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Jul 31, 2015

73 Shovel Grubhill Jill

I bought this old basket case in 2001 and took about 2 yrs piddling with it(my first attempt)& got it going down the road. It lasted about 3000 miles before

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Jul 07, 2015

Harley Davidson Panhead

The Harley Davidson panhead engine and motorcycle is discussed and analyzed including a comparison to the knucklehead.

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Jul 07, 2015

Bike Building High School Students

The bike building high school students build show winning motorcycles.

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Jun 17, 2015

Trophy Winning Bobber!

Just a little bobber, here in sunny Florida I ride almost daily. I hope you like it. It has a 1979 bonnie motor, oil in frame, jerry's springer's, front

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May 29, 2015

Rake and Trail Made Easy!

An explanation of rake and trail and how it affects the handling of your motorcycle.

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May 28, 2015

Rigid Sportster Frame Assembly

This rigid sportster frame assembly tutorial is a guide to building the frame step by step.

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May 27, 2015

Motorcycle Fabrication Tutorial

This custom motorcycle fabrication guide teaches you how to fabricate your own motorcycle parts to complete your bike.

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May 20, 2015

Bike Lift Assembly Guide

The bike lift assembly tutorial provides you a step by step guide to building our motorcycle lift table from the plans.

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May 07, 2015

Bobber Trike or Chopper Trike?

What's the difference between a bobber trike and trike and a chopper trike and what should I build or buy?

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May 05, 2015

Is A V8 Trike A Good Project?

All about the v8 trike and tips on building and converting your motorcycle into one.

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May 04, 2015

What Are Metric Choppers?

Discusses what metric choppers are, tips on buying them and where to find parts for a custom metric bike.

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May 01, 2015

Motorcycle Painting Tutorial

A motorcycle painting guide with step by step directions on preparation for airbrushing and more.

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Apr 30, 2015

Tubing Bender Build

Build a tubing bender with this step by step tutorial designed for intermediate to advanced metalworkers.

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Apr 29, 2015

Build Springer Forks

This tutorial shows you how to build springer forks from scratch including where to get springer front end parts.

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Apr 27, 2015

Rigid Bobber Frame Assembly

Our rigid bobber frame assembly guide which shows how to build the frame using a frame jig.

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Apr 23, 2015

Radical Solo Saddle Chopper

A quality solo saddle chopper with cutwork that any metalworker would be impressed with.

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Apr 23, 2015

Oldschool Softail Chopper

Hi there. I bought an old 1988 softail, rode about 200 kms and then totaly stripped it and began to rebuild it to what I wanted {oldschool}. I Started

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Apr 17, 2015

Bike Building Questions

These bike building answers will save you time in your custom building efforts.

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Apr 17, 2015

Use synthetic oil to break in a motor?

I thought your article was informative. Although you left the decision up to the reader, which I guess is the right thing to do. The subject of oil either

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Apr 16, 2015

New Soft Tail Chopper Frame Plans

These soft tail chopper frame plans range in tire size from 240 to 330 and the hard copy plans are 36 x 72 inches.

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Apr 15, 2015

Shovelhead Bobber Build

Part 1 of a shovelhead bobber build by Luke in Australia gracious to provide his motorcycle building details.

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Apr 15, 2015

Motorcycle Lift Table Plans

Worlds best motorcycle lift table plans for home and professional motorcycle mechanics and builders.

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Apr 15, 2015

Mini Chopper Project For My Grandson!

Almost three months and one bent axel, several stripet threads and broken bolts, this mini chopper came out like this. The seat height is 19 inches whellbase

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Apr 15, 2015

1967 HD Trike

Custom Built Three Wheeler: 1967 Custom Harley Davidson Trike. Engine: 1967 Harley Davidson. Pan/shovel 30 over s&s carb, andrews “a” grind cam.

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Apr 15, 2015

Paughco Rigid S&S 117"

Here is my story. I recently got obsessed with harleys and choppers, so I bought an 84 virago to bob out and resell to afford a Harley project. Well that

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Apr 15, 2015

4 Bikes I've Built Over The Years

The bikes above are just a few I've built over the years. The chopped red bike was my first build. I've been riding it since 1974. It's a 1969 BSA Thunderbolt

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Apr 15, 2015

Jig, Frame, Springer Chopper Projects!

Here are some of the projects I work on as a hobby when I am not working. The first picture is of my homemade jig with a rigid sportster style frame I

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Apr 15, 2015

Customizing A Royal Enfield 500!

Hello there. It has been a wonderful experience working on this Royal Enfield 500 build. There were challenges as well as moments of joy on overcoming

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Apr 15, 2015

Low Budget Rigid Custom Bike Project

I have ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY in this rigid custom... The picture above is during the sheetmetal mock-up. I have bartered for every single part on this

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Apr 14, 2015

Another question about engine and frame titles

I bought a 1968 650 Triumph Bonneville. I got a bill of sale only. This engine is a basket case. I want to build a frame for it. Would I use the engine

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Apr 14, 2015

1972 Iron Head

Just a bike I have owned many years. I mostly put it together with old swap meet parts. The frame is a 1972. The engine is out of a 1971 that was rebuilt

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Apr 14, 2015

1973 FX 1200 Shovelhead

Here's a pick of my 1973 FX 1200 shovelhead. This really kicks ass. The only reason I pull up at 125 mph is the single caliper brakes, but this is the

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Apr 14, 2015

Stinkeys Bike Building Projects!

As you can see I like to keep busy with my projects, and tend to have something on the go at any given time. I like the fabricating side of bike building

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Apr 14, 2015

1962 aio BSA Road Rocket

I started this BSA project with just a motor and trany that I found. The bike is a hard tail frame. I removed the tail section and grafted a 499 twin

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Apr 14, 2015

1969 BSA Chopper

This bike was built by myself in 1973. It's a 1969 BSA Thunderbolt. The frame is a hard tail, and a rake that is just enough to keep the motor level. The

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Apr 14, 2015

05 Super Glide Bobber Style

I bought this bike new FXDI Super Glide and started to custom it into a bobber. First was the Burly lowering shocks 2, modified the swing arm so a 200

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Apr 14, 2015

1940 UH 80 Inch Flathead

This is an original flathead tank, repop rear fender, a skull dash, and a few other minor parts. The 1938 frame has a 30 degree neck change, and it's

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Apr 14, 2015

Time To Build A 1981 KZ 550 Bobber!

I'm a barber in Olympia, Washington, and was recently given a 1981 Kawasaki KZ550 F by one of my customers! The first picture This is the bike pretty much

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Apr 14, 2015

Harley Davidson 1200 Evo Bobber

This is my 1200 evo bobber moon equipped oil tank s&s carburetor. It is a 1989 xl883 on the log book but believed to my knowledge it is the 1200 evo sportster

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Apr 13, 2015

Oil Cooler For A Shovelhead

I built my shovelhead in Oregon and ran Valvoline 60 Wt Racing Oil in both the engine and primary without an oil cooler in the Summer time and never had

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Apr 13, 2015

Air Adjustable Shock?

Just purchased your softail plans. I am considering an air adjustable shock. Do you know of anyone who has used one? If so, I thought it may help narrow-down

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Mar 31, 2015

How To Add Length To The Motorcycle Lift

Follow these tips if you want to add length to the motorcycle lift if your bikes are too large for the current lift table design.

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Feb 10, 2015

Chopper Building Books Reviewed!

A list of the most popular chopper building books and a short review of each of them.

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