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    Default Hot Rod softail chop

    Hey guys, I am new over here. I built this bike last fall and tweaked it over the winter. I have built a couple of other bikes, but this is my first Harley. Basically an untrained "hobby builder" with basic tools, so dont be too rough on me. This build is on a couple other forums, but hey, its Sunday afternoon and I am drinkin, so may as well join a new forum!!!

    When I brought her home. 1990 softail custom with fat boy tins. Bike also has some cams, screaming eagle ignition and short shots. Pulls real strong for an 80".



    Pulled off the rear end

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    Pulled of few more parts off.





    Mocked up a few parts. This is where people usually start yellin at me!!!

    GSXR 1000 front end and CBR600RR rear end.



    Dropped off the GSXR triple and the harley triple to the machine shop. I had them press the Harley stem into the GSXR triple. Then I could just bolt the GSXR front end onto the softail frame. Ran into a little trouble and had to do a bit =of machine work on the GSXR top triple, but worked out fine.



    Got the bike sorta mocked together. The big issue at this point was getting a stright chain run. I had never worked on Harley before and I was new to the whole "motor, primary, tranny" set up. With jap bikes, usually an offset front sprocket solves the chain line issue. Not a Harely!!!

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    So after a lot of studying and calling and asking and measuring and measuring again, I determined that I needed a one inch offset tranny plate, a one inch spacer on the motor end and a 1/2" offset tranny sprocket.



    So then I got the bike runnin and rollin. She tracked straight and didnt fall apart. I was very happy.



    After a few weeks I tried to ride my hot rod like it in fact was a GSXR. It didnt work out very well.

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    Then I said "Gentleman we have the technology. We have the technology to make the worlds first bionic softail chop. Better than it was before, better, stronger, faster"!!!!!

    New tracker bars...check
    new clutch lever...check
    new front brake reservior...check
    new steering damper...check
    new taillight....check
    new foot pegs....check
    new front fender...check
    repair headlight mounts...check
    bleed the brakes...check
    new primary gaskets..check
    new plugs...to do
    re-wrap one pipe...to do
    new air cleaner...on the way
    new headlamp...on the way
    new primary cover and derby...on the way
    new tank...on the way



    Sportster king tank...left in the raw.



    Why deal with all those friggin gaskets and primary oil?????

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    So that was the readers digest version of the build. Hope ya like it.

    As she sits today. Been able to put on a bunch of miles this spring. Holdin together fine.




    sounds good too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e1SU...yer_detailpage
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    hey CT, ercle from CF. i already put a pic of your bike in the "Shit that makes you laugh" thread in the JunkPile. Good to have you and that ugly ass machine!!!!

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    I give you props for going out on a limb and trying something new, but jesus christ that is the most hideous machine ive ever laid my eyes on....generally when I dont like a build I just leave the thread, but I cant walk away without saying something. That thing is a travesty against motorcycles and you should call your local HD dealership and apologize.

    Enjoy riding it though, you should get lots of looks and plenty of questions...

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    omg.....whoaaa i'm speechless...and i think my eyes are bleeding

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    stock sucks anyway. i hope you built it just to annoy people. the germans used to build stuff like that all the time ( though they also wear socks with sandals) . i do like it for the annoyance factor. besides, if you get tired of different you can always go back to "bobber" fairly easily from there. remember, it was weird when the first 21 inch wheels came off of dirt bikes and small tanks were from mini bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercle69 View Post
    hey CT, ercle from CF. i already put a pic of your bike in the "Shit that makes you laugh" thread in the JunkPile. Good to have you and that ugly ass machine!!!!
    Hey ercle, I dont recall seein ya over at CF. Thanx for the welcome.

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    I dont think you can be much more of a "chopper" than this machine. I post it up on a forum called "Chop Cult" and I figured it would fit right in!!!!!!!

    That is weird. The dudes at the Harely forum, who ya figure would hate it, friggin love it. The dudes at the chop forum, who ya figure would love it, hate it.

    Oh well, thanx for the welcomes. I love the reactions to my little piggy!!!

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    You should be beat with a rolled up newspaper.

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    My GT550 triple.

    Not as good lookin as the softail, but not bad.

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    See, I knew joinin a new forum would make a boring Sunday more fun!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ctluba View Post
    My GT550 triple.

    Not as good lookin as the softail, but not bad.

    Welcome, Nice triple. The softail is not my cup of tea, but I hear that about mine too.

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    gross

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    i think its how the back of the frame just drops off that messes with me. makes the swing arm seem like an after thought. rest of the bike seems ok with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyardxl View Post
    i think its how the back of the frame just drops off that messes with me. makes the swing arm seem like an after thought. rest of the bike seems ok with me
    As a guy on another site said "looks like an amputee with some kind of prothstetic leg"!!!

    At one point during the build I alomost gave up and the CBR rearend because I was havin a hell of time gettin it together with a straight chain run. I bolted on the stock swinger for a bit and ripped it around. I liked it, but the bottom line is that it was "just another bobber". I had a lot of time, effort and money tied up in the CBR rear end and I wasnt gonna give in. This was the temp set up.

    Cool Bobber.






    Cool.......wait....what the.........WOW. IMHO!!

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    Your comment that the HD forum guys like it but this forum doesn't - this is a chopper forum, and that's not a chopper. It's modified, that's for sure - but it's not a chopper. Aesthetically I'm not a fan of it, but from an engineering standpoint I can appreciate the work spent getting it all to work together.

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