- February 1st, 2013
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Okay back in 2006 I bought this 2006 Honda Shadow VLX 600 from an old friend of mine. He apparently thought he wanted a motorcycle, so he went down to the Honda dealership here in Lawton Oklahoma and bought this motorcycle brand new right off of the showroom floor. Then about one month later he sold it to me for a (really good price). So I ended up with the bike (which was ugly to me in its stock condition).
The motorcycle had just under 400 miles on it. So I got my saws all out and chopped it up. Then I got online and began ordering parts for the motorcycle which was now in a million pieces in my garage. Once all the parts came in, I got with my buddy (a great pre-fab and welding guru), and we began assembling my version of what I call “a bad ass bike”. Below are a few pictures of what this motorcycle looked like when I got it with less than four hundred miles on it right before I chopped it up with my saws all.
As you can see from the pics above, this was a dorky looking motorcycle. From the ridiculously over used maroon metal flake paint, to the exhaust, handle bars and the ugly ass huge and ridiculous front and rear turn signal assemblies.
After I dismantled the bike, I took it out to my friend Lloyd’s house where I installed a lowering shaft (made from heavy solid aluminum) in place of the factory mono-shock. This lowered the motorcycle (the right way) making it a very low hard tail bike. Once I was finished with that. I began cutting and removing a ton of other factory junk from the motorcycle. I removed the rear foot pegs, lighting, fender struts, fender, seats, reflectors, exhaust and the remaining pieces of the body – like the front fender, tank and the hideous looking side covers.
You can see by looking at the picture above that I have already slammed the bike, removed the factory fender, fender struts, rear turn signals and hardware along with completely customizing the handlebars along with new grips and a custom triple tree (which lowers the center of the handle bars down to the top of the triple tree).
This is the rear view of the bike still on the trailer as I returned home from prefabbing the new fender brackets and installing the t-bar (handle bars) and the lowering shaft (removing the factory mono-shock). The lowering shaft by the way is made and sold by scootworks.
Once I finished removing all of the rest of the factory junk, and prepared the bike for more prefab and welding, I returned to my buddy’s shop where I installed the cobra drag pipes, mirrors, cables, wiring and began plans for a new custom bobber seat pan and some chrome. The rear fender is a Jesse James (West Coast Choppers) rear fender which I had to completely re-mod to fit on the bike and fit the new polished aluminum fender struts I added. I also installed some really stretched out forward controls, a chrome voltage regulator cover, put the body parts in black primer and then sat on it posing for a pre-paint pic with all of the dust on it that had accumulated on the bike over the past couple of months.
The bike is now pretty much ready for a good cleaning, some minor body work, prep and paint. Not to mention the seat pan and the side covers.
So I wasn’t able to get a picture of the bike after the side covers and the seat were fabbed out but this is pretty much complete minus those two things and the paint. The flame mirrors look really cool but really suck for seeing behind me while riding so I just made a habit of turning my head instead of relying on those. Oh ya! Check out those bad ass forward controls! Oh! And by the way, the bike is loud as hell and sounds great with the chrome drag pipes (baffles out). I hope you like it.
I was able to find a picture of the bike after it was finished, although it is a little dirty (I liked it better flat black). That’s my buddy Lloyd sitting on it giving us the bird! Yeah! He was about half lit when this pic was snapped!
This is a really sweet, custom bobber here. Looks like a full rigid frame with maybe an S&S motor powder coated black with a matte black finish on the body. Looks really great with the rear white wall tire and sits perfectly in my opinion with how I like a bobber to be set up! Oh! And the blue wheels really set this one off well.