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    Default 1957 First year Sportster find, you have to see it to believe it

    I just got an unbelievable chopper built in the 90's. It is a long story and first I need to find some info. This bike was ahead of its time with some unusual things. Pure chrome and it looks new. If anybody knows a custom builder / shop in New York or Brooklyn named AMERICAN CYCLE at that time (around 85 to 95) please help me out here. I had been told it got on fire.
    Thank you

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    First post here, please help me out to attach pictures of this beast, thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogoargento View Post
    I just got an unbelievable chopper built in the 90's. It is a long story and first I need to find some info. This bike was ahead of its time with some unusual things. Pure chrome and it looks new. If anybody knows a custom builder / shop in New York or Brooklyn named AMERICAN CYCLE at that time (around 85 to 95) please help me out here. I had been told it got on fire.
    Thank you
    LOL,

    Why not post pics of your bike to help people not going on a wild goose chase.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogoargento View Post
    First post here, please help me out to attach pictures of this beast, thank you
    It's real easy, Go to advanced then click on the paper clip then attach a pic...... Make sure it's not to large....

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    I don’t know whats ahead of it’s time for a 90s build. That’s the time everything turned to shit. Fat tires and SOA are about the only things to happen since.

    None the less I’m intrigued and really want to see it. Good luck with the pics.

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    I sure hope you can get the pictures up, would love to see it.

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    I will take care of attaching pics tonight and Hapoy Fatbers day for everybody. In the mine time check it out in this google pictures link. I wouold really appreciatte some comments and advice., bike has been in storage for 15 years and rechromed. Only back tire has to be rechromed since the 74 year old builder that onwed aince 1981 (was in a box) and built her did not have the monwy to put on.
    I really felt so bad for him, he kept her for 37 years and due to financial iaaues had to sell it. My goal is to get everything right, detail everything and take him to a show and see if he gets a place for him to have something. Seen him while I was taking his bike broke my heart.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/jUY2jf4QToTvJAfp6

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    I see it:
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    Yep that bike was built in the 90s all right, no doubt......

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriNortchopz View Post
    I see it:
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    Thank you TriNortchopz. Every time I try to attach a file I am asked to log in again and I cannot do it. Maybe because I need more posts.
    I will post some pictures once in the computer if it works
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogoargento View Post
    Thank you TriNortchopz. Every time I try to attach a file I am asked to log in again and I cannot do it. Maybe because I need more posts.

    Thank you Tattooo for your nice attitud. I apologize for the "unbelievable" comment about the bike, at least for me, a common guys that will never expect to get a nice built like this it is "unbelievable".

    I will post some pictures once in the computer if it works, frankly I do not have time be posting 10k time like Tattoo, I would rather be riding. Thanks again for uplaoding for me those 2 pics


    What attitude????? Man the bike is incredible........ It has a lot of really detailed work...... But yes it was built in the 90s.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    Yep that bike was built in the 90s all right, no doubt......
    Haha exactly what I been thinkin.

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    Cool bike, I can dig it. Those mirror/turnsignal contraptions look awful on there, but hey, it's period correct.

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    Looks like there's a really cool chopper under all those geegaws!
    Luckily thatey are all bolted/glued on. Do what you want, but I'd strip them off and put 'em in dry storage.
    Who knows, I'm 20 years people might be nostalgic for that junk again.

    Now let's talk about the good stuff!
    Dual plugs?! Dry primary?!
    Did you get the scoop on what's been done to the motor? Displacement, stroke, cams?
    What's the gearing like? Stock gears? stock or aftermarket clutch? Final drive ratios?
    What size is that wheel tire combo?
    Hard to tell but is that a Bendix or a butterfly khein carb under that giant air cleaner?
    And it looks like the dude was not afraid to spend, that's a nice regulator etc

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    I always like the flat rear tire look...... I'm wondering how they ride??? Can you feel the transition???

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    That thing is sweet man!

    I firmly believe the 90's style will come back into popularity, if only for a short, ironic time. I buy anything super trashy and 90's if I can get it cheap enough.

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    Some info on the bike from the PO, who built it
    Built for performance and drag race.
    Dual points plugs, Frank's Voltage reg, S&S carb, Andrews big cams, custom distributor, high compression pistons .60 over, changed the joggs, high performance clutch, big bore 1000cc, has 5 in 5 stroke 76", stroke kits are 72" or 74", this is a custom stroke done 25 years ago and ridden only 5hs, kept in storage for the past 20 years, Put a bolt drive because it kept snapping the chains in the primary, too much power. He beefed up the transmission housing (cases) because of the stroke power. So he took it to a guy with a crank balancer HD machine to do the job in Brooklyn.

    Will keep posting some info and bring her to life

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    Is anything 57XL except the number left? It's hard to see the in the pictures but it looks like all later stuff.
    Dusty

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    Engine, modified to perform better. Not a classic show bike, it is a chopper, right? Chopped and modified. I wouldn't be leaving a 63 years old stock.
    Alsob S&S Super B with accelerator pump, not stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    I always like the flat rear tire look...... I'm wondering how they ride??? Can you feel the transition???
    'Darkside' fanboys swear that they can't feel a difference but I personally can. A 'square' profile tread does not lean well and it'll be more apt to feel squirrelly along road imperfections just like a worn out motorcycle tire with a flat center tread... you can't cheat physics, you can only chose to ignore it.
    Last edited by Skjoll; 07-12-2019 at 7:18 AM.

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