This project started in early 2015 as a maintenance/problem solver for a local kid, being referred to me by a friend's daughter. I told him it was burning oil, most likely needing piston rings, and to keep an eye on the oil level. Did he listen? ... Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight >>> I bought it from him last January (2016) for $200.
I found another engine from a VX800, did some modifications and brought the bike back to stock. She was a very nice looking and riding scoot. I advertised her for 3 weeks, all the meantime contemplating more I wanted to do. So be it.
Since I finished the CB900C (another build thread) I began work on this 98 Suzuki Intruder 800. The following pics are simply the before shot with blown engine and the finished shot when I had her advertised. She needed some paint touch-ups and a redo on the front fender as well.
Before (well, kinda during):
Not having much action on sale, I took her down and started putting my thoughts to fruition. It's not over the top, but my goal was to mimic a simplistic muscle car without being tacky, Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang. Yes, I used the factory color Highland Green from the '68 Ford Mustang book. More pics can be seen here: Intruder by Scott | Photobucket
The first thing I started with was that derned ugly rear fender. To me, it's a monstrosity. I'm a solo rider and I hate the aesthetics of a two seat ... just me. I'm so strapped for money I had to make use of what I have for the most part. I opted to chop the fender down and modify it a bit. I also added a limp-dick tail light and some smaller turn indicators. I did not want to hard-tail this bike and found some Harley Progressive shocks on Ebay from a guy who only installed them and didn't like them. They are ultra stiff which is fine because it gets my fender gap real tight. Here's some process pics of thought, fitment and design: