Back in April I mentioned plans for my Honda Shadow 600 bobber. I have made some progress on the bike so I thought I would show it off.
I have noticed that there is a real need for information on metric bobbers (and choppers), thus I have made it my goal to detail my process as best I can so that others can duplicate it. My main goal is to keep it as simple as possible. I want to use the stuff I already have whenever possible. I hope to get into performance modification at some point but for now it is mostly cosmetic. Here’s a little diagram I made using the Samurai as my inspiration:
This is what needs to be done and what has been done already:
- Remove the rear fender (done)
- Move the front fender to the back
- Remove all fiberglass (done)
- Remove the back seat (done)
- Replace the front seat (in progress)
- Lower the whole bike
- Ditch the windshield (done)
- Replace the handlebars
- Get a smaller gas tank with a lower profile
Removing the fiberglass was pretty easy. It probably took me a day or two and was mostly a matter of unbolting stuff. While I was at it I removed both seats. This also meant removing most of the rear fender.
Because my goal was to use what I had, I thought I would try and reuse all of the parts from the seat to make a new one. The result is not pictured here although it did turn out pretty decent. Unfortunately, it isn’t quite to my liking so I will probably replace it with something custom. This will probably be my one splurge on the bike.
Here was how I did it:
- Remove the seat
- Unstaple the leather from the plastic
- Remove the foam carefully (it’s glued)
- Create a cardboard template that fits inside the existing plastic
- Cut the plastic to shape with a jigsaw
- Trim the foam down to size
- Size the old leather and cut out a template
- Sew the template together just like it came
- Glue the foam to the plastic
- Staple the leather back over the seat/foam
This took me a long time. I didn’t do that great at sewing either. If you are going to attempt this you need to figure out what the right tools are. I can tell you for sure that a utility knife is NOT the right tool.
In the end I think you’d be better off buying a nice custom seat and hardware.
Chopped back seat
Today I chopped off the whole back seat from right behind where the front seat used to end. It was as simple as taking a grinder to the tubing. Probably took me 20 minutes to mark and cut both sides. Once I get a welder (and learn how to weld) I will close up the holes. I’ll try and get pictures of this up soon.
The next steps will be to get a seat, weld the brackets and weld on the rear fender. While I am at it I might try and organize some of the cables and do some general cleanup.
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