Little Martha - an 883 Tribute

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by TheGr8Pumpkin, Aug 17, 2021.

  1. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    If it ain't long, its wrong.

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  3. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Don't go poking holes in your garage door with that thing. When I first got a lift, I managed to smash the fluorescent fixture above it.

    I was just looking at grips on Amazon, and saw those, and thought they were pretty cool! Good choice.
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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    With regard to rear wheel….. gonna keep it 16”? Or go 18”?

    I love a 18” rear wheel on a chop
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  5. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    *if* they are ever back in stock, I'm going to go with a mid-usa spoked 16" rear and a bit narrower vintage style tire, probably the matching shinko that's on the front. An 18 incher would be cool, but I am going to change the rear shocks, which might make me bump up from 10.5" to 11" and I don't want to lose too much of the angle up front if I add another 1.5 inches in height to the rear with a wheel change!
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    then ya just run a lower profile tire, but sometimes might not be enough to claw back the look youre after.

    diggin the build btw.
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  7. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    A solid point and thanks man!
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    Something I learned a long time ago working in a chopper shop...before metric sized tires. 16" rim with a 5.00 x 16 tire equals 26" inches and a 18" rim with a 4.00 x 18" tire also equals 26 inches. The 5.00 x 16 tire was probably the most sold 16' tire in those days and the 4.00 x 18 was likely the most common 18" rear tire. Here is another little chopper tidbit a 3.00 X 21" tire which was the most desired chopper measures 27" so you get a little rise in front. I think a swingarm chop with your rake and sissy bar will look better with a 16" rear. I like to be different so I ran a 4.00 X 19" rear tire with a 3.00 X 21" front on my last Evo based hardtail chopper. I'm currently building a hardtail 73 Ironhead Sportster and it will likely be an 18 or 19 inch rear wheel.
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  10. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I like the tall & skinny look. It just makes a bike look more nimble to me.

    When Cole Foster made his Blue Bike, it made an impression on me, and I think a lot of that has to do with the wheel & tire selection.

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  11. TheGr8Pumpkin

    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    Slow progress recently, but I did get this mostly finished, which, when added to the top of the sissy bar, will make the "Whipping Post."

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    TheGr8Pumpkin Been here awhile

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    Getting some sissy bar supports tacked up. Two more with smaller diameter rod are coming to make both sides the "six string sissy bar struts" ha

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  13. Wildebeest90210

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    Looks good, stick with the bass to avoid overcrowding? :strum
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  14. TheGr8Pumpkin

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    Not a bad idea. I'll have to think on that one. Maybe tape the others up and see what I think.
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    If the rod thicknesses were all different 6 would look great, and help with the intended effect
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  17. Mr. Fixit

    Mr. Fixit Reevaluating

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    I've never been a chopper guy, but I'm really digging this build.
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  18. JimVonBaden

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    Looks like a fun and simple bike! :thumb
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    Tuned to open E or D
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  20. Wildebeest90210

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    I cannot play a guitar but I've been through phases of buying/trading them. A good resonator tuned open G rings clear as a bell from just a good powerful burp .
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