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Form, function and comfort, a Frisco Chopper build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by n8mandy, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    My 2004 XB completely stock except for the Lattus replica exhaust I built, and some mapping changes put 89 horse power to the ground with the tire smoking from slipping on the dyno drum. It ran good for what it was. Basically a high compression 1200 with decent heads and N7 cams. The bad thing was the rev limiter cut in before the motor ran out of steam, otherwise it would have just outright shit the bed. Loved the torque. The thing was a missile exiting a corner, frequently with the front tire hanging. If I had kept it, I would have put a Sportster/XB9 primary on it to get more wheelie fun at the expense of dropping top speed back from 136 to about 125.
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  2. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    I actually intentionally don't ride anything really powerful. It could cost me my license or my life.
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  3. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I’m pseudo with ya, but I’ve got friends that have lost their lives on a bike with 6hp, it doesn’t take power to fuck ya up, it takes a mis-hap or a distracted driver most the time
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  4. fast1075

    fast1075 Not a Lemming Supporter

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    Pic of my old XB. Suprising how many people thought it was a Ducati. The sound it made was GLORIOUS! Not loud, but deep and throaty.

    new muffler1.jpg
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  5. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Here is a pictoral example of why I keep the sissy bar:

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  6. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    So, can anyone spot my newest alteration?


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  7. shinyribs

    shinyribs Thumpers for life

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    Sissy bars are the absolute best way to haul things, like you said. I miss the hell outta my old chop with a tall sissy bar. I'll have another one day.

    Good luck on your build!
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  8. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    nope, pic doesn’t work
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  9. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Weird, I can see it on my end. Let's try it a different way.

    Iron 11 1 2019.jpg
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  10. Donson

    Donson Been here awhile

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    Just order and install longer tubes, it's easy.
    I recently did 2 overs on my 81 Super Glide, it took about 3 hours.
    Don't be intimidated, it is easier than it looks.
    You will need an air compressor to break loose the damper rod bolts, but other than that, just basic hand tools.
    I use a piece of PVC pipe for a driver to seat the new fork seals ( buy new fork seals)
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  11. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Looks like a tank lift.
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  12. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Ironically, the Village Idiot wins the prize!
    Correct. It wasn't a very big one, only 1.5"
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  13. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Looking at all of the hardtail Frisco's now I want one. I especially like the one's with the angled pillion pad that serves as a backstop (despite always finding pics, I can't find one now.)

    ... but, I'm a middle age man with a previous back injury so I can't handle a rigid, especially due to the fact that I want to do some light duty touring on it. So I found this:

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    Yep, softail frame for a Sportster. They are like $2500-$3000 so it's probably a pipe dream, 3 kids soon to be in college, relatively low clergy salary, can't justify it when there are hungry people out there, etc...
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  14. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Found one:

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    I don't like the bars and not enough stretch.I love the completely stripped down look of it but dont;y know that I'll ever go to the extremes that this builder did. I also love the classic star badge, great looking bike!
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  15. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    This just came in:

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    It has built in turn signals so I can start cleaning up the bars.
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  16. Dino de Laurentiis

    Dino de Laurentiis Working on it

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    interesting find, assume it’s road legal? Where’d you get it?
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  17. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Amazon. By road legal do you mean the blinkers? By CA law they are not far enough apart, but I'm not too terribly nervous about it. Nobody uses their turn signals here anyway. It would be funny if it wasn't so dangerous.

    If I get pulled over then I just switch over to some tiny LEDs that I found that mount just below the handlebar switch casings, at least for the time being. Eventually I'd like to clean up the handle bar and put on smaller switches as well.

    I did a quick search and couldn't find them.
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  18. n8mandy

    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    You actually dont need forks for the job, just longer springs or dampers. I was going to do it myself until I realized that you have to remove the wheel and can't just do it from the tops of the forks.

    It actually boils down to a lack of time and a garage. I would much rather do my projects myself but I also have my 63 Beetle and the MG Cali 1100 that's had a sidecar waiting for the subframe to be installed for over a year now. That's in addition to the family, the much more than fulltime pastorate, the volunteer firefighting, surfboard and guitars that don't get enough love, a shelf full of books... you get the idea.

    A friend who I played in a band with once pointed out that I'm not a guitarist or a bassist, but a surfer who plays guitar and bass. I'm not even that, I'm a husband, dad and a priest that does so many other things. So I need to keep the work I personally do on my projects simple and quick.

    I also have learned to be realistic about my skills as a wrench. I've never had the time nor the training to be as good as I'd like to be, so I generally end up spending way more time and even money than just farming it out in the first place.

    Oh yeah, I also spend too much time here on advrider. :evil
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    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

    ... a 3.8 gal Legacy King Sportster tank!
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    n8mandy Just hangin' around

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    Now I've got to figure out what I'm going to do about paint or vinyl wrap and then seal it.
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