Two-Wheel Tuesday: Stating the Obvious


I’ve believed for years that the front end from a big, late model dual-sport bike would work fantastically well on a chopper. Think about it: 21″ front rim, discreetly proportioned disc brake rotor and caliper, and fork legs that are long, but stout enough not to be too flexy, all in one pre-assembled, affordable, readily attainable package. I didn’t have the bucks to try it myself, but I couldn’t understand why nobody else had thought of it, either.
Well, it turns out that somebody else did try it. And even though it appears that this one still needs to have the caliper and hydraulic lines installed, I think it looks just as I thought it would — hot.
[Source: flickr.com]

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  1. CptSevere Avatar

    You're right on that, those forks look great on that bike. I'd have no idea that that's what they were, just that they worked. And the 21 inch wheel looks just plain right. This bike would be a dream to ride. Until you hit a nice sized pothole or failed to slow for a speed bump, with that hardtail. I like Triumph choppers, and this is a fine example.

  2. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar
    From_a_Buick_6

    Threadjack. In front of my office, there's always at least a couple of motorcycles. Usually, it's the same Harleys, with the occasional Vulcan or sport bike. But today, I saw one of these:
    <img src="http://home.kabelfoon.nl/~ledo/Honda-Cb500T-rechts2-500.jpg"&gt;
    A Honda CB500T. Brown with a brown seat-how delightfully '70s. Same goes for the "Double Overhead Twin Cam" script on the battery box. These were only made from '74-'76 and by all accounts it was a pretty unremarkable bike. But this thing was immaculate. Caring for such an oddball bike down here in the land of "If it ain't Harley, it's crap," that's just awesome.
    Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

    1. topdeadcentre Avatar
      topdeadcentre

      Unremarkable would be fine for me, in this case. I'd totally enjoy owning and riding it!

  3. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    That bike looks so simple and bare. It's like the hipster-fixie of choppers: different wheels front and back, bright colors, something that looks like a Brooks saddle. And of course, no brakes.
    Important Note: I've never seen a motorcycle driving the wheel form the left….but I don't think I've ever looked that closely.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Left side drive is standard for Brit bikes.

      1. topdeadcentre Avatar
        topdeadcentre

        And lots and lots of other bikes. As I think about different brands and model lines, I think it's right-side drive that's less common.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          Yes, absolutely.

  4. topdeadcentre Avatar
    topdeadcentre

    No rear suspension. Hard-mounted no-spring seat. Difficult steering geometry. No heat shields or mufflers on the exhaust pipes.
    If the owner rides it more than mile or two away from garage or trailer, I'd be mighty surprised.

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