Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:35 PM
So I just picked up this little chopper so I'd have something cool to run around instead of a sport bike.
It's a GS450 motor (not sure what year), with a 16" comstar, 18" spoke disc wheel (no brake), with some cheap off the shelf chopper parts thrown on a crazy long hardtail. I think the guy who built it was something like 6' 6" tall, so I guess I understand it.... but when I sit on it the mid-controls feel like forwards haha.
Plans: Stinson and I are going to cut it up this weekend and improve the proportions. We'll shorten up the hardtail section to a suitable wheelbase and I'll probably cut out the triple backbone and put in a nice new single top tube. The comstar's offset is HORRIBLE. It's millimeters away from the tire rubbing on the non-drive side and inches away on the drive side. I forgot to take pictures of how bad the offset was, but I've already started on a solution to get the wheel a little more centered. Between the both of us we have some random wheels that we might be able to switch to if needed. As of right now I think I'd like to run the comstar in the rear with ripple moon discs and a 19 or 21 up front. Probably make a rigid tuck and roll seat conformed to the shape of a new fender/sissy bar arrangement.
Stay tuned, this one will get changed up pretty quick and then ridden A LOT.
Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:38 PM
The side supports have engine mounts in them, so I didn't want to cut them out all together. I debated what exactly to do with this area... I've seen people put a crossmember just above the motor mounts, but those supports aren't even with each other from the factory so the crossmember just looks crooked. So instead I pie cut the supports and bent one forward and in to the backbone and one back and in to the backbone. Looks pretty clean IMO.
Got it back together and went for a ride...
It died during my neighborhood test ride... Tried to start it back up, but it started to backfire from the carb.... so I guess I need to check into a few things before I ride it anymore. Also, I still have to find a fender, make a rear tank mount, and a front seat mount. Plenty more changes in the next couple of weeks like a decent headlight and tail light and some t-bars soon.
P.S. I started at arond 10am this morning and went for a ride at 6:45pm... I think I got a lot done for one day.
Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:41 PM
Finished the wiring, just need to tuck it away....got the coil mounts and battery tray fixed up... all it needs now to be on the road is a headlight mount.
Also, what do you guys think about this tank? Gonna try to get it patched up and mounted before the dixie round up...
Oh yeah got my 21 on the front now too...
Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:43 PM
Did some exhaust work tonight...
Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:43 PM
For now here are a few photos of my bike with stinson's hoard of yamahas..
And the whole group...
Posted 07 May 2011 - 09:21 PM
So I've decided to make a few changes... This motor:
Is going in the chopper:
But not before some cleaning and polishing:
Here's a good comparison:
Stripped it down to nothing, redid the battery tray, smoothed out a few things, and made a mount for new switches.
And then it got a few coats of paint
Much more to come tomorrow
Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:10 PM
Anyways made some more progress tonight... put the newer motor in, mounted seat, taillight, tag, and rear brake. Done for the night... Gonna be a busy week if this bike is gonna be ridden this weekend!
Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:44 AM
logic will get you from A to B - imagination will take you anywhere
Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:11 AM
Congrats on the new home. Yeah please post up some progress pics on the fleetline. They're such an awesome car........... and of course post the bike progress pics too.
Thanks! And I'll definitely keep my thread updated on the H.A.M.B. '52 Fleetline Traditional Kustom Build
Dig your bike man, makes me wanna chop into the gs250 chassis i got layin around...
They clean up nice... I didn't build this frame, and honestly I'm not very happy with it... but I'm ready to get it on the road and ride! I'll be building a much cleaner frame with the extra gs chassis that I have just as soon as I get settled in the new house.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 08:33 AM
Here's the latest picture..
I rode my bike to work this morning.... and WOW. I never thought a little bike could be so fun. We stayed at our new house for the first time last night and I decided the bike was running well enough that I should give it a go... glad I did.
My commute is 24-25 miles of country back roads. I can go a few different ways, but every way but one has at least 1-2 miles of gravel road that I have to ride to short cut a little. This morning I chose a route that contained about 2 miles of gravel and I was a little worried about it, but I've raced mountain bikes for the past few years so how bad could it be? Actually it wasn't bad at all... It was pretty fun. During the commute I almost ran over a rabbit, dodged a few doves that were taking off, and passed a tractor. There are several curvy sections, but there are also several long straight sections with nothing but pasture on both sides. This little 450 opens up pretty nice! Man I can't wait to go home haha