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post #11 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 02:01 AM
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lowered shocks in rear,cut off frame about 2" past shock and fab a small fender mount and a bobbed rear fender,solo seat...or cafe racer...

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post #12 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-22-2016, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hahaha okay Doc! The Vespa would probably have more power...

All jokes aside, there are two main objectives here.

One is to maintain a decent budget. My first thought was the same as yours - chop frame, chop the fender and mount a solo seat. That's how my 750 is! But I really like the look with that soft tail seat and it requires a lot less work and a lower budget. With the condition of the forks, I'd rather put that time and cash into rebuilding or swapping the front end.

The second point here is that this is going to be a gift. I'm going to give it to my little brother. He needs a little more time to mature before he is on two wheels, but I'm proud of him and he is doing well and has developed respect for the road in the last few years.

I want it to be badass and be reliable and fun to ride, but I'm not intending to throw in as much time and cash as I have on the 750, knowing that it's going to be a gift.

If he decides to do a hardtail or Springer conversion later I'll be glad to help and it'll be a good opportunity for him to learn some wrench and fab.

And I figure.. The 454 won't have him puttering in the slow lane, but he don't need a 1200 for his first ride..
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Loads of great ideas Madkat, keep us posted with the progress

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I like the softtail seat as well and I like your plan

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Hey guys! Been a little crazy with the Holidays and all.

Was supposed to drive to a nearby city tomorrow night to pick up a set of nice forks from a 1986 454, they were really clean and rebuilt, and the guy loved his 454.

Then I found out that one of my supervisors had an old VN sitting in his garage and he was looking to sell it. SCORE. Shes an old project that kinda got left behind, out of the DMV, shes perfect for a parts bike. VIN Shows that she is a 1986 VN750!! The front end looks beautiful.

Plan at this point is to buy the 86 VN750 from him, pull the front end and do a direct swap. This will fix multiple problems. On the 89 454, the front forks are rusted and pitted, the seals are no good, the harness is chewed up, ignition is busted, Headlight rusted out, and its only got a single caliper being a 454.

I can fix all these issues in one fell swoop with the front end swap, and gain the dual disk setup that I wanted to have on this bike. Theres an added bonus of having a bunch of spare parts for my 1987 VN750 thats been going on in my other build log for quite some time!

More updates and pictures soon. Also, if yall are looking for any parts, let me know and Ill see if I can pull them from the donor bike and ship em out your way. Discount pricing for my fellow VN fanatics.
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Awwwww yea.

David, you are the man. Trailered the 86 VN750 over to my pad today, and I am super excited.



She came with a box of random parts that I havent really dug through yet.



Looks like this was a project that got abandoned by a buddy and ended up in the garage kinda getdown. At one point there was an Ear Shave done, shes got pods and the reed valves were in the box of random parts. The front end is BEAUTIFUL.

Looks like the brakes were recently serviced. The master cylinder is empty, and she has steel braided lines. The calipers look nice, but I havent looked too close yet. The rotors have see better days though. I will probably end up taking advantage of the brakes being empty and do a rebuild / new pads before filling her with fluid.



The goal here is to do a front end swap from the 86 VN750 to the 89 454. Forks and all should be a direct bolt on. Theres a LOT of stuff on the front of the 454 that needs rebuilt / replace, and this will solve most of it at once.





Spent most of the time today cleaning and organizing the garage, hope to have some wrenching updates soon. Also, if any of yall are looking for parts that you want me to yank off the 86, let me know.
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Nice one Madkat ... pretty clean looking Donor bike, I'd be tempted to fix that one up too lol

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86?

I thought the engine on an 86 would be black. That is the first blue vn750 I have seen.

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I thought the engine on an 86 would be black. That is the first blue vn750 I have seen.

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Only the 1985 had the black motor. That blue isn't stock, it was painted.
There was however a blue model, can't remember the year. Had the chrome side covers.

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the 86 still had the black wheels

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sportster seat

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