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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2018, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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What's up guys!

Hey guys,names Chrys.
Had a cbr600 f3 a while back for a couple months,and now I just picked up a 1986 Honda Shadow vt500.

My goal for this bike,even tho there are better bikes to start with,is to make it as close to a cafe racer as I can.

I've looked at a few video and have done some searching and haven't found very much on how to go about it.
I'm a newbie when it comes to bikes but I am a auto mechanic.

Is there any links or advice you can give me to help along this journey?
I'm really interested in getting some more modern stuff put on her,such as swapping the front end to a sport bike front like cbr forks and such.id really like to give it some MotoGP stuff.

Any info and advice will be greatly appreciated and look forward to a build thread we're I show what I'm doing and put out knowledge I've found and been taught for others to see.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-01-2018, 06:05 PM
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I been building an 84 VT500 bobber. Its a perfectly acceptable starting platform. Its light,simple, and cheap. I dont have much bike building experience myself but my advice is to just dive in.

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I been building an 84 VT500 bobber. Its a perfectly acceptable starting platform. Its light,simple, and cheap. I dont have much bike building experience myself but my advice is to just dive in.

Im not a real bobber fan, but that looks good. congrats.


The wife and I on My, 2001 Shadow Spirit
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Welcome Chrys


Sitting on my VTX making Vroom Vroom noises.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/me...e71386-vtx.jpg

2006 Shadow Aero 750, "Audrey" - Jan 2017 BOTM - Sold Oct 2018

2008 VTX 1300T - Oct 2018 Co-BOTM

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I been building an 84 VT500 bobber. Its a perfectly acceptable starting platform. Its light,simple, and cheap. I dont have much bike building experience myself but my advice is to just dive in.
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Welcome Chrys


Sitting on my VTX making Vroom Vroom noises.

https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/me...e71386-vtx.jpg


Nice bike man! I like the colors

The link you posted isn't working for some reason.i like vroom vroom noises tho! I wanna do up some pipes for mine
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So this is kinda what I have in mind to achieve.yes I know allot of Fab and $$$,which time will cover.i just need the know how. I'm pretty bike illiterate..
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you dont have to spend money if youre willing to spend time. I spent about $400 so far building my bike. when i see something cool my first thought is not "where can i buy that?" but " How can i make that?"

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you dont have to spend money if youre willing to spend time. I spent about $400 so far building my bike. when i see something cool my first thought is not "where can i buy that?" but " How can i make that?"
I love to make my own stuff as well,however I have no metal working experience and just started learning how to weld.
Plus,sadly I have no friends with that skill set either...gonna find some tho!
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understanable, learning to weld can be intimidating just know that practice makes perfect. dont be afraid to f up every once in a while too. not everything i do turns out good. just gives me opportunities to try again

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Welcome to the forum!


"Beware the man who does not talk and the dog that does not bark." - Cheyenne proverb

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