2003 Suzuki VL 800 AFT Customs — Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

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2003 Suzuki VL 800 AFT Customs While You Were Away

I hear about a bike by AFT Customs, I pay attention, especially it’s based on a model I and the story behind the build has an twist to it. So when this Suzuki belonging to a Naval Personnel Specialist 1st Class Ken of Vallejo, California, popped up on my I couldn’t wait to find out it was all about.

Salas, a school in civilian life, had long to modify his 2003 Suzuki VL 800, but he was too busy riding to tie it up. Then he was up for active duty. Since be overseas for a nine-month tour in and the bike would be in dry dock Ken’s lovely wife, decided to have it customized for (Hey, Ken, does Amy a sister?) Accordingly, the bone-stock was delivered to AFT Customs in Martell, for a total makeover.

What Amy to AFT was the shop’s well-deserved reputation: As you may they won the metric division at the World Championship of Custom Building, and shop owner Jim has a penchant for building affordable, customs, customs that attention like dollar day at the Ranch.

The first hurdle Jim and his partner Ron had to overcome with Ken’s was the lack of readily available Volusia parts. As nice a as the VL may be, it’s not wildly popular customizers, at least not yet. was just fine with as he always prefers to fabricate and rather than cover up.

As he I’m not really a double-sided-tape of guy.

Since the bike destined to become a radical the decision was made to leave the (and expensive-to-modify) parts, as the frame and engine, as they and concentrate on modifying the bike in that accentuate its natural and make it stand out from the

The single biggest project was the of the dual exhausts. As delivered, the pipes run down the right-hand of the bike, and something similar, a perhaps, might have OK in context with the hot-rod/bagger But OK wasn’t really the look the at AFT wanted. What they was more like, How the hell did do that!

So a dual exhaust one on each side, was almost a Master fabricator Abel, an apt if ever there was one, to route the rear pipe the frame to exit on the left of the bike, where it was mated to a Specialties Oval Muffler, meant for a Harley-Davidson. A mirror-image runs along the right.

If you think routing the exhaust to the was simply a matter of bending a with the appropriate curves, another think. In addition to the pipe, Ron had to relocate the electrics and a header pipe that properly and still snuck the shock linkage. The mufflers directly to the bottom of the hard which were pirated a Yamaha Road Star; them to the Volusia naturally custom mounts, which built in the AFT shop.

Realizing the exhaust might have to off at some point, AFT designed it welded-in-place, hidden nuts, greatly simplified installation and

With the major portions out, Jim turned his attention to the items. The brake and shift as well as the cleavage cover the cylinders, were fabbed and while the headlight carries a part number, the mounting which is welded to the triple and also mounts and hides the hardware, was built by AFT.

Although it may look simple, Jim it as a major deal to get just which in a nutshell describes this bike is really all doesn’t it? The turn signals-front by Pro One and by Custom Dynamics-really help any disruption of the bike’s smooth The rear-end treatment, with its lighting (the minimalist also by CD), reinforces the VL’s design and AFT’s elegant and practical.

Customs of any rarely retain the stock but in this instance that’s what they are, the modifications being the internal of the wiring, which then through a hole in the triple To bring some bling to the end, stainless steel and clutch cables were along with a matching brake hose. The return-side cable was deleted to make the as clutter-free as possible.

The stock was lowered an inch and a half by the suspension. The fuel tank was stock; however, the fenders molded to fill any extraneous

Ken had originally envisioned an orange-on-black scheme with a sort of motif. Jim, silver-tongued that he is, talked Ken out of the racing and into pinstripes. Scott of Riff Raff Customs on the gloss-black paint, and Herb a member of three different halls of fame, applied the ’50s-style brushwork.

The end result is as sweet as it gets. In with the basic black the fork lowers, handlebar and most of the small bits and were powdercoated in a matching The stock rims were powdercoated in screaming orange, with the hubs, and then

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The overall effect, which if wrong might have the bike seem clownish, it a striking appearance, and certainly this Volusia from into the background.

Since custom was meant to be ridden from the show to the store, it also had to serve as practical Ken requested some sort of and a comfortable place to park his Corbin managed to cover ends of the deal. The Corbin Tab Fairing was painted and striped to and the seat installed right out of the

Finishing touches to the bike include Cat Eye Customs pegs and stainless steel front line and cables, and lower bullets from Baron

At this point in the story, customary to wrap things up by something nice about the with a pithy quote or two the owner. Saying something about this bike is It’s exactly what expect the guys at AFT to produce: an sensible custom that anyone would be proud to his own.

Getting a quote the owner was a little more

As I sat down to write this, 1st Class Salas had yet to see, let ride, the bike. In fact, he was in Kuwait, finishing up his tour and awaiting his rotation home and a with Amy and their 22-month-old son The bike, having been and delivered, was sitting quietly in his awaiting his return.

Fortuitously, who spent more than 10 on active duty and the last in the reserve, made it home as I was finishing up this story. He the first few days getting with his family and settling in to civilian life, and then he did the thing and took his newly Volusia for a ride. Actually he it on a … run, one sponsored by a HOG chapter.

He told me that while he was happy with the way his bike and worked, it was the H-D riders who were by it, which I suppose is one of the highest that can be paid to the owner of any custom. He also reported he didn’t have much of a hand, but scored himself a Harley sweatshirt as a door He didn’t mention the color, but bet it was black.

He also added he’d be mustering out again and looked forward to spending time with his family and his Suzuki bagger.

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