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Trex
03-29-2010, 1:34 AM
What up chopheads?! I'm Travis...lot of folks call me Trex or Torch....cuz I love to chop stuff up and make it my own.
Built this out of an 80 XS650 special. Almost everything was handfabbed from scratch cuz I hate catalog cookie cutter chops. I had to have something to ride I had never seen before. Paint by my brother Carl "Volksjunky" and leather work by my brother "Hawyn9"
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nohonestlyitsme
03-29-2010, 8:30 AM
interesting choice of handle bars, I like the pant though

justin666
03-29-2010, 9:27 AM
that sprung seat doesnt make sense to me

unless there is some pivot im missing it just doesnt look like itd work

slimvulcanrider
03-29-2010, 11:33 AM
Very nice lookin scoot

Trex
03-29-2010, 1:41 PM
The seat pivots right behind the tank..mounted on a mountain bike shock through the frame...works quite well. The Bars weren't a choice..I handmade them...like most everything else on the bike. the only things out of a catalog are the head light and guages....scrounged the rest or restored a few bits.

jkirisits
03-29-2010, 6:41 PM
Very darn nice!!!!!!!

justin666
03-29-2010, 9:21 PM
The seat pivots right behind the tank..mounted on a mountain bike shock through the frame...works quite well..

yeah i got that, but it just seems like there would be a ton of flex on the seat pan.

Trex
03-30-2010, 1:34 AM
The seat pan is made of 18 guage with a 3/8 round rod skeleton...the pivot bar is 1/4 inch in layers and triangulated at the shock mount...tough as fuck on purpose...Alaskan roads are horrible. I built everything a lil thicker than it had to be and still shaved nearly a hundred pounds off the original bike. I'll sure find out if its tough enough when I get some hard miles on her. Every build is a learning process when you try to do new things.

brewer
03-30-2010, 5:24 AM
Where did you get those pipes? They are perfect

Trex
03-30-2010, 1:27 PM
The pipes are original fronts with original '69 Norton cocktail shakers

justin666
03-30-2010, 1:35 PM
The seat pan is made of 18 guage with a 3/8 round rod skeleton...the pivot bar is 1/4 inch in layers and triangulated at the shock mount...tough as fuck on purpose...Alaskan roads are horrible. I built everything a lil thicker than it had to be and still shaved nearly a hundred pounds off the original bike. I'll sure find out if its tough enough when I get some hard miles on her. Every build is a learning process when you try to do new things.

i see i see. i dig how it leaves so much open space under the seat. almost like its just floatin

Trex
04-11-2010, 3:53 AM
Threw it a show here last weekend. Judging was done by a couple young salesmen from the house of t-shirts(HD) and several H.O.G members. We had the only custom made chops in the show..everything else was a catalog queen or kit bought bike. Though we didn't "buy" a trophy we had more looks comments and pic taken than all the other 70 bikes combined. Guess we could call that a win. The winner put 70,000 into a big bear kit and bought parts...got a hundred dollar check..and will never ride that showqueen..lol
Built mine for less than 2 grand..and will be riding the hell out of it shortly. It'll probably evolve a bit more as I come up with cooler ideas for some of the parts. Custom is never done..lol.
I'll chrome or powdercoat a few parts maybe change the tank. I want a springer on it and plan to make a cooler headlight mount. What ya think?