Chopped Wing


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Chopped Wing

Postby vBreezo » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:37 am



After a brief encounter with a tree which resulted in a need to replace the fairing, I decided to remove anything that was not essential to the operation of the m/c and that I did not use. So, out went the radio/tape player, the CB, passenger intercom, (and all the associated wiring) rear luggage trunk and lowers. End result: a bike that is almost 80 pounds lighter. Since then I have added larger horns and running lights for a +6 pounds. I also added very bright bicycle taillights (AA battery powered) because I still cannot get my taillights to work; brake lights and turn signals are OK.
slightly chopped Wing
slightly chopped Wing


Anyone know how to make the mufflers louder?

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:57 am

So does it accelerate like a scalded cat with those 80 pounds missing? I would imagine you would notice quite a difference.

You can drill holes in the muffler baffles to increase the sound - fairly easy to do.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby vBreezo » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:09 am

Accelerates more like an old, fat dog. Probably more a function of the rider than the bike.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby seabee_ » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:14 am

Don't get rid of the fairing lowers yet. I would be sure that the cooling efficiency of the bike has not been compromised. You might need to put them on if the bike tends to run hot. Removing them can sometimes change the airflow across the radiator. Do you have a wiring diagram to trace out the wires for the tail lights?
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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby vBreezo » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:27 am

Paul; I am having a cooling issue but it is caused by the fan sensor not letting the fan run for more than a few seconds. The right fairing was damaged in my encounter with the tree. I was able to replace the fairing for less than what the lowers are going for on e-Bay.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby Charlie503 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:51 pm

You can remove the lower fairing with no issues Ive been running my with out them for over a year and no problem.

If you cut the rear of the muffler where the arrows are. The tail end of the muffler is a silencer and removing it will give a deep throaty voice without being too loud. Cut just past the weld and grind smooth.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:10 pm

Charlie503 wrote:You can remove the lower fairing with no issues Ive been running my with out them for over a year and no problem.


Your "no cooling issues" results in Washington might not be the same as someone's results in a southern state. :) That said, as long as the fan is operating, there should always be sufficient cooling with or without the cowl.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby Charlie503 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:24 pm

I dont know it got up to 107' a few years ago and is common to be in the 90s for the summer. The NW gets nice and hot in the summer and my bike has never over heated even in stop and go traffic.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby vBreezo » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:33 am

There is a sensor below the engine that controls the fan operation. I am glad I learned that before I pulled off the radiator to change the fan. I wonder why the repair manual did not mention it? It does not mention the fuse link on the solenoid switch either. I freaked out when my entire digital display (and bike) went dead. Turned out to be a $1.25 fuse that is located at the end of the solenoid switch.

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Re: Chopped Wing

Postby seabee_ » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:39 am

vBreezo wrote:Paul; I am having a cooling issue but it is caused by the fan sensor not letting the fan run for more than a few seconds. The right fairing was damaged in my encounter with the tree. I was able to replace the fairing for less than what the lowers are going for on e-Bay.

Some riders have installed a bypass switch and relay to manually turn the fan on while riding in stop and go traffic to prevent the motor from overheating. It has worked with great success.


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