VL1500 & Dnepr hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by iantochips, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. iantochips

    iantochips Been here awhile

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    I picked up the VL1500 about a year back on the Europe forum (sorry Toastmuncher...) bechromed and bright yellow. Instantly christened The Tinsel Banana.
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    It has no, but no, cornering ability as a solo (and it's, frankly, as embarrassing as, well, wearing a cravat). What choice then but hang something on the side? Also lose as much chrome, backrests, general crap as possible and go retro. Hot rod black or desert sand? Decisions....Oh, and organize some brakes. The single piston caliper on the front is sadly lacking.

    Anybody got any subframe pics? Also I'm thinking of fabricating some leading legs. The hack arrives by truck from the Uk in a week or so (right hand 'cos I'm in Portugal). Any thoughts on wheel lead and how much trail reduction much appreciated.
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  2. iantochips

    iantochips Been here awhile

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    Well, finally got all the bits to my house (after various traumas) and well on the way to finally registering the bike here in Portugal.

    Starting the project today!

    Any ideas gratefully received......
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  3. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    You should post pics so people get an idea whet you're dealing with.
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  4. iantochips

    iantochips Been here awhile

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    I'll try and post pics as I go.

    Looking at the bike and some similar hacked customs there's lots of heavy frame etc. to use for mounting, and for example just the footboard mount itself is massive and well placed to mate up with the forward chassis mount, so suitably gusseted etc. it might do very well.

    Maybe all I need is a subframe/bracket for the back mount and brace.

    Time to fire up the welder!
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