Since our ranks are full of craftsmen, designers, engineers, artists, fabricators, handymen, etc, I thought a "what I built for my bike" post could be really interesting and inspirational. Sometimes all it takes is the idea, and belief it could be done, to make something cool or really useful for your ride. Better yet if you did it yourself!
On my 94 RS, I have been evolving it through the 18 years its been with me, as a way to make it fresh, new or more interesting each year. Perhaps I'm too cheap, or I really like the bike more as I tweak it to my needs/likes/wants. Here's my list for my 9r R1100RS:
1. Handlebar; I fabbed mine from a handlebar I cut up/welded, off on a Kawasaki CR305, made in the style of a K75S handlebar. I used mounts from a Suzuki GZ250.
2. Light bar; for the driving lights. I fabbed mine from aluminum bar stock. It mounts to the front underside/lip of the fairing, just below the oil cooler.
3. Muffler; when the outlet tube cracked through at the back of the muffler, I decided what the heck, and cut the canister off to see what's inside. I designed my own free-flowing baffle system and had it TIG welded back together. Been on there now for 40k miles. Better sound, little lighter, not obnoxious at all.
Seat; I just completed a double-bucket seat built up with high grade foam un top of the stock seat pan/foam. I did have a pro shop make the seat cover though.
4. Rear rack; I just completed an aluminum rear rack plate for the Givi trunk I installed. I didn't like the way the Givi mount plate looked so "added on", on top of the stock tail rack, and it flexed too much for my tastes. So I designed my own rack , using the stock side rails and rear mounts.