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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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A VN750 Bobber like no other.

I picked this bike up in pieces for $300. Its a 1994 with 9k on it. The PO had no mechanical ability and tried to turn it into a bobber. Which just consisted of taking off the fenders painting it with black spray paint without disassembling anything and taking the exhaust off.

So far i have done the following.
1. Reduced the wiring harness to the bare minimum. It will only have the ignition (KEY), headlight, tail,light,and fan. The kill switch and start button will be relocated to the battery area.

2. Rear shocks will be removed and replace with struts, lowering the bike about 3.5". The front end will be modified internally to allow lowering with minimal fork tube sticking above the top clamp. Clip on bars will be used and the bar mount on the top tree will be cut off and smoothed down. I had custom spacers made to use the clip on bars from an early GSXR.

3. HERES THE UNIQUE PART, at least i have never seen it done before. I am running a cast iron tractor seat mounted to a high end bicycle air shock with adjustable gate, preload and rebound. the seat is actually VERY comfortable because of its shape, im just worried about it heating up in the sun!

4. The rear tire will be a bit narrower and the front a bit wider to even them out some.

5. A lot of tabs that wont be used were cut off the frame. I still have to fabricate the seat mount and fender bracket. The seat bracket will be welded to a steel plate that will bolt to the frame, so underneath the seat will be clean looking and u wont see wiring/ battery.

It will be painted flat olive drab and flat black with some gloss black accent pieces.

Give me your opinions.
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 03-03-2011, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures continued. The wiring is everything thats being scrapped from the original harness.
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I think the bobber's look awesome!


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knowing a thing or two about the old tractor seat ,they are comfy, but if the heat and lack of padding gets to you,tractor supply did sell a vinyl padded cover for them.Some just had a drawstring and some had elastic around the bottom. They just slip over the seat without any alterations.I think with a little vinyl fabric and closed cell foam you could sew one up for cheap and use it when you need it and slip it off when you don't.Just throwing an idea out there




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Not my style, but it looks like you have done good work so far.

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i think the adjustable air shock will give enough adjustment to make it comfy. I thought about carving a pad out of minicell foam and attaching it with magnets.
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$300? Nice find. Glad you posted pics. Keep us updated with more pics as you go along This is eye candy for us.

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yup $300, he knocked off the air boxes and took off the exhaust which he tossed. Then it "wasn't running right", DUH... so his friends uncle offered to "fix it" AKA take it apart with no clue wut he was doing. So, i got the bike and a huge box of parts. Had it running within a week. This build will be complete for under $1000.
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This build will be complete for under $1000.
Now I'd say that's a real deal!

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I guess it's Ok stripping out the wiring & Gauges if you don't care if it has good oil pressue or if your over-heating or not.

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