Want to build a chopper, but how?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by smills1840, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    Hey guys! Been looking around on the forums for a day or two, and there are some really nice bikes on here! Anyway, I'll just get right to it. I really want to build a chopper, but I'm not sure where to start. I heard the occ stingrays aren't all that great, the same with the jesse james chopper. I found a chopper on a site, and was looking for some opinions. Do you guys think this will work?

    http://www.xyzbike.com/catalog/chopper-black-p-139.html

    If you guys think it would work, what engine kit would you recommend? I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible.

    Thanks in advance,
    Spencer
     

  2. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

  3. tskrem

    tskrem Member

    i recomend a rock solid engine kit the 80cc stock it flys out of the box. wear it in though.. with choppers i really cant help you... i always wanted 1 but 60 bucks for a mount put me off and finding a chopper in adelaide australia is hard :D were u located because rocksolid are an australian company
     
  4. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    Im in the States, in Virginia. I think people like Berry's mounts. Thanks for the reply
     
  5. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    you kinda can't go wrong for $88...
     
  6. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    But do you think it will be able to be MB'd?
     
  7. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

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  8. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I think many people who use choppers modify the frames for the motors, but that plate looks like it's a good solution for someone who doesn't have the means to fabricate it themselves
     
  9. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    OK, this site has no pricing info posted (it's all custom built stuff, but a ball-park would be nice) but if you happen to have the cash, motorizing one of these would be sweet (some in their picture gallery are...)

    Northwest Chopper Bicycles
     
  10. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    That bike is the exact same frame as the jesse james frame with an occ seat on it.
    you would totally have to cut the frame and weld in new bars for the engine to mount to. or you would have to try and make your own mount, but again you would have to figure out a way to mount it to the frame.

    one of the e-bay style mounts will not work on this frame because there is nowhere for the mount to be bolted to. the mounts on e-bay are specifically made to be bolted to an occ frame, which is totally different than the jesse james frame.

    I have an occ chopper and i love it. I have no idea why people say that they aren't that great. true, to mount an engine on an occ frame is a lot more than just bolting a mount to it, and then bolting the engine on. you have to make a lot of parts, and modify a lot of parts to make it all work right.
    you will need to be able to make and modify parts, whether you are building a chopper or any other bike to accept an engine.

    here's my jesse james bike that i customized..notice that the frame, gas tank and forks are EXACTlY like the one you are intersted in. Mine has different wheels on it, but the jesse james choppers have those exact same wheels and tires on them.
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    here's my motorized occ chopper. I made a bunch of parts for this bike to make it all look different from the rest, and to make it all work right. I am using a modified mount from e-bay (Barry's mount).
    [​IMG]
     
  11. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    Problem is, I cant really find a schwinn chopper anywhere. I guess I'll keep looking. Thanks guys.
     
  12. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    What other suggestions do you guys have for bikes? I want something that at least resembles a chopper..

    Also, I need this to go up some decent sized hills. is this possible?
     
  13. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    how steep you talking? On my way to work, I go up a moderately steep hill, and while my bike (66cc, stock drive sprocket, upgraded air filter) doesn't go FAST up the hill, it makes it up the hill eventually (probably 10-15 MPH). I don't know the angle of the grade (15 or less I would guess), but I DO know that when I try to drive up the hill in front of my apartment building, the grade is steep enough to starve the engine of fuel. THAT hill is pretty steep-- I'd guess in the ballpark of 45 degrees... it's not very tall (six feet?), and if I GUN it, I can make it without stalling

    but I've heard people having problems with the engine stalling on 10 degree inclines
     
  14. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    Not too steep, maybe 10-15. But they are LONG hills.
     
  15. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    the one big hill I have to ride up is pretty long as well-- but it makes it every time. 10-15 degrees and well over a half mile...
     
  16. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    well, you could always pick up a stingray styled frame (like an olde stingray...not an occ stingray) and chop the head tube to lay it back. this will give the forks some chopper rake. then you can buy some chrome chopper forks (24" or 30") off e-bay for about $50.00 and put them on the frame.
    the problem is if you are able to cut the head tube off, and re-weld it so that it's not only at the right angle, but straight and strong.
    another thing you could do is just keep your eyes open for a chopper bicycle (craigslist is a good place to find them cheap). you just have to be patient and watch constantly and wait for one to be listed on there.

    I have no idea of what skills you have, so it's tough to tell you what you can do.
    there are people who can make their own frames from a pile of steel tubing, and there are other people who don't know how to tighten a chain.

    by the way, my occ chopper has a 41 tooth rear sprocket. it climbs hills good without loosing speed. there are 2 big hills in my neighborhood,..maybe 20-30 degree inclines, and they are both about 150 feet long. my chopper climbs them with no problem at about 15-20 mph without loosing any speed. My bike tops put at around 32 mph on flat ground with me on it (i am 5'6" and weigh 150 pounds).
     
  17. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

    I'm learning how to weld at school later this year, but as of right now, no welding. Other than that, I'm very mechanically inclined.

    Are there any other bikes that resemble choppers?
     
  18. smills1840

    smills1840 New Member

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