My '93 Bobber, continuing the project...
So...I've acquired what I believe is a good bobber project; it seems to run well with normal, mild 750 cold-start issues that I've been reading about here. I got it as a hard-tail, lowered some in the rear, an aftermarket rear fender of unknown origin, no front fender, 'custom' orange and black paint, and a pos seat. The turn signals don't work and it has some road rash from what looks like a minor laydown, but there are no bends in the frame, the forks are straight and it rides well.
Two days ago I spent a few hours (don't crucify me) taking the dash off; I unplugged the tach, speedometer and dash lights and cut off the turn signals (which I will replace). Fortunately, Kawasaki left about 10 feet of extra wire leading to the turn signals so I could change them a hundred times if I wanted to, haha. I also noticed a very rusty battery box underneath the decrepit seat and did a little investigative surgery, removing the box and all craziness attached to it. The frame had been painted, but the cancer on the battery box had spread to the frame a bit but it is only superficial; I took a piece of 120 grit sandpaper and made good progress in removing it.
Next step, I will finish sanding the frame under the battery box and in the vicinity, giving it several coats of rustoleum and satin clear...may even go with POR15. I'll do the same for the battery box. I have already stripped the seat and will be cutting the pan down to more of a vintage look and then recovering it. It will be mounted the old way, a center slide and two springs in the rear.
Cosmetically, the fender and tank will be repainted, probably copper. A select few other parts of the bike will get the copper also, probably the battery box, headlight, taillight and turn signals. I also thought about trying to sand the black off of the edges of the heat fins to give it that beautiful 'Night Train' look. The handlebars will be replaced with black drag bars, the mirrors with a lower-profile flat black version of the vintage round ones (they might be copper also). I have an awesome brake light from a 30's model Ford with a red glass lens and 'STOP' letters in yellow, and I'll put a visor on the headlight.
Mechanically, I plan to do normal maintenance and upgrades on the bike myself but I'm going to take it to a local mechanic for the initial detailed assessment. I much prefer to have a professional look over it first lest I miss something!
I hope to start cutting on the seat pan tomorrow, so I'll try to post some pics... For now, here's a few pics of the bike and of the current seat pan. If you look closely you can see the knife marks where I have outlined the cut on the front edge.
1993 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Bobber