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4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:41 PM
OK - been workin' on Chinese bikes during my time there but now back to Europe to new projects ...

recently got my hands on a VN800 and will try to bob her a bit

so far that's he look wen I got her:

ugly set
ugly struts
tank way too big
headlight too big
aso

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140701Meins02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140701Meins02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140701Meins03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140701Meins03.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140701Meins04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140701Meins04.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140704Meins01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140704Meins01.jpg.html)

that's the look I'm after:
vintage lookin' rubbers tail 'n front
low seat
pretty short fender
small tank
small frontlight
aso

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Custom01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Custom01.jpg.html)

and that's my rig after the first touches

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140704Meins02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140704Meins02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140704Meins03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140704Meins03.jpg.html)

ok - not that much but even better than before

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:42 PM
ok then ...

- took me 3 evenings to redo the electrics to hide 'em under the seat
- cut most of the plastic crap for the battery tray out
- dropped the frontfender and chainguard
- replaced seat
- added smaller struts

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140712Meins01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140712Meins01.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140712Meins02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140712Meins02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140712Meins04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140712Meins04.jpg.html)

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:46 PM
next stage:

- changed the huge bars with smaller ones but still not where I wanna go
- "wanna be" grips replaced with vintage rubbers
- smaller frontlight (the stock one was too huge 'n ugly)
- swapped the rubbers with 5.00 - 16

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140802MeinsShinko01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140802MeinsShinko01.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140802MeinsShinko02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140802MeinsShinko02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140802MeinsShinko03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140802MeinsShinko03.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140802MeinsShinko04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140802MeinsShinko04.jpg.html)

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:47 PM
some more small touchups:
- license plate 'n taillight fixed
- some paintin' done on dashboard, triple tree 'n airfilter cover

still to come:
- turn indicators
- lower the rig

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140805VN05.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140805VN05.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140805VN04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140805VN04.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140805VN02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140805VN02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140805VN06.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140805VN06.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140805VN01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140805VN01.jpg.html)

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:48 PM
ok - had to do some mods for the registration so i had to move the taillight to the center

everything else is approved now except the stainless pipes which are loud as hell

next steps are:

- new seat is in progress
- lower the whole ride
- smaller tank
- even smaller tailfender
- painting



http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140819Meins02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140819Meins02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140819Meins01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140819Meins01.jpg.html)

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:50 PM
then i slammed her down ...

before

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140906Tiefer01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140906Tiefer01.jpg.html)

after

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140906Tiefer04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140906Tiefer04.jpg.html)

before

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140906Tiefer02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140906Tiefer02.jpg.html)

after

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/140906Tiefer05.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/140906Tiefer05.jpg.html)

now the whole ride is that deep if i sit on her seat 'n Fender colide

i adjusted the shock on the highest Tension-grade to prevent to much movement but still it's pretty tight

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:52 PM
some more bits came together:


swapped the wheel/tyre Combo on the tail from "Chrome with Shinko E270" to "Black with Firestone Champion" - think black rims look more vintage and that's the final look i'm after


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Firestoneblack06.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Firestoneblack06.jpg.html)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Firestoneblack04.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Firestoneblack04.jpg.html)

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Firestoneblack02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Firestoneblack02.jpg.html)

next Job will be the frontend - for some time i considered to paint the whole wheel with laces and things but just don't like the look so unlaced the shit and painted just the brakdrum/hub 'n rim


also swapped the seat to a Ultra flat one doen by a friend of mine


http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Ronin03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Ronin03.jpg.html)

so next on the list was to also swap the frontwheel to "Black with Firestone" - drop the red grips, drop the front and some other smaller stuff


some vids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PejuqS4MpRw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOzwHHRjWQE

4444Design
02-15-2015, 1:53 PM
today i slammed that painted frontwheel on my bike

will Change that shinko tyre to a firestone like on the tail

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150215Shinko01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150215Shinko01.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150215Shinko03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150215Shinko03.jpg.html)

i also started to disassy the Fender - was a score on ebay and currently part of a Police bike from somewhere in arabia

not quiet sure wether that Fender will finally end on the bike but Need to see first

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/VNFender02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/VNFender02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/VNFender01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/VNFender01.jpg.html)

dylanjoseph29
02-15-2015, 2:24 PM
Bike looks great. What's the backbone situation?

4444Design
02-19-2015, 5:49 AM
Bike looks great. What's the backbone situation?

bb is a single tube - so should not be any big Problem for Fitting a new tank

4444Design
02-19-2015, 5:51 AM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/VNFender02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/VNFender02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/VNFender01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/VNFender01.jpg.html)[/QUOTE]




i just wanted to know wtf those "characters" on the old license plate mean ...

it is diggits which say "51-113" - thought it might be somethin' more "mysterious

deathmetaldan
02-19-2015, 6:13 AM
looks really good for the most part. The tank and cluster always bothered me on these bikes, its hard to solve the problem usually. My only gripe is going from the cut down stock seat (needed the foam cut and a new cover for sure) to the flat pan, never looks right to me with vn's.... good thing you didnt build it for me :-p

good start man, i look forward to more!

4444Design
02-26-2015, 2:41 AM
tried a replacement tank last6 Weekend but so far i'm not really satisfied with it - the tank is from a jawa

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Tank%20Jawa%2001.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Tank%20Jawa%2001.jpg.html)

backwheel laced and shinko-rubber mounted

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Tyre%20red%2001.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Tyre%20red%2001.jpg.html)

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)

4444Design
04-27-2015, 3:41 AM
update on my VN:
tankswap is done - like the small peanut much more than the massive original one
tank 'n Fender cleaned 'n clear coated
elekctrics modified
smaller handlebar and some other stuff
still some way to go but i'm almost there

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2004.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2004.jpg.html')
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2001.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2001.jpg.html')
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2006.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2006.jpg.html')
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2005.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150426%20Almost%20Done%2005.jpg.html')

4444Design
05-03-2015, 3:16 PM
some more Weekend jobs:

Levers all powdercoated now

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2005.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2005.jpg.html')http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2004.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2004.jpg.html')

airfilter cover painted - wanted that blue to match my fav-helmet

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2003.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2003.jpg.html')

= "favourite-helmet"

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/CHOPPER/Lastofitskindride02.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/CHOPPER/Lastofitskindride02.jpg.html')


dropped the stainless exhaust coz it was too loud and too not raod-legal and got back to the stock exhaust

needed just 1 rattlecan of temp-resistant spraypaint and a drill to give a more "non stock" look to those otherwise huge 'n boring silencers

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2001.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2001.jpg.html')
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2002.jpg ('http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/150403%20Exhaust%20Grips%2002.jpg.html')

finally i realized that i Need to recheck my wiring (license-plate illum. is on when i brake) and clean the wires out of sight

SwedishMatt
05-09-2015, 12:35 AM
Awesome bike! Hoping to get mine done soon too. Those stainless exhaustpipes are sweet. Any thoughts on adding a sissybar?

4444Design
08-21-2015, 5:10 PM
final stage so far

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Fuck%20Stock02.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Fuck%20Stock02.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Fuck%20Stock03.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Fuck%20Stock03.jpg.html)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y183/rotxxyyzz/VN800/Fuck%20Stock01.jpg (http://s5.photobucket.com/user/rotxxyyzz/media/VN800/Fuck%20Stock01.jpg.html)

billyolds
08-22-2015, 10:09 AM
at first I was like wtf did I click on this crap, but you my friend are coming along very nicely. cheers!