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Hello Thomas !
You know, I'm custom addicted.. doesn't matter if it's cars,trucks, boats,bikes,bicycles,vans,etc..
I'm into custom bikes since I was 14-15 I believe.. Trikes always got my intention but I could never ever find one that really appealed to me.. or the rear section was to wide..or the rear part was to long..or the seat height to high..or the front end to steep..etc..
When I don't like the look of something, I see it as a challenge to build one to my own measurements and standards..
That's why I knew it HAD to have a low seat..(because even if the seat height on most trikes is the same as on a 2 wheeled bike, it seems always that the riders sits higher on a trike..)
So I moved the (Moon) oil tank to the rear, (behind the differential) but kept the battery box behind the gearbox..
This trike is rigid, no rear suspension...it's not as bad as you would think..(tires filled with slightly lower pressure)
Sitting behind the engine will not heat-up your manparts, no ! :-)
Seat height is 14 1/2" (with a tin primary as you said you could go slightly lower..but remember one of my favorite quotes.." It's a fine line between just right and overdoing it.."
14 1/2 inches ,holy crap!!??!!my seat pan is 17" and everyone is telling me I'm nuts. I also wondered about setting up the rake and trail, Ive heard lots of different opinions on what works best.What did you end up doing? enclosed is a pic of progress so far , Its mocked up to set the neck angle .I've still gotta tear down that springer for rebuild and make another leading link for it to set trail. I know it doesn't look so low in pictures but I think the small wheels screw up you sense of scale unless you see it in person.
Some more info about this last built, named "Black Mistress" :
This project started on an 82 Ironhead basis. The major aim was to rebuild a simple and tiny chopper around the vintage used seat bought for some few bucks in Daytona last year.
Many parts, such as handlebars, seat pan, sissy & licence plate holder, exhausts and many brackets are homemade or adapted.
The brake lever comes from a japy (gsxr ?), I got rid of its M/C. The front caliper comes from an Evo bike, while the rear one is from an Ironhead.
The whole engine is brand new right now : pistons, rebored cylinders, valves/seats/springs, cam bushings, balanced crankshaft, etc.
It took me +/- 7 months for this second version of the bike, as I'm working in my building's underground, so there's no private place there :-/
The first run happened 2 months ago and everything is almost OK now. Gives me lot of fun.
All details are available here, or via www.dragoo-huntaz-cyclaz.com
MiK a.k.a. Dragoo-Huntaz Cyclaz, France
Licensed in Washington State as a 1999 Custom Homemade Hardtail. Handmade frame. All handmade bike here in a garage in Wa. State.
1980 GS 750 called "ZERO" after Evergreen Terrace's cover of the Smashing Pumpkins song ZERO.
I stretched the rear 4". Raked the neck unknown amount. Made the whole minus the engine cradle, including every tab, mount, and bracket.
The front end and front wheel is a 21" drum off a late 70's japanese enduro bike. The rear wheel is Honda or Kawasaki 18" drum.
4" dog bones w narrowed drags. Dirt bike hand controls. Handmade pipes, sissy bar, and raised foot controls. Seat is an ebay job. Tank is a mustang I already had and the flat fender was from a buddy. I already had both lights laying around, but the headlight bucket had a huge hole in the back of it, that I patched by riveting a hand shaped piece of copper over the hole. I jetted the carbs WAY up and ran 8$ air filters.
The paint is paneled and laced by me with spray cans. The electrical box is 4" black PVC i got for free from Home depot with a yellow screw-in plumbing test cap on side and a flat plumbing cap on the other. My Girlfriend stitched up the p-pad because she got sick of riding on the mexican blanket! lol.
Also wired it myself and rode it the day I turned it over, Took a little over 4 months and about $500 to build. Built the whole thing on a table under my carport. It's fast and it fits my riding style and environment perfectly. I love it!
nice, clean chop.
love the sissybar!
electra glide shovelhead "83 ___before and after!
this is my Chopper___BEFORE &AFTER
name BACK TO THE FLAME,
lenght 303 cm,
age 28, type custom built,
customizer Jo Bike & Hogtech SWEDEN ,
project Jo Bike,
engine S&S STOCK 80 inc,
frame hard tyle rigid +4° custom built Old School Style from Hogtech SWEDEN,
rake 46°, fork over 23° Tolle SWEDEN,
oil tank custom built,
gas tank custom buil,
handlebar custom built,
trasmission inner BD 1°,
cover trasmission Robbans Speedshop SWEDEN,
wheels custom built Erixon SWEDEN
rear tyre 240x40x18, front 90x2,15x21°,
fender custom built,
seat custom built from Roberti Custom TEXAS,
SissyBar custom built Hogtech SWEDEN,
paint By Roby Custom Design ITALY.
exhausts cusom built Jo Bike
now THAT'S a chopper, nice clean and long.
in one word: beautifull!!
thanks a lot Ron!