Golfer Scott's VN800 Build
Not sure if this is the right place, so if need be please move my thread. But I wanted to keep a log of my build progress for myself and for others who may be interested.
I bought my first cruiser bike a couple weeks ago off Craigslist. I darn near stole the bike. Its a 2000 Vulcan 800 with around 20k miles on it. Picked it up for $1300 after talking the guy down quite a bit. He originally started off asking double that.
The bike was previously chopped up a little and he started to make it into a bobber. When I received the bike, it ran pretty well. But was not legal. No registration, no turn signals, no tail light. Seemed to run decent, but could tell it needed a tune up.
So my plan was to just replace a few basics and get her running good, then customize it as time goes on. Well its been about 2 weeks and I have this thing completely torn apart rebuilding quite a bit.
Here is a list of things I have bought and am in the process of doing.
- removed baffles in exhaust
- carb rebuild with jet kit
- petcock rebuild kit
- new brakes front and rear
- new chain
- new sprockets front and rear 40/18
- new wheel bearings front and rear
- new front wheel 16" and replacing the 21"
- new drag handle bars
- turn signals and tail light
- black 7" headlight with grill
- oil change with oil filter and screen
- scooterize airbox with K&N filter
- new spark plugs
- fuel filter
- exhaust tape
- black brake and clutch levers
- painting exhaust black
- painting top and side engine covers black
- painting speedo housing black
- painting chain guard black
- random little touch up paint around the frame and here and there
One i get these things all done and the bike back together, I plan to do the following
- white wall tires front and rear (anyone know if i can get 170 wide tires on stock 3" rim?)
- powder coat rims black
- Blue collar bobber front and rear fenders
- paint tank and few side pieces green like in the picture
- front tool bag and side saddle bag like in the picture
- tan leather grips
- possibly new seat
Attached is a picture of my bike on day one and the green bike is my inspiration of what I am going after.