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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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So I really LOVE the X roads but I hate that black wedge "thing" that protects the battery. So my ?? is has anyone ever relocated the battery to some other place and removed the wedge thing?? I did a search and found nothing.
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Not to my knowledge and I can't think of any place it would fit on the bike. Not saying it can't be done though. You might be able to put it in one of the saddlebags or the trunk.

You can paint the chin fairing or chrome the side pieces if that's something would help you like it better.

I like the design personally. It helps keep the center of gravity low and I like the looks. They do look nice painted to match the bike too.

Are you currently use to a different brand?
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At this time I do not ride anything. I like the lines of the XR but not the chin fairing. If I can just figure out how to remove it. It is not on the Vegas or Jackpot so why did VIC place the battery there in the front on the XR?? Why not under the seat?? I though about chroming it but how would that look and at what cost??
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It sounds like you might be more comfortable with the Kingpin or Kingpin Tour rather than trying to redesign one of the X bikes.
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Problem with going with the Kingpin is I like the bagger look and VIC does not sell it in black. I was looking into the HD Roadking till I drove past a VIC dealer in Westminster, MD. I just do not understand why they put the batt up front on the XR.
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At this time I do not ride anything. I like the lines of the XR but not the chin fairing. If I can just figure out how to remove it. It is not on the Vegas or Jackpot so why did VIC place the battery there in the front on the XR?? Why not under the seat?? I though about chroming it but how would that look and at what cost??
Under the seat is not only to high up, and to far back for really goood weight ditribution. There is a shock, fulcrum, and link there already. There is mre then just the battery housed in the chin area, and while anything can be done. It is gonna be a bitch to do a major redesign. Personally I had no issue with the cow catcher, but I am not a big fan of the highway bars. So I pulled them, and love the look
As for it not being on the Vegas based bikes. The entire bike is different starting with the cast frame
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. . . and you chose blue! It's the fastest color.

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At this time I do not ride anything. I like the lines of the XR but not the chin fairing. If I can just figure out how to remove it. It is not on the Vegas or Jackpot so why did VIC place the battery there in the front on the XR?? Why not under the seat?? I though about chroming it but how would that look and at what cost??

Not only would the cost of chroming those pieces be prohibitive, it would make them way more obvious and attention getting. I have never had anyone make a negative comment about that or anything on my bike, it's always the opposite with, "what a beautiful bike." Another advantage of that arrangement, in addition to Kevin's comments, is it prevents splash up from the front wheel messing up the engine, making for easy clean ups. I think that was a great location for that heavy battery.

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Not only would the cost of chroming those pieces be prohibitive, it would make them way more obvious and attention getting. I have never had anyone make a negative comment about that or anything on my bike, it's always the opposite with, "what a beautiful bike." Another advantage of that arrangement, in addition to Kevin's comments, is it prevents splash up from the front wheel messing up the engine, making for easy clean ups. I think that was a great location for that heavy battery.
I seen one on a bike that the owner had chromed and it looked AWSOME. He chromed the passenger floor board brackets and something else if I remember right and it was all well under a grand. All where your priority's are for making your bike your own.
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LOL. This thread is hilarious! Are the tires the right shade of gray? Is the chrome too shiny?

As far as the battery goes, why not move it to the handle bars? That way you have easy access and can keep an eye on it.

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