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Ain't my cup of tea but I drink Coffee! As a friend who builds show winning Triumph Bobber / Choppers says, " Today I customise, tomorrow some new owner will restore them.
 
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Argh Dunno , if its a practical vehical that surfs a porpise , its gotta have some merit . :wink:







AND theres a nicely polished conrod on the shelf there too , so its not all apearances .
 
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It amazes me what some people put time and effort into. I have always thought building motorcycles is about functionality and value analysis ? I've built an Egli based two stroke racer, and lost enthusiasm for it. It is functionally correct and looks great, however I think I lost the plot. There is no race class for it so I should probably take it to the rubbish dump.
I found that pic of the Vincent interesting . No rear suspension or front brake on a 1000cc V twin - you could give yourself a good scare with that. A friend of mine built a Chev V8 motor into a bike, I don't know what to think of that. It might make a good boat anchor ?
 
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trident sam said:
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
I've been in a hanger, with an old rotary style Clerget engine on a stand (WW1 rotary radial engine, 7 ? cyls)(whole engine spins, fixed to the prop).
Mechanic showing it off leaned on it - and it moved enough for one cylinder to go 'pop'.
That engine nearly had a moving experience, all by itself....

Anyone seen any of these bikes with little radial engines.
Odd concept, but they'd be smooth... ?



 
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If someone here would sell, or give me a mostly stock Commando, I'd be happy to restore myself a mostly stock yet slightly modded bike.
Until that happens, I build with the parts I have acquired and the previously hacked machines I get at a reasonable price.

I will get myself another Norton, not a chopper, but I'm sure it still will not meet the standards of whats right according to the majority of this site.
Yet, I still like this site. Maybe its the passion some of these pricks have for their Nortons.
I'm still slightly confused as to why. Chop on bros.
 

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Hi Soulkitchen

I think every bike I have ever built has been made using bits I have in the garage. Eventually (sometimes not) I manage to aquire the parts I want to finish it the way I want it. I no longer wait for the right part to turn up but use whatever I have to get it out on the road.
The biggest problem is nicking parts from other projects or even finished bikes, so that I can complete the current project :D
Do what you do, as long as you enjoy it, thats all that matters.
Bikes are bikes to me, its personal choice what you ride.
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Aw man I suspect that the emotional reactions to extended fork choppers by the prime and proper is because deep down they know the chopper riders are getting laid more and not always just at home either or one on one.





 
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I suppose a CHOPPEER is more sensable the a H1 / H2 Kawasaki , :D Anyway . :lol:

reading Ernest gann ; found his ref: ' fear' Vs 'Fright .' Presumably the ' fright ' is the adrenalin & so busy , no time for fear .


In this case , getting laid might be preferable to actually attempting to ride the ting .


" What to DO with youre Kawasaki , after its gone through a Hedge "
 
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Laid or not, that second one is pretty cool. I'd have a rip on it. I thoroughly enjoy the far out builds. I have yet to see a 2 smoke chopper in real life.
 
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Every now and then I see a honest to devil righteous chopper out here far away from home loaded a bit with travel gear, looking so free and at ease like the King of the Road I stop and talk and take some photo's. I'm a split brain on this chopper building extremism, loving the long range ease and show off posture but seeing it limited to off road and road race handiness so Peel is a mixed up critter that's more a Mad Max Latino low rider than anything else. Will see if I can learn to love it.

 
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I know where there are two H2R replicas which would make good choppers, I tried to buy both about ten years ago. The both have the genuine frame and tank, one has the air cooled clutch.
 
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Oh shit! This bad girl fallowed me home the other day.
With a little love. She'll be on the two lane to freedom in no time.

 
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When I was a kid, Whenever I would see a "cool guy" and his chopper... ^ this was what they were riding.
Neat Bike!
 
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If you don't like chopped Nortons then think of all the poor old BMWs being converted into really crappy cafe racers, bobbers, scramblers etc etc.

Their is some really bad workmanship out there.
 
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A BMW cafe racer would not be all bad. They had a racing history back in the fifties, and a lookalike could be a bit exciting.
 
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acotrel said:
A BMW cafe racer would not be all bad.
They had a racing history back in the fifties, and a lookalike could be a bit exciting
They had a pretty strong racing history in 70s Superbikes too.

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/ ... _racer.htm

And its not like the factory didn't produce their own version of 'cafe racer'.
It has been suggested this almost constitutes introducing the concept, as a factory bike...
(Note that the engine had been tweaked for more go - unlike the JPN Replicas...)

http://www.classic-motorrad.de/galerie/ ... w-R90s.jpg
 
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I would agree that the 90S was BMWs cafe Racer.....................But there are some truelly dreadfull BMW cafe racers being produced in various home workshops around the place, most of them look very wrong indeed.

The problem is the bmw bikes are cheap, people think that they are simple and reliable and create some really nasty bits of bodge.

(there are some good ones as well that are built and engineered properly)
 
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