View Full Version : Project why'd I get a shadow?

04-23-2015, 12:11 AM
Been a lurker here for a while. Have a 13 shadow phantom that if I would have known better I would have got a different bike. But I started on an R6 so at least I am headed the right way.

Don't have any pictures when I first got it. but we all know what they look like.
First step was a no school axle mounted license plate bracket and tail light combo. Also removed the gawdy rear tail light and turns as well as the front turns.
Next up I pulled the front fender and a mirror off and rode it to St. Louis with some friends.
Got my Rick Ross game on with some white walls.
Wrapped the stock pipes, looked like shit and decided that I hated them.
Thought I would be cool with some bags.... Wasn't cool, man.
Short shot's because I personally like the look of them even though EVERYONE around here runs them.
Got drunk, cut my stock seat with an angle grinder and reshaped the foam with a flap disk. There are wayyyy better ways to reshape foam. Blanket materiel from mexicanblankets.com black bits on the side donated from the previous stock seat cover.
Biltwell slimline risers, had to drill out the triple trees because the bolts are standard half inch for the risers and the holes are not. zombie performance z bars.
Pin stripes by strictly stripes, mostly to cover where the stock logo was as on the tank.
went full on SOA style with an L.A. Fairing co cholo fairing. Luckily the 48 headlight and the shadow headlight are the same size.
mud courtesy of my yard when I brought the bike out of the living room and dropped it. http://i.imgur.com/MPAKILk.jpg?1
Since then I put the fender back on and some red grips. Might keep it, might not. Really wanting a bigger bike I'm 6'4" and this just isn't Quite big enough. Also got some fancy bicycle looking pegs from Josh at Greaser Customs.

04-23-2015, 9:39 AM
those are the wrong color nikes..

04-23-2015, 10:58 AM
Not bad! Most guys I've seen mess with the newer shadows just trash em up. That seat is NICE.

04-23-2015, 9:59 PM
I like it when I see a not-so-often-chopped model. There are a couple other Phantoms on here but not many. After a few more years, we'll probably see more.

What would you have gotten instead? A Sporty? They're the most versatile and easiest (in my opinion) to make your own, and sometimes I wish that's what I had (it'd be a lot easier) but everyone has one and I like weird, different things. Hence the 1400 Intruder sitting in my garage at this moment.

I like the seat. Good job. Please make me one.

Also like the ZA weapons in one photo. Add a 1911 and you're ready.

04-24-2015, 1:28 AM
@loddytoddy Yeah the nikes are the wrong color, dammit.
@beardedxglory The seat just came to me on my days off, thought it was a good idea. There is still foam shit EVERYWHERE in my shop.
@JHK Yeah I saw the others, only reason I posted mine. Not really chopped just mods I guess. If I could do it all over again I would have got a dyna. I have ridden several of them from wide glides to fxdx. I really want a mag wheel dyna or possibly an FXR with mids that's carb'd. I like to corner and hit the twisties as fast as I can. Also wanna learn to do wheelies on a harley. The bigger bike is just more comfortable. I am in the process of getting a 77 xs650 that's been sitting in a field for 10 years so I'm going to learn how to hard tail a bike with that. See what I can do there and the good news is it's a piece of shit so if I screw it up I'll find another! Also I have a 1911 just not in the gun case.

04-26-2015, 2:20 PM
to me it looked better without the fairing.

as somebody else said, newer models can be hard unless you have alot of resources/imagination/time.

its also not easy when all your friends are on sport bikes/inline 4s haha.

05-04-2015, 10:36 AM
Yeah Man! This bike definitely isn't easy to start with but I feel like once you get started inspiration starts flowing. The good things is that you can start cutting things shorter and off completely. As much as I like that rear fenders lines they're easily cutable. Those fork covers will definitely lighten the load tremendously. I'm in the process of switching out the tank and bars on my phantom. I'll keep you posted and show you whats up. Keep up the good work.