Hot Bikes - Readers' Rides

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Pete Thompson
Venice, FL
'80 Honda CX500

Thompson was looking for a winter project that wouldn't break the bank when he found this 1980 Honda CX500 headed for the junk heap. With the help of buddy Mike Bridges, he converted it to a "Rat Rice" bobber. The modification list is extensive and includes: shortening the rear frame to accommodate a modified, cast-off rear fender; a battery box, license plate holder, and headlight bracket fabricated from scrap metal screening; eliminating the side covers and replacing the air filter box with air pods; trumpet mufflers and painted and polished Comstar wheels.

Lori Leporte
Des Moines, IA
'05 Honda Shadow Aero VT750C

Lori LePorte is a brand new Rider Coach and is looking forward to riding her 2005 Honda Shadow Aero to class and using it for demos in the Experienced Rider Courses. Most of her riding is around town, with the occasional road trip. Since the picture was taken, she has switched the bags to Leatherlyke hard saddlebags. Her entire family rode to Tail of the Dragon last year. Her husband owns an '85 Goldwing pulling a trailer.

Kevin Shahan
North Port, FL
'07 Honda Shadow Sabre

Shahan is new to the motorcycle world and his Shadow Sabre is his first bike. One of the first things he did was to put on the Edelbrock faux air cleaner from an old muscle car. The engine has been left stock but Shahan has removed as much chrome as possible and added powdercoating or black paint. The Vance and Hines Longshots have had the baffles removed and were slash cut and shortened. The rear brake calipers have been relocated to the bottom for a cleaner look, and the shock housing was cut open to expose the springs. They were then powdercoated black.

Hot Bikes - Readers' Rides