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Chopper handling?

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I have been looking at maybe getting a Chopper bicycle for
motorizing. I really like the look of the Schwinn Spoiler,
but am wondering how they handle.
There is also the shorter adult size chopper they made,
but those seem to not have disc brakes, etc......

I've never ridden a chopper before, so I'd like to find out
if they ride strangely, and any opinions you may have of them.
Thanks so much!
 


cooltoy

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thats a good question because as I see kids TRYING to ride them it's kind of sad.
I know that the users of these bikes will not like this but it seems to me that they look cool on the front cover of a magazine but offer no street driving value at all. They also scream out "look at me, I'm driving a motorized bike ,pull me over!!!!"
But ya. they look so sweet!
 
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Hollywood

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You have to make a wider turn with them.They don't turn on a dime.You also have to make a motor mount or buy one.Live Fast Motors make mounts for the OCC Chopper Schwinn.
 
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fetor56

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thats a good question because as I see kids TRYING to ride them it's kind of sad.
I know that the users of these bikes will not like this but it seems to me that they look cool on the front cover of a magazine but offer no street driving value at all. They also scream out "look at me, I'm driving a motorized bike ,pull me over!!!!"
But ya. they look so sweet!
+1
Good looking but not particularly practical(and in some situations scairy)
 

azbill

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I have found that pedalling them is a PITA
but, under power, they handle nicely
the seating position is more comfortable than a mtb (hunched, leaning on handlebars)
the main draw-back is the appearance of being a mini-chopper, rather than a motoredbike
I built a nirve deviate
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=4669&highlight=deviate
it made it into bike, rod & kustom
http://bikerodnkustom4.homestead.com/gallery384.html
my son-in-law (azvinnie) built an OCC chopper that I have ridden a lot as well
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=4670&highlight=chopper
I added the bike links mostly to validate my opinion :) (ok, to brag a bit as well :D)

but, after saying all that, and having motored a chopper, 2 mtn bikes, and a schwinn jaguar...my favorite is the jag
:D:D:D:D:D
 
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cooltoy

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Great looking bikes Bill, really great. It's funny because when this topic came up I was reminded that I have one of those OCC choppers hanging in the garage. It's a bit rusty and the back tire is flat but it's all there. I just know that I would be pulled over within minutes. Like you said , it looks like a mini chopper. I Like your rubber washer idea!
 
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Thanks Guys!

I think I'm just going to add some higher bars for my mtn bike.

I don't like being so hunched over, and the addition of
taller bars should be the ticket.
(though I'll need to redo all the cables, which is going to suck.
2 brakes, 2 gear cables, and a throttle....)
ugghhhh.
 
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eltatertoto

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please dont be turned off of the chopper look, yes all these things are true to some degree and they do draw alot of attention, but with a chopper bike, i no longer have back issues (i have a bad back and knees and ankles due to my flat feet) and as long as your not horsing around annoying people, i really dont think it will draw negative attention. but if you are not a good leaner by all things possible dont get a stingray, unless you plan to go ariound a turn at 5mph. often times, if i forget to make my pedals even, my pedal will scrape, and ill have to slow down, cause i cant lean enough. im nnot proud to say this but in that case, i was goin 2 fast, my pedal rubbed, and i didnt fall, but ive hopped some curbs :???: you always have to take in to consideration the rake of the forks, longer rake=less handleing having rode harleys, im used to this though, and am not afraid, so take those facts into consideraton and then make a desion. personally, im thinking of installing somthing like a back seat from a harley, so ill have a back rest-sissybar.
 

Zev0

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I have found that pedalling them is a PITA
but, under power, they handle nicely
the seating position is more comfortable than a mtb (hunched, leaning on handlebars)
the main draw-back is the appearance of being a mini-chopper, rather than a motoredbike
I built a nirve deviate
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=4669&highlight=deviate
it made it into bike, rod & kustom
http://bikerodnkustom4.homestead.com/gallery384.html
my son-in-law (azvinnie) built an OCC chopper that I have ridden a lot as well
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=4670&highlight=chopper
I added the bike links mostly to validate my opinion :) (ok, to brag a bit as well :D)

but, after saying all that, and having motored a chopper, 2 mtn bikes, and a schwinn jaguar...my favorite is the jag
:D:D:D:D:D
WOOOO HOOOOO there's some AWESOME looking bikes in that 2nd link..
 
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