Jun 14, 2019

Jenny Craigslist returns (Jenny Craigslist2)

More final iteration  photos at bottom of blog.  She was a beauty

So you want a reliable Cafe/Bobber or some kind of unique ride eh?  Who doesn't, that's a stupid question.

I don't run a fender, but here is proof that I do have one.

Look no further.  Here is a tasteful custom that doesn't look like a 18yr old built it. 
Link to Craigslist add here

1. doesn't have it's ass cut off completely. Modified, not amputated..
2. doesn't have a seat that looks like a caterpillars ass,
3. runs like NEW. Just jump on and ride to Florida.
4. Posture/position is made for real riding, not simply looking cool at coffee shops.

Typically most Craiglist projects start with an old pile of shit.
I went the other direction, buying the best GL1100 out there.
Lowering a bike is a bit harder with air-ride.
But I've got nothing better to do all night long.

So watch Boulder's craigslist in a few weeks.  
Go get some of your kid's college $$, summon an Uber, and ride Jenny home.

My target bike for this project was a 1-owner bike, preferably sold because the owner's geriatric hemorrhoids are got too large for him to ride any longer. This bike below wasn't exactly that the holy grail, but darn close.   Oh, and it wasn't poop brown like most Goldwings.

Step one, Jenny's diet.  This 800lb lady needs to loose 100lbs, and fast.

 Handle bar, crash bars, fog lights and fenders  were trashed.   
The kid requested the windscreen for his "Spaceship" or something or other.
Luggage will store tie down straps in the back of the raptor now.

too bad I cant use these. they look expensive

converted to storage in my truck bed.
now holds chains and tie down straps

This is a 1982 Ipod.

Typically I find bad bikes and spend months fixing them, but this time I found a great bike and spent months ruining it instead.   It came with perfect electrical components.  Even the ugly Vetter components appeared professionally wired (probably a dealer back in 1982).  Perfectly preserved stuff is so nice to work on.  I enjoyed being the first guy to wreck it.   

Off with the"ape-hangers" and on with black flat bars.
  I ordered them extra wide, like I order my condoms.   
Jenny didn't leak a drop of fluid or exhaust.  Moreover the chrome looked new on the exhaust.  So I certainly couldn't paint or wrap it.  That's typically reserved for ugly rusted exhaust.   That chrome survived 36 yrs, I didn't have the heart to tear it off.  Instead I doubled down on that crap with some chrome valve stem covers, woo hoo!

Throttle turns 180 degrees, which "hides" a lot of the motors power.

I've ordered an improved throttle to make things happen faster, hehe!

You have no idea how hard it is to lower an instrument cluster 3/4"
Some things just have to be done, to  make that small 5% difference.

I dig the whisper quiet long tube mufflers on a Goldwing, they look good exposed.
\I don't think a machine should be loud unless it needs to be to perform. 

They didn't leak, and appeared new already.
Seems to me, if you have the forks off you should just reseal them anyway.   

The  reason  most cafe bikes don't have a rear fender is the damn things are HARD to get right.  People try for a week,  have  a few drinks and then say something profane and whip out a sawzall tool.  Know you know why cafe bikes have no ass.   

Bucking convention, I skipped the hipster fender-less bike crap.  After a few beers I bought 4 fenders to attempt various looks.    Once they arrived I cut em up and viola!  a Whitmans sampler of fenders.  The black one that was originally the front fender ended up the final iteration.    If anyone needs 3 spare fenders chopped to shit, they are ready. 

Okay, it's not technically a frame modification.
It's more of a factory seat mount amputation. 

Frame mods?  Glad you asked.  I didn't chop off the rear because it looks too much like you chopped of the rear.  Meaning, I think it's stupid.  

Holes welded up,  and a little sanding.
So glad I bought a MIG welder.  Woo Hoo!
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This is what an OEM front fender looks like after 3 hours of cutting.
Eventually it will make a handsome rear fender that is quite short. 

I know Jenny is slow by today's standards, but I feel she is speedy in a sort of RoadKill kind of way.  Those tiny Honda CB350's everyone is building won't pass an RV on a mountain road like Jenny will.  She may be big boned but having lost so much weight she's anxious to put out. 

The sofa seat was a lot like a sofa seat.  Its for sale if you want it. 
$4,600 and you get a free motorcycle included.  

For the droves of hotties I'll be taking home from various night clubs I figured a cooler saddle was required.  One that says, "sit here on the fender and be completely uncomfortable,"   The new custom seat is brutally uncomfortable as any good custom should be.  Fake crocodile skin was cheaper than brass riveted leather,  Think of it as a vinyl coated brick that costs about the same

The factory seat was so ugly I chose to ride around without one.  
I can't take credit, for the upgraded suspension.  The previous owner upgraded the suspension  to the popular Progressive brand air ride stuff.  Yes it leaked air, but silicone, o-rings and a dab of JB Weld turned off that warning light pretty easily.  Don't you love cheap fixes?  A man is defined by his junk drawer.   

This pretty much sums up Jenny's diet. 
The upside to choosing a project bike that typically weights 1175lb (fully loaded with wife and luggage) is the brakes are pretty darn good.   3 discs, twin pistonred calipers and braided lines all haul this beast down to a stop pretty well. 
Somebody loved these.  Rotors, pads and brake lines are all new.  
Jenny's MOTOR is fine. Not even a puff of  smoke at startup.  With 68,000 miles on the odometer, its possible she's been rebuilt, but it's also possible it's just been well cared for. I've got no clue, but I dig it.  What is apparent is plugs wires and carbs are all sparkly fresh and that's good because carbs are like the moon to me.   Something mysterious goes on inside carburetors that i cannot understand.  It's just unnatural.

Frame guards had to go,  your shins hit them with the new seating position.  

I don't know what we have here.  A Goldwing Custom. Bobber,  Cafe Racer, Flat Tracker, Transcontinental Cafe?  Perhaps simply a Goldwing Sportster.   Whatever it is, it's got a certain character that is awesomely majestic and more unique than most Craigslist Cafe bikes. 

Okay,  below is the final iteration.  I sourced a second set of parts to paint olive drab.   Looks a bit more  custom with some  carbon   wrapped bits.    She's on to a new happy home.