I promised myself I wouldn't start another project after the Street tracker this year, but after helping Duane Ballard massage his Pink Taco this summer, I caved to the urge.
The foundation of my next project will be this:
Spartan Frameworks' new 1020 steel frames are every bit as beautiful as George's 4130 chromoly creations, but at around $1200-$1500, nearly half the cost. If you're looking for a new rigid frame, you can hardly do better than this. Thanks to George for making this badass frame to begin with, and thanks again for giving it away at last month's Ground Zero Throwdown. Lisa Ballard was holding the winning ticket, and since her old man only allows Jap bikes in his garage, I got this baby for a song. Thanks, Lisa!
To keep this project light and lively, I've imposed a couple rules on myself this time around:
1) all new and used parts, custom fab services and related assistance on this project will be provided by ChopCult members, advertisers and supporters only. No outside help.
2) The wheels will be Sportster mags, preferably of the 9-spoke variety, and 19" front and rear.
3) The forks will be late model Sporty forks with alloy trees and 39mm legs. I used the same set-up on my Street tracker, and they look and perform great. Kutty Noteboom shortened the stanchions on my last set, and the are great. Why mess with a good thing?
4) The open primary will feature a single-row 530 o-ring chain. Narrow and aggressive.
5) Final drive will pass through FRC's LSD sprotor:
Flyrite is a regular on the ChopCult classifieds, and these brakes look great, so it's a no-brainer.
6) This bike will have electric start. I'm old, fat and I've got nothing to prove. End of story.
7) Jason at Sacred Steel has graciously volunteered to design and build a custom-fabbed copper gas tank to my loose visual and technical specifications. Copper! Are you shitting me? I am not. Jason's work was showcased on Chopper Wars last month, and he won the challenge hands down. There's no pressure to kill the competition on this project, however, so Jason has free reign to go nuts. Thanks and good luck, my friend.
Let this thread be a call to arms.... if you want to share in the fun and glory that is bike building on a budget, please say so.
When I took the frame off his wife's hands, Duane Ballard volunteered to help make the seat. I'm considering a rigidly mounted solo seat with mini pillion/gunfighter aspirations, and I know DB can help make it a reality.
I've hit up Trent Schara for a line on the forks and wheels, but if anyone on CC has some, please let me know. I'm a motivated buyer...
Thanks in advance to all the great people who are helping me get this project of the ground:
Kutty Noteboom at Hippy Killer Garage
George Counes at Spartan
Jason Wilson at Sacred Steel
I couldn't have started this silly project without you...
Stoked to see the outcome. That spartan frame is gonna provide the perfect stance.
30 minutes up and already the love comes flowing down…
Old-school badass, Sinners Nomad and FOCC (Friend of ChopCult) Irish Rich Ryan has graciously volunteered a Goodson breather for my project.
everyone is familiar with the clean look and simple mounting of these great hand-cast and hand-polished beauties...
If you're not, check them out here.
Now the only question is which carb to run:
A stock H-D CV, or the Mikuni HSR42 like I put on my first Evo BT four years ago.
As I recall, that bike ran great.
Mikuni it is.
Thanks again, Rich. I'm pulling the trigger on the Mikuni and will run your Goodson breather with pride!
EVO Again? Man. At least try a cone shovel and drive train, electric start.
Come on Bro be a Soul rider.
How wide will the 19 be in the rear? Will a 4.375" wide .125" thick aluminum ribbed ducktail work?
You know me, BCM... I'm a mangina.
Viva la Evo!
BTW, Blue Moon Customs has volunteered to paint The ChopCult Project.
We'll thrash out details many months from now, but here's a link to my new painter's site.
WOT!? not a Sportster??? sweet mother of holy cranberry lactate frappe-titude. thank goodness
congrats. and i'll be the first to give you...... a hard time about it not being a kickstart...
hey, wait a minute. are YOU assembling it? or, looking for volunteers for that too?
look forward to progress pics.
When and how much?
Is the radius for your proposed fender acceptable for my wheel/tire combo?
The assembled diameter of my wheel/tire package is approx 27.1" tall.
Let me know, my man... your fender sounds perfect!
Mike, there is one thing I will ask your help on, but let's wait till the frame's on the rolling stock...
Thanks for the vote of confidence.
Ive got a HI-4 ignition to donate. Wires have been cut down pretty short tho..
I'd like to donate my time as the "Official Shit Talker".
Get it done, I'll hate the whole way. Then, when it's all done, I'll let you know everything I would have done differently.
Seriously... it's the least I can do. And I'm really good at it.
PROJECT PATRON ALERT!
Are generously donating this:
DanK is a ChopCult member in high standing with skills of steel, fenders of aluminun and a heart of gold.
You guys are seriously blowing me away with the help and support.
I'll respond to other offers elsewhere in this thread. Right now I'm wheeling and dealing with my old friend Trent on some sweet Sporty mags...