I picked up this 1986 Honda Shadow VT1100C a few months ago and started restoring it for a bobber project. I’ve got it running now, but other projects are taking priority. This will make a great bobber, or it comes with a box of parts for complete restoration. The motor has about 52,000 miles on it, but is still running strong. It could be road-ready with solid weekend’s worth of work.
Here’s the good news:
Clean Virginia title
Strong motor with great compression
Transmission shifts through all gears
Newly sealed gas tank
New spark plugs
Fresh oil change and new filter
Recently cleaned air filter
Recent radiator flush
Exhaust in good shape
Original seat in EXCELLENT condition
All lights operational
Excellent clutch operation
Excellent front and rear brake function
Excellent front brake disks /rotors
Good rear drum brake shoes
No fluid leaks (it’s a Honda!)
Comes with physical Haynes manual and electronic Honda Shop Manual
The bike comes with a set of aftermarket turn signals and stems that just need to be installed.
Here’s the bad news:
Missing right side battery cover
Front and read tires hold air, but have dry rot
Missing fuse box cover
Surface rust on exhaust heat shield (appears to just chrome deterioration)
Broken turn signal stems (signals still work) (aftermarket replacement signals included in sale)
While I don’t offer a warranty on any used or project bikes I sell, I’m always willing to share technical knowledge with people who purchase my bikes. If you’re local, I’m also happy to lend a hand turning a wrench on a Saturday afternoon (as long as you provide the beer).
The previous owner of the ’77 Ironhead replaced the stock peanut tank with a hard-to-find turtle tank common on Sportsters of the late 1960’s. The turtle tank certainly looks good when the bike is rigged like a cafe racer, but I’m leaning more towards a mild chopper or a bobber. With the nine inch risers I put on the bike (so I didn’t have to lean fat gut over the tankntomreach the drag bars), the turtle tank just doesn’t look right.
I like the extra fuel capacity, and the unique look combined with the rarity of the turtle tank are both big plusses, but I just don’t think it fits the “theme” of the bike.
I’ve reprinted the tank with black plastidip to keep the rust off the few areas where the original paint is chipping. If I keep it, I’ll give it a real paint job.
The previous owner did give me two peanut tanks with the bike, so I don’t have to come out of pocket for a new tank. I’ve actually had several offers on the turtle tank already, so I’m getting a bit incentivized to Del it.
Let me know your feedback (or if you want to buy one of the tanks) in the comments.
Do you ever get that not so fresh feeling? Well, at some point in the life of every one of Big Daddy’s motorcycles, the seat stops smelling so much like leather, and starts smelling like old, hairy, STANKY, Big Daddy ass. When that inevitability happens, Big Daddy goes shopping.