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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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November 2012 BOTM Winner, smedlin!

Well after a super close vote Smedlin has squeaked out a win!

Congrats smedlin!

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

600W stereo (not sure how many times I've moved/rewired the amp)
Rivco Air Horn
AeroMach - AM-9500C Cruisin' Pegs for Kawasaki - Solid Arm
Scorpi-900 Alarm with 2 way pager, tilt sensor and 3-Stage Perimeter Sensor
Way to many stuff to actually list them all.

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.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 10:39 AM
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Congrats. Can't hardly see the bike from all of the chrome flash. But I bet it looks good.

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Wow. What a shocker. I am SOOOOO surprised

Haha, congrats Smedlin! Well earned win for a very beautiful bike.

We did have probably one of the better BOTM crowds in a while, a lot of excellent bikes. I hope everyone re-enters next month! Remember Smedlin can't enter again for another year, so you have 11 chances to win!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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We did have probably one of the better BOTM crowds in a while, a lot of excellent bikes. I hope everyone re-enters next month! Remember Smedlin can't enter again for another year, so you have 11 chances to win!
Your right, this was one of the better months for nice looking bikes.

This really means a lot to me. I have no ideal how many hours I've poured into this bike over the past year. Enough to where the wife more than once complained about it. I'm sure the guys down in the V2k section got very tired of me asking "how.. how.. how."

I also have no ideal on how much money I've spent. And I DON'T want to know. Would probably irk me.

But.. once I started, I just could not seem to stop. I love the way the bike turned out. I love the way it looks, the way it feels. The way it makes ME feel while I'm ridding it.

I've said it before, this bike brings out the Cromagnum in me; chest thumping, poo flinging, grab the woman and throw her over my shoulders...

It stops being a motorcycle. It turns into some sort of demon-spawn monster (hence it's name, the beast?).

You can hear it yelling from a mile away. Old ladies cower in fear, thinking it's the Apocalypse and one of the four horseman. Young women start to throw undergarments at you (and some men also!).

*chuckle* I never get tired of saying the above lines...

Anyways, it's a real honor to win the BOTM contest. I don't think it will win the BOTY contest though. Now THAT has some spiffy bikes, the best of the best.

(and hopefully the people who entered in the Nov contest reenter for Dec. It's the last of the year chance to be in the BOTY poll)

Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 03:03 PM
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Congrats Smedlin, glad I voted for you!!!
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congrats on the win, great looking ride
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nice bike ... I like the lines, chrome etc... great work....!! and happy new year
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 08:08 AM
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MAN, that's a beautiful bike!!! Pure sex on wheels.. great job!!
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