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Old 12-24-2003, 08:38 PM
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here is a layout of my chopper

this is an mock up with a special frame we use for figuring out stretch and rake. I put my front end on and rear wheel to figure out what length to make my down tubes and backbone. My boss says we'll make it a 4 inch stretch and 8 and half inch over or something.

this will probably be the only modern looking norton chopper you'll ever see.

can you see the two spikes that are nuts that hold the top springs down on my spinger? now picture that with some (billy lane style Lane Splitters that i made)

the norton commando engine rebuilt is plenty of power when you consider what i payed for it. however, I believe i just bought the engine just before they became more collectible now.

I didn't go with the all too common triumph because they vibrate like a bitch and arent as powerful. the norton has isostatic rubber mounts that i will incorporate with a custom fabricated head steady shaped like iron crosses for the top head steady mount, the other rubber mounts are hidden so I don't know why the triumphs are more popular to chop.
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Old 12-24-2003, 11:42 PM
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looking good...so ya think you'll be riding it by spring?
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Old 12-25-2003, 11:30 AM
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Killer pic and that is some KQQL azz shit you are talking about man ... please keep us posted!
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Old 12-25-2003, 04:01 PM
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man those twisted springers will always havea place in my hart. looks like it will be a pretty dope ride when your all done...
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Old 12-26-2003, 04:51 PM
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thanks for all the positive replies.

i'm glad to see that other people realize you can make a chopper without harley parts. but if i had the money. I'd make a pan-head chopper in a heart beat.


and yes, I believe i could have the bike done by the End of spring, or early summer.

i have alot of fabrication left for the rear fender, the jockey shift and handle i want to make, the extra length brake cables and forward controls are going to take alot of planning as well.

then I have to wire it and maybe go with internal throttle since the norton commando has a 2 into 1 cable that goes to the dual carbs, thus making an internal throttle that only work for one Carb possible,
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Old 12-26-2003, 06:23 PM
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wow that sounds like a sweet ride! Best of luck to ya!
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Old 12-29-2003, 06:16 PM
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thanks!!!



i'll have to get an old school snorton norton shirt.

or (nortons don't leak, they just mark their spot)
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cool u got the start now work on the ing system go boyer best 2 kicks and its gone
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Old 08-13-2005, 09:16 AM
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Nortons Rock!!

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Old 08-13-2005, 12:21 PM
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thanks for all the positive replies.

i'm glad to see that other people realize you can make a chopper without harley parts. but if i had the money. I'd make a pan-head chopper in a heart beat.


and yes, I believe i could have the bike done by the End of spring, or early summer.

i have alot of fabrication left for the rear fender, the jockey shift and handle i want to make, the extra length brake cables and forward controls are going to take alot of planning as well.

then I have to wire it and maybe go with internal throttle since the norton commando has a 2 into 1 cable that goes to the dual carbs, thus making an internal throttle that only work for one Carb possible,
I think you are gonna like it with the Commando motor, light weight and lot's of grunt. Not every chop has to have a V-Twin in it. As for the internal throttle, easy to do, I did this for my Lightning chop, look for an old internal throttle from an early HD, I scored one then cut it out of the HD bar. Bike is gonna look great with that front end!
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Old 08-13-2005, 12:24 PM
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Actually just read some more and you and I are alike in a number of ways, I have fabed forward controls and converted to a jockey shift as well, be interested in how you solve some of the issues as to moving the shift to the left and brake to the right. Be happy to go over how I did it with you.
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Old 08-13-2005, 06:12 PM
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guys,
just a heads up. Odessa finished this bike about a year ago. Check the date on the thread....
Anyway, here's the link from one of his last posts. Pretty awesome bike!
http://www.clubchopper.com/showthrea...&threadid=8895
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