77 Ltd resto mod
by Les Holt
(Kingman, In., USA)
First bath after the build
Started with a stretched and raked bike with no style, just a good paint job and some decent motor work done.
I started by taking it down to just the frame and motor. From there I designed a complete bolt in single shock setup including the swingarm and mounts for the shock.
I used the center stand mounts on the frame to mount the lower linkage to. I then proceeded to the front end swap. I opted for a complete assembly of a 2009 ZX6 except for the top yoke.
I made the top yoke to accept conventional style handlebars and the custom gauge holder. I used Auto Meters Ultra Lite Carbon Fiber series gauges and made the holder and cups to fit. The gauge holder was machined with recesses to accept the clear lenses from an original gauge cluster and L.E.D. lights were used for indicators.
From there I went to the rear brakes and shifter. I made rearsets to fit the original mounts and relocate the pegs further back. I was also able to mount the ZX6 master cylinder in the original location cleaning up the look. I used the original tail light but made brackets to locate it forward.
The wheels are also off the same ZX6 and the arm was made to take the wider tire combo. Over all the bike has proven to be a pretty decent riding and handling machine. I done this to advertise my work as I am thinking about going full time with my swingarms and conversion parts.
Wow Les! Anyone who wants some serious advice on how to properly modify an ugly old LTD better be asking you! That's a fantastic job you did man! Thanks for showing us how it's done.