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Old 07-13-2009, 09:20 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I think stretching the swingarm is a mistake style-wise, but that's just me.
Not IMO. Go for it! It might adversely affect handling a little, but not the style you're after. A longer swing arm would actually give it more brat style. That is what this thread's about, right?
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:50 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Not IMO. Go for it! It might adversely affect handling a little, but not the style you're after. A longer swing arm would actually give it more brat style. That is what this thread's about, right?
You don't see Bratstyle bikes with extended swingarms. It's just not part of it. They are compact and tight, not long bikes.

see for yourself:

http://www.bratstyle.com/

Here's a badass SR 500





a bunch more pics here, and no stretched swingarms to be found:

http://www.bratstyle.com/custom/custom.htm

http://www.bratstyle.com/complete/complete.htm
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:56 AM   #33 (permalink)
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here's a vid of a badass bratstyle SR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bJNDPsitSE
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:40 AM   #34 (permalink)
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You don't see Bratstyle bikes with extended swingarms. It's just not part of it. They are compact and tight, not long bikes.

see for yourself:

http://www.bratstyle.com/

Here's a badass SR 500

The SR500 looks like a bobber w/ apehangers to me...not sure how brat that makes it.

I could certainly see a bonny black being bobbed w/ a cafe flair, but would dread the idea of it being called a brat-styled bike. The moniker sounds more appropriate for a modified schwinn stingray, not a real motorcycle.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:54 AM   #35 (permalink)
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So maybe Dave just wants to customize his bike. And maybe it’s a style that doesn’t fall into any predefined category. Maybe it’s a style that’s somewhere between café and brat. If he wants to use a Brit bike and extend the swing arm to suit him, which is what he said, then that’s good enough for me. Maybe we all should just go with that and stop trying to be critical of what is or isn’t the definition of brat. Personally I think what Dave is after will look a hell of a lot better than any of the pictures of “brat bikes” that we’ve seen here.
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I think stretching the swingarm is a mistake style-wise, but that's just me.
Good morning sweatmachine and road_dog and beemerrich.

When I look at the similarities between the Berry Bads BSA and the BC Bonnie with the stretched swing-arm, I think its gonna look great...

Remember, it is a Brat-style café racer I'm going for, rather that a Brat-style bobber, and I think if you look at the angle of the rear shocks on the most of the Brat bikes, lengthening the swing arm 3" is gonna achieve that look and still allow it to be a comfortable and cool looking ride for a 6'3" guy like me.

Maybe you are right beemerrich, we should call it something else! A café rat racer?

And I'm also thinking GLOSS BLACK engine covers, sprocket cover, and cam covers...

And I appreciate EVERYONE'S comments. You are all fantastic. A BIG THANKS from Downunder!!!

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Old 07-13-2009, 02:09 PM   #37 (permalink)
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i dig the look man. keep us updated with pictures. a bonus would be some photo how-tos on the progress of your mods.

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Bratstyle is a company that builds bikes. The SR500 I posted was built by them. So whether you guys think it looks "bratstyle" enough, it doesn't really matter because they built it.

Names like bobber, chopper, etc don't really mean much anymore because they've been overused and bastardized so much, but Bratstyle is a company's name, and they don't build bikes with extended swingarms.

If Dave wants to stretch his swingarm then may his stretching go well, but if he wants to copy the Bratstyle style of bikes this is an incorrect move.

Here's a Bratstyle-built HD FXR (I freaking love this bike). No stretch in this swingarm either:

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Bratstyle Kawasaki W650 from Bratstyle's website. About as close to a Bratstyle Bonnie as I could find. I really like it...

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Bratstyle is a company that builds bikes. The SR500 I posted was built by them. So whether you guys think it looks "bratstyle" enough, it doesn't really matter because they built it.
I don't believe that Dave was ever referring to a particular company. Go back and read his original post... "Has anybody Brat-Styled their Bonneville?" Apparently we're to the point now where all we can do is argue meaningless semantics.
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