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wango
04-15-2010, 12:08 AM
My 15 year old son and I are working on what will be his first roadbike, an '84 Honda Shadow VT500.
The plan was to go bobber with it, we lowered it by replacing the 13.5" rear shocks with 11" and by changing the rear wheel from a 3x16 to a 3.5x15 off a VT700. We chopped the frame just behind the seat. But instead of using a trailer fender we wanted to use a fender with deeper sides. We picked up a used fender off a H.D. Ultra Classic, after setting on the back of the bike we decided we liked the look, it has more of a classic look, sorta like a little indian. But then the front fender didn't match anymore so we found an aftermarket fender for a Dynaglide and it fits and matches the rear. We haven't mounted it yet the pics are just sitting on the tire. Cut off the mufflers and welded some straight pipe on, added 6" baffles, K&N air filter, ordered stage one jet kit but haven't gotten it installed yet.
So its not a bobber anymore, been chopped but not really a chopper either, not sure what to call it. The lil injun.
My son runs high school track and progress has slowed now that track season is here. But we're still picking away at it, we started the first week of March, he doesn't turn 16 until October.

wango
04-15-2010, 12:18 AM
We're finishing up the rear fender struts now, then we'll start on the seat pan. We also need to modify the front fender mount.

sevenplusone
04-15-2010, 12:27 AM
Awesome!

Wish my dad would have had an interest in bikes when I was 15.

telecast
04-15-2010, 08:03 AM
Great project for you and your son, and we didn't even have to threaten you to get some pics!

Oh, and how about an intro thread? Where you from? What do you ride?

RedneckMedic
04-15-2010, 09:27 AM
Welcome I think I remember you from shadowriders.net

RoadZombie
04-15-2010, 09:59 AM
Nice! Reminds me of mine and my dad's 72 CB450 project. Gunna look sharp when you're all done!

Gas Man
04-15-2010, 10:53 AM
Awesome!

Wish my dad would have had an interest in bikes when I was 15.
TRUTH!

Looks interesting.

Where you live? What you ride?

Bob
04-15-2010, 12:30 PM
Welcome to the forums! And nice bike!

zamochit
04-15-2010, 10:47 PM
Looks like a fun project. I'm hopin my boy will want to build bikes with me.

wango
04-15-2010, 11:24 PM
Thanks for the compliments!!

I started an intro thread http://www.2wheelmichigan.com/forums/showthread.php?p=13571#post13571

wango
04-15-2010, 11:36 PM
Awesome!

Wish my dad would have had an interest in bikes when I was 15.

I hear ya. My dad hated bikes, I wasn't allowed near one as a kid. The first thing I did when I turned 18 was buy a bike. Rode it like a fucking idiot, lucky I didn't kill myself on it. Not the right way to learn to ride.

My kids have gone through a long training course with me, then after they get their license its still a long time before they can ride alone, or after dark or with passengers. Now my dad who is in his sixties is talking about getting a Goldwing, lol, go figure. I hope he does, would be a blast riding with him and my boys.

wango
04-15-2010, 11:38 PM
Welcome I think I remember you from shadowriders.net

hey rugby, I followed your link from livingdead's bobber thread. Cool site, thanks.

wango
04-15-2010, 11:46 PM
Looks like a fun project. I'm hopin my boy will want to build bikes with me.

He will.

Gas Man
04-16-2010, 08:19 AM
Man Wango... 3 generational rides would be awesome!

RedneckMedic
06-23-2010, 11:29 PM
just wondering if you guys were making any progress on your sons bike?