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howworkclutch
Choppers aren't for everyone. But I love em. If you don't: feel free to ignore what goes on here.
 
Last week I was traveling with a group of home-built choppers/bobbers/rats. We had a great ride. The first day, we were on the WV Turnpike and I jumped out in front of the group to enjoy some high-speed sweepers. At one point, one of the home-built chops (550 honda hard-tail with long springer and ape-hangers) was right there with me. It was inspiring! When we arrived at our camp we began discussing the idea of a sports chopper (spoken in Jeremy Clarksons voice). Everyone agreed it was time for a nice little performance-oriented custom to be given to the world.  So, we set about the task of defining criteria for the sports chopper. Every night, when we arrived in camp, we talked about the features of this mechanical oddity and how we should go about building it.
 
So, over the next year, I'll be heavily modifying my fz07. The goal is to have it ready by next years Long Road.  I'll occasionally update this thread with pics of the build.
 
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botbullet0
This is a cool idea!

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howworkclutch
Criteria:
 
400lbs wet (without a weeks-worth of gear).
No spokes.
Low seat.
Mid controls with highway pegs.
Insane lighting levels.
Excellent suspension.
A rack for hauling a weeks worth of gear. Integrated back-rest. Lots of well-thought-out tie-downs.
Its got to sound bad-arsed.
Its GOT to look awesome.
Slim. Trim. Everything you need, nothing you dont. Super-clean styling.
No wimpshields or saddle-barges.
Excellent cornering (for a chopper).
140 mile range.
 
The fz07 is the perfect platform. Basically, whack off the tail section and rebuild it, tune the suspension, toss the plastics, and hack off anything thats not needed.
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norcal616
If you take off the rear passenger landing gear, swap out the stock tail fender for a tail tidy and swap out the stock exhaust...the bike will weigh just shy of 385 lbs with a almost full tank...

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No Hater
Oh boy, this sounds exciting. IM STAYING TUNED in anticipation.  Chop that &itch!

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aeisan
I can't justify spending that kind of coin on a $7k bike. No way. Ever.  
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But honestly you gotta be out of your damned mind to put so much money into a $7k motorcycle.
 
I really hope this build is done for less than $850. Anyone that would spend more would be out of their mind. ;P
 
Seriously though... I can't wait to see what you come up with. Should be interesting.
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Beemer
Sorry. Even though I have my doubts I should inspire. Good luck, I hope you achieve your goals!

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phicurious86
Cool beans man! Best of luck with the project.
 

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hobbs
This sounds pretty rad, look forward to seeing your results. I'm on the hunt for a build candidate for a sweet chop. Not a sports chop like this though. My FZ can't be sidelined for that long.

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thomascrown
Good luck man. I know when I have all the plastics and tank off the bike, and I just look at the frame, it begs for a simple tank, wire tuck, and the crazy tail section to be chopped for something more horizontal.  It has the makings of a perfect cafe bike.  
 
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so1102
Or you can go this route too
 
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vertigo
I think you're crazy, but to each his own.

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howworkclutch
This sounds pretty rad, look forward to seeing your results. I'm on the hunt for a build candidate for a sweet chop. Not a sports chop like this though. My FZ can't be sidelined for that long.
consider the dohc cb450's. its not popular like the xs650 so you can get them pretty cheap. its no speed demon but is fast enough.  the frame has a single down-tube and backbone, so altering the rake is easy. you can still find new-old-stock fork tubes cheap, but girders and/or springers are better front ends than long teleforks.  
you can get rear axle plates from places like led-sled if you're interested in hard-tailing... $40.  if you do a drop-seat and keep the top shock mounts, you can go with shorter shocks, or stretch the swingarm three inches and get the same results. although most prefer the look of a hard-tail, i love a smartly-done swingarm chop.  a good friend of mine built a softail chop and hard-mounted the fender to the swingarm. then he built a back-rest w/ rack onto the frame. it looks really good and serves a purpose.
 
if you're going to chop, read as much as you can about motorcycle geometry. the information is out there just waiting for you to use it. i've ridden a lot of choppers and most were poorly setup. but a well-built chop handles really well and will go around a corner at brisk speeds without drama.
 
my first chopper was a dohc cb450. it was built by a guy who had no clue. my dad helped me fix the geometry and the bike handled really well for a hard-tail. i rode that thing for years and never wanted another bike.  it didn't have a speedo/odometer: i'd guestimate i rode it 120,000 miles.
 
i have another one in boxes waiting for me to get time to build it.
 
 
 
 
 

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Cruizin
All FZ-07's are welcome here with open arms and I look forward to seeing your creation and work. This thread will probably be popular over time and will inspire the creative minds that push innovation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
But if you put any Harley parts on that bike we'll kill you! Isblu9j.gif
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