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    Default Vingo Star - V Star 1100

    As much as I love my XS400, I've been wanting something a little bigger. But having three kids, I can't afford to buy one that is ready to ride. I came across a wrecked V Star 1100 on CL. It was pretty trashed, but the motor is still good, so I purchased it (site unseen) and had it shipped. I got it today and it looks like he let someone pick through it and take a bunch of parts off. I already knew someone took the front end, but I wasn't aware of everything else. It's missing quite a bit. I hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew . . .












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    Not sure yet if the frame is straight, but someone cut the neck off and bought the title. Wondering if it would be better to find a titled frame or title this as "Special Construction". Anyone been through that process? I wanted to modify the frame anyway so if I did find another frame I would just be chopping it up. Also, having a 1 inch neck would give me a broader range of front end options. I would love to get a springer, but I can't afford a real one, so I would be limited to DNA (I know, I know) or Moto Iron.

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    I got it stripped down and the frame is quite far from straight. Even the swingarm seems to be twisted. I talked to a friend that builds frames and he recommends selling the motor and rear wheel and finding a better one. Not that surprised, just disappointed.

    A friend of mine offered me a great deal on his 02 Sportster. I've been a fan of Jap bikes from day 1, but his bike is like new with only 11,000 miles on it. And it comes with a clean title . I hate to give up on a build at the start, but it's a tempting offer.

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    The sporty would be done quicker...lotsa aftermarket...but I love the star motor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleDirtyDoc View Post
    ... I love the star motor...
    Yeah, I do too. I've been wanting to build one for years. That's probably why I was somewhat impulsive in making the purchase. But your right, the Sporty would be a much easier build.

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    I ended up selling the motor and starting over. I found another 1100 and am giving Vingo another shot. For the most part, this one is in decent shape but it's going to need quite a bit of work to make it roadworthy again. It'll start, but won't stay running. It shot a pretty big ball of fire out the tailpipe of the front cylinder. Carbs are leaking like a sieve and the fireball makes me think the valves need some work. It won't shift into first, it's missing some odds and ends, the front brakes don't work at all and there are some apparent wiring issues. Other that it's fine, haha.





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    can't wait see whatcha do with it.
    keep us posted,

    leon

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    Will do, thanks!

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    I did some part swapping with a friend of mine who has a front end from a V Star 650 Classic. Top tree is the same, but the bottom tree from the Classic is different from the Custom. Got the "new" front end mounted up.



    Found some scrap aluminum I was able to bend up to make a headlight mount.





    I will likely be trimming the mount down a bit, but wanted to mock it up to see how it looks.

    New Year, new front end


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    I want to run a smaller tank (a mid tunnel wassel if it looks right on the bike), so I need to get rid of this double backbone. I took it to Jake Smith Motorworks at the Rice Paddy Compound in Columbus for some single tube action. Three dudes were working in the shop and they are all three named Jake, LMFAO. I guess it makes it easy to remember.


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    sweet

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleDirtyDoc View Post
    sweet
    Thanks!

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    Got the frame back from Jake. Stoked on how it came out!




    There is a lot of unnecessariness in that harness. I cut out all the non-essentials.


    One of the unnecessary emissions items is the AIS system. I "capped" the ports (bad dah dooch). And used the metal tubing to run my wire.



    I moved all the electronics under the seat and used the fake transmission cover for the ignition housing. Made a mount.



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    I was able to fit up the FatBoy cover with just a little trimming. It's not secured yet, just hangin out. I made a new headlight mount (out of steel this time) to hold it in the right place.



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    For months I have planned on running a mid-tunnel wassel. When it finally came time to pull the trigger, Lowbrow was out of stock. Bummer. Pinned is coming up quickly, so I had to go with my plan B tank. This is a PhotoChop of the tank, but gives you the idea.

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    looking sweet

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    Well, not done forever, but done for this season. I've always loved the patina of old farm trucks, so that was kind of my inspiration for the tank. Also wanted the bike to look like I have been riding it for the last 20 years, so nothing very shiny. Next things to work on: Vintage tires, shave the front legs, make a sissy bar, smaller seat with a p pad, paint the motor, maybe a single carb. I made the (dual carb) intakes out of stainless steel sauce pans.








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    this is so good

    the only thing i don't dig is the rear fender, but that stance.. damn is so cool

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    I agree with Frost, it seems waay too big and fat for the rest of this lovely project!

    You made it look amazing, this is just my suggestion, but getting a Ford style fender for the back and painting it with the same patina style would complete this bike perfectly!

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    Thanks gents! Wow, I can't believe it's been over 2 years.
    I sold Vingo to a friend of mine so I could start another build. Dumb photobucket blocked all my pics. Here's a pic after getting back from a 5 day ride/camp/party trip (Run 4 Your Life).

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