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    Default 83 shadow learning experience

    First project.
    Started with stock 83, did a lot of work, rode it, wasnt satisfied, chopped the frame in half and started over. Still not satisfied but i know what to do on the next one now. Still got a fun toy.
    Low budget and limited tools, dont expect miracles.

    Stock


    The end of night 2


    First teardown


    The first go round.
    Cut back section of frame off, went directly to swingarm. Small sissy bar, single backbone tank on twin backbone frame.


    Then i cut it


    I wanted to get rid of the swingarm and twin backbone. So this was my first frame i made.


    And how we sit now.
    Skateboard is a luggage rack, it flips down. Sissy bar is just some home depot tube i bent. Most if the time invested in this bike now is making brackets and hardware for everything.



    My next one will be a chain drive so i can stretch it. Not liking the crampedness.
    Shes not much but thanks to all you for the inspiration to do it. I started out thinking taking parts off the back of the scooter made it a custom bike. Next bike will be smoother and cleaner i believem

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    Care for some friendly advice?

    You've got a damn good start, but that sissybar kills it. Try putting a fender on the rear tire and moving that sissybar back to the rear axle. Then do a ridgid mounted seat and you'll sit down into the 'cradle'. I think you'll find it won't feel nor look near as cramped!

    And you can stretch a shaft driven bike. You can either buy a second shaft from the same bike and lengthen and reinforce it, then take it to a driveshaft shop for balancing. Or can you can have a shop lengthen it to your specs.

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    I like the idea of a rigid seat, i could sink back a few more inches.
    Im on the fence about tearing this one back down, especially with new knowledge i can lengthen the driveshaft.
    Many thanks

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