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  • My RS Bobber

    When I bought my 2001 RS a couple of years ago, it had already been very substantially customized / upgraded / rebuilt by its previous owner, who, besides becoming a friend, did a fantastic job at turning it into a sexy bagger:





    Non-exhaustive list of the mods / rebuild at time of purchase:

    - New swingarm bearings and spacers
    - New progressive suspension (rear shock)
    - New neck bearings
    - 18in RC Components Wheels, Rotors and rear pulley (front and rear)
    - PM calipers (front and rear)
    - Barnett clutch
    - New lines and fittings
    - Dynatek Dyna3000 ECU

    Engine:
    - Speedstar ported cylinder heads
    - Speedstar HC pistons, rings and pins
    - Speedstar HP oil pump drive gear
    - L&D HP Camshafts
    - Baron ported intake manifold
    - High torque Warrior starter and Warrior starter relay
    - various upgrades of the stock carb that I won't list because I've changed it

    It was a real beauty but not at all what I had in mind, so I started to chop it down to create my dream bobber...Here is a pic that summarizes the evolution:



    I probably forget a bunch of stuff, but here is what I have at the back of my head:

    - shaving of the frame horns to mount a spring solo seat by MotherRoad customs
    - Swing arm mounted rear fender from LedSled Customs (that I chopped a bit too short, I get sprayed when I ride in the mud and I'll have to extend it by a few inches when I got time...)
    - Cobra exhausts
    - Mikuni HSR 42 carburetor
    - Motor mounted Dynatek coils
    - Drag Specialties Legacy Lynx sportster tank
    - PTFE ST/ST braided fuel lines
    - Pingel hi-flo petcock
    - custom made drag bars
    - Baron Risers
    - Ditched the fork tines
    - Custom shorty front fender
    - PM controls and grips
    - I put back the stock front calipers, but kept the PM calipers at the rear...
    - Arlen Ness mirrors
    - new throttle assy
    - custom brake and clutch lines
    - custom side license plate
    - new motor mount ignition block
    - new wiring harness (the old one was an absolute mess and I had plenty of new connections to make so starting with a clean slate was better...)
    - Motogadget speedo
    - Some custom painting or course and lots, lots of powder coating
    - various seals and parts replaced by genuine Yam OEM ones

    Here are the money shots:






    These pics were taken right after the end of the build, in the meantime I've changed a few things:

    - changed the headlight, that one broke (the bracket thread was in aluminium and the mounting screw in steel, it didn't take a lot of hard riding and vibrations to strip it...). I installed a powder coated housing of the same size with a LED daymaker instead
    - Changed the teardrop air cleaner for a round one because I installed a S&S Customs oil pressure gauge and the teardrop was in the way
    - Changed the side license plate for a bigger one. The one on the pic wasn't of the legal size and I was getting too many fines from the Thai police...
    - Swapped the gel battery for a lithium Antigravity one

    That's pretty much it . I've made plenty of long rides since I've finished it, so although it doesn't look very comfortable, it is actually a pleasure to ride. I'm a big dude (6.2, 200lbs) so reaching for the drag bar is not a problem at all, and may be I have an iron butt but I can ride 300 miles per day several days in a row without discomfort. That or I just don't know what it is to ride a really comfy bike

  • #2
    Nice ride!

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    • #3
      That is a beautiful bike in both it's incarnations.

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      • #4
        Nice ride. Sounds like you put a lot of work on this project but, the end result sure justifies it.

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        • #5
          Dude, I love what you did to it. That bike looks great. I bet it hauls ass with those parts an the lighter weight. Have you thought about switching to a barons 31T front sprocket? I started making a bobber out of a road star but ended up selling it before I got it finished. I have made a couple bobbers, but mine were low budget ones and not as nice as yours. I think yours is one of my top favorites. here are some pics of the ones I've done.
          owning a motorcycle is not a matter of life or death, it is much more important than that

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          • #6
            Very nice indeed!

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            • #7
              Sweet Ride, thank you for sharing.

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              • #8
                Nice!!!

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                • #9
                  That is a LOT of time, money, and effort right there! Would love to hear a sound clip with those cams!

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                  • #10
                    from Athens, Georgia.
                    You done good !!
                    I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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                    • #11
                      Thank you for the feedback gentlemen, it is highly appreciated.

                      Clke, thank you for the kind words mate, I really like your bobbers too. That being said, no, it doesn't haul asses at all and that's one of the reasons I've joined the Clinic, I'll need your valuable help to sort out where my performance issues come from. I'll post a thread detailing the situation later today if I find the time.

                      Lug Nut, I got a few vids laying around, I'll try to find and post them so that you can check the sound

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                      • cike
                        cike commented
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                        31t front pulley is the best bang for the buck, it's like adding a set of performance cams.. only use Barons, not the cheap aluminum ones

                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Lug Nut View Post
                      That is a LOT of time, money, and effort right there! Would love to hear a sound clip with those cams!
                      Not a very sexy vid but it gives an idea of the note:

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                      • #13
                        Badass!!!! Love it! Oh yeah and from Airlie Oregon!
                        2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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                        • #14
                          AWESOME

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                          • #15
                            NICEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeee and

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