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FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 08:08 PM

"Not the Normal" builds, from WCC
Everyone knows about the CFL'S, El Diablos, Dominators, etc..... but how about this bike?

"(The) Honda guys were tossing around ideas for something else to do with their then new (early 2002) VTX 1800 V-Twin engine. Someone came up with the notion that Jesse James might be just the right person to push the envelope a bit so they gave him an engine, some money and said, “Build us a bike.”

Jesse retired to his West Coast Choppers workshop and produced the VTX Cafe Racer, first shown at the Cycle World show in Long Beach. It has an airbag rear suspension, an inboard rear disc brake on the driveshaft, handbuilt frame and bodywork, but in the end, it’s a very interesting example of another direction for these big cruiser V-Twin engines the manufacturers already have in their back rooms.

Although there are many things about this bike that would never see production, it shows that cruisers aren’t the only place for these engines. Could Honda build something like this? Sure. Will they? Chances are slim. They should, but they probably won’t."

phightower 12-15-2008 08:15 PM

I always liked that bike. Big fan of the "custom" cafe style as opose to the run of the mill, custom crotch rockets for sell on every block these days.

tod75154 12-15-2008 08:15 PM

that thing looks nasty.. I know you can pull a lot of power out of that bike with the right mapping and such.. It's all motor... should haul ass...

wijns07 12-15-2008 08:22 PM

I'm not diggin the red...but other than that it's pretty cool...

tod75154 12-15-2008 08:23 PM

Didn't say I would build it, buy it... ok I would ride it... looks like you could have some fun...

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 08:24 PM

One more pic.

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 08:27 PM

I like the shaft drive, and the air bag, rear suspension. Hell of a frame, too.

chopperfugger 12-15-2008 08:27 PM

There are some sport bike choppers that look good too - that drive shaft angle needs another run thru the shop.

pushrod243 12-15-2008 08:33 PM

Pretty cool scooter

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 08:36 PM


Originally Posted by chopperfugger
There are some sport bike choppers that look good too - that drive shaft angle needs another run thru the shop.

When the suspension is fully collapsed, that shaft will end up straight back.

That angle it's at in the pics, would probably be the most drastic since it seems the rear of the bike is at it's highest possible position.

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 09:04 PM

Here's another "Not the Normal" WCC build. It is based on the Dominator frame but that's where the familiarity ends.

Side-hack anyone? ;)

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 09:13 PM

The other side:.........................I think it was called the "Airstream" after the old campers. ;)

tod75154 12-15-2008 09:26 PM

you think that tank could even hold a gallon???

FRANKTHECRANK 12-15-2008 09:40 PM

I see a compartment in the left side, so fuel may only be in the right.

Maybe that's what the side car's for, carry an extra fuel jug. :LOL:

tod75154 12-15-2008 09:45 PM

lol right.. maybe he could fit a fuel tank in the ass end of that thing and run a fuel pump and regulator.. My brain just wants shit to be functional, never been one for just window dressing... It is nice metal work and I can respect all the time that went into that but man that motor looks like a waste with out enough fuel to even warm it up.. lol

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