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post #31 of 57 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 03:01 PM
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Hey, both of the bikes I'm up against are excellent rides! I'd ride either of them with my head held high!

The main reason I threw my hat in the ring was so we had three very different styles to choose from. We have a bad to the bone stripped down hot rod, a sleek modern cruisin' ride, and a bit of a throwback.

Honestly, if you parked all three side by side and told me to pick one and you'd give me the keys, I'm not sure which one I'd pick!

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Hey, both of the bikes I'm up against are excellent rides! I'd ride either of them with my head held high!

The main reason I threw my hat in the ring was so we had three very different styles to choose from. We have a bad to the bone stripped down hot rod, a sleek modern cruisin' ride, and a bit of a throwback.

Honestly, if you parked all three side by side and told me to pick one and you'd give me the keys, I'm not sure which one I'd pick!
if could afford a second 900 it would be done similar to that blue one, and as for a drifter well i have only ever layed eyes on 2 of them...would love to have one someday!!

VN 900 custom "Cheapo-Glide"
Reckless (clone of) fairing
Sony dsx-s100 stereo
Pioneer (for now) 6X9 2-way speakers
Flh hardbags
Mustang "daytripper" seat
Rear lowered 2"
Cobra powerpro HP 2-1
PCIII
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if could afford a second 900 it would be done similar to that blue one, and as for a drifter well i have only ever layed eyes on 2 of them...would love to have one someday!!
That's not surprising really. Ma Kawi just released this week, for the first time, that only 9000 1500's and 9000 800's were ever made. (no word on the Japan only 400's)

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My Baby

I purchased my 2005 1600 Classic 3 1/2 years ago I traded in my 650 V Star. I have made many changes to her. I plan to put on a Barons big air kit over the winter.

PIAA Crash bar lights
Kuryakyn Iso Grips
Kuryakyn Sprakers
Kuryakyn front and rear LED turn signals
Cobra Exhaust
Cobra Sissy bar with luggage rack
Quick Release windsheild
Hard bags
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Looking Spiffy there Robs.

I like that rear fender spoiler thingy. Very cool looking.

Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

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VERY nice Rob!

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Looking Spiffy there Robs.

I like that rear fender spoiler thingy. Very cool looking.
I love the color of yours. You did a beautiful job on yours.
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This is a picture of my 09 Nomad taken in the Highwood pass in Kananaskis country in Alberta. On a summer weekend, there are hundreds of bikes on this route from Calgary.

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I entered this contest once, about 2 years ago. But I didn't win. My bike was mostly stock. It's changed a lot since then.



Year: 2004
Model: Vulcan 2000
Eng Size: 2024cc (125ci)
Pipes: Freedom Performance
Seat: Mustang
Wheels: Factory Wheels


Accessories:


In late 04, early 05, I was looking for a bike. One I called a "Practical Bar Hopper". I had already ruled out the "custom choppers", in part due to price (30k+!!) and in part due them being not something you could really ride daily (remember, I was looking for something "practical".

In March of 05 I found this bike at the Kaw dealer. It was a left over from the previous year. He dealer made me an offer I could not refuse.


The stock pipes, intake, and blinkers never made it out the dealer door. It was an attempt to streamline and make it into that "bar hopper".

Other than picking up a Mustang seat in 07, the bike stayed unchanged until last year.. when the "snowball" hit. (snowball, because once I started.. it just kind of snowballed into this..)

(and I still blame YOU bigsarg for starting it)


It was a huge learning process. The long timers in the V2K group have had a lot of laughs at my mistakes. For a good chuckle, read my thread on changing the oil for the first time.
  • I had the factory wheels, pulley, brake calipers, rear caliper bracket and regulator cover chromed.
  • I had the seat, passenger seat, sissy bar pad and rear fender bib reupholstered by American Drag Seats.
  • I polished (by hand, myself), all three rotors, the fork lowers, master cylinder, clutch perch, muffler heat shield,and muffler protector bracket.
  • 5th Gear Resistor Mod - This was the first time I had ever soldered anything.
  • Front Pulley (larger by 1 tooth)
  • New Brake, Clutch, Throttle cables. This was when I had to learn how to remove the tank. Had never done it before.
  • Baron's Tac, with Master Cylinder Mount.
  • Customized State License Plate (V2K)
  • Relocated Rear Caliper (Read about that here)
  • I drilled the handle bars and ran the wires thru it (including the Tac). I probalby should have just bought new bars. It was a pain to do.
  • Added the Freedom Pipes
  • Two inch rear drop kit.
  • Relocated the front and rear blinkers - Let me tell ya, drilling holes in that rear fender was scary.
  • Added a run-turn-brake controller. This allowed my rear blinkers to act as additional running/brake lights. This was actually a pain because I had tear apart my rear blinkers to change the color of the LEDs to red instead of amber.
  • Added over 300 LED's. Took me over a month to do that.
  • This list could go on forever.


The high light of course is the paint and fab work I had done by Artistic Fantasies Custom Paint.

The rear tail light was cut out and LED's were fiberglassed/molded in it's place. That big rear fender looks REALLY good smoothed out.

LED's were molded into the coil cover and "125ci" lights up. We did the same with the flames on both side panels.


I'm going to open the picture with the "finished" project. This is probably my favorite shot. It's my wife on my bike.

I call this shot, "The Two Things I Ride The Most"



This is how the bike looked back in Feb 2012. This is the scope of the work I was doing...









I really like this picture. Something about the sparkles.




A nighttime picture of the LEDs. Notice the coil cover and side panel.


GQ Shot


Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

2004 Vulcan 2000

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