Love this site. Great community.
Little bit about my project.
'75 XS650. Got the bike already hardtailed off of CL for 800 bucks. Guy gave me a lower price cause he had just disassembled the whole motor to bring it up to a 750 but got an Ironhead Sportster and wanted to make that his project. The TC brother hardtail was already welded on, although it seems to be a bit off. The rear down tube is not quite lined up right but hopefully it will hold.
I have been buying the needed parts bit by bit and almost have everything I need to get it done.
Doing the Banshee Swap cause I figure if I'm gonna build a chopper I should do it right and have it kick only. Can you sense the Iron Horse influence?
I hope to make a successful attempt at setting up a leaf spring seat. Just don't like the frame mounted springs. Probably just make a frame mounted seat for now until I can do it right.
After reading chop mags forever I figured it was waaaay past time to stop being a poser and build one myself. However as a guy who had his shop teachers all suggest I strongly consider college its been a frustrating experience so far.
Lesson number 1: It's waaay harder than it looks unless your buying bolt on credit card stuff.
Lesson 2: Must learn to weld.
I will be pestering people here I'm sure to figure some of it out. Love the bikes on here and constantly get over-inspired by what I see. Oooh Thats Kool, no wait that Kool.
The plan is to keep it simple and make a bare bones chop. Z bars, hand shift, long upswept exhaust and eventually a stretched out 70's style chop. Getting a drum brake front wheel to keep the bars as uncluttered as possible and eventually a rear disc brake.
Dying to buy an Alien tank from LowBrow. For the hand shift I want the clutch to be on the stick but dont want to have the clutch lever hanging off it. Have an idea for a way to have it so I can reach down pull up on a lever and then shift.
Im hoping to be done before December is over. Well at least to where its starts and I can ride it around. doubt it will ever be "done".