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Dr.Bob
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PostSubject: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:11 pm

Hey everyone- great site, glad I found it.

New to the site, not new to the 800cc Suzukis. I bought my first VS750 Intruder, a 1986 model, in 1987, but traded it for a sportbike shortly after. Since then I have owned a 1992 VS800 Intruder bought new (sold it with 87,000 miles on the odometer in 1996); a 1996 VS800 Intruder I bought new (engine blew up at 132,000 miles on the odometer in 2004); a 2005 VS800 S50 I bought new (sold it with 35,000 on the odometer because frankly I was sick of VS800s); and now a 2006 VL800 C50 Special Edition I bought used about a year ago with 700 miles on it- over 40,000 miles on it now.

I have gotten really good service out of the Suzuki cruisers, and have riden to all 48 lower states plus a chunk of Canada on them during the last 20 years. The VL800 is a nice change from the VS800- not nearly as fast and peppy, but a LOT more comfortable for my aging bones. Here is the old girl- I added a light bar from a C90 to her since this pic.




Heading over to checkout the garage area and everyone's mods. Hope to learn some good things and get some good ideas. Hope I can help by sharing some of my 30+ years of mechanical experience also.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:33 pm

Hi Dr Bob   That's a lot of miles you've covered on the 800 
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:47 pm

Hi Doc & welcome. Nice looking bike you got there Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:02 am

Hi Bob great intro & your bike is gorgeous. Glad you found us.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:18 am

Welcome to the forum!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:37 pm

Welcome! I'm new here too, but I must say that I'm jealous of all the miles you put on your bikes. And the headlight fairing looks amazing! Normally I don't like any extra fairings at all, but that looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:52 pm

Hi Dr Bob and Welcome  
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:12 pm

Welcome Dr Bob.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:51 pm

 Dr Bob
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:24 pm

Hi Dr Bob  
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:06 am

Thanks everyone for the welcomes and the compliments on the bike

The fairing is from Memphis Shades. I got if for free from a customer who wrecked his VL1500. The brackets were broken but they would not have fit my VL800 anyways, and the scratches on the fairing did not bother me as I needed to sand and paint it to match anyways.


I painted it pearl white to match the bike, then added a little silver and gold pinstripe to go with the silver and gold ghost flames on the C50 Special Edition. The backside got painted black, and I made the windscreen out of some black lexan I had laying around the shop. I then made some brackets out of scrap aluminum and some old windshield clamps, which not only saved be about $250 on ordering some, but I was able to lay the fairing back to make it more sleek & aerodynamic than most batwing fairings.
Behind th fairing is a three-bag windshield pouch; a throttle lock made out of a chrome offset cam lever I found in the junk drawer; and some 250 watt per channel waterproof speakers wired to a 500 watt Pyle amp under the seat and a thumb wheel volume control under the right switch box.
Also fitted to the bike are chrome tank trim; Suzuki accessory engine guards; a chrome luggage rack; a lightbar I got at a swap meet for $2 (it went to an Intruder 1500LC and was broken, but I fixed it and made it fit); bullet front turn signals; a chrome plate frame with brake light; a hidden 'dealer mode' switch I made; some little pegs on the floorboards to hook the heels of my boots to when I stretch out; and some fake leather saddlebags. Instead of buying pipes and a power commander, I drilled the stock exhaust and reprogrammed the stock FI controller through the YAFMS port. Oh, I also cut that lump out of the seat pan where it pressed against my tail bone.

I can post instructions to any of these mods if anyone wants.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:56 pm

post them up mate sure there would be plenty of members who would like to read through your posts and hopefully have a go themselves
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:51 am

 Doc
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:11 pm

Your bike is beautiful Dr Bob, glad you have joined us 
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Atlanta, Geogia.    Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:05 pm

Wow Bob, it sounds like you know a few things about riding bikes! (And modding them)
Sorry for the late welcome
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