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Old 01-22-2015, 04:21 PM
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Tips on handling and turning a Chopper

Hey everyone,

We've just purchased a 2006 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper, which is super low to the ground with a 38 degree rake and 280 rear tyre, and we're picking it up on Wednesday.

Would anyone be able to offer some pointers on how best to handle a bike like this when riding? We're especially interested in pointers on turning safely so that we don't scrape the sides of the bike.

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Old 01-22-2015, 04:33 PM
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They are a little scary in the curves and take a long time to get used to. You just have to lean, thats all. Don't take any new curves too fast, also they are a little scary in high wind. I almost got blown into the other lane of traffic one day, they also put a lot of stress on your upper body and forarms, they're awsome! You feel like Mr. Olympia when you get off!
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:29 PM
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Well said. Shovel.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:28 PM
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:36 AM
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Keep the tires up to pressure too. I learned the hard way not to ignore them.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:09 PM
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all kidding aside theres only a few things you gotta remember. Don't get the tires in dirt, gravel or grass-keep your eye in the mirror for ppl behind you if you have to brake (cars don't stop as fast as mc's) Never EVER trust anyone coming out of a side street always think of an escape route this goes for when you're coming into an intersection also. Yeah you may have the right of way but that don't mean SHIT if you're laying in a casket. If you're the passenger don't do any leaning in corners just sit there let the driver control the lean. The faster you go the more stable the bike becomes UNLESS someone didn't put the bike together right in which case it could go into a hi speed warble in that case do NOT hit the brakes, go wide open throttle until you get outta the warble. They don't like off-ramps so go easy. It takes experience to ride a chopper, believe me.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:10 PM
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highway driving usually is not too difficult. It is driving in the city making turns from a stop sign that are the hardest to get used to. take your time and practice in a parking lot or on streets that are empty. I k just got my first chopper this summer and now am quite good in the turns but at first felt like I was trying to turn with a semi truck compared to my Fatbob or Warrior. It just takes more room to turn a 10 foot bike and the best thing is practice and experience. it is also easier to manipulate with wider bars. 34 inch bars make it a lot easier to manoever than 20 inch drag bars.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:03 PM
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:38 PM
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There doesn't a whole lot scare me in traffic except the idiots pulling out at inner sections or side streets. I think if your going to go , that's going to be it. Unless its from behind, I always stop to the side at red lights and always make sure they see me and are slowing down or i'm going to throttle up!
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:43 AM
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Well, my way is more radical and you don't wanna hear it.

Hi, just bought a gorilla bike. I've been working out just to steer the thing so when I get off it, my arms drag on the ground. I thought I could handle this puppy but I am not built for it. I knew this going in so I bought the bike just for the engine and transmission. I'm going back to a pacho harley looking replica frame, 39mm front end off a harley, replica rear wheel, bars, cables and wire that puppy up. I sell a turnkey rolling chassis and put that towards the frame, front end, etc.

Here is how I'd handle that bike. This is going to be the way I'd ride that thing and again, radical moves you may not want to try.

1. I bought a beauty and not a scratch on it. I'd glue a thick aluminum boiler plate type skid plate at said 45 angles or whichever hits first.
2. I would work out or swim and work the upper body just to be in good physical shape for 'the drop.' Once that front end drops from center, it wants to flop into the turn so you have to flip it back to center.
3. So basically I'm saying, I'm going to know how far over I can corner is hit the plate, know the bike's limit; expect to correct the bike a lot when in street or slow operations. Like a gyro I am not concerned with speed and at that point it is hard to flop the bike over.
4. And that basically moves to how much high speed do I get into if a wobble occurs?

See that shit?
a. Watch out for the flop.
b. Watch out for the wobble.
c. Watch out for the shave off the parts is how you ride a radical rake and trail.
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:21 AM
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Its no different from any other bike. It has a longer wheel base so it will make a wider U-turn. The same things I learned in the Police Motor Officer Course on a Harley Road King apply to this bike (clutch, throttle and rear brake). I added an inverted front end on my Texas Chopper that is 6" longer and has 5 degrees more rake than stock. Its no different. These bikes are not the "in thing" any more but I have been riding mine for the past five years and still love it.
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:35 AM
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Yea, I love mine too. My buddy thought i was crazy for giving up my stock Yamaha Road star to ride something like the beast. I told him that this thing has something that my Yamaha or your Victory will never have and that is just pure awsomeness! If I want comfort or music, I'll jump in my truck. My 2 into 1 is my music!
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:51 AM
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I like the looks of your chopper Shovel. I bet its a fun ride with that 127ci.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:12 PM
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Old 01-25-2015, 04:45 PM
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Thats a pretty awsome looking ride I see there in your avatar skydiver from what I can see.you should post some pictures of that for us, when I click on your camera I don't see anything. The same with you Red Wings.
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