Cross Country Solo Customizations
I've begun my project of converting my Cross Country into a solo cruiser. My loose set of rules for the project is that it needs to remain ride-able throughout the project and that I must be able to revert it back to "stock" condition with relative ease.
It really just entails these 3 seemingly simple changes:
1. Remove the passenger foot pegs,
2. Fabricate and install a custom rear fender to allow for and accommodate a solo saddle and,
3. Fabricate and install a solo saddle.
So that I can can revert to stock I have purchased a used stock seat (I plan on customizing the pan for the solo) and a used stock rear fender.
I don't have a garage but I will do as much of the dis-assembly and re-assembly work myself. Heck, I live in Santa Barbara - it's beautiful here all the time!
Of course yesterday I discovered that to remove the passenger footpegs the entire exhaust system practically needed to be dis-assembled! Done and undone.
But now that brings me to the first dilemma; what can I do with those nasty swingarm pivot bolts that now stick out 1.5" (40 mm) on each side? (picture below) I've found a lot of pivot bolt covers available online, but nothing that appears deep enough and a big ol' cone sticking out from each side would look goofy anyway. Of course, due to my rule of reverting, I don't want to just cut them off. Any suggestions?
I took my fender in to a body shop next to where I work to get my first quote. I explained that I wanted the "hole" that is covered by the passenger portion of the seat closed up (picture below). It will require welding some sheet metal, grinding it into shape, using bondo to get it to look like it was meant to be, then priming and painting the entire thing. He quoted my 20 hours . . . probably realistic, but YIKES! Also open to suggestions on custom body work.
Thanks and I'll update as the project progresses.
2013 Cross Country Suede Nuclear Sunset