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Old 12-22-2011, 08:43 PM   #31
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If I were doing my very first chopper, I would start with a scooter. How awesome would that be!
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:00 PM   #32
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If I were doing my very first chopper, I would start with a scooter. How awesome would that be!

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Old 12-23-2011, 10:59 AM   #33
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DO IT!! Sporty's are cheap on the used market and the Evo Sportsters are very reliable.

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Old 12-24-2011, 05:31 AM   #34
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^^^ Very nice. Brings back a lot of memories. Makes me want to get the Buell out of the garage and build a chopper out of it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:31 AM   #35
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So because I'm an idiot, and quite incompetent mechanically (aside from doing my own regular maintenance), I have a strong desire to build a chopper. I want it to have a Harley Panhead engine.


I know nothing about building motorcycles. I'm a student (pianist) and have very little money.



Is it possible, and if yes, where do I start?

yes. start with a frame. buy a back wheel. buy a tire. put it on the wheel. buy an axle and spacers. bolt the wheel on the frame. you're halfway to a roller.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #36
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They are out there. Here is a roller ready for an Ironhead Sportster engine for $600.00. It has the old twisted link springer that screams chopper. I thought of buying this one myself, but the wife changed my mind for me!

http://westky.craigslist.org/mcy/2725621379.html
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:16 AM   #37
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They are out there. Here is a roller ready for an Ironhead Sportster engine for $600.00. It has the old twisted link springer that screams chopper. I thought of buying this one myself, but the wife changed my mind for me!

http://westky.craigslist.org/mcy/2725621379.html

that thing is BADASS!!
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:05 AM   #38
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I also wanna build a chopper, but I'm heading a different direction Mine will have a Hirth engine I think. I can't get my head around the notion of building a motorcycle with the objective if making it useless and weird looking.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:20 AM   #39
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They are out there. Here is a roller ready for an Ironhead Sportster engine for $600.00. It has the old twisted link springer that screams chopper. I thought of buying this one myself, but the wife changed my mind for me!

http://westky.craigslist.org/mcy/2725621379.html

I wonder how much shipping to PA would cost...


I'm thinking of visiting some local junkyards and seeing what they have to offer in terms of frames.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #40
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Build a xs650 chop they are about as cheap as they come for a budget build you can get lowbrowcustoms to weld a hardtail on for you for 300 bucks.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:51 AM   #41
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I picked up a 450 yammie for $100

It is getting chopped
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:19 AM   #42
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I picked up a 450 yammie for $100

It is getting chopped
I remember back in the early 70's when we chopped CB750's and of course the Brit twins..

Here's a bobber I did last year..
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:18 AM   #43
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Nothing wrong with wanting to build a panhead chopper. This is a good time to look for someones stalled project what with Christmas, tax time and the general slow economy. I have built a number of custom bikes/choppers and I can tell you that it is always better to buy a titled bike to start with. Many states now make it such a pain in the ass to get a title that nowadays I wouldn't even try to build a bike from parts.

Meanwhile, here is some inspiration. My '62 Pan



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Old 12-25-2011, 10:39 AM   #44
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Found this:


http://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/2761234164.html





What do you guys think?




Also, this, an old frame for $125:

http://smd.craigslist.org/mcy/2716916281.html






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Old 12-25-2011, 10:49 AM   #45
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The panhead frames not too bad although I'd try to negotiate a lower price. I don't see another $600 in the rest of the parts.

Avoid the other one.
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