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My Classic Is Coming Into Focus . .

I can be long winded, but I'll try to be concise! I bought my Classic in February after selling my M109. I wanted to get something that was a little more laid back and something I could put miles on. The M109 was comfortable enough, but the windshield choices out there are not great, and either suck . . or diminish the cool factor immensely. Miss the hyper-speed setting though!

I bought my '09 with barely 800 miles on it, if you can believe that. Had a light bar, case guards and saddlebags.

I just fitted the Custom World backrest, Cut down the Ghost Brackets so it all fits nice and precise, and am now going to notch the backrest so I can merey loosen the bolts and slide it off. That will be this week I hope. It's on now, but I like the convertible aspect of accessories.

I then went to work on the front end. I stripped the fork lowers, removed the triple trees and painted them a low gloss black which mimics powder coating well in my opinion. Paint was baked on in all cases.

I then added Chrome World front wind deflectors and attached them by using the lower holes and tapping the triple tree and rubber mounted the upper portion there. It looks clean, factory and can be left on with or without a windshield as the upper mount was originally designed to tie into a windshield bracket.

This week, I added my Batwing fairing. And, If I wasn't sure about the looks of the bike before, The Batwing pulled it together for me. I run Aux. lights and JJ helped a ton in my deciding whether they would work or not. They definitely do. Thanks again JJ.

Yesterday, I popped two baffles out of the exhaust as a "do for now" measure and while it isn't throaty enough for me yet, it helped. I'm going to ride this season and get some miles on the bike before I get into the whole intake/exhaust controller aspect . . (I think!!!!)

In a week or so, My Mustang Daytripper saddle will be here to further the journey a little more.

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Bikes looking sharp! One good thing about a black bike is you can add goodies and in most cases no paint required. That seat is gonna make a big difference!

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Getting there . .

You are right about that. The Batwing looks great even though it doesn't have the fleck character the factory paint does. if it gets scratched over time, I'm just going to have it dipped I think.

The stock saddle is OK soft, but OK. It sticks up where it should be a little bucket and for me and I'd guess, most . . it's right at the tailbone. I think while it's off, I might play with the foam and scoop it a bit. We'll see.

Ultimately, I want a Vacquero, but used ones are hard to find . . .


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Looks good for sure but I am biased lol. I have a 09 Classic with similar mods. I just did the Ray throttle mod with black avon grips turnkey from Ray and great bang for the buck.

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Cool. I noticed you had a GS .. funny . . I had a 1979 GS1000E that I resto-modded . . I did it in British racing green with charcoal tank panels, bikini fairing, Yoshi 4 into 1 with a Suzuki Bandit 1200 Stainless canister. I took it to the frame and rebuilt it. I had to as the stator/rectifier went and by that time it was too late. I called it "Total Recall". It looked factory, but left people scratching their heads, "hmmm looks familiar", but the exhaust threw them. All the tank and side cover badges were restored as well. It was a fun project. I sold it and bought my first Vulcan a 1500D and it started all over . . .

How long did it take you to get the grips . . and what the heck does he do to them? What are you running for exhaust? Us Classic guys have to stick together . . they are a little black sheepish . . .



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SWEET! Those lowers are awesome. Now you really made me want a light bar!

I'm sure you will love the new seat. I realize now why some people say it moves you up, while others say it moves you back...It is just totally different, like riding a different bike.

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Too Funny . .

I guess if I owned one . . I wouldn't have to spell it anymore . . .

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Yesterday, I popped two baffles out of the exhaust as a "do for now" measure and while it isn't throaty enough for me yet, it helped. I'm going to ride this season and get some miles on the bike before I get into the whole intake/exhaust controller aspect . . (I think!!!!)
Did you remove the back two centre plates from each of the mufflers or just the one from each?

I just removed two from each...stopped before hitting the catalytic material, and now I have the dreaded "Chirp" on decel that at least one other forum member mentioned experiencing. It's a high pitched noise when I let off on the throttle.

Now I have literally ruined a perfectly good set of Classic Mufflers!

Other than the "Chirp" they actually sound pretty good...maybe it is just peculiar to doing the hole-saw mod on the Classic Mufflers.
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