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I haven't owned a bike in 25 years and I'm having a blast with my new Classic. Having had all off road bikes, you get used to doing your own wrenching. I forgot how much I enjoyed that part of it. I added a Hepco & Becker tail rack this week which my girlfriend likes because she's afraid of sliding off the back.
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The one thing I don't care for is that grey anodized aluminum they use. The stock exhaust looks so much like a hand made racing exhaust and the heat shield looks out of place to me so now it's black. Eventually I will get the fenders painted to match the tank.

I'm curious as to how many people do their own work. I've seen some great fabricating and modifications here but also a lot of people seem to have the dealer do it all. Can we get a show of hands?
 

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I'm also a self modder, due to pleasure not cost reasons. I like the satisfaction of creating a look and feel that is unique. I've had my UE since Jan and have put on 800 cold miles and lots of mods.

Just looking at your bike, one thing you should consider it taking a hair dryer and carefully peeling off the frame stickers. I typically reapply mine under the seat.
 

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t will look like this, if you paint the fenders :[/QUOTE
Cool looking bike. I love the mirrors. A guy in my neighborhood had a Scrambler in the late 60's and I am trying to capture the spirit of those 60's Scramblers. Did you polish the tank panels? that's the other thing I'm gonna do.
 

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I'm also a self modder, due to pleasure not cost reasons. I like the satisfaction of creating a look and feel that is unique. I've had my UE since Jan and have put on 800 cold miles and lots of mods.

Just looking at your bike, one thing you should consider it taking a hair dryer and carefully peeling off the frame stickers. I typically reapply mine under the seat.
I've been cold riding too. i won't thaw until July.
 

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It will look like this, if you paint the fenders :
Cool looking bike. I love the mirrors. A guy in my neighborhood had a Scrambler in the late 60's and I am trying to capture the spirit of those 60's Scramblers. Did you polish the tank panels? that's the other thing I'm gonna do.
 

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I haven't owned a bike in 25 years and I'm having a blast with my new Classic. Having had all off road bikes, you get used to doing your own wrenching. I forgot how much I enjoyed that part of it. I added a Hepco & Becker tail rack this week which my girlfriend likes because she's afraid of sliding off the back. View attachment 16545 The one thing I don't care for is that grey anodized aluminum they use. The stock exhaust looks so much like a hand made racing exhaust and the heat shield looks out of place to me so now it's black. Eventually I will get the fenders painted to match the tank.

I'm curious as to how many people do their own work. I've seen some great fabricating and modifications here but also a lot of people seem to have the dealer do it all. Can we get a show of hands?
I like that tail rack I wonder if it can fit with the bag brackets??
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Cool looking bike. I love the mirrors. A guy in my neighborhood had a Scrambler in the late 60's and I am trying to capture the spirit of those 60's Scramblers. Did you polish the tank panels? that's the other thing I'm gonna do.
The mirrors are LSL Clubman mirrors. They also exist in black.
Yes, I've polished the side panels and the heat protection on the exhaust.
Some more pics here :
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and next or previous pics.
 

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How long did each panel take to polish? I've seen them for sale for around $300 but i'd prefer to do my own. Again....great looking bike.
 

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How long did each panel take to polish? I've seen them for sale for around $300 but i'd prefer to do my own. Again....great looking bike.
It's about 2 hours work per panel.
First, you need to wash them with sodium hydroxyde to remove the grey anodizing cover. Then wash them with water to stop the action of sodium hydroxyde.
Then, you can begin to sand them with thinner and thinner sanding paper : from 180 to 1000 or 2000.
Then, you get the definitive mirror state with polish cream and a felt polishing kit.

To keep the mirror effect, you need to re-polish them regularly with Belgom Alu polish cream and cotton.
 
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