80cc Bobber Lowrider Project

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Leroybrown420, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    I scored a junked out Huffy frame. Fresh paint, grease and some new components. She's coming together nicely. I can never get used to how these bent springers ride.
    Could get interesting at hi speed.
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  2. Timbone

    Timbone Active Member

    Wow! That looks like a great rake/trail experiment! That looks like a LOT of rake; how does this bike handle?
     
  3. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Not for beginners. Bent Springers have an awkward wobble and poor turning radius. The over-compensated apes seem to help strangely enough. She's coming along tho.
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  4. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    bent springers break quick too, you gotta be careful with those.
     
  5. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    I just came across this bike on Craigslist. It's not mine.
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  6. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    Love those dice........thought you were supposed to hang them from the mirror, also like that stinger exhaust. I've never ridden with ape hangers but it looks like your hands could go numb from having them elevated for long time periods.

    Wait a minute, after blowing up that picture, they are hanging from the mirror! Too cool.
     
  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Indeed they do.

    Keep a very close eye on the 'flattened and drilled' Springer tube pivot points Leroy.

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    A pothole at 20 MPH might well lead to catastrophic endo face plant failure.
     
  8. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Death trap, I know. All it need's is a suicide shifter. Thanks for the heads up. 3rd Bent springer bike, 1st motorized tho.
     
  9. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Funny you should mention those old 10-speed suicide shifters on the neck, did you see on the news about Ambassador John Kerry breaking his leg riding a 10-speed bicycle?

    The news clip didn't show him fall, but it showed him wobbling all over looking down trying to shift gears, priceless ;-}
     
  10. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    When your family net worth is only $400 million, it's tough to come up with the bucks for brake lever shifters!

    Wayne
     
  11. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Hheheh!
    Ya, I was laughing my ass off at the bike he was riding even more than ability to ride it.
    But hey, he got an air force ride home and the best care money can buy for free.
    Go figure that's how you amasses wealth, free health care.
     
  12. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    I like John though I often don't agree with his politics. Like him I ride an older American made Raleigh Super Course with its original frame mounted shifters. The difference is, when I'm out riding I'm not having to avoid running over Secret Service Agents who are running in front of me, beside me and behind me! Plus I'm not riding for the camera either.
     
  13. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Chopper Motorcycles: Choppers and Bobbers Explained

    When people think about motorcycles, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a Harley-Davidson. The Harley-Davidson motorcycle is one of the most popular bikes out there. You see them on the highways and probably know someone who rides one. There’s more to motorcycles than the factory made Harley though. Bikes come in different shapes, sizes and styles. If you’ve watched the reality TV show American Chopper you may have noticed that the look of chopper motorcycles is very different from traditional motorcycles. They are much more stylized and built to go faster with specific chopper parts and accessories. If you’ve seen old black and white movies with a world war as a setting, you may have noticed some of the lower and lighter vintage bike characteristics associated with a bobber. This article aims to inform you about chopper motorcycles and bobbers. What are they? How are they different? How are they the same?

    Motorcycles
    Before we expand on choppers and bobbers, you should first know a little about the traditional motorcycle. The motorcycle is a two-wheeled, single-track motor vehicle. It is one of the most affordable forms of motorized transportation in the world. The motorcycle is typically mass produced in a factory and has a standard steel or aluminum frame with forks holding the front wheel. It contains an engine and a whole array of parts such as brakes, fenders, and transmission and exhaust systems. The average mid-size motorcycle has a fuel economy of 35-40 miles per gallon. Popular factory stock motorcycles include BMWs, Hondas, Harley-Davidsons, Indians, Suzukis and Yamahas.

    Choppers
    A chopper motorcycle consists of a modified form of the original factory frame and only the most essential motorcycle parts to make it go at faster. Basically everything unnecessary to moving or stopping gets “chopped up” and some of the original parts are replaced with custom parts. Then the engine and transmission are removed and the factory frame is cut and welded back together to make it lower and lighter. Performance parts can be added or changed to increase speed. Styling includes a roughly 45-degree angle front fork, shiny chrome detailing and other features unique to the bike's owner such custom paint designs. The overall look and performance make choppers distinctly different from factory motorcycles. A chopper is also typically more difficult (at least initially) to turn than a factory bike.

    Bobbers
    Bobbers consist of a stripped stock motorcycle, a “bobbed” or shortened fender and only essential motorcycle parts. The main difference between a bobber and a chopper is that the bobber actually keeps the original factory bike frame as opposed to a modification of a factory frame. A bobber is also much more lightweight and minimalistic with less chrome than a chopper. The bobber’s origins began when servicemen returning home from the war began removing motorcycle parts that were not absolutely essential to the basic function of the motorcycle, such as turn indicators and front brakes.
    - See more at: http://chopper-parts-accessories-re...d-bobbers-explained.html#sthash.t8GO2K0Z.dpuf
     
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  14. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    This bike is scary. Way more engine than this wobbly death traps needs.
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  15. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    Nice clean build, sorry you did not enjoy its handling. I'll bet you can improve it with a few changes.
     
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  16. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    A for sale sign?
     
  17. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    How to improve an obvious death trap?

    Sale it to an art show so nobody actually tries to ride it bud ;-}

    I have to ask this though...
    You put an exhaust reed AND an expansion chamber on it?

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    You know that exhaust reed closes off the port so the expansion chambers reverse fuel rich back-boost is blocked off right?
    In short that pipe with a reed will actually hurt performance, but then again on that bike that could be a good thing.
     
  18. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    I'm not sure I know what a exhaust reed is? I'm not a expansion chamber fan but I needed to get this muffler off the shelf, the x-port exhaust header gave me just enough clearance to fit the pipe. Plus, now that the bike is lowered a standard muffler hung to low.
    There is no noticeable performance loss, I'm about to fill the tank for the 2nd time. Lot's of power, cruises 30MPH at 1/2 throttle. Nice crisp throttle response.

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  19. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Another reminder why checking EVERY bolt is critical. I'll never forget these bolts again. PART_1434896554275_0621150721.jpg An unwelcome surprise on my way home from a local watering hole.
     
  20. Leroybrown420

    Leroybrown420 Member

    Back in action. This bike has so much power. Anyone know the stock jet size on the Speed carb?
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