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I am quickly learning the joys of making your bike your own. Reflecting your tastes, your needs, your personality etc. I happened by a local coffee shop last night, and there were more than 20 bikes in the parking lot. Lots of big fancy HD's, GW's and tons of chrome and custom paint. I felt a touch out of place with my little stock Virago. But sharp eyed riders noticed a mod on my machine that got some attention. I bought this bike from my BIL who had issues shifting it. Being a creative guy he fab'd up his own heel shifter.
Got me wondering, what other home made mods have you done to your ride? Mine has very little stuff available on the aftermarket, so home made is pretty much the only way to go. I'm sure it's the same for tons of other riders out there. Post your mods and share ides!
Here's a pic of the shifter:
 

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WR250R Skid plate - the unnoticed modification

Wow they spotted that! Cool!

On the flip side. I have a much larger modification (not competing, I promise) and NO ONE notices it....and if they do, they think it's a stock and belongs on the bike. :/ LOL!

That's what I get for paying for a custom anodizing blue which happened to match Yamaha blue quite closely.
 

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My functional mods to my Valkyrie started with the pipes being just too loud. The PO had gutted the mufflers and replaced the insides with 'glass pack' type, which sounded good, just a little too much. So, I got some gas pipe caps and created lollipops, opening the center until I had the volume I liked:


Then, I realized that pulling the bike off the side stand, because of the weight combined with the strong lean, was beginning to make my back hurt. So, I added a pad to the bottom of the shoe that widened the stand's foot:
 
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