Great to have found this forum. I took delivery this evening of a 2005 Shadow Ace in Black/Grey in great shape, only 2200 miles, dealer maintained and well cared for. It's sitting in my garage unregistered, but I've already washed and waxed it since I can't do anything else with it tonight ;>)
Other than riding a buddy's bike a couple times about 20 years ago (I'm in my 40's) I've never ridden. Lots of time on mountain and road bikes, which I think will help me in *some* ways. Anyway, I took the MSF BRC in May, did very well except for a little foot dab in 'the box' during my evaluation, but passed it, got my license, and I've been looking at bikes until this morning
. I plan on taking it REAL slow and just riding back streets and roads, and becoming very familiar with the nearest parking lot. Gonna do the full-face helmet, jacket with armor, boots, gloves. All part of the adventure, as I see it. Beyond that, I bought this bike just to cruise around the rural back roads in my area. I live in a semi-rural area of upstate NY (near where they hold Americade) and there are great places to ride without having to venture far.
The Aero feels very comfortable to me (at least sitting on it and moving it around the driveway), and I love the low seat height because I'm only 5'8", and that's in my boots. Can't wait to get it out and about.
I have a couple of questions. I've searched the site quite a bit but haven't found any direct answers. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide, and once again, I'm glad to be here.
1. My bike came with saddlebags and a sissy bar. I want to remove them along with the pillion and convert it to a solo ride. Problem is, the bolts that hold the saddle bag guards is recessed and none of my sockets will fit into the recess. I believe they were dealer installed, and therefore probably OEM. Is there a special tool I need to remove these?
2. Once I get those off, is there any trick to removing the bag mounts and sissy bar? It all seems to be 'layered' - that is, the saddle bag guards are mounted to the silver trim thingy on the rear fender, and if memory serves, the sissy bar mount is behind that. If I remove the bolt that holds it all together, will a nut fall out from up inside the fender?
3. While learning to ride well and is my first priority, I'm already thinking about a few small mods/customizations, like a seat rail around the solo seat, maybe floorboards, maybe a light bar with passing lights. When I go on eBay or surf around in general, there are TONS of vendors selling this stuff. Can anyone recommend a good bang-for-buck, budget-minded but decent quality vendor for these kinds of accessories?