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Default "Cross" Breading with a Hammer - (A build thread)

Long (boring) story shortened – I crashed a 2011 Cross Country and decided to REBUILD…


I’ve been customizing bikes for a long time and this was going to be another custom build of an already great bike with a twist of a version of whatever I wanted. The XR/XC/Vision chassis lends itself directly to 'customizing' and with the aluminum modular frame anything is possible. What I finally figured out is that I already have all the workings of a roller with all the design and engineering done on this frame.... all I need to do now is take my own "concept" to the next step. Do what a 'creator' would do and just put another 'skin' of my own onto the underlying foundation of technology present.

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Couple ideas began flowing but I wanted a bobber style that has the ability to bag up and go long.... I really liked the XC style, but this will be more of the XR style with no fairing, no stereo, no distractions.... just a wind-in-your-face cruiser.

So a custom machine it is.... the torches and metal bending began again in the old shop area and I started going at it with no real design in mind other than NOT an XC! I wanted a new one-off custom creation that will just get me back on the road again. I first started looking at some ideas using the old “HD-Dyna” bobber style rear fender, but didn’t like that… Scrap it!... back to the drawing board.

I had to take a step back and sit down and think more about this, do a little research and find out some more info on Victory bikes and what fits and finishes are available out there to use. I have found out A LOT!.... I really have always liked the HAMMER model design – it’s the 'Hotrod' of the Victory lineup and has some great lines and big fat everything on the rear of it! So then I started playing with the idea of a Hammer fender on the rear end…. Hmmmm yea that would give me the look of a short fender, showing some fat rubber and keeping it all Victory.

The front end will need some work too as I like the pro street look. The XR/XC models need some stretch in them. They are the only bikes I have ever seen with a reverse triple tree design… ? (WTF is with that?).

There are rake kits out there for these bikes but they are ridiculously expensive and Im sorry but 40 degrees of rake doesn’t help in the handling department much at all. That’s something Im gonna have to work on a bit. I’ll be putting on a bullet light, with tree mounted gauges and possibly a 21” front wheel.

I want to take a bit more from the "Cross" concept drawings and finish off the front chin spoiler further to the rear and enclose the undercarriage more like a cafe style bike. I think it needs it. This was something that Polaris left unfinished in my mind of this bike. Maybe add a small cafe style fairing? We'll see what the design day-dreams come up with.

Roland Sands created a Bonneville type Track Racer from a Hammer, I like this, but it’s a bit extreme for a street version road cruiser,

Mine will be just a bit tamer:

Finally a look at something to start from - its a hodge podge of parts from many things but its a starting point of what may come of all this...

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Look! You made a Honda VTX. Or a Suzuki M109. Great taste! :-)

VTX with pro street add-ons:


This is a compliment, by the way. This look is pretty cool.


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So here is my platform to start with. All the damaged stuff removed, new bars on it and hand controls, foot controls, boards, etc.

I got ahold of a fender and just started ‘fitting’ it…. It doesn’t just BOLT-ON LOL NEVER!

So some shaping, cutting and bending had to occur and it fit into place finally. The Hammer model bikes are about 2" wider in the rear fender than a Cross Bike. (Inside Dimension) The stock Hammer rear wheel is also 8.5" wide to the 5.5" on the Cross model. So there is a big difference. So it is obvious I needed a bigger tire… being the stock rim is only 5.5” wide, putting a 200mm on that wasn’t going to be a very good idea. I found a 17” x 6.25” and decided to go with that being it was the widest rim available for the XC swingarm.

Oh yea the swingarm… talk about a design mess! Who decided to make this thing so ugly? Just because it’s hidden behind some bags doesn’t mean you should skimp on looks… right? So off it will comes and we will heli-arc weld up all the unnecessary holes in it, machine them down and then I’m going to polished it to a chrome like finish when thats all done. Already have ground it down to a flush smooth finish, now the welding. I also made my own adjustable drop link to lower the bike to any level I want. That was pretty easy. I can put that info up in another post later on.

I will be changing the pulley to chrome one too, got one coming and will fit it up next time.

The other thing is that no one makes an axle cover for these things either, probably again because they are hidden. Custom ones will be built for this too cause the axles ends are ugly to look at.

Next will be a seat design... I will have to get a Hammer seat and see what can be done to it to modify the base. If that doesnt work I will have to cut up my stock XC seat which I hate to do, its a perfectly good seat!!!

So this is where Im at for now with the fender installed and the rear suspension lowered about 1"... just waiting on more parts!
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Big Blue - Thanks and yea I believe VIC needs to go after that market a little more too.... large cube bobbers are in!

and .... VIC is just a far better platform to work with over the others.

I was actually looking at the Honda VTX rear fender mounts also, along with the v-rod, and the new breakout... but instead went with the Hammer, its just 'fits' (my style) better.
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Whoa... this is one increadible project. Cant wait to see the final product. Best of luck to ya!

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Watching this one. Good luck and I can't wait to see the finished product.
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