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Old 29-01-2012, 03:42 PM
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Default building a chopper

Ive been in 2 minds for some time now over this
I started building a gsxr slabside and was gonna dress it all up with a yoshimura TT-f1 replica theme

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I also want to do a chopper, ive seen the hardup chopper frames on egay that will slot a motor straight in but wich would you go for
in terms of easiness im thinking the chopper - once the engine is mounted in there its forks wheels seat and tank and your almost there plus they look cool


I have this engine wich is a bandit 1200 - yoshimura heat shield, yoshimura style head cooler - I think it would look the dogs testicles in a chopper frame but am i throwing myself in at te deep end and expecting a lot less than in reality i will encounter - ive never built a hardtail, ive built a gsxr from the ground up

i just cant make my mind up so looking for opinions or advice really
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Old 29-01-2012, 04:34 PM
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Having had a gixxer 750 powered hardtail chop, I would most certainly go for the chop option, but that's just me.
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Old 29-01-2012, 04:43 PM
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I've had a good look at the hard up frame i'd say go for it the build quality is very good and a good price too
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Old 29-01-2012, 05:37 PM
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I am working on a Guzzi in a Hard Up Choppers rigid frame. Have to say that the build quality is very good. Neat welding, quality materials and a pretty decent design. I will check with the owner and see if he is ok with me doing some pictures on here. Have to say that I like the frame.

I am probably giong to get some stick for this next bit. I had to give up hard tails because of the damage to my neck. My last rigid was the one I built while working for Revolution Motorcycles in Northampton. I used an ex drag bike Yam FJ1200 engine which was ballistic.

I loved that bike and it really hacked me off to admit defeat, realising that I could no longer take the constant battering on my spine from riding a rigid. I built that bike to be low and loud. It would easily out perform another FJ. As I built the bike for myself I got to know exactly how it performed and handled. A lot of sports bike riders were very surprised at how well I could take it round bends.

Based on that experience I would strongly advise you to consider how you set the bike up. You can mess around with different fork oil and fork springs. Varying tyre pressures front and rear and of course the tyres themselves. Sprung seats are a bit of a double edge sword. Possibly more comfy but springs can do funny things at times. A gel pad in the seat may well help.

Whatevr you do with a hardtail it will always be a hard tail. There is something very special about the look of them. They will always appeal. The downside is the comfort and handling is quite different.

Its your bike and you are paying the bill. If anyone tells you they don't like what you have done, tell them to f**k Off!

By the way, that engine would look brilliant in a hard tail chop. Good luck with your choice mate.

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Old 29-01-2012, 06:04 PM
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yeah the comfort thing had crossed my mind a couple times now, but tbh im not too fussed, im only 27 and there should be a bit of play in the spine yet. its more the style of them - I can go out and buy the latest gixxer or streetfighter an old one but 5-10 years down the line it will be an outdated tired looking machine
choppers appeal no matter what IMO - they never get old they just get better with age. I need a bike that Im gonna hold on to and be proud to own and I cant see that happening with the gixxer.
this is where the project has been for a good few months now and its just a headache to me - trying to decide wich forks find the right wheels for the look im after etc - with a hardtail once the motor is in the frame you can just about see your goal


i have my kawasaki for daily riding, the chopper would be more a summer thing


I contacted hardup chop's a while back and if i supply a headstock they will build the frame around it - wich also eliminates getting it registered as i can use headstock and v5 from a donar bike, i know strictly speaking its not ""legal"" but i think a lot of builders do this dont they?
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Old 29-01-2012, 07:30 PM
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I'd go for one of butlers frames... The wormburner frames from hardup choppers are real nice! Butler does a whole bunch of Sweet stuff.
Check out http://hardupchoppers.forumotion.co.uk/
For more info on HUC and other folks HUC builds.
There's supposed to be a HUC wormburner trike in the pipeline.

Good luck n keep us posted.

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Old 30-01-2012, 09:04 AM
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I contacted hardup chop's a while back and if i supply a headstock they will build the frame around it - wich also eliminates getting it registered as i can use headstock and v5 from a donar bike, i know strictly speaking its not ""legal"" but i think a lot of builders do this dont they?

No,do the MSVA route. Don't cost much and no mot for three years. It's not worth trying to dodge the system.
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Chop every time been riding hardtails /ridged,s for a touch over 25 years build a nice one proper frame goemetry good motor bandit 1200 bulit proof the huc frames are ok the bandit runnigg gear is good and forks can be set up as required my one handles is quick motor is stage 4 has 1100 cams and all sorts of other mods my frame is cromemoly and not a huc unit but i know the huc chaps and there very flexible with what you would want and have some nice stuff aswell do it once do it right you,ll love it regards z
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