Originally Posted by HellionsMC
The bike does have potential, but I think it would need a lot of work to get it to that point and you'll probably end up spending as much as you would have on a frame-up budget build. Regardless, will be interesting to see what direction you go with it.
Hellions & CFL; points well said. Exactly what I had in mind when I decided to buy the bike. I want to keep the bells and whistles cost as low as possible. Trying to modify things like the rear fender and tank could be more frustration than they are worth vs. just buying a new parts. I think I can get a few bucks back on selling the front end and the fenders.
I'm pretty firm in my plan to go with the Chassis Design Springer in 6 over. If you haven't seen it check it out on eBay, its not on his web site yet.
The tank would cost me at least 500 to modify, so I think I'd be better off just buying a new one. I'm going to check with my local guys here in AZ, Evolution Customs, see what they will ask for to do a flat bottom and mounts. Otherwise, I'll get with Metal Shop.
I'm willing to see what I can do with the rear fender, but going with a B'Cool would be $400 and much less hassle. I can sell the fenders off the bike as is and not end up with too much out of pocket.
Most of the the things on the frame that need welding or re-work is just my sweat equity, and I have plenty of spare bungs and mounting tabs hanging around. now I'm really happy I got that Miller TIG last spring, it will come in very handy.
When I get the Springer front end I'll have to also get a PM springer brake which are not cheap, but I can sell the PM 4 piston on the front. I won't get much for it but its in good shape.
I want to put a 6 speed gear set in and so far the best deal I can find is the PRIMO Rivera gear set. Quality and reliability for around $900. Also a BDL 2 inch belt drive, but these two things are lowest on the list until I get the overall look of the bike right.
I was going to ditch the mini-apes and go with Chassis Design Super Bars, but after riding it a bit I kind of like the mini apes... I'll ride it a bunch more and see how much my arms hurt before I make up my mind.
I thought about going with a hydraulic clutch master which would also require a hydraulic clutch cylinder on the tranny, both pricey PM parts. I'll stick with the manual pull set up for now and shop around for killer deals... If I can't get close-out prices I won't bother. Plus I'd have to buy a new clutch cable too.
I know many people look at these projects as gain vs. loss issue over the purchase investment... That is forefront in my mind and plans, but you also have to remember the fun factor. I like doing the work and investing my sweat in the process, to me that's the point of wrenching on choppers.
So, after what I might be able to sell some of the parts for I'm hoping I can get this done for less than $2500 out of pocket (not including paint or the 6 speed). Let's see how close I can get to that over the next year. For now I'll ride the piss out of it the way it is and I have another CFL to finish once the paint is done.