I want to build a chopper.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by IRideASlowBike, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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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?


    PS Don't know if this is the right section to post this in, or if JoMomma would be more appropriate... :cry
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  2. Foot dragger

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    Youve just missed the chopper craze,now its bobbers and cafe bikes. Maybe a streettracker. The piano skills will come in handy for bike building.
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  3. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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    I don't care, I want to build a chopper. I'd be doing this to ride myself, not for TV.

    And yeah, those piano skills...
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  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Pan chop and very little money don't really go together.


    Chop up something else to get your feet wet.


    Good search terms for your local CL are roller, bobber, chopper. You can find a good starter roller for around a grand, then find an engine..any kind will do, slam it in and ride it.

    You have a welder and tools, right?

    If not, then what you really need to do is find a motorcycle that is ridable that you can modify. Look for an Intruder 700-800, great engine, cheap and a good base for a cool looking chop.
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  5. IRideASlowBike

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    Going to be hard to make a chopper if you can't weld or fabricate items. Might want to learn how to weld, it's not difficult or expensive unless you're a poor piano student. :rofl
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  7. IRideASlowBike

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    Yep, that would have to be first on the to do list...
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    If you're reasonably good, maybe you could post some ads: "Will trade piano lessons for welding lessons" or " Will trade piano lessons for chopper." or "Will play piano in your church, bar, or seedy biker hangout for chopper or parts thereof "

    Yeah, it's a long-shot, but you shouldn't have much competition.
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  9. IRideASlowBike

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    :lol3


    Somehow I doubt that biker bars are in need of piano players, or that many people would volunteer to build, or even help build, me a chopper in exchange for piano lessons, although I'm certainly qualified to do both (you can listen to some of my playing here: http://qcpages.qc.edu/music/index.php?L=9&M=216&R=1#PodNov09. Scroll down the page to where it says "Alexei Tartakovski")


    Fortunately I know a Russian guy who runs a body shop, he said he could teach me how to weld, although when I asked him he said "why the fuck would you want to weld, piano is so much better" or something to that extent in Russian. :lol3
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  10. JamesG

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    That might be to his advantage. Shouldn't be too hard to find some guy suffering from buyer's (builder's?) remorse who has a tacky, butt ugly, ill-handling, POS he paid stupid-money to a three-letter now-defunct custom bike company for that has been collecting dust for years now.

    :D
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  11. IRideASlowBike

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    Uh, no. Not into "American Ironhorse" or similar garbage.
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    :puke1
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    Hey, I said it was a long shot, and maybe there's a chopper guy out there who yearns to play piano, just as you yearn to build a chopper. It's more likely than the "low-budget-pan chop" discussed earlier. :lol3
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    Shoot, I'd build him a bike for piano lessons. :lol3 I'd prefer some more guitar lessons, but it all applies. :super
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    Hey, if you're serious, I'll do it. I see you're in CA though.
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    Too far away.


    Find yourself a bike and start tinkering. Do easy stuff like cutting up fenders, swapping bars, gutting exhaust cans, painting stuff. You can do a ton of stuff to a bike without spending much of anything. A buddy just took a grandma sportster and made it pretty cool without spending a dime.
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  20. IRideASlowBike

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    OK, so 1,200 for a frame, tank, front end, and wheels that are 50 years old? What am I missing here? I mean, yeah, it's cool, but $1,200?
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