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  • #41
    Coming along nicely. I really like what you got going there; a lot of great details and those bars look cool. Always better to build vs buy.

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    • #42
      Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
      Coming along nicely. I really like what you got going there; a lot of great details and those bars look cool. Always better to build vs buy.
      Thanks Doc!
      I try to build anything I can, hopefully I can learn to cast parts and possibly use a lathe so I can start making some good parts for these bikes!

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      • #43
        My buddy got a few pictures of me riding the road star, I need to dye that swingarm bag black already!
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        • zingpow
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          That thing was any lower you’d have to fabricate a skid plate for your nuts...zp...

      • #44
        Hahaha! That's one of the few issues I have with the roadstar, the ground clearance. Although it probably doesn't help that I still have the stock rear suspension on there

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        • #45
          oj...the rear shock is the first thing to go...guys here make them out of goldwing shocks and call them "roadwings"...i haven't read this entire thread so if someone has already informed you of that kindly disregard this post...zp...

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          • #46
            Yah, Roadwing is a must, especially if you've lowered you bike. Contact Smokescreens here on the site..

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            • #47
              Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
              Yah, Roadwing is a must, especially if you've lowered you bike. Contact Smokescreens here on the site..
              I haven't lowered it yet but i'll blame the slammed look on the baby weight I haven't seem to have lost since I was a baby
              This last week has been a dud as far as working on it, I've had the flu and just had enough energy to start fiddling with the seat
              I'm currently researching how to sew vinyl, hopefully I can get the seat done as well as the final paint done this week

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              • #48
                Your rear shock may be completely shot. ...You're not that big, unless you've got lead in your ass. The PO may have done the dogbone flip; that will lower it even with the stock dogbones.

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                • #49
                  Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                  Your rear shock may be completely shot. ...You're not that big, unless you've got lead in your ass. The PO may have done the dogbone flip; that will lower it even with the stock dogbones.
                  I think it basically is, feels like im riding around on a spring most of the time
                  I'll have to check the dogbones, so far all I've done to the rear suspension is adjust the preload but that didn't do much
                  I think a roadwing is the only option, now to just source the parts for under $250....

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                  • #50
                    So I finally got around to working on the road star
                    I cleaned the welds on the bars and painted them with about 6 coats of cheap gloss black spray paint
                    I cleaned and painted the frame in various spots as well as the shifter lever and most of the brackets on the bike
                    I ended up swapping the brake reservoir back to the stock one, the nissin style one was cool but they cap I used for the tube reservoir would leak every so often from being moved around from putting my bike cover on or from the fluid expanding as the day heated up, wasn't worth it to me to ruin the paint I had just worked so hard on so for now it's on the back burner
                    I made a pretty slick flying eyeball brake light from some scrap steel I picked up at a metal yard and a cool honeycomb indicator light

                    I think the next task is to just get the seat done, I don't currently have a sewing machine and I've been fighting with myself whether or not I should just make a seat cover for it and take it to a shop to sew it, so far I've done everything on my bike myself and I would really like to finish it that way although it might not turn out that way since the motorcycle show/trip I'm going on is only about a month away

                    Today I plan on at least getting a few more things welded on the sissy bar so I can get it painted. I also got a universal speedo/tach set up which I bought online, I have all the wires figured out i just want to make a small dashboard behind my fairing to hold it along with some buttons and switches.
                    I'll get some pictures when the weather clears up

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                      • #52
                        Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                        I knew someone would use that smiley haha

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                        • #53

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                          Here is a picture of the bars, finally painted although I might make some different ones soon, You can also see the grips i dyed here, I used a recipe for rit dye for a color to match my bike but it came out a blueish color, Hopefully I can try again with some new grips and get the color right

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                          I painted the sissy bar gloss black and painted the flying eye with a satin clear coat

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                          Here is a decent shot of the king and queen seat in progress, for not it is just wrapped in felt so I can test ride it and see how the foam is going to feel, I think im going to remove the felt and add a thin layer of dense foam (yoga mat) on the top then start working on the marine vinyl cover

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                          Here is the bike along with my friend's suzuki s50, out riding in the canyon near my house

                          This week I plan on getting the seat pretty much done, I recently started tearing apart a honda shadow 750 I got for $200, I'm trying to make room in the garage for my other project I will start working on soon, the 1979 xs650

                          Once the xs650 is done I'll probably go for the sportster fork swap on the roadstar, I can't wait to get her leaned back

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                          • GrapeApe
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                            Dig the mold and cut of that king/queen seat!! And the custom traveller sissy turned out awesome!!!

                        • #54
                          This week I also plan to get a dashboard made to hold the speedo/tach I got
                          I will upload a wiring diagram once I am done so if anyone else decides to get one they can wire it up a little easier than I did (the instructions it came with was a complete joke
                          On the dash I plan on mounting a few switches also, I currently have the starter and headlight switches on the side cover but i will probably put ones for them on the dash as well, I love the cockpit look, the more switches up there the better.
                          I also plan on ordering a marshall oil pressure gauge that I will mount on there as well along with an ashtray and possibly a cigarette lighter
                          I will most likely mount a rocker switch labeled "stealth" to turn the all the lights on and off as well

                          Can anyone think of any other switches that I could mount up there?
                          If I had an air ride system I would for sure put the controls up there, or even the roadwing shock rap adjuster, that would be cool to have up there also

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                          • #55
                            i put risers on mine and feel like jesse james just handcrafted a $150,000.00 work of art...zing goodwrench...

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                            • #56
                              I'm digging that sissy bar. The king and queen seat is looking good too. Looks comfy. Here are some switches to add:

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                              • zingpow
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                                doc, it needs a switch that says "i fart in your general direction"...zing python...

                            • #57
                              Actually, here are a couple cool options:

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                              If you don't have space for that:

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                              or this... I liek this one best:

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                              • Brad_G
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                                Takes me back to my dirt track racing days. Something about the feel of reaching up and flipping those switches.

                            • #58
                              Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                              I'm digging that sissy bar. The king and queen seat is looking good too. Looks comfy.
                              Thanks! The back rest is proving to be pretty comfortable so far!



                              Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                              Here are some switches to add:

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                              I have thought about this kind of stuff for such a long time, being cut off or nearly killed by drivers had me dreaming of ways to mount an oil slick or caltrop system on my bike but I'll leave that to 007, Until then having a vest pocket full of change works

                              I've always wanted to mount a flame thrower or smoke screen exhaust kit on a bike, being able to label a rocker switch "smoke" or "flamethrower" might be just enough of a valid excuse to do it....

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                              • #59
                                Niiice ride!! Love the evolution it's gone through! Much respect for ur hard work and detail in describing it is awesome!

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                                • #60
                                  Originally posted by GrapeApe View Post
                                  Niiice ride!! Love the evolution it's gone through! Much respect for ur hard work and detail in describing it is awesome!
                                  Thanks man! It's been one of my favorite builds so far
                                  Hopefully i can get the seat done and get some exhaust pipes built soon

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