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Father/Son Triumph Chopper project

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:17 pm
by El Skitzo
It's been a bit quiet lately in our household with my Triumph Chopper reaching a good resting point, given the need to focus some attention on our '49 Ford project too.

But bubbling away in the background has been the idea of a father/son Triumph Chopper...

I picked up a 1964 Triumph Bonneville pile of parts just over a year ago, not because I wanted or need it, but because one of the parts in the package deal was a drum brake front wheel which I needed for my project. Also included was a pre-unit front end which we sold, and a 1964 Bonneville frame in good condition (albeit chromed) and with a clear title, of which we recently sold the rear subframe and swing-arm.

So with a spare Triumph front frame loop laying around taunting us, my 13 year old son has become keen on us building up a second Triumph Chopper for him, so we can one day ride side by side.

So I managed this week to find a nice new hardtail locally, being a Factory Metal Works piece with 6" of rear stretch. This is exactly the same item I'm using in my own bike, so I know it works and I know I can get it registered. I also have a very good spare 1982 Harley Sporter front end laying around, which will be ideal for this bike.

So next weekend I think we'll look at getting the boy's hands dirty and he can bolt his little chassis together. Heck we might even pulled the bars and risers off my bike, and pluck the wheels out of it, so he can get a rolling mock-up happening to help with inspiration.

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Re: Father/Son Triumph Chopper project

Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:04 pm
by Prof
Ah. Another good project to watch. A lot happening at TCS, but just no time atm to get posts up.

Re: Father/Son Triumph Chopper project

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:13 pm
by El Skitzo
My 13 year old son had the chance to bolt his mock up together and had an absolute ball doing it!

Unfortunately we haven't yet go enough spare parts to build a permanent roller, so we had to pluck the wheels and handlebars off my bike, and use what ever we could find laying around in place of real axles.

But in the end he bolted a mockup together, got to sit on it and just stand back and enjoy the fruits of his labours and hopefully get inspired to build it into a complete bike one day.

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Re: Father/Son Triumph Chopper project

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:01 am
by Prof
Hope he stays enthused. Choppers will only survive if our younger ones get the bug. Will be a nice little chopper.