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Honda VTX 1800

Project X: Overnight Custom VTX Motorcycle

Only a few lucky get to build their careers pursuing their passion. Vaughan-Chaldy (aka Baron) is one of the ones. What started as a to his business quickly blossomed a full-time job, prompting him to the Yamaha dealership where he creating his custom cruisers.

He with a catalog of seven key he felt were strong to support an independent accessory (he now has more than 350 accessories) he developed custom products and six to 10 custom bikes a year for After three years, his business began to require so time that Baron built customs for himself. occasionally would someone in with an idea so unique he refuse the opportunity to build the

Now he stands on the cusp of launching Custom Cycles to begin custom bikes for other again. (Watch for information.) His goal is to build customs that are fun to ride#151not queens.

So what does a bike builder who’s a solid reputation on tricking out a line of motorcycles#151Yamaha’s Star to be exact#151do to give himself a new Expand to other motorcycle of course.

The custom VTX Baron for JP Cycles owner John follows in the steps of Baron’s featured in Motorcycle Cruiser (at nine times). Although the look and style place it in the lineage of Baron’s bikes, it highlights two directions in which he has to take his customs. First, the is, well, a Honda VTX.

No Yamaha badge anywhere in That’s right, Baron just lay his hands on Stars Second, he has begun to approach motorcycles not just as a means of his own creativity and talent.

Instead, building customs to inspire riders to consider what could do to their bikes. he’s trying to keep the on his projects in the realm of what people can spend, not the cubic some builders drop on bikes.

The real story Project X is the timeframe into its development was squeezed. When contacted Baron during the week of November to see if he could around the VTX in time for the Indianapolis show in February, Baron had six bikes in various stages of destined for Indy. When the VTX had been modified the previous for the JP Cycles catalog) arrived at Custom Accessories, the bike was torn down three after being uncrated.

Parham and Baron decided X would have a long, but still aggressive look. The of the project would be Baron’s Daddy-style fenders. While the Daddy fenders were for multiple bikes, none for the VTX. Three days of labor later a one-off set of was ready to be shipped off to create Why molds?

This bike was built by an accessory company for a distributor. Do you really think pass up an opportunity to create new products from their Also, remember Baron’s about building customs real people#151not only emulate?

In the end, Baron had a set of ready for the painter within two

Still, fenders do not a custom make. Since this was destined to grace the JP Cycles cover, Parham wanted a of parts he sells to be included in the So Baron had to blend a series of new parts with existing from the Baron’s line and new that were just to be born.

You can’t just stuff on willy-nilly if you want a package, and many hours spent comparing groups of parts for their overall In the end, more than 50 and JP Cycles parts took up on the VTX.

A prime example of the blending of JP’s and Kuryakyn’s components place on the handlebar. Baron’s Bar is a 1.5-inch diameter, slightly drag bar. He hid the stock gear with chromed that snuggle up to a set of Kuryakyn To complement the grips, he fashioned a set of grip ends to complete the look. This combination the VTX’s beefy front

The bullet bar end also ties the shape of the mini tach to the speedometer bucket. The stock slips into a cool mount that allows the to be raised and lowered to any desired below the bar. Resting the instruments are a set of triple tree to keep the chrome going.

The clamps grip a pair of forks, winding up with a wheel. A set of golf club grace the controls, and a Tradewinds helps illuminate the rider’s from the saddle.

The engine received a combination of dress-up and items. A set of Kuryakyn motor accents grace an otherwise black part of the frame. A set of Kuryakyn spark-plug covers the cylinder heads to the mounts.

Behind the plug covers, LEDs give the top end a subtle A set of Spider Lights tucked in various nooks and crannies the glow to other key points on the Filling the V on the right side is a Big Air Kit.

Honda VTX 1800

The spent combustibles out through a prototype side-by-side exhaust capped with a set of Jewels Double Trouble tips (exclusively available at JP later this year).

dressing up Project X’s system, Baron briefly installing braided stainless but since the Honda’s linked use a bazillion lines, he elected to the stockers with carbon-fiber-style covers, a cost-effective move adds a darker tone to the end while helping the rear disappear.

Calling attention to the sections of the bike was a challenge for As he put it, This bike was designed to sell JP’s parts. So, making the bike look he didn’t want to mask the his client wanted to showcase. His of colors and paint scheme was a means of keeping the focus on the

When looking at a bike an intricate paint job, spends most of their viewing time inspecting the before noting how it relates to the of the custom. Baron feels paint heavy bikes the parts. His goal was the opposite.

Inspired by the colors featured in catalogs and Web site, Baron to include blue in the color (remember the Spider Lights?), but he the view from the side to be in hue. So he used silver to the parts. To show the fender’s Baron used pearl with a heavy small-flake

This links the blue to the and helps the light wrap the bodywork’s features.

When over the top of the fender, the bike flat and everything reflects However, as the edge of the fenders in toward the tires, the paint accentuate the tires’ size, them look bigger they are. Baron had the edges of the wheels’ cut-outs the same blue, so when are viewed in the context of all the wheels’ sections the painted portions to reflect the bodywork’s blue

The way the blue paint wraps the bottom of the tank allows it to be in the chromed bits on the engine’s top At night, the blue Spider compound this effect.

goal was a smooth visual in which nothing makes the stop and think, Now why the heck did he do Instead, as the eyes track the motorcycle, the individual pieces themselves apparent only as relate to the whole effect of X.

Since most VTX owners refer to it as an X, Baron turned to his collecting cartoon animation He’d just acquired a Racer cell featuring Racer standing next to his 5. Although the logo on the car is an M, it looks a bit like a stylized X, so Baron this germ of inspiration to his Now the fender wears an X logo Speed Racer fans think was anything other an X.

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