SOLD: Honda Bobber – Retro Army Air Core

Built from a 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C, this Army Air Core inspired bobber is a fun ride and real head turner.The bike has 40,600 plus miles, but the rock-solid, well-maintained Honda V-Twin has another 60,000 miles in it before the next overhaul. It has a new Virginia safety inspection valid until May, 2014, and is registered in Virginia with a clean title. The tires have 10,000 miles or so left in them.Over the last six months, I rebuilt the bike from the ground up. including carbs, clutch master and slave cylinders, front brake calipers, clutch, pulse generators, alternator, ignition system, and more. It has a fresh oil change, and brakes, forks, and cooling system have been recently serviced.In addition to being converted to a bobber, I’ve made the following customizations:

  • Custom leather sprung solo seat
  • Ignitech ignition control unit
  • High performance Keihin carburator modifications and jet
  • High performance air filter and intake modifications
  • Transparent glass/chrome fuel filter
  • LED marker light and turn module (currently wired up only for marker lights)
  • New battery
  • 12vdc accessory / battery tender port
  • New stator/alternator
  • Custom drag pipes with titanium heat wrap, mini baffles (so it’s loud but not obnoxious) and chrome tips
  • Burly Slammer Shocks
  • “Streetfighter” fairing with internal mounts for GPS, iPhone, etc
  • Custom fabricated forward controls and floor boards
  • Aftermarket handgrips
  • High-visibility mirrors
  • 2.5 gallon gas tank
  • Aftermarket clutch hydraulic line
  • Custom fabricated retro-style side-mount tail light and license plate bracket.
  • LED wheel rim lights
  • Cammo Green Plasti Dip paint job (leaves original paint intact)
This bike is ready to ride today.

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2 Replies to “SOLD: Honda Bobber – Retro Army Air Core”

  1. I am looking to do the same thing as you did for the Honda Bobber – Retro Army Air Core.
    I have a neighbor that has a 1984 Honda Shadow VT 700C about 30,000 miles on it needs a little work, but he said he would give it to me for $500 is this a good price to get the bike and start this project. If you have any helpful info/tips or resources for this project that would be great.

    1. Ben:

      If the bike is still running and road-worthy, $500 is a very fair price. If you want to bob it, get comfortable with an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel. Also, a lot of Sportster parts will fit this bike (since it sora is a Sportster rip-off – and an awesome one at that!). I used Burly Slammer shocks to lower it. I “fabricated” a stubby fender from a trailer fender, and there are a couple of bolt holes on the frame conveniently situated for mounting springs for a solo seat. There are also a ton of side-mount license plate / tail lights that will fit this – basically anything that mounts to an axel or a shock mount will work. I used green Plasti Dip on the VT700C, but I just used a Rustoleum Camo Green on the ‘83 Ironhead, and I’m pretty happy.

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