My weld on forward control brackets showed up today. They'll get welded to some 1" stock and welded to the downtubes. You cant see the brackets very well from this photo, but more importantly you can see my forwards, and that's what is important here.
edit---that piece of 1" stock will be cut into small posts to be welded onto the downtubes, not run across in a single piece as shown.
Lee, great question. I learned about these mounts from Bitter End Old School Choppers and they have a great video on youtube showing how they make the mounts. The use 1" solid stock and steel gussets for strength. I don't know if it's necessary but no benefit for me to do anything different than shown so I bought some stock from my local supplier.
you're right about that...but it can be done without them! lol Luckily for me, Golfish introduced me to a new friend who has access to a lathe and mill, and welds for a living. He is pushing this project forward so hopefully this one doesn't take me 4 years like the last one did!
I found these pics of an ironhead sporty bobber on the internet. Very similar to what I have in mind regarding overall appearance. Same 21" up front and 16" out back, oil tank, similar gas tank, same fender. I'll have shorter apes, springer front end, custom tank, nicer seat with air ride and cool forwards and sissy bar. But at least this is close.
ok i hate to do this but i have a couple questions. i feel like an idiot but what are bags. i am assuming you were talking about tires but you said 3 inch bags. and what does it mean to frisco a tank. and on that note what does it mean to check trail. i have read it in several threads and i just have to ask.
please check out my build and comment or any advice
good questions...I'm going to run the seat on small airbags (industrial actuators) They take the place of springs. You see airbags commonly run as suspension on trucks, and semis. Expect the bags im going to use are tiny.
Frisco mount means mounting the gas tank on top (high on) the backbone
trail determines how well the bike steers and handles. too much or too little can be dangerous. If you do a forum search on the topic you'll see a more detailed explanation along with the procedure for determining trail.
haha John, actually I was looking for the old thread we had a few years ago comparing the prices on items when they are sold as a "chopper" part.
For anyone interested in this style (Monza) flip top gas cap it was widely used for Mini's and adapted to Triumphs. They come from England (although they are now also manufactured in India and China)
They are plentiful on Ebay but not so much Ebay here in the USA. Ebay.uk is a great source for hot rod stuff! This is the SAME CAP sold as a "chopper part" for significantly more money.
Twisted Choppers sells for $200 and NYC Choppers sells this cap including a steel weld in bung but $270??? (they just raised their prices) I wouldn't mind giving my money to Twisted or NYC to help support a motorcycle business but when the price is that far off i just cant justify it.
I'm all for companies making a profit but insane greed will drive your customers to cut you out of the loop! Thanks john for squeezing it out of me! lol