What bike should i use to build this?

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What bike should i use to build this?

Post by Jimmy » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:11 pm

I joined up a while ago and asked a bunch of questions about building a bike, but i got side tracked building this camper trailer to carry the dirt bikes (wife and i and kids ride).


Now i wanna build the dream chopper. I wanna build this and i wanna get some opinions on the best bike to use to make it, the best approach ( i havent made a chopper before). Particularly i am curious about the fork and frame design and ideas. Any idea what is covering the spokes ont eh rear wheel? I really love the lines from the bars to rear axle and along the base of the frame back up to the bars. I am also keen on the matte black and almost no chrome. Should be cheaper to build, i hope :)
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Post by MArki » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:41 pm

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. But that looks like it's based on a Honda doch. By the look of the engine and front end might be a early 80s or supersport??

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Post by Jimmy » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:45 pm

I thought it was Honda XS 750/850 ? or gt750? the motors like identical to this http://cgi.ebay.com.au/kawasaki-gt750-1 ... 286.c0.m14

I hope some one can ID it, make life a lot easier :)
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Post by sks » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:50 pm

looks like a Z650/Z750 to me

http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Galler ... C%2079.jpg

but I'm sure we have a Z650 expert on here some where.

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Post by midnight7503 » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:57 pm

looks more like a suzuki to me


scroll down 2/3rds of the page to the blue suzuki choppersame motor by the looks,

the rear wheel could be covered with anything to make it look like a solid, just like they do for speedways
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Post by pommychopper » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:43 pm

Definately a Z650!! :D


Post by Bacca » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:02 pm

Could build something like that out of most 4's which brand do ya prefer?
Would work with a parallel twin also.

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Post by Jimmy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:48 pm

I dont really have a preference. Easiest and cheapest path to a replica of that one.

I guess there's lot of honda bit available, but they dont seem to cheap to start with? z650 seems rare?

Looking for advice...

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Post by Chucky » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:45 pm

I'm with PC on this get yerself any of the following KZ650, KZ750, Kz1000, Kz1100, GPz750 or GPz1100. Easy to rebuilt, easy to get parts for, very fast motors compared to other jap fours of that era and VERY reliable!

If you want a revvy fast bike go with the 650......If you want frightening speed and torque got with the 1100 and run carbies :twisted:

Other motors to consider are GS750, GS850, GS1000, GSX1100ET. They dont look as nice but the 1100 is bulletproof.

I wouldn't touch the honda's fours of the 80's (sorry everyone); I've had CBX's and late model CB's and they've all crapped out on me. I've never once had a Suzi or Kwacka four let me down.


Post by Bacca » Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:11 pm

If ya prefer twins there are the XS650 Yam, KZ750 Kwaka & the 650 Suzuki

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Post by sks » Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:04 pm

hears a shopping list for you..

Honda CB750 SOHC. DOHC has many week points. but waaaaay over priced now
CBR600/1000. but there water cooled

Suzuki GS750/1000 .if you can get it at the right price. also spoked wheels
GSX600/750/1100 .all have ally wheels so new wheels have to be found)
GSF600/1200 .all have ally wheels so new wheels have to be found
GSXR750/1100 .all have ally wheels so new wheels have to be found
Kawasaki as chucky said
Yamaha FJ1100/FJ1200. later chain ones but again ally wheels
Hinkley Triumph. you'll have to prove you are cool enough. 8)

as for easy way to build a bike. give PC a call and book the bike in, it's a lot easer.

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Post by sharky » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:03 am

If I don't get a response from the twat that bought my FJ11 motor over 2 months ago I might have a cheapy for ya .


Post by Bacca » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:32 am

Supose it comes down to what ya can find that ya like in good nick at a good price, some here like 4's, some like me prefer twins & some are into singles so it is really up to you as ya would get lots of opinions to which one but we aden't gunna agree on 1. We even get ourselves in trouble for ribbing each other about brands or lands built in. Go for what you like that ya an find, look at ebay, 2 of mine ame off there.

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Post by sks » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:27 pm

Bacca is almost right there, find something you like at the right price and ask us. that way you'll know what the weak points of the bike are to look out for. I quite like the idea of a XS750/850 and the first XS750 is just a time bomb waiting to go wrong. that said you cant go to far wrong with any thing jap. but if you think you can handle the awsomness of it, are hung like a donkey cool (with a H). get your self a Hinckley Triumph triple. :lol:

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Post by fluffer » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:43 am

I am in the process of building a CBX 750, oil in frame gives a lower, norrower motor in the frame. I bought a complete running bike thru E-Bay for 400 bucks. The frame is a very easy mod to whatever style your lookin for. Alternatively there are a few sites (english based) which have aftermarket hardtail frames for CB750 DOHC, GSXR 750, GPZ 750 etc.
but then it all comes down to the wallet specially when ya got kids.
It might be an idea to look at unreg bikes on E-Bay and when ya come across one that ya reckon will do the job, have a crack. Good Luck :D
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