Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Grand Rapids-ish, MI
A major project is going to be tearing all the mods off my 500, to sell it in stock form in the spring. I figure I've spent about $2,500 in mods, and the only permanent changes are 3 holes I drilled. One in the dash for the voltage status LED, and one in each fork for drain screws. Other than a few little things like the LED dash lights and ProGrips (things that get replaced occasionally as part of maintenance), I'm planning to put everything else back to the way it was when I bought it in July '12 with 44 miles on it.
I've already started the mods on the 400. Got some swingarm spools - they're a much bigger deal when you don't have a centerstand. Installed a fender eliminator, because who wants 3' of plastic hanging off the tail? My flasher got here today for the LEDs that arrived yesterday. LED headlight and taillight stock, but they use bulbs in the blinkers? /sigh Transferred over the weighted bar ends from the 500. Still need to figure out a phone mount... I got so used to the shorty levers on the 500 that I have a set of those on the way too. The heavy bar ends on the 500 transfer right over, though they're long enough to bump my knee at full lock. The suspension is much better than the 500's, stock for stock, but it still needs to be tweaked for my weight. Eventually I'll probably get a Power Commander and exhaust.
I've decided to get the VFR road-worthy as cheaply as possible. I'd love to do a full restore back to stock condition, but it's all the expensive parts that got smashed up in the crash. I can go buy a pretty good bike with a lot lower mileage for less than the cost of fixing this one, so it just doesn't make sense to spend that much on it. I've got a 7" round Daymaker knockoff headlight installed, and I'm figuring out which gauges I want to go with. I'll get some turn signals of some sort to toss on there. It needs a little maintenance (one of the fork seals is starting to leak), but other than that it shouldn't take much get it back on the road.
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