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    I'm not one to post a lot of stuff but felt like sharing my current build. It's a 2004 v star 1100 that I'm currently cutting up. Let me know what you think.Click image for larger version. 

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    Right on! I had an '05 that I ended up cutting up a bit. Looks like shit, but it was a fun first bike.Click image for larger version. 

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    You might want to check this out to save some money.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0N0s3jmUg

    Here is two that I like. From the internet.
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    Thanks. Dude, I dig your scoot. It looks good.

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    Thanks. I'll check the link. I don't know why there aren't more videos/people chopping up this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph77 View Post
    Thanks. I'll check the link. I don't know why there aren't more videos/people chopping up this bike.
    Check out West Eagle . They are a Japanese parts supplier/builder (?), and they have a ton of parts for these bikes.

    http://www.west-eagle.com/

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph77 View Post
    ... I don't know why there aren't more videos/people chopping up this bike.
    Considering how many people chop or transform their XVS650 you would think that it's bigger brother would get the same amount of 'love'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skjoll View Post
    Considering how many people chop or transform their XVS650 you would think that it's bigger brother would get the same amount of 'love'.
    Yeah, I always thought the same thing. I don't think as many 1100's were sold as the 650 though. I have no clue if that is even remotely true, but judging from the lack of 1100 builds, it makes sense. West Eagle is the only company I can think of that makes parts specifically for the 1100, but they don't have nearly as much as they do for the 650.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mwatson View Post
    Yeah, I always thought the same thing. I don't think as many 1100's were sold as the 650 though. I have no clue if that is even remotely true, but judging from the lack of 1100 builds, it makes sense. West Eagle is the only company I can think of that makes parts specifically for the 1100, but they don't have nearly as much as they do for the 650.

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    West Eagle is very expensive. Just my opinion.

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    The Yamaha V star 1100 is a great cruising bike. The reason there are not more 1100 chops is that the 1100's cost more and were bought by older men. There was no reason to chop it.
    It was very comfortable and maintenance free.
    The 650 was more affordable to younger men and so more got chopped, sold and modified and so more parts are available.

    Many of the 1100 parts will fit on the Roadstar. For instance the handlebar components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luky View Post
    West Eagle is very expensive. Just my opinion.
    They are, which is a huge downside. But, if you're the only company making parts...lol. But yeah, for what it is, it is MASSIVELY expensive.

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    I had an XVS1100 and didn't like it as much as my 650. Of course I bought it used and paid the same price as I did for my 650. It was a perfectly fine motorcycle and more than capable of touring 2-up on but it wasn't as straight-forward and bare-bones simple as the 650... it had design differences that made it a little weird. Luckily it had a Baron's external oil filter kit fitted... no idea why Yamaha thought that having to loosen the exhaust in order to get to the oil filter was such a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skjoll View Post
    I had an XVS1100 and didn't like it as much as my 650. Of course I bought it used and paid the same price as I did for my 650. It was a perfectly fine motorcycle and more than capable of touring 2-up on but it wasn't as straight-forward and bare-bones simple as the 650... it had design differences that made it a little weird. Luckily it had a Baron's external oil filter kit fitted... no idea why Yamaha thought that having to loosen the exhaust in order to get to the oil filter was such a great idea.
    Many companies need to let motorcycle people into the design dept to ride herd on the computer geeks.
    That 1100 had another stupid problem.. You needed a tool to get the tools out of the tool compartment.

    My wife got a new Honda car. To change the headlight bulb the car had to be put on a lift and wheel removed so the mechanic could lift up a rubber fender flap to get the bulb out! Or do it by the book and remove parts of the front grill and fender. IT sure pissed me off. I took it to the dealer and had them put it on the lift to get the bulb out. I thought HONDA was smarter than that.

    There are many other examples.
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    looks decent. the seat may be alittle too flat to the frame. you might start to slide back too much while riding.

    no a fan of the rear fender though.

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    I love Yamahas. I have had both the 650 and the 1100. They are super dependable bikes. I love that they are air cooled and have triangulated swingarms with hidden shocks. They have potential. In my opinion, what limits then from being more popular for customizing is their backbones. They have the huge double backbones that you cant put a cool tank on without it looking weird. You have to cut out the double back bone and weld in a single tube backbone. This makes it look way better and also possible to mount any aftermarket tank you want.

    I can see why it scares many people off, but it really shouldn't. All you need is to find a good welder that can do it for you. Preferably one that has worked on motorcycles before. The welder doesn't have to cut the neck out complete. He can leave the down tubes in tact and just cut out the backbone. A frame jig would be very helpful for this. I was able to find a guy in my city that did it for me for $250. I put a lot of miles on the bike afterwards and never had a problem.

    Not trying to jack the thread here, but just wanted to show you what a difference it makes to swap out the backbone.Click image for larger version. 

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