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choppermagnum

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  • Birthday 12/23/1955

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  2. If you need head gasket, I've got a copper one. I'll check fitment.
  3. Try a Suzuki Bandit 1200, pre 2007. Air cooled, bulletproof and fast. I've built six of these in the last two or three years. You can always find parts, they are relatively cheap as donor bikes, and beside being a heavy motor/trans unit, they are easy to mount in a frame.
  4. Nate, you are correct with your assertion about bushing surface area and wear, though I very seldom run a sprung saddle. A contoured seat attached to the frame eliminates a lot of parts, sits you lower in relation to the bike, and eliminates the feeling of slip and slide during acceleration. This is from someone who has ridden many hundreds of thousands of miles on rigids. Regarding your perception of the bike up on the table, you are probably far more critical of your work than anyone else will be. Your workmanship looks excellent. Remember most people will see your bike with either you riding it or the observer standing and the bike on a much lower plane. Very well done-keep us updated on your progress.
  5. Looks great Geordi- You'll finish in time.
  6. Bout ready to finish construction. This one won't be painted until after the deadline, my one son can't get leave until after Easter and the other won't be home from college until the end of April. I'll do the bodywork and they'll rattlecan it. They did last years BBO bike, 750 Honda. The Yam 650 is coming along slowly, waiting on the upholsterer and some paint as well. Triumph is at a standstill- no input from the owner. I usually paint the tunnel and fender undersides black before anything else. Looks neater and closer to the frame or tire.
  7. Sent everything off to powdercoat, stripping the crappy chrome off of the rocker covers, finish welding the frame. Decided to go with a 530 chain instead of the belt drive. My son will be home in two weeks, so we'll paint the bike then. He's a spraycan artist.I dropped the seatpans off for upholstering. The design I want is beyond my skill set. The triumph is on hold for now, the XS650 is coming along.
  8. Busy few weeks means it's tough to get back into the garage. Installed the front end, got it rolling, waiting on the drive belt. Paint and powder came this week. Got to make up a kickstand and upholster the seat pan as well. The XS is a roller now, fender in place, seat pan being cut. Need to plan exhaust before we go much farther with it. The Triumph's owner overslept once again so I'll be making all the decisions and doing all the work on this one.
  9. I have a slight problem with Englishman's characterization of the lack of variety in Triumph chops, similar to his distaste for Sporty tanks on anything but Sportsters. His employment at a custom bike mag really doesn't qualify him (or anyone else) to stereotype Triumph builds as one of a very limited number of styles. The crew I ride with, including myself, has built at least fifty Triumph choppers. They range from early 60s pre-units to 2007 Thruxton choppers. None of us has ever submitted photos to Englishman, Bandit or any other publisher. We don't build to be featured in magazines or to be considered as worthy by people who, by their own admission, don't really build their own bikes. This is not a personal attack on anyone, nor is it an attempt to start a pissing contest on this forum. I respect the guys who taught me to build bikes when I was young, the people I have taught to build bikes and the guys I ride with who build them. The respect I get from those people means far more than the approval I might get from people who neither build nor ride as many miles as them. Personal taste is just that - personal. To use that standard to judge real builders' efforts is using one's position at the magazine as a bully pulpit.
  10. Been a while since I posted. Been working on as XS650, a Trump 750 with reversed head, and the Sporty that is in the BBO. Some progress on each; waiting on the paint and powdercoat to be shipped from Cali. Should be here this week. Fabbed up the stainless pipes, made a seat pan, added motor mounts, put a new Metzeler on the rear, machined out the front rotor to fit the 21" wheel, got a 7" headlight, and a few other things. On the XS, more work on the frame, a 140 link chain that almost works. Until the wheel can be spaced and chain aligned, the fender and seat will have to wait. On the Trump, did a neck, toptube, single downtube, and figured out how to mount the tank. Located the axle holders in relation to the neck. This one is gonna be low - about 20" saddle height.
  11. Got a deal on a Harley Douche rear wheel and tire I couldn't pass up. Wheel is light, slightly wider but still fits in the frame. So I had to use another sissy bar I had fabbed up, the other was too narrow. I'm mounting the license plate on the rear frame - not something I usually do. I prefer the fender mount for the clean look. Cut the top motor mount and customized it to hold the coil. Green wires make it go faster. Really.
  12. I try to hide most stuff under the seat. Easy access to the toptube to run wires to, place for circuit breakers or fuses that is easy to get to, short distance to both ignition components and tail light. It doesn't take a lot of depth under there, just a few inches. Most of the time I run my ignition on the side opposite the clutch lever. Makes it easier to turn off the motor after parking.
  13. I have been building rigid frames since 1970. Been building them for a living since 1979. I do sometimes use the axle plates that Red manufactures. They are the best quality for the money out there. I have made frames for everything from Guzzis to Gold Wings, streetfighters, and drag bikes. Streetfighter frames are the only ones with suspension I've ever built. Not many folks actually build frames like us old timers. When I was a teenager, a builder in Cali showed me how to put together frames by following a chalk outline on a concrete floor. Doesn't sound too professional, but there were diozens of bikes featured in Easyreader and Chopper mags that this builder fabbed up. Here's a modern Trump frame I started manufacturing in 2005, same axle plates.
  14. Got everything back to its original shape; that is a pile of parts and a frame. I will take this thing apart at least five times during the build. This time is to finish weld the two main motor mounts. This motor mounts in a few p[laces, but the rear mount should be able to support the motor without any other mount in place. By firming the top and rear mounts up, I can then fab up the front two mounts and be assured the motor is in straight. Check that by making sure the drive sprocket is at 90 degrees and then use a tiling straightedge to align it with the rear wheel.
  15. Got some work done this morning on the Sporty and some work done on the XS 650 earlier this week. Stainless exhaust- ran out of tube so completion may be another week or two. The stern tube on the XS is relocated farther back and bent to parallel the rear fender. Rear wheel has no bearings or spacers, so it sits crooked.