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Old 12-24-2009, 08:20 PM   #151
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You are putting some elbow grease into that old bike, all the polished bits look great.
Where'd you find the rigid rear at?
Well I have more "elbow grease" than actual money so I tend to use a lot of it.


The rigid is a David Bird custom built unit/semi production piece. He builds them to your specs. 5-6 week lead time. Same with the oil tank. That was made by a chopper place outta Cali.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:20 AM   #152
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DON'T DO IT............................



I did it to a nice Triumph in 1973. Didn't much care to ride the bike
after it was finished. And, I still had a tough ass back then.


Now. this is cool..............

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Old 12-25-2009, 10:27 AM   #153
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I don't understand why anyone would want to jump back 80 years in technological know-how. Ridgid rear ends went out with the realization of suspension in the twenties or thirties.

I agree - if you have any idea of riding this bike, improve the suspension; don't ditch it entirely! But if it's going to be suspended from the ceiling or on display somewhere - do whatever you want.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:55 PM   #154
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Please please put the grinder away, I beg you
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:49 AM   #155
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Uh, he has been planning on that rigid rear end from day one. I say LET THE SPARKS FLY!
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:48 AM   #156
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Too bad the rigid conversion needs to be done (or not) at this point in the project. If he could put the bike back together with a pair of struts, he'd get a quick feel for whether he REALLY wants a hard tail rear end or not.

It's gonna be a cool bike whatever he does with it.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:54 AM   #157
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you don't want to do anything that is not reversable.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:55 AM   #158
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Too bad the rigid conversion needs to be done (or not) at this point in the project. If he could put the bike back together with a pair of struts, he'd get a quick feel for whether he REALLY wants a hard tail rear end or not.

It's gonna be a cool bike whatever he does with it.
great idea
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:10 AM   #159
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As sad as I get when someone decides to cut up a perfectly good bike. There are two things at play here.

1. It's your bike and you can do whatever you want with it.

2. Your original point about it being too far gone to restore war probably pretty right on.

Personally, I would still not cut the frame, but see point number one. No matter what you do to it, you will never get out of it what you paid for it. So why not do it how you want it? Although, as someone who has owned and ridden rigid framed bikes, I will never do that again. They really suck to ride (IMHO). But you already knew that right?

I had a phase of my life when I was in to guns. I didn't have much money so I bought old military surplus stuff. One of the guns I bought was a Swedish made Mauser. I wanted a good hunting rifle. I wanted something interesting. So, I did as many people did. I converted the Mauser to a hunting rifle. The gunsmith who did the mods was of the mind that "a gun is only good if you can use it and enjoy using it". We discussed the mods at length and he was happy to perform them and he did them well. Fast forward many years. I took the rifle to a different gun shop to try to sell it. The guy looking at it acted like I was a child molester or something for doing what I did to that rifle. He couldn't resist trying to make me feel bad for what I had done. How I had "ruined" a piece of history. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn't. I got a lot use out of that gun and the person I sold it to is enjoying it too. So, what's the problem? I think the worst thing that you could have done to that bike would have been to let it rot away in a shed. At least it will get ridden. Good bad or indifferent, people will see the bike. Keep plugging away.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:26 AM   #160
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A65 BSAs aren't exactly rare-it's not like he is chopping up a Vincent Black Shadow or something like that. I have all restored Britbikes, but I really am getting to like the Bobber look-my next project bike will probably be a bobber.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:38 PM   #161
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:12 PM   #162
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Well, it's done now. I'd still save those pieces somewhere,though.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:13 AM   #163
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Well done YZman As already said - the main thing is that YOU are getting the bike back on the road

I have always been one to "modify" my bikes to suit my needs & likes..... I don't see the appeal of a stock bike, straight out of the showroom (even an old bike). All mass manufacturers build a bike to a price and make it to fit the normal/average person, so modifying it is essential

Keep up the good work - and smart photo's.... this is a real cool project, (Keep the scrap so you can always weld it back on if all goes "tits-up")
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:49 AM   #164
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Well, I guess you REALLY want a hardtail!

Can't wait to see the next step.
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:11 AM   #165
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This is going to be really nice. Love the pics and progress report. Chopped, bobbed, stretched, raked, bratted, rigid, rat or restored to original...its a motorcycle. Fun and dangerous any way you slice it. My bro and I had an XS650 bobber built as a shop bike for our biz. It's a blast to ride.

Kudos for sharing.
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