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Old 13-01-2008, 10:02 AM
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Default Started chopping the dragstar

My first foray into customisation rather than just ratting. Given that the dragstar already looks like a hardtail, the frame remains untouched.

I have removed all the accessories from the tank and laid down a matt black base. I intend the chequerboard later today and add possibly some go faster stripes in red and white down the tank.

Rear mudguard I have removed and chopped down with a grinder.there wll be just enough room for the pillion seat and then the kicked tail of the original guard. The black with go faster theme will be continued on the mudguard.

I'm going to get a decent LED tail light fom Dracken and some replacement bars. also going to replace the mirors and footpegs.

longer term I will replace the exhaust, air filter and get it jetted. I will also spray some of the sh1te plastic shiny bits matt black.

I'll post some pics later.
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Old 13-01-2008, 11:43 AM
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Please add pictures....

I'd be interested not only how it turns out but how you did it
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Old 13-01-2008, 11:46 AM
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I'll be interested in where it all goes wrong.... Remember a hammer is NOT a replacement for spanners/sockets/screwdrivers/beer


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Old 13-01-2008, 11:48 AM
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Old 13-01-2008, 12:00 PM
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I started with changing the bars on me little dragstar, it's now 9'6" with 22" over springers..... get in there, stamp your personality all over it, and get some pics up!

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good man......get the hammer out mate and get some piccys on here
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Old 13-01-2008, 03:08 PM
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I'm just wondering if he's done the rear mudguard the way we discussed at the Poisoned Chalice meet.
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Old 13-01-2008, 05:11 PM
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I'm just wondering if he's done the rear mudguard the way we discussed at the Poisoned Chalice meet.

Grav, exactly like that , your advice was sage indeed... not to mention saving me hours wondering how the fuck to join it back together!! ... pics below:

started stripping.




The skelatal rear frame which I was very tempted to spray and leave exposed.. I would have fibre glassed under it if I was going that route.




Post grinder - I had to route out all of the internal support plastic to make it fit




Matt black tank as a base coat.



The whole thing



Masked with first coat of white..




To see the whole thing you'll have to wait for the video upload tomorrow evening to motorsickle.com ... and it still isn't finished.
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Old 13-01-2008, 06:38 PM
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ahh the joys of a can'o'matt black paint
nicely done matey
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Grav, exactly like that , your advice was sage indeed... not to mention saving me hours wondering how the fuck to join it back together!! ...
I love it when a plan comes together. Nice one Slob.
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Good on yer mate!


good luck slob, did you sort starter?
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Nice, look forward to seeing it done.
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The Dragstar is a nice bike...I would have to see the before and after photographs viewed from the same angles to be convinced that you had done the right thing...they sound nice too...which model was it... John
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John , in answer to to your request , imagine the pic below with a bit of rust and neglect ,. The previous owner had slid it down the road at least once:





The conversion isn't finished yet so i'll post follow up pics next weekend as I need to work on it this week to get it up to scratch.

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XVS1100 .. and fayji, the starter isn't sorted yet!
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Old 14-01-2008, 01:45 AM
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The 1100...a bike I have drooled over...I hope it turns out well...I'm sure you will have no trouble sorting it out... John
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Looking good so far slob I really like the dragstar (hence the reason i ride a baby one ) will be looking out to see how it turns out.
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Looking good so far slob I really like the dragstar (hence the reason i ride a baby one ) will be looking out to see how it turns out.

you actually in Manchester or closer to Crewe? The reason I ask is I met a fella on a baby dragstar in Aldi a few weeks back.
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