I figured if I was gonna bastardize the bike by cutting the frame, making a storage rack and adding saddlebags I might as well go all out. I started by making a new rear fender and strut.
The "crest" you see on the home page hangs on the bottom of this fender.
You can also see the rack and mocking up of the tractor seat.
The whole point of the tractor seat and long travel shocks on that seat was for comfort. At that time my back was in pretty bad shape and the combo of seat shocks and air ride rear suspension really made for a cushy ride. In fact, the first outing felt a bit like a ride at the carnival.
The front fender was a bit of a challenge. Changing or removing it really changes the whole attitude of a bike. Bending expanded metal in two different directions to create this "spider web" was a pain but it was worth it. The fender gets a lot of attention.
This spiral thingy is my cup holder!
I wanted to build my own exhaust system and started by making this header. I didn't want the muffler to look like anyone elses and I think using barbed wire and a rain flapper really set it apart..
As long as I was cutting the tank mount with a plasma cutter, I decided to get creative and added this rat image from my stickers. The bike is coming together ok but it's not done. They're never done.