XB9STT conversion – Looking the part!

Well, I finally got the white plastics and pending a decision on paint scheme, she’s finished!

Ladies and Gents, an XB9STT

Ladies and Gents, an XB9STT

It’s also amazing what a thorough clean can do!

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XB9STT conversion – exhaust is on!

Finally, after a week at the garage and £550 later (yes, £550 to remove a stuck bolt!) my bike is back and sporting its new headers, tensioner and Remus exhaust!

Starting to look the part!

Starting to look the part!

Now just awaiting the white tank and flyscreen to complete the look.

Then I need to decide on a paint scheme… and I’m thinking of redesigning the dash background…

XB9STT conversion – life sucks.

Well, nothing’s easy is it. Went up to a friend’s place on the weekend. Together we were going to drop the engine on my bike so we could remove the header pipes to fit the nice new silver ones, but it didn’t quite go to plan.

We got this far…

XB9SX with the exhaust removed and engine ready to drop

XB9SX with the exhaust removed and engine ready to drop

But we were beaten by this seised bolt…

The offending item

The offending item

So I had to take it to the Harley garage. They’ve had to cut the bolt out, sop including new parts it’s gonna set me back north of £400.

Sometimes, life sucks.

Buell XB9STT conversion: headers

 

Ok, so the old ‘soiled’ stock headers looked a bit sad:

 

The stock headers, complete with corrosion and staining

The stock headers, complete with corrosion and staining

 

So I decided to have them Camcoated by the guys at Camcoat.com. Basically they apply a coating to protect them from future discolouration and corrosion. I opted for a satin silver finish and here they are:

 

Shiny silver and corrosion free!

Shiny silver and corrosion free!

 

I’m fitting them on saturday (well, actually someone’s helping me!) – pics to follow.

Buell XB9STT conversion

Ok, so have found a bike and purchased it a couple of weeks ago (have to get the train and ride it back from Exeter!).

It looks like this:

Pretty much a stock XB9SX

Pretty much a stock XB9SX

However, I love the look of the XB12STT, so it’s my intention to transform my new bike into this:

The world's first soon-to-be XB9STT!

The world's first soon-to-be XB9STT!

So, I’ll keep this blog up to date with my progress, but things to be done are:

  • Addition of numberboards
  • Replacement of front fender with STT fork guards and ‘beak’ fender
  • Change current carbon tank cover and fly-screen for white ones
  • Fitting of ROX bar risers (for my poor back!)
  • Coating and replacement of original headers
  • Swapping exhaust from Micron serpent to Remus Revolution (satin silver)
  • Design and decide on new paint scheme (will do it as vinyl die-cuts rather than paint)
  • Possible redesign of dash unit backing

Wish me luck – with my total lack of mechanical experience (past undoing or tightening screws), I’ll need it!