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Madkat`s VN750 Build - "Frank"

Hey Yall.

Im way over due to start this thing, and I have a backlog of images and updates, so Ill make a few posts
to get the ball rolling and get yall caught up with where I am at and what I have accomplished over the last
few months, and then will keep this thread updated going forward.

The story:

Good friend of mine buys and flips bikes. He got this one and at the time I really liked it but I had a nice shiny
new Harley I was paying off. I ended up crashing it in July 2014, was down and out for a few weeks, but with
the love and support of my friends, family, and coworkers, I got back on my feet pretty quickly.

The Harley was totalled, and I decided to take this Vulcan off of my buddy`s hands because I needed another
bike and really wanted a project. Picked her up in September 2014 and have been working on her ever since.

Life has been a little crazy, new job new house etc, but always finding time to keep the bike moving along nicely.
She needed some love, and I had my own ideas for her, but overall a pretty nice ride.

Here is how she sat when I got her:


Moved in at my place. Itty bitty garage space.


A lot of the wiring was a total mess, Previous owner (not my buddy, the guy he got it from) went to town on this
thing. Brake lights, Turn signals, Speedometer and tach, Stator (!!) were all disconnected, not connected properly
or missing. I started pulling things apart, sanding priming and tidying up ASAP.


Battery bucket needed some love:


Tidying, Sanding and priming:


Oh yea.

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The caps for the suspension were busted or missing and I had a heck of a time finding em.


Finally got ahold of em from VN750 forum user NDR. Thanks dude!


Much better


The previous owner sprayed the bike a flat primer black. I am a big fan of flat black.. when it is done right..
So I decided to get into it and start redoing it. I am going to go with a paint scheme similar to what I had on
my Harley. Gloss black frame, bars, etc with the Tank, Fenders, and Side Covers in a Satin Black. Not quite a
gloss, but not flat.

I started by pulling the tank and masking off a lot of areas and spraying the frame down.

Front view:


Side view:


Battery Box:


Profile:


Primed the other bits:

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Brake pedal needed some love


All bad!


Sanded, Primed, Sprayed

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New Spot!

Moved to a new place in December. New roommates are into wrenching on stuff like I am, and there is a HUGE Garage. I could have cried.

Here she is in the new pad:


Had to celebrate.. New bars!!


My dad is the man. Hooked me up with a workbench. My roommates allowed me to claim a corner of the garage as my own personal
work space. Im basically in heaven. Here you can see the bench, and the bike is sitting on a mini lift that I have been using for a lot
of my work.

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The previous owner did some nifty work on the frame, and I like where he was going with it, but I think it
can be improved upon. I like to go on long rides, and the hardtail struts that he had installed and the tiny
springer seat were simply not going to work for me.

I have already ordered some shocks to put on, but in the meantime I need to address the seat and fender.

Here you can see the seat and fender gitup this bike came with:


I scored a seat from a 2012 Sportster in great condition for about $50.


It actually sits on the bike amazingly well, However I will need to do a few modifications.

1) I will need to replace the rear fender. It looks neat and all but its just begging to spray mud on my back.

2) After I replace the fender I will need to put a hole in it for mounting the seat. Quick shot with the drill, no big deal.

3) I will need to fabricate a new bracket for the front end of the seat. The seat has a metal tab underneath it..
I plan on fabbing up a metal bracket that has a forked end and slides under the tank mount bolt. I can simply drill
a hole in the existing seat bracket and bolt the fabbed up one to it.

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Got the new fender in the mail.


I should be able to get an extra 2 or 3 inches on the tail end of the bike with this one.
I will be chopping the front end off so that it can mount to the modified frame properly,
however I will be leaving some extra material on the end to create an extra mounting
point to give the fender more stability. This will explain itself more as the pictures come along.


Mocked up some lines and started chopping


Got some progress made, but had to put it down for now. Its late and I dont
want to piss off the whole neighborhood. Will come back to this later.

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Been working on the front end quite a bit as well.

As you saw already, I replaced the apes with drag bars. The apes the bike came with were bent,
and the master cylinder / brake lever was damaged. The rest of the bike didnt show any evidence
of damage.

I put the new bars on and also installed the new master cylinder / lever I got online. In doing so I
found that the choke lever was damaged, so I got another one of those.. also found that the throttle
lines were goofed. That may have happened while switching the bars, but the lines were old anyways
and are too long for the drag bars I am now using so I decided to order new ones.

I am rebuilding pretty much the whole front end.

Bars replaced: Check
Broken master cylinder / lever replaced: check
Busted choke lever replaced: Check
New turn signals: Arrived but not installed yet
New throttle lines and choke cable: Coming in the mail
New front brake pads: Coming in the mail
New headlight: need to order that. Have painted the bucket though!
New Tach and Speedo: Will be ordered when I get another paycheck.

Previous owner did a pretty bad job trying to paint the forks. I have already masked off and sprayed
the lower forks, and you can see in this picture how there is overspray and areas not covered near
the upper triple tree from the previous owner:


Side note: previous owner also sprayed the brake calipers flat black. Going to spray them gloss black
to match the forks before I install the new pads and flush the system with new fluid.

More masking. Pulled the bars back off to get the whole top nicely. Have the clamp for the top of the
bars and the headlight brackets in a box where I am spraying them as well. You can see the lower forks here too.


There is some overspray on the rim unfortunately, but when all is said and done Ill be going over this whole
bike and cleaning her with a toothbrush before her maiden voyage. Will use some steel wool or something
to clean up overspray. I also got a few drips when sprayin the upper forks, as the nozzle on the can I was
using gave out. Kinda bummed but they are not terribly noticeable, and I guess Ill live. My buddy says carb
cleaner will take it right off.. May use that to clean up some of the overspray on the chrome parts of the
forks from when the previous owner sprayed.


For anyone who is wondering, the tank, front and rear fenders, and side panels will be sprayed in a booth with a real gun.. No rattlecans for those!

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Lets take a minute to talk about how much I hate this shift lever.


This is just not okay. The peg is too small, and some idiot decided
they should be a single piece and the peg will be part of the lever..
I dont like it and I cant leave anything alone, So this happened:


Ordered a replacement shifter off ebay for $10, and an Arlen ness shift peg.
Took the angle grinder to it, chopped the stock peg off, ground the edges down,
drilled a hole thru it, then primed and sprayed it.

Here she is:


Side by side:


I havent installed it on the bike yet as I still need a nut to secure the shift peg
on the shifter. The peg has a weird thread pitch, M8x1.0 and I havent been able
to find a flange nut for it anywhere. Ended up ordering a regular nut that will fit
it properly from online (OSH and Home Depot didnt have any nuts with that size
and thread pitch...) and once the nuts arrive I will throw some loctite red on that
baby and crank it down, then install it on the bike.

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Dude really nice build. I like the direction you are going as far as paint and color scheme. I've done a few of these mods to other bikes I've worked on. The shift lever, seat and rear fender being a few prime examples. Its nice to see someone have nice attention to detail as far as painting the small parts.


I'm watching this for progress.

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I love this build as well.reminds me of my bike

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