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Old 01-18-2006, 12:57 PM
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250 rigid handling balance?

Just wanting some input from those that have built a Carolina Custom 250 rigid (chopper or prostreet). I am in the process of building a 250 rigid chopper and I am a little concerned about the full 1 1/2 offset of the trans.
So those of you that are riding these frames, do you feel the offset? How noticeable is the left lean? Would it be worth the trouble of using a chain and a 240 rear tire and relocating the trans plate approx. a 1/2" or so back to the right?
Probably just prebuild jitters, but if it's something I need to address I want to do it know before paint. Thanks
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Old 01-18-2006, 05:52 PM
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I don't have the carolina customs frame, but mine is a rigid 250 with the same 1.5" of offset. The balance is fine and I've noticed no handling issues that I can relate to the offset. I'm sure you'll have no troubles either.
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:14 PM
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Its no sweat. Choppers cant really turn and burn like rice rockets do. You might notice a bit of drift to the left if and only if you're a really "in tune with your bike" kinda rider and ride with your hands off the bars. Other than that, its all good.
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:57 PM
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nsdq3,
I have a Hot match/xtreme 240 Lsd frame with what I beleve to be a 1/2" motor off set and 1 3/4" Trans off set with a 1 1/2"
final drive belt. ( a lot of off set).
And where I notice it, is sitting still, the bike feels left side heavy just a little. With both feet on the ground I turn the bars to full lock right and the bike feels nutral or balanced.
If I turn the bars strait and put my right foot on the peg the bike is nutral or balanced. When I ride and let go of the bars the bike go's left, but if rest my right hand on the bars or right grip the bike go's strait with very little effort.
When I ride two up with my wife and she has her head over my shoulder on the right side I can let go and the bike go's strait.
So I wouldnt worry about it to much after awhile you get use to it. As long as you dont plan on riding the wall of death where you need a perfectly balanced piece.
Build on and have fun. latter man.
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Old 01-18-2006, 07:46 PM
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thanks, like I mentioned probably just prebuild jitters, trying to think of everything that can go wrong.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:00 PM
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I have a carolina custom frame . 8 up 5 out 41 degree 1 1/2" offset. I run an exile sproter chain drive. 16 over front end. This thing rides good for a rigid. It tracks down the road straight as an arrow. I used 3 degree trees as I like the high speed highway stability . Couldn't be happier with the frame very nicely built.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:30 PM
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i have a carolina custom frame a chopper isnt like a street bike
it rides ok
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Old 07-27-2006, 11:14 AM
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carolina custom frames are the best
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:32 PM
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I just rode mine from So. Cal. to Sturgis. This was is first rigid. The ride is actually better then my last softail. The springs on the seat really take up a lot of shock and the larger tire helps also. If you can afford it I highly recomend Steve Damraiders mid controls. When you see that concrete bridge coming up its nice to know you can stand up like a dirt bike and let your legs absorb some shock if need be.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:41 AM
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Just put the heavy stuff in the R/H saddle bag.
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:56 AM
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on lsd bikes with wide tires, i never really noticed the lean while riding, i mean you just balance the bike. its instinctive. but when im standing behind one, i see how far the person has it leaned to the right to remain balanced. and if you sit on one, and have somebody stand behind or in front of the bike, and tell you when you are holding the bike straight up, and not leaning....you'll see just how heavy they are on one side.
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Fill the left side frame rails with lead.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:17 PM
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Fill the left side frame rails with lead.
See - there is always a way.
Good thinking !
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:23 PM
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Gypsy is correct......you will balance the bike.....the rear tire will even wear a little on one side ......it will fall into left handers and require more input to the right.....this has been my experience but not on one of their frames......
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:57 PM
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I ride mine all the time with a freind who told me when I first started riding it I leaned to one side. He told me recently I don't lean at all anymore. I guess I just got used to it. He also told me it looks really freaky leaning all the way over on a on ramp or turning. To me it feels perfectly balanced although it probably isn't.
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