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    Default Allow me to introduce Blu

    Blu is a 1984 Honda VT500C. This is my very first bike build and I did all the work with my own two hands. Im also into the entire build, including the purchase price of the bike for under $500 cdn. I learned a ton during the course of this build. First attempt at upholstery, first time rebuilding a stator, first time riding a motorcycle, etc. I think the old boy cane out pretty good but is a constant work in progress. The latest addition is the right side mounted tank shifter because an accident left me with limited mobility in my left foot making shifting very difficult. Can anyone tell where I drew my inspiration from?
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    Harley Davidson tank shifter. Or cushion scooter.

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    I made it out of scrap. Heres a quick video of it. Theres a Harley toe shifter, a headlight mount bracket, a ski-doo tie rod, a 10 speed bicycle kick stand, an alternator bracket, fidget spinner bearings and some random springs and such in there. https://youtu.be/mghs4g7M4AE

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    I made everything custom on the bike. I dont buy parts I can make myself and it turns out thats just about anything

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    nice one, still left hand clutch?

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    Yes still.left hand clutch and the toe shifter is still operational as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisCarr View Post
    Yes still.left hand clutch and the toe shifter is still operational as well
    Can I ask why the hand shifter??????? Is it just for looks??????

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    In June I had an accident and broke my left tibia, fibula, fractured my ankle and fractured my foot in 9 places. I now have a titanium rod inside my tibia and can walk again but my ankle doesn't have the strength or range of motion to use the toe shifter. The hand shifter was so that I could ride in the toy run last weekend.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisCarr View Post
    In June I had an accident and broke my left tibia, fibula, fractured my ankle and fractured my foot in 9 places. I now have a titanium rod inside my tibia and can walk again but my ankle doesn't have the strength or range of motion to use the toe shifter. The hand shifter was so that I could ride in the toy run last weekend.Click image for larger version. 

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    I had a feeling that might be the case........ I was thinking handicapped but I didn't want to say that just yet...... Glad it worked out for you........... I bet it was a bear to ride and dangerous in a group of people????? Giving it throttle and shifting with the same hand?????
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    It was actually great to ride. My daily driver is a manual transmission and once I got used to the shifter position on the bike it was just like second nature. I actually put a lot of thought into the placement of the shifter to have it in the safest and easiest to use position. Thats why its on the right side and so close to the handle bar. No, you cant apply throttle while shifting but my hand only leaves the grip for a second. Everyone was shocked to see me out on the ride and the shifter was a hit. Actually two people have inquired about me building them one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisCarr View Post
    Actually two people have inquired about me building them one.

    That's great, Hope they have good of luck with it as you did if you get to build them......

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    Slick looking bike! The shifter lever is crazy too.

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    Thank you sir. I think during the snowy months Im going to strip it down to the frame. I want to remove all the tabs Im not using and paint the frame. Tha tank needs a respray too from when I laid it down but it actually a lot less damage than I did.

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    Very cool that you rewound the stator. Outside pro rebuilders that's almost a lost art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    Very cool that you rewound the stator. Outside pro rebuilders that's almost a lost art.
    My thoughts were "its broken already, can't make it worse by trying" Besides, I have a huge aversion to online shopping and I couldn't find a new one in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisCarr View Post
    Yes still.left hand clutch and the toe shifter is still operational as well
    great work

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