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My '08 Bonnie Black is almost new, only has about 1k miles on it, but I've had a very distinct vision for it since I first took it away from the showroom. While I liked the Thruxtons, I liked the all-black look of this particular bike and got a great deal on it, so I figured what the hell. I knew it would be fun modding it, and I was right. The evolution of my bike so far has been fairly subtle, but each change has been necessary and has made the bike look and/or perform better. So far, this is what has been done:

OEM tach
Thruxton seat and cowl
TORs
AI removed
Airbox removed
Emissions crap removed
Rejetted w/ 145 mains, 42 pilots
Rear fender eliminated
Front fender bobbed
Ohlins Type 36PL shocks (Thruxton length)
IKON progressive springs
Black clutch dressup kit and bracket
Norman Hyde steering dampener
M Bars, upside down
CRG bar-end mirrors
Black Pazzo shorty levers
Thermos gauge cups
Fork gaiters
sixty8 tank badges
Hedge's pimpin' 8-ball choke pull
Key relocation kit
Black LSL rearsets
LEDs in gauges
Veypor wiring in place, unit has billet case (need to reinstall it)
Arrow 2 into 2 exhaust (on order)
Etc.

At this point, since I've removed the rear fender, I needed upswept pipes to complete the look, so I went with a new set of Arrow 2 into 2 stainless steel exhaust I found on eBay for cheaper than a dealer would sell them. Also just installed LSL rearsets a few days ago, and they are killer.

The only other big change I want to the look of the bike right now is up front. The gauges are too high, which I can rectify with an aftermarket bracket. The headlight is also too high and not in line with the tank. To rectify this, I could buy some new brackets, but that would expose a lot of the fork tubes, and I want the bike to remain as black as it is now. My solution is to cut a section off the bottom of the stock brackets that is equal to the thickness of the clipons I bought (http://www.spieglerusa.com/cfm/clipon.cfm?type=offset). This will leave me a space to mount the clipons just under the top yoke, which will look stock and allow me to keep the stock headlight ears, which I think look great. I will also be able to keep my front signals mounted to the ears. I will have to relocate the rectifier/regulator to have enough room to drop everything down, which is no problem. I do like the M Bars a lot and find them very comfortable, even with the stock pegs, but I want a cleaner, more cafe look.

I guess I just want to get some opinions on everything. If you think my clipon setup is going to be uncomfortable, please say so. I could always mount them above the top yoke, but I don't think it would look as good. Here are some current pics:




 

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Bi-chen!
 

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If you don't do the clip ons, wouldn't flipping the headlight brackets upside down and switching sides with them lower the light?
 

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Looks sensational - next is a Beringer font caliper, pro-lite EBC floating disc & fork brace...by no means essential items but just for the fun of it
 

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If you don't do the clip ons, wouldn't flipping the headlight brackets upside down and switching sides with them lower the light?
Surprisingly, no. I think the DIY headlight lowering post by Sweat has a picture of this.

Great looking bike. I'm really getting the itch to do a little cafe'ing myself and then seeing all of these great looking rides really gets the juices flowing.
 

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Surprisingly, no. I think the DIY headlight lowering post by Sweat has a picture of this.

Great looking bike. I'm really getting the itch to do a little cafe'ing myself and then seeing all of these great looking rides really gets the juices flowing.
Yeah, no flippy upside downy. But I'm cutting enough off the bottoms to make room for clipons above. The only other solution to lower the stock brackets that doesn't require what Sweat did is to cut a little off the bottoms and put a stack of fork seals above to fill the gap and hold the brackets in place. Or you could get a set of the cheap aluminum ones from Bella Corse (http://www.bellacorse.com/bcc043.htm); only $30!
 

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here it is, no clicky



when sportyone parks his bike near the riding group we go out with an onlooker will often pass bye for a look, typically ignoring ours and honing in onto sporties :rolleyes:
 
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