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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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