You know, when you build your own stuff, you get to make the decisions.

There is one thing that people does that I dont like, and you wont find on my bikes. I mean if you like it, go ahead.

Fake oil tanks. I dont like the look. I dont the idea of adding weight. I want to look through the bike. I want to find ways to hide my wires, that haven’t been done.

Here are two of my ways. The below bike is a 1998 Suzuki Intruder. It is a bobber, obviously. I really don’t like anything else. If you look behind the muffler, you will see the battery. It is well hidden, and factory. That is a plus.

You run the wires up the center of the frame, and to the bottom of the seat. The factory Intruder seat, is awesome. It is what you see. The bottom sits up on two plastic legs, about 3 inches. You hide everything electrical under this seat, leaving the hole to see through, and not adding weight. You can add a pan under the seat and bolt to that, of drill and tap the bottom of the seat to hold your electronics.

Above is a 92 Shadow 600. Most people add a fake oil tank, a big ugly box, or leave the factory set up. For me, that is not what im after. Bobbers are empty. They don’t have fake metal parts, added. There is no point in doing this.

By adding your own coolant bottle, you can hide all of your electronics. Look behind the chain. Do you see the coolant over flow? It is the off white box. You can barely see it.

It just so happens, that is a little bit bigger than a battery. A nice 9mm bolt, bolts into the frame at this spot. You can make a thin metal box, thin is light, that bolts up, and hooks over the bar that runs across, and hide all of your wires. The box is safe, if the plastic coolant tank can make it. This will leave the large hole, which I prefer, in your bike. It will be as hard to see as the factory coolant tank.

Doing these bikes this way, in my opinion, is a cleaner, faster, look. It sticks to the idea of a bobber having all the extra removed, and not adding. I like the oil tank look on bikes that need an oil can. For me, modern bikes shouldn’t have them.

Soon, we will have an article about building this battery box out of an ammo can! Thanks for reading! Please give us a ahare!

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