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What the heck, having built a chopper or two over the years, I figure I may as well be one of the first to post here. Here are a couple of classic rides from my past:<p><img src="http://wsphotofews.excite.com/019/pD/ZZ/TC/Al78909.jpg"><p><img src="http://wsphotofews.excite.com/017/RX/QK/La/AT55450.jpg">
 

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Actually, you'd be surprised at the relative comfort of apehangers, when matched to the seating position. The only real drawback on long rides is the wind drag factor, but I survived. That particular bike had been ridden fully across country, not too bad with a sleeping bag for back support.

As far as frames go, the shovel with apes was built with a paughco rigid, slightly stretched (2" in front legs) with a 38 degree rake. I added the necessary tabs and peened the gussets at the neck to give it a little more "contour" than it came with. That particular bike was about the 5th I built around the same motor, which I kept for many years, a slightly stroked 84" shovel, '74 cases. The forks are 4" over wide glide.

The other ride was my '47 knuck, also 84" (strokers are fun!!), with a heavily modified stock HD frame...actually, all that was left of the stock frame was the lower cradle, with motor and tranny mounts. I had the rest of the frame built to my specifications by a great artist named Kevin Dealy, who used to own a machine shop called Rock n Roll Enterprises out of Redondo Beach in California. He actually is credited with inventing the original "gooseneck" style of frame, complete with a lowered seating area. Anyway, my frame was built with 4" of stretch in the rear hardtail section, 4" in the front legs and 10 degrees additional rake, it sat almost dead level with a 15" over stock springer front end ( I later ran an aftermarket 15" over paughco springer with a sifton-star disc brake, much better!!). That bike was my first "big twin" and I will always regret the day I sold it. I built it into three versions while I owned it, the longest with a 17" over stock HD springer. Funny, that was back in the mid '70's, just as the fatbob look was coming back hard and heavy...and now that all these years later I finally built a "fatbob" bike (my current ride is a stripped down slightly custom '75 FLH), the long bikes are coming back into style!! I am always behind the times...it's my life story!!
 

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Kinda funny to see Hawg listed as "junior member"... hey, admin folk, ya need to take another looksee at this gig... o'l Hawg's anything but a junior anything... (oops, was that a poke in the old senior discount ribs, there, Hawger??? heh, heh...)

anyway, chop's are definitely the thing for this old soul.... never even rode anything shorter than 6 over... ran a 18 over trumpet kicked out to an 850 cc, used to knock longnecks over from about 20 feet for laughs.... that was a fine little ride... still remember the judge in Tejas, way past outta the weeds, in his boxers at midnight, asking " waayyyuuulll.... whaddya got ON yuh, then????"... there went that ride.

ran a few sporty's, one in particular was my favorite, a stroked 66 xlch... a real pounder, didn't actually roll around, it just grabbed the planet and spun it under it's wheels.... ran that bad boy for many many years... 7 years as my only means of transport, whil'st living in SLC, Ut.... snow, ice, the whole shot and all...

ran a couple of nothing to write home about shovels, and another pan... my current pan is *** for me; took me over two years of searching to find "the one"... and this is it... runs as good as it looks; ate an Evo's lunch the other night so bad he actually turned off the main drag and got lost, right in front of his partners... kinda comical.

like 'em long, low, and meaner'n a snake, myself... hell, if I wanted comfort, I'da drove my caddy SLS...
 
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