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Looking for any input!!! Been a member for awhile and have learned a ton from all the great input and people here - much thanks.

I have been planning my custom build since May and have my final parts list together but wanted to see if anybody has any last minute thougts or ideas on what to do or not do and maybe anything to avoid. Here is the list of mods - please let me know your thoughts! thanks!

Custom Paint job including frame
American Suspension, "harley style" front end
[*]single sided rotor [*] 6 degree rake [*] hidden brake lines [*] hidden caliper
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21" custom front wheel - performance edge
18" custom rear wheel, 260 swing arm - performance edge
Patrick Racing Motor
[*]racing cams [*] 110 CI, 10.5:1 pistons[*] oversize intake/exhaust valves [*] polished & ported [*]polished throttle bodies [/list]
1.5" drive belt
31 tooth front pulley
Customized Baron's naked front pulley cover
2" Stretched gas tank
Battery upgrade
Custom front fender
Custom rear fender
Custom Cycle Controls hand controls & bars
Baron's air ride rear suspension

Well, that's the most of it, I think. I have not yet started the assembly, but wanted to get input on any ideas or thoughts before I started assembnly. Please let me know any thoughts.

Thanks,
Gryphon
 

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No single sided swing arm...had considered it at one point, but decided to go with traditional 2 sided from Performace Edge. Who makes the single sided? Any idea on price?
 

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GRYPHON,

What kind of exhaust are you going to run?

I can't wait to see the outcome...Sounds like it's going to be sweet!

Good luck!

Mark aka Mad Man
 

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PatrickRacing mentions in this post, using 10.25:1 pistons with 91 octane rating.
Not sure what you have available.

http://www.rswarrior.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31220&SearchTerms=10.25,10.5
 

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What is your plan for this bike? Will it be a show bike, a daily rider, a track bike, or what? If it's a show bike, I would say go ahead and
do whatever you want to it. If it's a daily rider and you want to keep
the bikes handling, I would suggest stay away from raked trees
and air ride. It's hard to give any input without knowing what
you want the bike for. Otherwise, I'm sure its gonna look sweet when
it's all done. Make sure you post progress pics.
 

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Just got back into my latest Warrior project. Not too far off what you are planning to do. Just uploaded some updated pics of the rolling chassis in the gallery with a description of the major components I am using. The 21" front goes well with the 7 degree trees I got from Mortons.
 

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As far as exhaust, I currently have the V&H pro street but, but am looking at going a different direction...possibly yhe Holeshot frpom Dale Walker - not sure where yet. The plans for the bike are to be a show style bike that I ride daily...sounds kinda odd, I know. But I am big proponent of the idea that a truly cool show bike has to be something that can ridden and ridden hard. I built a similar project 2 years ago using a VTX - gets lots of looks and rides great. I hit the twisties (live in Colorado) with alot of the local sport riders the bike keeps up well.
 

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Any pics of that VTX?? I'd love to see what you did to it. And it sounds like you have the
right idea on what type of bike to build.
 

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I certainly wouldn't say your building a machine for the twisties....a 260, raked front, 21" wheel, single brake rotor, air ride...all detrimental to handling.....Keep up with local sport riders in the twisties???? I'm not so sure. Seems like more show than go...I bet a purely stock warrior will kill you in the twisties....even with your motor work.

Not busting on you, cause I'm sure it'll look sweet..... just making an observation.

BTW, I believe the Single sided swingarm is in the 5-6K range. Check out ohiomike gallery.
 

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Wow, that's some shopping list you have there Mark. I'm like you and believe that any bike should be able to be ridden daily, I have to agree with Vector and Condrons though and agree that raking it with a single brake disc & a larger front wheel & 260 back won't do your handling any favours. I went with a 240 in the end which kept the handling at the back close to stock, I raked to 6 degrees which did affect the front end handling and introduced a little head shake at over 110-120mph, but I'm used to it now. Really interested to see the progress of your project, sounds like it's going to be killer. Welcome to the family.
 

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Guys, you should see pics of Mark's (Gryphon's) VTX. Absolutely killer. Almost made me regret going with the warrior. Almost.

Mark, I think you have the major elements down pat already. I didn't see a v-bak on your list but I don't know if that's implicit in the PR kit. I assume you've done the calculations and confirmed proper trail given your rake, wheel diameter and fork length. Be sure that the Baron's air ride will fit on the warrior; I'm not so sure it will. I went with the Tricky Air; I knew it could be used successfully on the warrior and besides, it was a little less expensive. All that remains are the details. You'll need a chin fairing/lower cowling (either from OEM yamaha or Low and Mean). Forward foot controls. Consider an aftermarket seat (I bought a spare OEM seat on eBay and reupholstered it with alligator but I still use the stock one. I just think stock looks really good).

Here's some simple advice from my own experience: 1) Keep your overall design theme consistent; don't change the concept halfway into the build project. 2) For technical advice, AlanH is the go-to guy. He knows what he's talking about, he doesn't shoot from the hip, and he's never wrong. 3) Take pictures at every step, starting right now. Start building a photo library on photobucket.com and post links and pics in your gallery and in all your topic threads. This isn't for your enjoyment. You'll tend to get more input if your topics include photos.

Post some pics of your bike as it looks now. Let's see what you got.
 
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