Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

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J.C.A
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Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by J.C.A » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:42 pm

i have been poking about here for a while as a guest and thought it was about time i registered and join in on the fun and games.
This is some thing i have been working on over the past few months and thought i'd post it up. It is a Honda Shadow VT600.


most of these pics are from my phone so the quality isnt the best but they will do.

When it showed up it was an immaculate, un-molested clean bike.

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6 days later i made a start on it.

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The motor went to live on the bench for a while.

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The rolling frame went off to work and got chopped.

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the seat i ordered on line finally turned up.

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a mate tig'd up the seat hinge after work while i still had some cars to get done.

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made up a bar to make it ridgid while i have it as a rolling frame to find the stance that i want.

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New rear fender turned up and was about an inch wider than i wanted it so i sectioned it down the middle and welded it back together when i was satisfied with the width.

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rear fender is mounted up and ready to go.
i also got my tig on and made up a bracket for the seat springs and the mount for my tail light and licence plate.

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while all this was going on i was playing with a few other things.
these are intake tube idea's that i made at work - the round one made it in the end because i dont have the tooling at work to make the frog mouth look clean enough, but it would have been cool tho.

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i also managed to go through a heap of beer while getting all the factory paint/ lacker off all the polishable alluminium. i dont go crazy polishing it, just wanted it to shine a little.

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after i painted the motor black and i had finished mildly polishing the parts i wanted to sparkle i gave them a work out with the engraver.

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J.C.A
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by J.C.A » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:44 pm

i managed to get my top triple clamp, risers and controls all finished on the engraving side of things, i will have to get a better pic tho because i didnt get the risers or controls in the pic.

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got the paint layed down on saturday with the help of a mate out at his shed so the heart breaker and i had a little outing together.

the old girl on the trailer heading out to his shed. had to stop in at the bike shop and get a mate there to break the chain off the swing arm because it had no joining link. had to stop in anyways to buy a joining link so i figured he may as well knock one out to save me cutting it.

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The frame, engine mounts and seat mount all got painted in the most glossiest and blackest 2k paint i have ever seen - its mental. he have to get some more of it because we ran out before we got everything we wanted to get painted done. i did all the prep work with sanding and priming and he layed on the colour.

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all done and ready to put back together. pics dont do the black justice.

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we also managed to the tank and fenders done too. i went down to the paint shop and explained what i wanted and showed him a couple of pictures of what i was looking for and he got to work on a custom cherry red candy mix for me.

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i gotta say, for someone that says he only "goes alright with a spray gun" he is badass at laying down candy. in my eyes it came up amazing, i am in love. i cant spot anytihg wrong with any of them but he has held on to the tank and guards and wants to re-paint them so they are "perfect". he is seeing something i am not but hey, if someone wants to make sure they do their best on your stuff then why argue - they are a dying breed.

couple of mock up pics before i put the roller on the trailer and brought it home again.

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i will leave it alone for a few days then hopefully by the end of the week i will put the motor back in and start to re-wire it all so its all hidden and looking as baller as the rest of it.

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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by xsive » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:11 pm

i see the problem with the paint . It's a bit cloudy on the right hand side :wink:
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by El Skitzo » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:43 am

Wow nice work! That ingraving is incredible!
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by Cromag » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:21 pm

Lookin frwd to see it together.
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by Bearcx » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:09 pm

Sweet.! Used to have a blue one, same model. Wish I had kept it.

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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by Prof » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:42 pm

Great loking job... should be a tidy chopper once done.
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J.C.A
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by J.C.A » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:21 pm

not much to update. managed to get the motor back in without scrating the frame :)

tank and fenders are repainted - holy crap they are amazing, so much more deeper and glassy. also went a little darker this time. no pics yet, phone was dead when i went out there.

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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by Prof » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:01 pm

Meant also to say how terrific the engraving looks.
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J.C.A
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by J.C.A » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:20 pm

Prof wrote:Meant also to say how terrific the engraving looks.

Thank you Prof, there is a lot of work in it. there is around 45 hours in the motor in engraving - not including polishing or design work.
Its a lot of tedious work but the finished product is well worth it.

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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by eddiehob » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:00 pm

Nice Job Mate ,love the colour and the engraving .
cheers
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by dg6oo2 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:56 am

Love your work, i was looking at a 600 meself very customiseable ride indeed, good to see engraving coming back looks excellent.
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by Southy » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:15 pm

Looking good mate, I have a '94 VT600, I wouldn't mind shortening my rear fender, and changing controls.

But you sir have made what is shaping up to be a beautiful thing, top work

J.C.A
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Re: Honda VT600 - The Heart Breaker.

Post by J.C.A » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:39 pm

thank you for the kind words.
they are a great base to work with.

i dont have a lot to post up because i have been busy with work, but i did manage to pick up a set of Biltwell trackers off a very good friend of mine.
i couldnt help myself, i had to roll it outside and mock it up a little and i must say i am very happy with it.
after the pics i opened a couple of beers and started to run all the wiring, cables and got a few of the water lines back in place. getting there slowly.

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