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Can anyone tell me where I can find a custom frame for my 1300c. I am wanting a custom look but dont want to cut my frame.
While cutting the neck on a VTX R would be the chepest way to get the rake, I can't help wondering how involved it would be. Sure take a plasma and knoch out the top and weld it back together. Seems simple enough. But I run Xtreme 6 degree trees now. The stock rake is 32 degrees. So this puts me at 38 degrees. I had to mill the rear of the top tree already to clear the frame. If the was cut to a 38 degree and then 6 degree trees installed the rear of the front tree would be a quarter inch lower than where it is now. The tank would have to go back,or dropped. Not to mention the handle bar risers only clear by a quarter in at present. Looks to me like a bottom extention would be the way to go. Any one done this?rod1300s said:i htink the cheapest way would be to use your frame cut the neck and go with an arizonaphat wide tire kit. forget the 280 rea they can do at least 300 rears and you can still keep your factory drive train. www.azphats.com just talk with either stumpy or steve nice guy's to talk with and they can work with you.
I made my extentions myself. I used a well known billet part and copied them. Mine were milled to 2 3/4. But you don't have to extend them at all if you don't want to. I did because of draggin chrome off my forward controls. The trees alone drop the front 2 inches. I rode it without the extentions for around a week. It really handled better then, than now. I just can't see where you find the room to cut the neck to 38 and use 6 degree trees without the top tree bottoming out on the top frame rail. After that is solved then you have to move to the tank. Dropping it or backing it up. Either would call for revamping the seat or tank or both. There's nothing simple about it that I can see. Making the swingarm for a 300mm I can see. But with all the money that would be tied up in a X when complete, You could buy a full blown custom on a frame ready to go without the mods.rod1300s said:the x frame is way over built fro the bike the neck area of it is pretty thick with heavy plate it will be a little time consuming to do but i would just grind the weld off the pates to see whats underneath. with the six degree trees and that rake you would have to exten your forks about three inches. they sell fork extension for it. check with glen over on the azphat site or i can see if i can find the site he told me about for the fork extension. they are about 70 dollars.
With just the trees the bike handles just like it did before, except when around corners at very low speeds (5 miles and hour or less ) the handlebars want to flop to the side of the turn. Turnning Radius is much longer than before. All and All I'm very happy with the looks, ride, and handling. Never made blueprints, and I sent the paid for extentions to a Cust. Service friend in CA. To let him try on his bike. I'm making a side plate mount for a Cafe Member now. But I won't have a blueprint of it either. I just play it by ear. Somtimes it works, Alot of the time it don't. Not much on the rulebook like a real machinest. Trial and error is how I learn.rod1300s said:yep your right! but anyone can buy a customs. the fun is building your own! the tank would have to be moved or the frame streched. i haven't done my bike yet but was thinking about it this winter. how did you like it with just the trees? did it give you the look you wanted? nice extensions. i am an automotive inst at a high school with a full machine shop welding shop and paint shop. so for me if i can make it or build it i usually don't get it. hey question for you? do you have the prints for your extensions?
You could always talk the school into getting a pipe bender for the Auto Class. But if it's like most schools the sports programs get all the money.rod1300s said:yep i know what you mean . i build custom chopper bicycles. all by hand, all frames are one inch o.d with 125ths wall thickness . no prints just what the customer wants. all bent by hand . one of these days i'll get a pipe bender..... i do get to do a lot of machine work here at school. i am doing a side plate also. one of these days it will get done.
Stumpy said:Howdy, There are several guys now doing specialty frames. The horizon keeps being broadened all of the time. Contact me if you need any info.