Rapid Resurrection. (ST1100 rebuild)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by dorkpunch, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    I guess your beginning to notice that the ST1100 is built like a friggin tank! Looking forward to seeing the final result.
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  2. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Yes, it is definitely built like a tank. Having been broadsided by a Suburban pulling a boat with basically NO critical parts broken, I'd say it's pretty safe to say that!

    Spent some time on it today (SCHOOLS OUT!!!!). Got everything mounted, replaced the rubber hose with some flat rubber trimmed to the right size, put some stainless hose clamps on it, bolted everything down, wired the blinkers, mounted the electrics, and rolled it out for some un-cluttered pictures.

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    I'm missing the little side to side adjustment screw, so the headlight isn't pointing the right direction...

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    Think I will eventually make a cover to go between the "gastank" and the head to hide all that junk...

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    If you look close you can see how I mounted the bank angle sensor. Came out pretty clean looking!

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    Next step- build a cover for the back of the instrument panel and put the windshield on. At least now its rideable!
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  3. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Lookin at the pictures again, I like it. A lot. It looks a little 919-ish- which is currently on my extremely short-list of bikes to own. If I were to leave it like this without the windshield, I think the instrument panel would have to go in favor of a Trailtech Vapor, and the headlight would have to be move an inch or two further back.
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  4. maydaymike

    maydaymike Fearless Commuter

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    One of my buddys took the tupperware off of his ST to paint it one spring, , then mounted the gauges and lights back on it and rode it naked all summer. He used a trash bag and duct tape to protect his instrument panel from the weather. Maybe you are going for a more refined, finished look. :lol3
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  5. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Hey...found this thread while noticing your posts on the "stuff I built" thread.

    I LOVE this!!

    I rode a rat '83 Yamaha Venture XVZ for many many years...but hated the fairing on it...so I tore it off.
    WOW, whadda difference!! Not only was it a ton lighter in the front end, but I loved how open it felt after that. My only concern was the electronics...so I put a tiny window on it.
    The old girl was pretty tired, so I sold it for parts. Had I kept it I wouldda spent some serious time working out some sort of new simpler dash. (half of the gauges didn't work right anyways.)

    I like the Ventures cause they can pull my trailer without blinking an eye...much like a GoldWing...(but we hated our Wing...so that's out.) Also...the Ventures rode & handled wierd. I'll bet an ST would be up for the task. :evil :deal

    (you can see my neked XVZ up front...oh, and our trailer too!)
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  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    cool thread! it's great to see you learning to fabricate and resurrecting a great bike at the same time

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  7. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    So I got the windshield mounted... I don't really like it. It's too big. I may try and trim a little off on the lower parts by the forks, but I'll be looking for something a little smaller.

    Built some brackets for the upper windshield mounts:

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    Put 'em on:

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    Looks pretty clean from the cockpit!

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    Stuck an old numberplate from a dual sport headlight over the back of the gauges...

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    Mounted the bar-end mirrors:

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    And there you have it. Lots of little things to do, but its RIDEABLE!!! :clap

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  8. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Outstanding!
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  9. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Meh... still not impressed with the windshield. Put about 30 miles on it last night- will try raising it up and tilting it forward a notch or two. Does a great job of blocking the wind but it just looks goofy. Got plans to go for a longer ride on Saturday to see what breaks. :norton
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  10. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    cool naked 1100... ditch the screen... make a short opaque fly screen to take the blast of the chest and call it a day...
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  11. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Yep, ditch the screen, ditch the gauge cluster, build the little spacer panel like you were talking about for under the "tank"...that's going to be a very cool bike.
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  12. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Cool beans. 8hrs, 216 miles, ran like a top. I can set the throttle lock at 80, take both hands off the bars, and go for miles. I'd say the frame ain't tweaked. :evil

    Bike ran great. We road from Blackfoot up to Mesa Falls with a few stops and detours on the way.

    Didnt take a whole lot of pics, but here are a few. Lower falls:

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    Strange mix...

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    Vulcan 1500. Passes everything but a gas station. :lol3

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    Mrs. Punch.

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    Home, safe and sound!

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    So a few things I need to take care of- the leaky fork seals leak pretty darn bad. I'm only getting 40 mpg, which is low as I understand it... Could have something to do with the wicked headwind on the way home though. Looks goofy with only one sidecase, but I ordered a lid to replace the broken one so that should fix that. My windshield is slightly askew- again, stupid nasty winds...
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  13. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    This finally showed up today!

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    To replace this:

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    I'm no longer lopsided. :clap

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  14. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    Excellent build. It will run forever!
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  15. Patrick46

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    I've been doing ALOT of research on these bikes.

    I now very officially have my eyes on one of these in particular. :deal

    Talking to the owner of the one I'm considering, (also a H-D rider) talked about how much the ST1100 rider position makes him lean foreward, and makes his arms tired. I'm wondering if you've noticed this too??

    Have you heard of any risers that work with these bikes?? (hey...I kin build or adapt anything, so it's not a huge issue for me)...but I'm kinda on the taller side, and have long frikken arms.

    Seeing that I want this bike for long-distance touring, I don't wanna be leaning foreward on my arms all day. Upright with good posture seems to work best for me.

    I have been hearing good reports about pulling a trailer with one...so that's a BIG plus!! :clap
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  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    I'm 6'6" and it fits me pretty well. I did raise and tilt the bars to make them as tall as possible, but I would still like maybe 1" more, plan on getting a standard bar riser for that. It will push the bars BACK and up at about a 45 degree angle if that makes sense, basically straight towards me. I also think where I have them set now would be perfect without the windshield, air would be holding me up. Standard bar risers should work, where the bars clamp to the upper triple looks to me to be just a standard handlebar clamp. The stock handlebars are adjustable 5 ways from Sunday so you can put them in just about any position you want.

    I do have to say, this bike just eats up the road. I can set the throttle lock and it will just go and go and go, and they are pretty roomy (comparing it to an old CB900C and an LC4...). Everything I've found on them says the motors will go 100k easy, lots more if you take care of them. Mine seems to be no exception- it tangled with a Suburban, has 51k miles on it, and still goes down the ride better than just about any other bike I've ever ridden.
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  17. Patrick46

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    I've have several Yamaha Ventures, and they too have the completely adjustable handlebars....but they SUCKED!!!

    Yeah, they were adjustable all right....except for the pitch, which is the exact thing I wanted to change about 'em.


    (acouple a beers and a oxy/act torch and we fixed that right up though!!) :deal :lol3 :freaky


    That sounds like a pretty good sales pitch to me right there!! :clap
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  18. glynb

    glynb Relentless Underachiever

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    I have Gen-Mar bar risers on my ST, which raises the bars about 1.5 inches. Heli-Bars also make risers and bars that raise the position, and brings the bars back. These are adjustable to your riding position. If I had it to do over I probably would have gone for the Heli-Bars because they are so adjustable.
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  19. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    MY bars ARE heli... Just thought they were stock! for me they still need to come back about an inch- you can see the angle that the bars are at where they clamp to the top triple- an inch spacer under them would push them back and up just about perfect I think.
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  20. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Just buy a set of the appropriately sized rox risers. Problem solved.
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