We’re nearing the home stretch, folks. Next month, we’ll show the final steps of our Honda Shadow’s transformation from blah to bobbed. April RoadBike will showcase installing exhaust heat wrap, painted bodywork, drilling some lightening holes, and a full-color feature story on the finished product. But first we need to get a grip on the situation. What better way than to install a Blue Collar Bobber, prefabricated 36″-wide drag bar, a pair of Avon Custom Contour grips (available from Blue Collar Bobbers), and some Küryakyn Maltese cross mirrors?
The Blue Collar Honda Shadow 600 drag bar comes predrilled for switch pods and hand controls and is powdercoated gloss black. BCB actually offers it in two lengths: 36″ long with 4″ pullback or 32-3/4″ long with 2-1/2″ pullback. Either way, your stock cables, brake hose, and wiring will not need to be changed. Once again, Lance at Blue Collar Bobbers produced a step-by-step video, with the help of his grandkids, to show how to get the job done. It’s child’s play.
Blue Collar Bobbers also offers the super sanitary Avon Custom Contour grips, and I highly recommend them. They’re not just your average slip-on rubber bicycle grips. They’re made in the US and are contoured to fit your hands perfectly. The serrated-texture finish makes for a comfortable, nonslip grip, and the center material is bookended by black anodized 6061 aluminum end caps and collars. These grips are top-quality, easy to install, and affordable. They’re worth the little bit extra. Also, the Avon grips feature a new throttle tube inside the right-hand grip. You’ll probably need a new one anyway, and now that you don’t have to make a trip to the dealer, you’ve saved that much more money in the long run. They come with several interchangeable throttle cable cams, just pick the correct one for your bike (the instruction sheet will tell you which one), glue it in place (only fits in one spot, it’s keyed), and you’re ready to install. An adhesive strip is included, and the grips are held in place with set- screws for added security.
Finally, we topped off the new bars with some Küryakyn Maltese cross design mirrors. They match the design embossed on the seat we installed a few months ago. The flat glass is surrounded by a heavy, protruding bezel and accented by a knurled edge. The bezel is easily removed to access and adjust the tension mechanism if necessary. While hardware is included for a variety of mounting applications, some bikes will require mirror adapters, also available from Küryakyn. Check the catalog.
I love the bada$$, fists-forward feel these bars and grips instilled in the RoadBike Blue Collar Bobber, and the wide stance of the bar keeps my arms stretched out, not all bunched up. With the predrilled holes, everything lined up just right, and it was yet another testament to the quality of Blue Collar parts. Be sure to check back next month and see Tyler’s Shadow like you’ve never seen it before — finished.
Blue Collar Bobbers
36″ Drag Bar Kit, $65
Avon Custom Contour Grips, $60
Maltese Cross Mirrors, $104
Mirror Adapters, $11
Originally published in RoadBike Motorcycle Magazine, March 2011