:35 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates. Progress has been slow. I am about to get my bike home to finish it in my basement because my friends garage that I'm occupying is getting a little crowded as there is now three bikes in a tiny one car garage. I hope things will start picking up now as I feel the deadline is fast aproaching.

Got a delivery yesterday. A set of Shinko tires. Should be interesting to see how they handle and how long they will last.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG0503.jpg

Got a 800 mile trip to norway planned in june with my brother so I hope to get a couple of shakedown runs in before that.

4444Design
03-28-2015, 4:01 AM
Sorry for the lack of updates. Progress has been slow. I am about to get my bike home to finish it in my basement because my friends garage that I'm occupying is getting a little crowded as there is now three bikes in a tiny one car garage. I hope things will start picking up now as I feel the deadline is fast aproaching.

Got a delivery yesterday. A set of Shinko tires. Should be interesting to see how they handle and how long they will last.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/Mobile%20Uploads/IMAG0503.jpg

Got a 800 mile trip to norway planned in june with my brother so I hope to get a couple of shakedown runs in before that.

i also run a set of shinko's on my VN - they handle pretty good and give the bike that kinda "vintage" look

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Tyre%20red%2002.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Tyre%20red%2002.jpg.html)

beside that shinko's i own another set of wheels with Firestones - just because i like the look

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150321%20Tank%20blank%2004.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150321%20Tank%20blank%2004.jpg.html)

Keep us updated

SwedishMatt
04-19-2015, 1:42 PM
So here's some progress since last time.

Started with mounting the tank to the backbone. Problem was the square piece at the top of the backbone interfered with the upper tank mount. I like the tank as close to the trees as possible without the handlebars touching when turning.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0559.jpg

So i had to cut that off. It wasn't an easy task to cut it with the angle grinder and not scratch the trees or the electrical wiring. Still have some cleaning up to do.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0566.jpg

Also started smoothing out where I cut the crossbrace under the seat.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0567.jpg

After that I drilled holes in the backbone and welded in some nuts.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0568.jpg

Tank mounted!
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0570.jpg

Also got the Shinkos mounted which can be seen here.
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp120/black_fenriz/IMAG0572.jpg

Still to do: Mount a seat, rear fender, make a sissy, relocate petcock and filler on the tank, paint and handlebars.

The goal was to have it done 1st of May and that would definitly have been possibly if I didn't have to go out of town to work next week. Food on the table comes before the motorcycle. New goal is middle of May.