We enlisted our resident painter and fabricator, Dave Adamski from SlagKustom, to assist with the build. We modified the frame with a new hoop and electronics tray and shaved all tabs and passenger peg brackets. We relocated the battery under the engine with a trick skid plate/tray and integrated a new license plate bracket into the backside of the main cradle. We fabricated a new seat pan and sent to Keith’s Custom Seats for upholstering. To further accent an ageless look, we stripped the paint to display the raw material of the tank, hit it with scotch bright and finished with a clear coat. The front fender was provided by Meyerbuilt Metalworks. The frame is painted metallic grey and the rest of the bike’s components received a healthy dose of powdercoating from TRG Coating (Stockholm, New Jersey).
To enhance the bike’s overall performance, the air box was ditched in its entirety in favor of pod filters from Sprint Filters. We replaced the exhaust with a complete system from BAAK (France) and the ecu was programmed with a custom tune to maximize the new components.
The newfound power is put to the ground with a set of Kineo wheels which include a 180 tire conversion on the rear. To ensure proper clearance of the rear tire, we made custom offset sprockets and spacers and utilized a 520 EK 3D chain. We upgraded the suspension to incorporate the Ohlins blackline TR965 shocks and an Ohlins blackline steering damper.
To accommodate the new Chronoclassic dark tachometer by Motogadget, we machined the stock top clamp and made a mounting bracket. The gauge was wired using the Vis-T module from Peak Mod. To improve visibility, we installed an adaptive 2 headlight from Motodemic which we were able to tuck closer to the trees with their low profile headlight bucket and brackets. We upgraded the turn signals to LED offerings from Radiantz and Kellermann.
To complete the overall aesthetics of the bike, we included throwback, Webco inspired finned engine covers from Motone Customs, levers and rear fluid tanks from Rizoma and m.spy mirrors from Motogadget. All of the hardware was replaced with black or titanium pieces. We were able to establish a more aggressive riding position by installing Sato rearsets and Woodcraft clip-ons.
The machine is now 35lbs lighter than a stock bike with 10 extra ponies on tap. Not only does the bike accelerate and handle much better now but it is a force to be reckoned with its seamless transition of natural beauty to sophisticated technology and performance.