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Nice lookin' bike. Try this instead of the cut & paste Bobber
 

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Man, the guy hardly ever rode the bike. Looks like he enjoys modifying more than riding. It is a nice looking bike.
 

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It needs to be stretched more (longer hardtail section) and lowered.

I get where he was going with it, but his fabricator lacked vision and taste.

I'd buy it for 3,000 and chop it up again and do it right this time.
 

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On 2006-11-15 03:43, Ruxton wrote:
Gentlemen - I'm afraid I don't share your enthusiasm.
Think I'll pass on this one, too.
 

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That's cool and very different. Looks like it would be interesting to ride, like the bike that killed Lawrence of Arabia.
 

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Looks like the bike should be in the dumpster behind it! UGH!
 

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It's interesting to me that so many of the new Triumphs are being heavily modified. I like to see them, and I think it brings a new type of awareness to the brand, but personally, I think the owners paragraphs about his modifications could be titled "How I screwed up a good motorcycle"
 

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I can't say I'm a fan of these types of bikes, as they are clearly built for style rather than substance. What I do find interesting is the way the owner added the hard tail to the stock frame. Also interesting is the way the bike reflects the owner's personality (and lack of common sense; why not use an America?)
 

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The Thruxton or Bonnie is the correct bike to start with, here is what the old ones look like chopped :





Notice on these 2 bikes the steep rake (stock) and the long rear section, those combinations are fairly unique to Triumph choppers as HDs are usually raked and the stretch is in the neck area instead of the rear hardtail section.

The builder here on this bike didn't know what he was building or how it should look. This bike sucks, but it has huge potential if chopped again and done right.
 

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IMHO you guys ruined two perfectly good motorcycles for what ever purpose I cannot imagine. Total non-functionality ?? Why not just buy a neon sign that flashes "LOOK AT ME" and wear it on your head? To each his own but those are Harley clones and that makes me wonder ............
 

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here's my XS 650, do you think I ruined it?

That thruxton sucks, but only b/c it wasn't done right, my XS weighs about 250 lbs and makes approx. 50hp. I still need to finish up all the welding/fab work, but I hope to have it done by spring.

 

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I love the Old School Triumph chops...They ARE NOT HARLEY CLONES...Harley is Harley and Triumph are Triumph, No one was trying to mimic one or the other...I can't stand it when someone says, "Well Triumph are like the English Harley-Davidson." NO THEY ARE NOT...Nothing of the sort! Those folks have never read a book. Heritage of motorcycling goes back over 100 years! Norton, BSA, Velocette, Royal Enfield, Phantom...On and on...All over the World! Harley was part of an American attempt to become a competitor with those previously named. No one was trying to "make a Harley-Davidson". I actually like the Thruxton (eBay), but the header wrap looks like a blind two fingered monkey wrapped them. All that work and a half-arse job on the pipes. Anyhow, Sweatmachine...Your examples (your XS included) are amazing machines...simplified...very functional...built for one thing...hauling a**...Bare Knuckle Cycles...Good Luck on the Project.

Attention Everyone...Please do not compare a Harley-Davidson (of any sort) with a Triumph (of any sort)...If you choose to do so...Have your army ready.

And in case I hurt anyones feelings...I have a Bonneville and a HD Road King sitting in the garage right now...I am not a "Guy" of either machine...I am an enthusiast of all Motorcycles...
 

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REVOLT, thanks for the comments and compliments. The first 2 I posted are just some I've found on the internet, but are very good examples of a Triumph Chopper/Bobber/Whatever.

The XS has been my ongoing project for almost 2 years...the last year has been while I was distracted with the Bonnie...now that it's getting cold again (well, as cold as it gets in Texas) I'm going to try to finish up with it.

Triumph choppers are definately a thing of their own.

The reason I like them so much is because of the simplicity and light weight. My XS weighs well under 300 lbs. I want to weigh everything on my bathroom scale and add it up when I break it down to powdercoat the frame, but I'm thinking 250-275lbs wet. It probably makes 50-55hp too.
 

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Chopper yes, hardtail no... has a bizzare dual shock set-up. Thought you guys might appreciate it anyway. Maybe you've already seen it on eBay.
 

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On 2006-11-19 23:06, Sprocky wrote:
I think it looks cool and good for him for having the [email protected]##$lls to do it.
You all sound like those guys who say "Don't like the new Triumphs.............they aint real!"
that's the same way a lot of old school Porsche fans are. Oh well, i like them all.
 
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