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I can't see a problem in doing that stuff with cars . And I don't really care if guys make choppers out of Japanese road bikes either. It is only when good British bike parts are used to make something which does not perform or handle that I get a bit strange. An A7 BSA frame can actually be made to handle very well if it is fitted with unit 650 Triumph f ork yokes. It is wasted using it in building a chopper .
 
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yeah acotrel, you have made your position on the topic quite clear.
However, one question I have is.........

Why is it OK with you to make a chopper out of Jap parts but not OK to use British?
Do you believe that british stuff is too good, too superior to customize?

To me, motorcycle parts is motorcycle parts.
I use what I want to build what I want.
Usually that means I use what I can afford or what I happen to have on hand at the time.

I admit to doing the chopper thing back in the day and had fun doing it (isn't that really what it's all about?)
but now that I'm older, my interest is in riding longer distances with the ability to carry my woman and some "necessities".
that is my primary consideration when putting a bike together. Function over Form for the most part.

It looks like your interest is in racing, which is cool for you and I would never knock you for it, but It's not my thing.
Some guys dig stock bikes,
Some dig customized bikes,
Some like Trikes,
Some like side hacks,
Etc......

It's a good thing that the motorcycle scene is big enough for all of us "enthusiast".

It's "acceptable" to customize cars and Asian motorcycles Only! That seems like a pretty closed minded approach to our hobby,
I am interested in how you came to that opinion. Care to share?
 
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This is as British Motorcycles have ' Soul ' .

Though some are cheaper grey porridge & fat girls , honeing , refinement & impecable taste can create masterpieces from them for touring . :D

The general idea is to uprate for reliability & eradicate production shortcomeings . Where Jap bikes ARE production Shortcomings . :p and being
spat out at prodigious rates rarity is seldom a issue .

Purity of design might describe the British Iron . And pride of workmanship , once . If they haydays were 55 to 65 & the tailend of market superiority
65 to 75 . when more streamlined production was attempted .

Initially the Jappanese concentrated on their engines . In Production Engineering terms . this meant it was easy to find a Jap Bike that had been through a headge , and most of their chassis were so pitiful that A good Chopper vaersion might actuaslly Improve the general stability & rideability . :lol: :wink:

Seeing by the 80s you could say there wernt none as far as British Motorcycles went , theres few & a low percentage of Jap Derivatives , Pre ' sports bike '
that youre not chopping a piece of race competant machineary , going Jap .

However theres plenty of Sports Bikes thatve been through hedges , so if you want a Hi Po Chop / Drag Bike , theres endless engines available .
Look on Ebay for ' motorcycle engine ' . even plenty of the new Triuphs ( the ones where the pen slipped on the badge .)

The majority of last century Brit contraptions make good roadholding a prerequiset , so messing with it does just that .
Any 60s / 70s Japper had a long way to go there , so whod give a hoot .


You could compare the characteristics of the diferant nations fighter aircraft , as similarities in character are noteworthy .
Theres plenty of photos of leaky Spitfires . :D It stops the rusting . 8)



P-47 blows cylinder & gets home . bad tempered Germans may have had something to do with this . ) .



Japanese Version . :oops:



You might usefully compare it to this ; when I was about five I was told they were about 50 Quid we had nowhere to put it , when I asked if I could have a P40 or Corsair . This was obviously incorrect , there was plenty of room on the back lawn . We shouldve bought a dozen . No point buggering something that isnt wrecked .



Imagine what youd get for this little lot , today . :(

 
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Lotta coke cans there, isn't there. ?

My father bought an old scrap engine back then, to melt down, for 2 quid. (metal was in really short supply).
14 cylinder, 2 row radial. They had to sign something it would never fly.
When they got it home and out of its crate amd broke it up, it was brand new - reconditioned maybe!?
Sob....
 
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So it seems some chopper guys like to give their bikes dramatic names. So I broke out the lettering paint I never use and went after my Triumph. I win!

 
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And for those of you that are just itchin to chop your Norton, I thought I'd throw this out there.
I'll paint your tank if you send it to me.

 
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Don't rub us too raw in chopperish attitude SK but your fine line free hand makes me wonder about some pin stripping like on the 50's cars. Good girls go to heaven while bad girls go everywhere, so Peel gets cheap rattle canned in what I call Electric Kool Aid. Would be neat to imprint some photos under the clear coat. Peel's frame heats up so thermal color change goes on that with stuff revealed as heat clears the top coat. Btw the Vtwin dirt bike has very similar stance and swing arm angle as Peel with her air muscles relaxed.



 
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I've often thought of building a VT250 Yamaha into mini replica of a Harley chopper. However I wouldn't be game enough to ride it in case some patch gang members saw it.
 
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Just Because You CAN . . .



Doesnt Mean You Should . . .



" Evel Knievel’s nitro-powered Triumph Bonneville (with make-shift wings and twin jet-engines) that he planned to use to jump the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service rightly expressed concern over the stunt harming the canyon, and Triumph notified Knievel that they would void the warranty on his Bonneville due to the addition of twin jet-engines. "

http://theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com/20 ... rs-palace/

" switched to a 750cc Norton in 1966 " :shock:
 
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We had an idiot in Victoria who thought he could jump a bike over the Murray river. He landed in the water about twelve feet out from the take-off point.
 
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in 1966 Evel rode a '66 Norton P-11
they had a nice poster of him , on it , at the National Motorcycle museum booth this winter at the international motorcycle show in Cleveland Ohio
 
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Didn't someone parachute down after a long jump like that ?

A cycle will go a l-o-n-g way if launched into the sky.
Some of these demo X-treme sports guys these days get 50 feet in the air over a MX jump...
 
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Rohan said:
Lotta coke cans there, isn't there. ?

My father bought an old scrap engine back then, to melt down, for 2 quid. (metal was in really short supply).
14 cylinder, 2 row radial. They had to sign something it would never fly.
When they got it home and out of its crate amd broke it up, it was brand new - reconditioned maybe!?
Sob....
There's a guy by me with a fully functional RR Griffon engine in his garage, it's a strangely moving experience just being close to it.
sam
 
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