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Old 05-03-2013, 10:33 AM   #31
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #32
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was this posted on chop-cult?!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #33
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was this posted on chop-cult?!
aye... i'm a member over there & jockey journal... think there's build threads on both for this bike
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:13 PM   #34
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Check out this cool Suzuki LS650 "Brat" Steet Tracker hybrid from Indonesia!

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Old 05-03-2013, 10:30 PM   #35
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #36
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I guess it's a chopper.
The "Snot Rocket"!
My dad and I finished this today.

Looking to get a basket case ironhead sporty this summer and figure out how to put it together!

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Old 05-05-2013, 08:23 PM   #37
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To me, bobbers are not only ugly, but completely worthless, as you cannot carry anything on them. Due to orthopedic issues I cannot ride a cafe style bike with the low bars and rearset pegs. But a really nicely done chopper gets my attention, even if it is mostly worthless as a practical motorcycle. 20 years ago or so I had a chopper, SOHC Honda 750, Amen frame with plunger rear suspension (meaning no real suspension at all) long raked out front end, teardrop tank, banana style seat, tall sissy bar, and a stock Honda 750 rear wheel/tire, not one of those hideous 300 series tires so called choppers have today.It had medium ape hangers, well below shoulder height. It also had extreme forward controls. It had a bone jarring ride, and handled like a wheelbarrow. I doubt I could ride it now, but I love that style. You don't see to many of those, they take to much work. It's so much easier to just chop the back end off a stock bike, paint it flat black, and call it a bobber.
Serious question. You love the style of your old chopper, but you hate bobbers. I don't see any difference, other than a different style, between the 2 types. You call the wide tire, hideous. Its just different from yours, no more or less functional, actually , both are pretty non-functional.

Why the animosity towards a different style of bike? Carrying your comment a bit further, yours was just a stock engine bolted into an aftermarket frame, it isn't like you bought some tubing and made it yourself.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #38
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I think part of the problem with these style of bikes is that aftermarket parts are usually cheaper and crappier than OEM. They also aren't designed for your bike, so they usually look a little off.

I still love me some cafe, but if I ever get another new bike, she's staying stock. OK, maybe just a new seat for comfort.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #39
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Its only custom if you build it. Bolt on doesnt count
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #40
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Its only custom if you build it. Bolt on doesnt count
What about if you build it and then bolt it on?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:23 AM   #41
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i was talking bolt on aftermarket

but i guess bolts are easiest to use for installing custom fabbed parts
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:49 AM   #42
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i was talking bolt on aftermarket

but i guess bolts are easiest to use for installing custom fabbed parts

Yeah, but not many of us bike nuts have the time, equipment or expertise to build everything from scratch. If you do then more power to ya, and I envy the skills. But there are just so many things best left to the specialists, IMO. Things like frames, swing arms, suspension components, fuel tanks, fenders, handlebars, wheels, most engine parts... and the list goes on and on. In the end and with few exceptions, for most of us I believe, while we may fab mounting brackets and come up with creative solution to make all those off the shelf parts work for our application, very few of us actually build the main components of our bikes from scratch.

Hats off to those creative and skilled souls that do however!

But, I've seen quite a few different bikes that I would classify as "custom", and that made wide use of ready made parts,even if repurposed from other bikes. Now, if you wanna talk about the unbridled bolting on of chrome and/or billet geegads, then I'll fully agree with your sentiment.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:40 PM   #43
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Its only custom if you build it. Bolt on doesnt count
No only custom if you push it out of your womb
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:45 PM   #44
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:10 PM   #45
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Now we're headed the way of endless, cafe racer threads where everyone has their own pet definition of what constitutes a CR and if it don't match THEIR definition then you can't play. Some even go so far as to think that it has to be build on a bike built in GB during that period! Geesh! Lighten up fellas... it's just a motorcycle and a hobby. Let everyone enjoy what THEY like...

... as long as it's a "real" motorcycle that is...

And who sets that bar?



Well, ME of COURSE!


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