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Tyler
08-06-2009, 10:57 AM
This past weekend I set it up with an old springer cut down to stock length, 21" front wheel, some old z bars and a side mount bates headlight...

http://chopcult.com/uploads_user/1000/37/2324.jpg

http://chopcult.com/uploads_user/1000/37/2325.jpg

http://chopcult.com/uploads_user/1000/37/2326.jpg

I wanted to run a springer to increase the wheel base a bit on the front end because the back end of this bike is so long. I think the axle offset with the rockers on the springer really evens this bike out a bit. Still growing on me, sometimes I hate the new look and sometimes I love it. It is different at least. Here is what it looked like prior, with a BSA A10 front end and 18" wheel

http://www.astepabovesigns.com/lowbrowgallery/East_Coast_Gypsy_Run_Two_2008/images/P1020719.JPG

I can easily switch this around, just had to swap bearings etc.

Still have more work to do on this thing, it isn't done yet... new paint. maybe ?

Tyler

Finkit
08-06-2009, 11:00 AM
Looks good, You going to ship it to Cali to ride if they have another BASH?

Tyler
08-06-2009, 11:06 AM
Who knows.. I need to get Wes to find me a nice bike on the cheap I can keep at his shop so I got something to ride whenever I come out!

NHMike
08-06-2009, 11:06 AM
Lookin good!! I have to admit, I'm a bit partial to the 18" wheel.

image1
08-06-2009, 11:36 AM
tyler- i think if you're gonna run that springer you need to do something different with the rear fender, it looks strange now

*personally i like the before better.

JessicaWarren
08-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Fantastic job!
I love the new and the old.

Finkit
08-06-2009, 12:05 PM
If I finish build 2 You and Wes can fight over the Green one.

Homebrew
08-06-2009, 12:19 PM
I like the springer better but I like the other front tire. Either way sweet bike.

currysurr
08-06-2009, 1:36 PM
I too have a preference for the before picture, but hey man, its your bike, if you're happy, then I'm happy for you.

Tyler
08-06-2009, 3:04 PM
Yeah I go back and forth. I just wanted to switch it up a bit for something fresh. Maybe I will end up running the 18" A10 wheel that was on there on the front of the springer for a while. The hardtail section on this bike isn't the norm, with the bend in the top rails of the hardtail (to keep my seat height higher for comfort because of my height), and that is why I ended up doing the fender that way. I like it, again something different I figured there are lots of bikes that have similar styling may as well try something new

What I really need to do is finish my '61 Triumph chopper!

captainawesome
08-06-2009, 3:55 PM
i think if the front wheel was black as well it wouldn't look so unbalanced. i still prefer the before though.

twowheelsforever
08-06-2009, 4:04 PM
Even though I'm a sucker for a springer front end, I think I liked it better before...

gravelveins
08-06-2009, 4:46 PM
i prefer the old set-up..but that's just me.
i'm a sucker for the chunky fat tires on both front and back.
this bike is the inspiration for my 69 Lighting...it's so slick!

but whatever floats ur boat!

philbey
08-06-2009, 8:09 PM
Nice bike!

I'd personally run with the new handles, old forks and the new 21 inch front.

What tyres are they on the rear though, I dig their chunky goodness.

TroyFab
08-06-2009, 9:38 PM
The rear section has a bit of a Road Warrier look to it.

Tyler
08-07-2009, 7:28 AM
haha, thanks. My uncle walked up the other day and my bike was outside and he said 'who's jalopy is this?'

tiger650
08-09-2009, 12:14 PM
that thing is bad ass

PoorBastard
08-09-2009, 1:41 PM
I'm diggin the bend in the top tubes. Its a different and interesting look. I like the big rubber front and back though of the original setup.

leperxmessiah
07-30-2013, 12:10 PM
New here and this thread is old as hell so I don't know if anyone will reply to this, but what springer is that? Like it a lot and think a smiliar one would look good on my trump.