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This isn’t as wild as some of the impressive builds posted on this forum, but for my 1st bike project, I’m very pleased with the results.
I bought this GSF1200S in October '13 with the intention of building my version of a 'naked-cafe-fighter'. The original owner had recently laid it down (see the engine cover scuff on the left side) and all the plastics were toast. Thanks to a relentless job granting less than one afternoon per month open, it took me until this past weekend to finally get this thing done.

The rear frame was cut down and modified to mount a cafe tail section. I made the tail section using the rear half of a Victory Cross Country gas tank. I closed off the underside using the top round section off of a Honda VTX rear fender. It is rock solid!

The seat was cut down to be a solo. I glassed a rear support panel onto the stock plastic seat pan and then had the OEM seat covering reinstalled.

Because my regular 2 wheel ride is a Suzuki C90 fit with drag bars, the stock Bandit bars seemed really narrow and pulled back too far. I swapped them out for a set of Renthal 996 dirt bike bars. Not only are they way more comfortable, they weigh half of the stock bars.

The headlight is an 80's era Vetter, I assume from a Goldwing. It's on fork mounted brackets that I welded tabs onto to hold the LED front turn signals. The rear LED turn signals do triple duty as running and brake lights. I'm waiting to see if the local cops have an issue with the license plate being tucked so far under the tail. There’s a small LED tucked under the tail for a plate light.

Speaking of cops...yes the bike fit with a "Hey, ticket me for excessive noise" shorty muffler, but I made a baffle that reduces the sound a lot, and doesn't seem to restrict performance (it hits 130mph without breathing hard).'s for sale. For me, the joy (therapy) is working on the project and next, I've got a 1978 MGB project that needs funding and shop floor space. There will be another bike in the shop after the MGB is done and I’m already shopping for a older, spoke wheeled Goldwing.

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