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Old 04-10-2016, 04:38 AM
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for that Friar Tuck,

Yes I've been lurking here for some time. I joined the forum as a means of sourcing info for my chop build & am not really into the social media chat stuff really so that's why I don't participate in the general shenanigans that take place on here although I must admit it is quite entertaining some times.

However I feel duly obliged to bore to death anyone interested in reading this & if you enter a comatose state blame FT.

I started riding bikes way back in 1977 when I left school & needed transport to get to work, then switched to cars in the 80's. Got another bike in the 90's then had to sell that cause we were skint. Got back into bikes about 12 years ago when no longer skint & now own the bike pictured below (if I've uploaded it right).

I've always dreamed of a Harley style chop but it's been a long time coming due to one thing & another but I got there in the end. It started coming together about 4 1/2 years ago when I took the plunge & contacted Joe at Fenland Choppers who I thought was the best option to build a frame & help me produce the style I was after & within budget. I can't thank him enough for how it turned out, it's just as I wanted, might not be everyone's taste but I don't care it's mine. Took about a year from getting all the bits together & putting it through MSVA & registering it. It was built twice in effect, once in bare metal & "legal" for MSVA, then stripped down, painted & rebuilt with a few changes. It wasn't as hard as I thought really & I'm pleased with my efforts. I did all the wiring, electrical boxes, exhaust, rear seat pan (the one Joe made me was too small for the wife's liking), painting (tank & mudguard), various brackets & a few tweaks to some of the off the shelf parts. Joe had made me some drag style pipes that I'd wanted but in the end they were too noisy even after various attempts to quieten them down, so I cut off the ends & fabricated the one you see in the photo.

It was meant to be featured in the magazine (Joe had arranged this) but never happened. The local photographer & me were never around at the same time for a couple of months then I never heard anymore. It was around the time the editorial changes took place so may have been that or the fact that they like to take picture of fresh builds with no battle damage from being ridden on the roads, I'm not sure. It did piss me off a bit, I was looking forward to my 5 minutes of fame!

Anyway, if you're still awake, I live down on the Somerset/Dorset border married, 2 kids, 3 grandchildren ................................ blah blah. Currently restoring/hotrodding an old VW Beetle (gonna be matching colours to the chop) then I might do another bike. I'm at the age now I can take early retirement yippee, just waiting for the right time to jump or be thrown out if I bury my managers teeth to the back of his throat (long long story......). Think the wife has other ideas as she's keen on building/renovating a house when I go, we'll see!!!

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Old 05-10-2016, 05:38 AM
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Nice to Here from you Matey!

Wow, Nice chop, where's me sunglasses? I'm sure if you badger Blue she might give you a slot in the mag, you never know.

Well, now you've joined in don't be bashful. "It's good to talk" as they say...
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:00 AM
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Thanks for the warm welcome FT. I might engage a bit more if I can be any help to anyone with any relevant build issues.
The bikes been ridden a fair bit since it was registered so as much as I try & keep it pristine it's probably now not up to those that appear in the magazine.
Can't fathom out why the picture is so small as the original I uploaded is quite big, does the upload process automatically scale it?
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Up loading photos is totally alien to me I'm afraid, somebody else here with more savvy should be able to help you on that.
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Love the idea of the Beetle hot rod and the chop in the same style and colour.... need to persuade the wife to do this.
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Must admit I'm lucky, my wife doesn't mind me spending quite a bit of time in the garage, perhaps she's trying to tell me something.
Here's the beetle so far, chassis all sorted it's got an air ride set up, done the roof chop just stuck sourcing a couple of doors to cut about to fit.
A lot of people comment on the colour of the chop, it is bright as FT says, not everyones cup of tea but seems the majority of the people that have spoken to me like it.

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Ah, the Beetle picture came in bigger, may have sussed it.
Chop again hopefully bigger:

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I was right about the sunglasses!
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In a good way that is....
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:39 AM
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We wear them all the time down in the deep south where it's always sunny (I wish)
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That zorst looks mean..
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I saw this one on EBay which I really liked, but at over 700 quid for the cheapest I could find thought I'd have a go at copying it as best I could. Think it cost me under 100 quid for all the bits to weld up apart from the original exhaust header bits which I'd cut from the original pipes.
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I like the bandage look better
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Been a while since I've been on here. As you can see I've nearly finished my other project in matching colours to my Chop.

I know this is a bike forum but if you look closely at the rear you can see it does have one particular part relating to my love of motorcycles

I've just got another bike as well to use for commuting. It's a SV1000S, I owned one of these before I sold it to help fund the Chop build so really happy I've got one again.
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I saw this one on EBay which I really liked, but at over 700 quid for the cheapest I could find thought I'd have a go at copying it as best I could. Think it cost me under 100 quid for all the bits to weld up apart from the original exhaust header bits which I'd cut from the original pipes.
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That's not much metal for 700 quids
Nice to have those skills to be able to build your own pipes.
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What motor is fitted to the bug?
I've seen a few online with Busa or GSXR motors.
Looking good !
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Here's the new bike when it was at the dealers, really clean for an 03 plate. It's exactly the same colour as my last one albeit a couple of years older.

Having not ridden anything like this for a while, it was a struggle raising my old legs up onto the pegs. All my recent years of riding just the chop in the "feet facing the accident" position have stiffened them up!
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That's not much metal for 700 quids
Nice to have those skills to be able to build your own pipes.
It wasn't that difficult to make really, all the individual pipe sections were bought & just cut/fettled to length. My welding wasn't brilliant hence the heat wrap.
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What motor is fitted to the bug?
I've seen a few online with Busa or GSXR motors.
Looking good !
Its just a standard 1600 VW unfortunately. I have seen on Youtube one fitted with a R1 engine which goes like stink but decided to keep it more or less stock. Here's a picture of the rear end, the headers are standard VW, I just had to make an adapter to fit the end can on to.
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Even so the 1600 vw motor looks great.
Reminds me a bit of the 70s Baja bug style.
That'll be a lot of fun in the summer. Really cool.
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This Beetle ratrod is one of my favourites. Not much veedub left on it apart from the chopped body panels. But plenty of power from the gsxr1000 motor.
Sounds nasty

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Same here with my legs. I sold my supercharged Busa on 2010 and the retro ZR1100 project has taken far longer than I thought.
Since jacking the back end with linger shocks and taking the aged sag out of the forks, swinging my leg takes a bit of an effort. It's a 2 stage affair, right knee up and on the seat first, then move my body weight over and right leg down to the floor. Doable but I need more practise.
I was 58 on the day of Moto GP this year as I sat in the Luffield stand enjoying the racing. 40 degrees on the track.
My body only works above 25 degrees.
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This Beetle ratrod is one of my favourites. Not much veedub left on it apart from the chopped body panels. But plenty of power from the gsxr1000 motor.
Sounds nasty

https://youtu.be/_uxUB9h4A_k
That one's well modified, I'm impressed with the engineering.

This is the R1 powered one I like, bit more standard but looks fun.

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That one's well modified, I'm impressed with the engineering.

This is the R1 powered one I like, bit more standard but looks fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28irHkRcxrM
Yeah that's very smart.
Love the absolute minimalist looks.
He obviously enjoys booting it
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