Just had to share, that my XV1900A Midnight Star (Roadliner) is back from the shop, after the latest mods are now finished. And except for some minor stuff to be done during the winter stop, I think I can say all is done
(famous last words).
Here she is now:
First 3 pictures taken at the Henri-Chapelle War Memorial (War Cemetery for fallen US soldiers in WWII) in Belgium, which is just across the border from where I live. I do visit the Memorial several times a year, to honour those who gave their lives so we can live in freedom, and in a democracy. The ride is inspiring as well, hilly landscape with amazing views.
The last two were taken at one of my favourite spots, where you arrive to a breathtaking view in all directions, after having taken some very tight hairpins on narrow country roads. Great exercise for bike handling.
Anyway, the most recent changes made to Saint-John were to overcome one of the most criticized points of the Strat/Roadliner, namely the relatively small capacity of the fuel tank. I hated to get around 200 km done, and then have to look around anxiously to find a gas station, so I acquired a used, slightly dented second tank from eBay, had it cut open on the sides and the front (the part pointed towards the handlebars), raised 12 cm at the front, welded plate steel into the opening, waterproofed, finished, sealed, pressure proofed and spray painted in the original design and colours. This way it actually looks like it rolled out of the factory like that, at least in my view. That is my philosophy (or rationale if you like) as well: do any customizations in such a way that it doesn't necessarily look like it was customized, but like it rolled of the factory line that way
Over the past three years I have changed the bike for my own creature comforts and liking, allowing me to ride long(er) distances in comfort. The bike originally came with passenger floorboards, windscreen, highway bars, and a sissy bar, all Yamaha OEM add-ons. After some iterations it ended up with Paughco 14" ape hanger handle bars, Kuryakin handles with mechanical cruise control, braided stainless cables, Yamaha passing lights with Daymaker LED inserts and a mod allowing me to switch them on at off at will (not the standard over here), Ultimate saddle, Clearview windscreen, K&N air filter and PC Commander V with switch for 2 maps, one for low grunt in the hilly area around here, and one one for long distance touring with high fuel economy, a Wolo horn, Hyperpro progressive front fork springs, Wilbers adjustable rear load spring, Corbin side and top case set (fleetliner), a custom made protective bar at the rear (protection for Corbin set and to prevent the bike from toppling over completely, just in case
), and of course the new 30 liter (7.9 gallon) gas tank (increased from 16 liter, 4.2 gallon), with a custom made riser machined from a single block of aluminium, to compensate for the height increase of the tank, and to adjust the reach and height to perfection for my own comfort, and a GPS fixture to go with it. Oh, changed the brake pedal as well, planning on doing that with the gear lever as well. The OEM ones are hard to come by currently.
Anyway, it rides like a dream now, and all that is left to do are some final touches, like slightly extending the gas cables and front brake lines. They are ok, but I'd prefer them to loop more. The gear lever of course, and possibly chroming the risers - not sure about that yet. This will have to wait for the winter stop however. Some riding to be done first ....
Kind regards, Wim