Although I joined the forum back in July of 2011, I never formally introduced myself nor have I never had Spike's classic Welcome Aboard post . I laid pretty low and read and read and read. I finally decided to start a build thread and figured I would combine a little back story to make up for not taking a lot of pictures along the way
I took my Motorcycle Safety Course in 2007, never having ridden before and shortly after, inherited a 2003 VTX1800R after my father (the first and previous owner) decided to buy a Road King Classic. I honestly didn't know what I was going to do as this was a heavy beast without a lot of power. I am 6'7" so I do not have the same amount of options as most when it comes to fitting comfortably on a bike. I toyed around with selling it, and picking up a Shadow or maybe downgrading to a 1300, or even picking up a Fury. Due to space constrictions, I couldn't house 2 bikes. I was in a predicament needless to say.
After reading countless discussions of VTX 1800 vs 1300 threads, I decided to just stick with it. I babied it in parking lots for a while and my buddy set up cone drills with me until I felt comfortable to take it out. Once I got that rhinoceros out on 211 (the road that leads 50 miles into Skyline Drive) I was hooked and was glad I made the decision to keep it.
Like most I became obsessed, with how I could make this bike more for me and my style. I read for hours upon hours. I found myself entrenched in dramatic filled posts back from 2004 about 6*trees and rake and trail numbers at 3 a.m. I found dumbcomputers build thread and read it all. DC's build really was the catalyst to opening my eyes to modifying the X. For that I thank him and hate him equally.
Along the way, there have been so many other's bike I have admired, each bringing their own level of creativity and personalization. As much as I have enjoyed peoples stories and build threads, I have finally decided to start documenting some of my own progress.
I know everyone here loves pics so I apologize in advance for not having more. I will begin posting more as I hunt them down and accumulate them.