Buying someone else's "custom" is just plain pathetic.
I chopped my old W2650SS back in '72. I even made a pair of struts which I installed and rode on for a period of 3 days after which I threw them away. I can't imagine anyone actually spending 25 large for a bike without rear suspension.
I occasionally get parts at Bill's Boneyard in Magna, Ut. Bill was telling me a couple of weeks ago that he is totally sold out of front wheels from old 125-175cc Japanese bikes. He had hundreds of them just a couple of years ago. You see, guys are buying them to use as chopper front wheels.
Even when I rode choppers I thought those fools who would put a spool front wheel on a panhead with that 1" wide rear drum brake (remember those?) were really demented idiots. Style is one thing, but that's just plain foolhardiness. Those tiny front drum brakes may be legal but they are also worthless.
Oh yeah another "cool" trick was to use a dentist's mirror intead of functional mirrors.
Why don't these rubbies just go all the way and put on sucide shifters as well? I mean, go all the way!! Suicide shift, originals, dental mirror, ape hangers and 5" diameter front drum brakes....going out in a blaze of glory, rear tire smoking and Jack Daniel's fumes fllling the air, as they crash while barhopping.
Engrave crossed armchaps on the headstone and christen the grave via EZ_Leakers.
I would love to see M.O. cover some imaginative, well engineered customs but who needs yet another ridged frame v-twin? Cycle Worlds American Flyers are some good examples of great customs. For instance, I would like to see some one build a nice soft-tail type custom with a 4-cyl. engine for a change.
Bring on the reviews and the riding impressions of all bikes. There are enough 2 wheel variations for us all, and as long as looking at a bike like the Big Dog adds one more review, then you've added value to my subscription.
I don't see the girls taking off their clothes on the sportbikes, so maybe you're onto something.
As someone who will likely never get the opportunity to ride on one of these raked-out, burbling, insane monsters I like the opportunity to live vicariously through the experiences of the MO staff.
This was a great balanced review, and I enjoyed Fonzie and Sean's perspectives. Thanks.
Thanks for writing this, it was an entertaining review and helps round out MO in living up to its moniker.
Sean's usually pretty open-minded about riding any bike and can usually muster up something nice to say. But man, he must've hated this one. I felt the clown comments were a little over the top, me being a professional clown and all, but the nose was funny. Keep the articles comin'
Stop killin' MO. This is one of the few instances I've seen where one of these monstrosities has actually been reviewed as a, ahem, motorcycle. All you usually see is some tatooed "artiste" talking about some billet this and gold plated that and how they bent the exhaust pipes through the frame 19 times. The non-motorcycling public gets the impression that these overwrought rolling abortions are the pinnacle of the sport.
If just one dumb rube with more money than brains stumbles upon this article while researching which $30K+ "custom" is going to supplement his fragile ego and changes his mind (while shuddering from the ridicule of more informed motorcyclists), it'll be worth it. It also might save said rube from serious physical harm.
And sorry, 13 Choppers are a horror. Chopping up a Ducati and chucking the chassis to make those things should be a punishable offense.
Hunter S. Thompson releases a book entitled "Hey Rube" and MO does a chopper review within a few days of each other. It can't be a coincidence. Lock up the womenfolk. Store up supplies like you belong to LDS. It could take some time to sort this out.
I had a spool hub on my shovel for a while when I had the 4 over springer on it, that and the stock HD rigid frame drum brake and dragging my feet comprised my stopping power.
The first time I rode it I'd forgot to adjust the lnk rod and when I went to stop I went sailing through a stop sign, across two lanes of traffic (complete with screeching car brakes) and off into a neighborhood till I finaly slowed down.
Shortly after I traded the springer for a 6 over superglide front end so I could run a stock wheel and disc, between that and the bonded shoes in the back it stopped pretty well for a chop.
Nobody gives a hoot about what bike your butt is parked on if the chick on the back is hot, hot hot. Hell they won't even notice.
Given a choice -- me, I'd go for the babe and a Honda Ascot rather than a low-tech, ill-handling $23,000 boat anchor (even if it does means you can have a fat chick with body art for a girlfriend and still be considered cool).
Fonzie - you holding out on us bro? I thought you were supposed to hook us up in Lancaster a couple of weeks ago. Slacker!
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