Skip to content

Gavin Smith – Aftermath – Custom Motorcycle

motorcycle crash
This is not a picture of the actual crash, but, a photo pulled off Google

We’ve all heard about motorcycle accidents. The guy/gal gets creamed at an intersection, or a guy backing up runs into the bike. Stories like these are horrible and can often lead to a devastating accident that leaves the rider disabled or dead. We rarely, if ever, hear of anything good that comes out of an accident, but, this time, something did.

 

This article is about Gavin Smith’s first custom bike, which he named “Aftermath”, which you will soon learn why. I have written this as though he were telling the story, so, sit back and enjoy.

18471963_1796287413731469_576964059_oAftermath: It was my first road bike I’ve ever owned. A 1993 Yamaha Virago 750 with 12k miles. I bought it for $1850 and I rode that bike everywhere putting 12k more on it the first summer I had it.
I drove it for a few years until I was in an accident. I was hit by a semi truck that merged on top of me. Long story short I was hurt but alive and my bike was totaled.
I actually rode the bike home from the accident, but it was in rough shape. The insurance 18406031_1796291017064442_2067553222_ocompany offered to let me buy the bike back for $75.
I knew the motor was still good so I said for $75 I’ll take it.
I wanted to build something, but wasn’t sure what. I could do a go cart, v twin quad, bobber. All kinds of ideas went through my head.
I finally decided to build a bobber. (See the Bullet Bobber, Here)
Note from Customs N Classics: Because I am not as educated on Bike terms, as I might be on car/truck terms, I felt it necessary to find out what was meant by the term, bobber. I did go to Wikipedia, (GASP, I know, but the sources for the information were pretty top notch), and copied their definition, so, anyone who is in my shoes would have an idea what the term meant.
(According to Wikipedia, the definition of a bobber is as follows; A bobber, originally called a ‘bob-job’ from the 1930s through 1990s, is a style of custom motorcycle. The typical construction includes stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle; removing the front fender, and shortening the rear fender, which is “bobbed” (as in bob-tail), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight.)
18405714_1796291547064389_2115423042_oI took down the bike to the frame and removed all the damaged and broken parts off the bike. Surprisingly the frame was unharmed with the exception of the back half that supports the passenger.
I cut the back portion off and reinforced the frame where I cut the back off.
I made a list of parts and went to Bills Bone Yard, in Salt Lake City, UT,
After picking through a bunch of parts I had everything on my list but lights.
I found a pretty cool old Kawasaki tank and some handle bars from a bullet bike that attach to the fork tubes. I got all the replacement lights and a new Springer seat from eBay. 18426819_1796291463731064_1558938355_o
The build was quite easy actually. I just had to make new mounts for the seat, tank and headlight. I loosened the tree around the forks and slid the forks up 3 inches so I could attach the sport bike style handle bars. That lowered the bike and gave it a new aggressive looking stance.
I made some new side covers out of diamond page aluminum. And I made a new set of exhaust for it and was back riding again after a fresh paint job. I only spent 600$ total in parts and paint.
18426517_1796291703731040_947382096_oIt turned out really cool. I didn’t go to a gas station without someone commenting on it, or asking “what kind of bike is that?!” I eventually sold it but still to this day there are times I wish I still had it.

You can see Gavins other Bobber, the Bullet Bobber, here.

You can see gavins Rat Rod, here.

Customs -N- Classics View All

My name is Dennis. First, let me just say, I am a Christian, a husband, a father to 1 beautiful step-daughter and 3 strapping young boys and a step-grandfather (She calls me “Grumpy”) to a gorgeous step-granddaughter. These will always be my priorities, no matter what my interests are. That said, I strive to keep and maintain a family friendly atmosphere, so my boys and their friends can enjoy the site as much as I do. (Granddaughter isn’t old enough and daughter has other interests.)

See my home page for more about me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Four-Wheeled Friends

An automotive blog where we focus on the owner's love for their car, rather than on news and reviews!

Frasecillas

Pequeñas dosis a base de concentrado de palabra. Frases, poesía, microcuentos y otros escritos.

Residential Design and Construction

Exploring the design and construction of todays houses

Sashaxo sexy selfies

Blonde beauty romance fantasy sexy photos

Writers Lifes Work

Writing Advice & Useful Tips

Savvy Wheel Genius

It's all about the Wheelz

CrazyLazyChicGeek

@CrazyLazyChicGeek

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

Cruising Coast to Coast

A Motor Touring Community

thoughts of a wanderer

i would rather live a life marked by boldness than one unmarked by shame

Cathy Lynn Brooks

Let me tell you Justine's story

Inspire me

Love, Relationship, Lifestyle, Purpose, Marriage & Family

It Takes a Book

MY Opinion on the Books I Read

Fact Based Truth

Truth based on facts

Brickiac

Watch imagination in the making!

Blookup Blog

Turn and print all your digital contents, blogs and social networks into amazing real paper books on blookup.com

Motorcycle Culture Hijinx

Bikes, Tattoos, Parties, and Hijinx

Handsome Chaps MotorCycle

Live life like you're gonna die... Cause you're gonna.

Fantastic Maps

Fantasy maps and mapmaking tutorials by Jonathan Roberts

The Car Files: Thoughts of an Enthusiast

My Thoughts on the Automotive World

BrokenClutch

Cars. Travel. Love.

EFFIT, LET'S GO

travel like there's no tomorrow

TwoTireTirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being.

Nick Graziano

Full-time & Freelance Journalist

Truck Driving Jobs

Helping people to find drving jobs

Ingram Book Company

All about working at large companies

Wilson Trucking Corporation

All about Wilson Trucking Corporation

RJsCorner

Think for yourself / Question everything

the painted pinup

"the random ramblings of a retro redhead"

Wishes And Horses And Other Things Too

This Is A Site About Nothing

Rat Pack Trading

If I Gotta Explain It You Wouldn't Understand.

Piston Grinder

Motorsportsmen Club

Rusted and Rebuilt

The Past, Present, and Future of Automotive

Christine's Blog

Every Day is a New Adventure!

Fueled by Chocolate

The First Ten Years of Mildly Amusing Missives

Ray Sikes

Teacher, Writer, and Speaker

THE LEGO CAR BLOG

The Best LEGO Cars on the Web! | LEGO News, Reviews & MOCs | Cars, Trucks, Sci-Fi, Aircraft & More

I Drive a 55

My adventures in a 1955 Chevy

Just Cruisin 2

Where Intellectuals and Rednecks foregather.

Here All Week

An entertainment from Dick Stein's Little Studio

%d bloggers like this: