collapse

www.dimecitycycles.com

www.cognitomoto.com

https://www.townmoto.com/collections/vanson-leathers

www.speedmotoco.com

www.CITYLIMITMOTO.com

www.jadusmotorcycleparts.com

www.lostapostlejewelry.com

www.sparckmoto.com

www.pistonsociety.com


Author Topic: Nuckingfuts Custom Build (XV750 Done!)  (Read 33348 times)

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #30 on: Nov 01, 2014, 20:38:59 »
Made some more progress on both the subframe and pan. Tried something a little different and trimmed down the r/r to fit within the sub rails but right out in the wind flow to get max heat dissipation. Aluminum pan with built in LiPo battery box which is lined with high density foam for insulation and shock protection. Here's a few progress pics.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #31 on: Nov 22, 2014, 22:57:51 »
Well it's been a while since I gave an update on the build but we've been chipping away on various components and it's coming along nicely. The main focus for me the last couple weeks has been finalizing the details on how and where I was going to put together the custom spoke wheels, after all this was going to be the one component that will bring the target look of this bike together. Need to get this one right!

There's really only one option here in the states when it comes to building a custom spoke wheel. Everyone I talked to (i.e. RAD, Chris @ Wheelworks, etc.) all pretty much pointed me back to Buchanan's in SoCal. Yeah, these guys can all build wheels (reluctant as they were with my request) but none of them can fabricate custom spokes and/or drill rim blanks to fit. So, it was time to pay the piper and get them on board with the project. Honestly though I'm pretty excited to have the experienced shop doing the work.

While working out the details on wheel specs I got the hubs sent over to a local shop for some 50% gloss black powder coat. These turned out nicely!

Part of the struggle with spec'ing the wheel build was whether or not to go with Buchanan's Sun rim blanks (which were 2x the cost of Excels) or use 36 hole Excels. After talking with Matt at Buchanan's I learned that they can modify the Excel spoke holes enough to accommodate a steeper spoke angle so the Excels were a no brainer. A couple days later they were shipped in and the black matched up great with the hubs. Time to pack'em up and get them out to Buchanan's.


The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #32 on: Nov 22, 2014, 23:02:05 »
With the wheels out of the way I can now focus on wrapping up that R6 front end that has until now only been mocked up. So after carefully measuring the triples, stem, and headstock I ordered up some bearings from All Balls. The beauty of transplanting modern Yamaha parts on to old Yamaha platforms is that certain aspects of Yamaha engineering has really remained a constant over all these years. For example, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the new R6 brake rotors matched the old '84 hub bolt hole circle or that the steering stem design was almost identical dimensionally....sure made the job that much easier. Of course I don't have to preach to you guys.

The only mod required for the transplant was shaving off 5mm from the underside of the headstock (though we could have gotten away w/o doing this) so that I could fully utilize the threads on the stem. After mounting the upper triple and hardware it looked like a stock set up. And of course a little breathing room between the lower triple and headstock is required. Now just need to modify the steering stop so the new triples can kiss.

The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #33 on: Nov 22, 2014, 23:04:05 »
After having spent quite a bit of time building the updated subframe and seat tray for electronics we ran into an unforeseen problem with the battery box orientation within the tray. There wasn't enough clearance between the battery box and the rear shock (and it was pushing the proximity limits of the rear tire as well). Robert took this one in stride and quickly fab'd up a shiny new seat tray that address the problems and fit perfectly into the build subframe v2.0

Seems like a theme is forming with this build, doing everything twice is just plain fun!!

The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #34 on: Nov 22, 2014, 23:06:47 »
Now that the subframe/tray design was complete we needed to move on to addressing an oversight (on my part) on the original tank mount. Gas tanks always need rubber mounts otherwise they will quickly begin to grow microfissures which eventually grow into cracks....BOOM!! :o Came up with an improved design for the rear mount that will isolate the tank from vibrations and tuck under the seat nicely.

The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #35 on: Nov 22, 2014, 23:07:56 »
Now that the front end and suspension was modernized and only some minor maintenance to freshen it up remain, it's time to take a look at that dumpy backyard.

There weren't (and still isn't) too many companies that gave the ugly first gen Viragos much love in the suspension department. Let's face it....They're Fugly!! The few outfits that did offer upgraded springs stopped long ago leaving a void in the market of Virago owners with 'My baby's mama' tattoos on their arms. So I had to think outside the box to get something that was adjustable. A little bit of research revealed a few promising options from late 90's YZF600s to Speed Triples. I ended up finding a rear shock off a '99 Triumph 955i that was almost a direct fit. Only ~1/8" shorter than the stocker but with much higher spring rate (even higher when I upgrade the spring), I'll be able to maintain the rear geometry but have adjustability...WOOHOO!!

Basically the only things needed to fit the new shock is to change out the bushing, make up some new spacers, and find a home for the remote reservoir.
 

The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline DesmoBro

  • Posts: 2398
  • Busted Nut
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #36 on: Nov 23, 2014, 01:36:27 »
Cool
"I desire the things that will destroy me in the end"

Offline lchris21

  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 207
    • LC Motowerks
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #37 on: Nov 23, 2014, 03:58:21 »
looking good...............i'm in.

Offline Nuckingfuts

  • Posts: 137
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #38 on: Nov 23, 2014, 21:27:09 »
Thanks Ichris,  I'm diggin the hard work you're doing over at your build  as well.
The harder you fall the higher you bounce!

XV750 Build Thread: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=62943.0

Offline PLAZACYCLEJOSH

  • Posts: 167
  • Honda make Josh, happy Josh
Re: Nuckingfuts Custom Build
« Reply #39 on: Nov 24, 2014, 14:30:51 »
This build is looking great, awesome work!
Everyone has their hobbies and they all cost about the same.

Do what you want, but be aware that you are doing it wrong.... ~mydlyfkryzis~