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ArsonistDissident
06-20-2015, 10:09 AM
What are the top 5 most popular bikes to build a japanese chopper/bobber from?

also, can you tell us what kind of bike did you buy, how much did you pay for it, was it a donor, or did you just chop it?

Did it run when you bought it, or did you have to apply some elbow grease to get her fired up?

I'm mostly interested in a Honda CB750, though I will settle for anything I can get my hands on.

I'm debating whether or not to buy a frame, or just buy a hard-tail rear end...

I want a hard tail with a fat rear tire, and about 40 degree rake on the front with custom rims, and a custom paint job with an either patriotic or anti-illuminati paint job, or maybe a spartan molon labe themed paint job. (I'm in Commiefornia - for the moment)...

HulkJoegan
06-20-2015, 11:22 AM
Xs650 is a really big platform for chopping. Plenty of aftermarket support for the home builder

ArsonistDissident
06-20-2015, 1:20 PM
I will look at these too.

DeathBySnuSnu
06-20-2015, 10:28 PM
I started with an old non running gold wing. But then again.. I am a bit wierd. It got more than I little bit done to it.

Tigman
06-21-2015, 5:33 PM
CB750. SOHC. 69-78. Myself I build frames and hard tails for these and xs650's as mentioned already. A hard tail section to a stock front frame half will keep shit in budget. Nothing wrong with a stock rake for a first bike. Check out my website for some really clean looking builds.

ArsonistDissident
06-21-2015, 7:19 PM
Any chance you are in California Tigman?

ArsonistDissident
06-21-2015, 7:21 PM
Nvm... got a link for your website?

loddytoddy
06-21-2015, 8:04 PM
4carbs suck. Get as little as possible to cut down on the headaches

Tigman
06-22-2015, 5:19 AM
4carbs suck. Get as little as possible to cut down on the headaches

My cb750 ran good with four carbs but I only have a one barrel on mine now. Hand made manifold with a 1942 Marvel Schebler.

DeathBySnuSnu
06-22-2015, 5:50 AM
And I did the opposite.
When from the original single carb to 4 carb.
Do whatever flips your switch.

Tigman
06-22-2015, 7:33 AM
And I did the opposite.
When from the original single carb to 4 carb.
Do whatever flips your switch.
Ya to each his own. What kind of bike?

loddytoddy
06-22-2015, 7:59 AM
not saying they can't.. but if you're not experienced in motors or carbs or building shit then a 4 carb bike is gonna be a pain.

Tigman
06-22-2015, 8:58 AM
I ship all over the place. Or many people ship their frame to have me hardtail it. Or u can buy a customer install. My hardtails are easy to install.

Tigman
06-22-2015, 9:00 AM
Maybe so but it's easier to just have a shop sync them for you. It's actually a pretty quick job. Had a buddy do it for me.

Freewheeler
06-22-2015, 11:08 AM
Any Honda twin would be a good start but I would always err on an earlier one as they look better IMO.

That's what I am looking for at the moment anyhoo.

Nick

cyberpvnk
06-22-2015, 11:44 AM
I'm interested in this thread as well. I bought a 82 Suzuki GS1100 and so far its giving me fits mechanically and is eating my wallet. I want a bike to RIDE, not work on constantly. I have very little mechanical knowledge but can handle the basics. Any tips on a model/size? I am a big dude so I was trying to stay at least at 900cc or above so I don't look foolish on it. I'm a bobber guy.

Big bonus points to any make/model that is good sized and has lots of bolt on parts available. Maybe a XS1100?

DeathBySnuSnu
06-22-2015, 12:21 PM
Ya to each his own. What kind of bike?

Put a hot rod vw in a gold wing.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/Mobile%20Uploads/5288878167_f01346b738_o_zpsppxtnjhd.jpg

Tigman
06-22-2015, 7:20 PM
Put a hot rod vw in a gold wing.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/Mobile%20Uploads/5288878167_f01346b738_o_zpsppxtnjhd.jpg

Looks great from this view. Got any side pics?

DeathBySnuSnu
06-22-2015, 7:50 PM
http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42783

It is apart right now.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/BBO%202015/7403264354_40b7e89b09_o_zpsupwi888r_edit_142348650 9220_zps13repqlc.jpg

farmall
06-22-2015, 7:59 PM
I'm mostly interested in a Honda CB750, though I will settle for anything I can get my hands on.

DANGER! Bad Idea Alert!

Buy a good running motorcycle to start with or prepare your wallet and anus for pain. A lot of pain. And make sure it has clean title which you put in your name instantly. No basket cases, no oddball shit. Caveat Emptor like a mothafucka.



I bought a 82 Suzuki GS1100 and so far its giving me fits mechanically and is eating my wallet.

Those years are usually highly reliable. Describe your specific problems on a site like gsresources (without mentioning choppers) as they've a shitload of info and knowledge. I'd much rather have a GS than an XS due to far more common parts. A Suzuki should be basic and cheap to keep running, and as with any 1980s Jap bike if it does get expensive just buy a different bike and never put a lot of money into them because the beauty of Jap bikes is they are expendable (in a good way).

Love the VolksWing!

Jonnycakes
06-28-2015, 6:21 PM
1969-1978 Cb750s make cool choppers and have tons of new and used parts around. The XS650 had a long run and too has tons of new and used parts.

Ive built three bike using Tigman's frames.......Spend a little up front and you can have a truly custom bike you'd be proud of.

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ArsonistDissident
06-29-2015, 6:51 AM
Nice. all three.

top one is my favorite though.

Like2tinker
07-06-2015, 6:14 PM
Put a hot rod vw in a gold wing.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/Mobile%20Uploads/5288878167_f01346b738_o_zpsppxtnjhd.jpg
Awesome !!!

DeathBySnuSnu
07-09-2015, 6:29 PM
Going back together fuel injected.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/Mobile%20Uploads/20150519_182241_zpsoatwk8wi.jpg

OleDirtyDoc
07-09-2015, 7:04 PM
Going back together fuel injected.

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy65/superexification/Mobile%20Uploads/20150519_182241_zpsoatwk8wi.jpg

What heads?

DeathBySnuSnu
07-09-2015, 8:04 PM
Mofoco 050's.
42 x 37.5 hand ported.
Still gonna do a bit of welding in the chambers and then machine in a new shape.

mrkil
07-09-2015, 9:18 PM
Most popular would be Honda CB's
Then you get into the Yamaha xs (over the last 5 or so years more so)

I borrow ght my xs in peices and boxes for $300 with title.