View Full Version : New to this world!

03-19-2010, 9:24 AM
Hey everyone! What's up? Just joined. If that's not obvious by my noob behavior. I'm from Northern Ohio, Clevo area. Am an apprentice tattooer @ Chronic Tattoo in Elyria. Anyway, enough bs about myself. I've been interested in building a bike for sometime now, just never had the correct funds. Until recently. Fuck, I sold both my cars so I could get on 2 wheels. It's almost summer, I figure who needs a car anyway?

Just went to look at an XS650 yesterday and will be picking it up next week. Love the looks of a lot of the bikes I've seen on this site and on xs650chopper.com as well. Definitely loads of inspiration. Haven't decided what style or direction I'd like to go with quite yet but I'm hoping everyone here can help. I'm thinking low, hardtail, 21' front wheel, small, shaved, and simple.

I've been rummaging through the other post and pix to see what is possible. I'd like to know what you're riding. I see a lot of stuff I like but have no clue what any of it is or came from. Let me know what you got and how much you like it. Front ends, tanks, bars, wheels, etc....? Any other links that may be helpful in making my build successful? Any random info about this site and how I should behave? Just what I'm getting myself into? Thanks for any help you may offer.


03-19-2010, 3:33 PM
Don't be afraid to ask questions? Don't be a douche. Don't take other's opinions too seriously. Show pics of your progress. Do your research. And, remember that this build is for you and no one else. Welcome.

03-19-2010, 3:44 PM

Welcome, hey and my old lay is from Amherst, so youre like neighbors. She's got an XS650 too, so there must be something in the water up there.

Wompy has excellent advice. Speak up, ask questions, give a hand when you can, never take any of this too serious, always tell people "i really like what you did with your ride" before you start telling them what you really think...

Seriously though, everyone has ideas and opinions take what works for you and leave the rest. Sometimes we forget to say how much we respect the work, even when it isn't our style. But I haven't seen too many people that don't appreciate the skill and artistry, even when the object "isn't their thing".

Have fun. This is a community. As such, we have our share of whackos and do-gooders and everyone in between.

~Rev Mike

03-19-2010, 3:46 PM
Oh an all the cool shit is in the "Junk Pile" forum, the rest of the forums are just fillers for when you want a break from Porn, Politics, griping about Harley Davidson and comparing Jockey Journal to Chop Cult... -- the REAL reasons we are all here....

03-19-2010, 4:14 PM
Thanks guys. I'm definitely digging the site so far. Lots of good info and some rad work. Hoping to get a good start on mine in the next 2 weeks. I'll try my best to keep you all updated. Looking at doing a shaved, lowered, sporty front end. Try to keep the front wheel closer to the frame without much rake but still keeping the stand over height low too. Seen a lot of bikes with a similar stance that I dig. I'll keep researching until I find something I like.