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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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first build bringing my 750 back to life

hi, as promised some pics and stuff on my first build of my 1986 vn 750 ( never before have I attempted anything like this )
brief history, bought this bike 13 yrs ago and rode it for appx 3 yrs before I dropped it. have some great memories of touring europe along with my mrs for her 30th birthday. sadly put it in my mates shed and forgot about it then his shed fell down and the bike sat outside in rain, snow etc for apx 3 yrs so now I decided it was time to put her back on the road and use all existing parts (which is gonna take some cleaning) so my plan is:
chop frame
rake out by the headstock
hardtail
use existing parts ( apart from perishables obviously)
reduce wiring (by a great deal)
to show that just because something looks fit for the bin with a bit of work it can be restored
Wish me luck im gonna need it!!!!!

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ok these took some cleaning but come up quite nice many hrs spent here

this is a mock up after head stock been raked aprx 6 degrees and frame cut the extended peice on the back end has been kept on for now so we can measure accurately where we want to weld the swing arm. frame has been sand blasted too as you can see the original wheels cleaned up nicely as did the forks
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ok now been playing to see how she would look decided to make a seat as this one is awful and decided to keep the original rad as this one didnt look right also going to lower the yolks 1 and half inches for clip ons and lower the main bit of the frame in the process. the top tree is actually the bottom of another vn 750 as i wanted a smooth top tree hence the clip ons
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ok more to come later

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that my friend is an awesome job cleaning those parts. before worrying about the seat, you need to lightly fab in the hard tail, and electrical box. as these two parts make the seat shape hight, and mounting points change. Basically most people wait until almost the end to fit a seat... unless they are building their bike off of a specific seat, then they make every thing else flow to that seat.
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cheers mate, the idea of this post was 2 fold one all advice and knowledge even if not acted on is a valuable commodity secondly i am hoping to show people that just because something looks like its fit for the skip 9 times out of 10 it can be saved.

thanks for the advice hopefully i will have some more pics soon as im going to strengthen the swing arm by welding brackets on the lower swing arm each side this will give me a nice place to put the battery and maybe some electrics. the mounting point for the front of the seat is a bar that will be welding at the 2 points of the top frame where at the moment i have a long peice left ( which is going to be cut) i will also see if i can put a couple of pics of the caliper bolts as they have come up like new.

I have given myself a budget of 500.00 pound for this project so it will be interesting to see how close i get as some of the bike is missing like the rad, exp bottle etc after its finished ( hows that for being optimistic lol ) i will put a costing sheet on here
thanks again for the advice
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hi ok just finished doing the brackets and top bar for the seat all welds need to be dressed yet, i know it may seem like im going backwards but i can only imagine there will be a few more mockups before paint.

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ID:	11402ok here is the top bar for the seat just cut into original frame

with the brackets there are 3 reasons for them 1) to tie in the swing arm to the front cradle ( try and imagine it all painted) 2) to strengthen the swing arm 3) asyou will see there is a lip on the brackets this is so i can screw in a battery box frame thingy lol. for those of you with a keen eye i have yet to dress back the brackets for the rear tyre.
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oh forgot the headstock has been raked to appx 6 degrees more
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So, 12 of rake now?

Those calipers turned out nice.

Ok, I need you lengthen the back of mine so I can put a big seat on it, then the passenger can have forward pegs too.

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So, 12 of rake now?

Those calipers turned out nice.

Ok, I need you lengthen the back of mine so I can put a big seat on it, then the passenger can have forward pegs too.
Stock rake is 32 Degrees, so an extra six would be 38.
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I meant 12 of extra rake, because he said he added 6 in the first post, then on another reply he said he added 6 more.

Not sure if he was repeating about the 6 or adding 6 to the original 6.

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yr quite right spockster i did mention it in another post. to confirm its just the 6. on another note i was looking at the engine and it looks like im gonna need to split it right down as i found some metal shards although very small its playingon my mind so thats gonna set me back as far as time is concerned
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