A low light weight chopper

by Amy Hendrick

I want to build my own chopper. I am 5'1 and weigh 115 lbs and want to build my own old school chopper. I need some ideas on what kind of engine and frame that I can work with that will not only sit low but be as light as possible too. I don't have a lot of money to work with. I want to do as much as possible myself.

Thanks xoxo,
Amy Lou

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Oct 25, 2009
cheaper bikes
by: Lucky

If your main worry is just the cost I piked up and built my first bobber all for under 1000. I would love to have the Nice ss motor, or a HD but i dont have the money for that. I posted a picture of what i have done so far.

Oct 12, 2009
Size Isn't Everything
by: Anonymous

Just because you are small in stature doesn't mean you couldn't wrap your legs around a 100 ci V-Twin and handle it alright but you could also do very well indeed on a smaller displacement bike. Depending on where you live, you could find a project bike at a bike wrecking yard, running, for 4 to 5 hundred bones. A lot of dismantling, cleaning, polishing and painting, with some welding thrown in and a few choice custom bits and you'll have a ride you can be proud of. A Honda Rebel 250 or 400, a Honda CM250 Custom, a 400 or 440 Kawasaki Twin, or a good old XS400 or 650 Yamaha all are good starting points as are the old CB 550 Honda's.
Remember, WD-40, a good Impact Driver, and a welder are your best friends when working on old Jap bikes. (Bring your welder donuts :)
I have a 1983 Honda CM250C "Custom" out in the garage that I'm building as a Bobber for my Daughter. Just removed the ugly stock seat, sidecovers, fenders, etc. and bolted on a set of mini-ape bars with fat grips and a solo saddle makes it look pretty outlaw. It don't get much more old school than that! It will get a flat rear fender, sissy bar, cats-eye tail light, pillion pad, new whitewall tires and a ton of attention to detail, total cost around $500.00 (as we got the bike for free).
email me at rider75 AT telus.net for pics.
BigBadBrent in Peace River, AB.

Oct 09, 2009
by: tamara.vanhorn@yahoo.com

The motor doesnt matter too much. A small motor weighs about the same as a bigger motor.The frame is what you want to pay attention to.The lower the seat the better your center of gravity is.Also in regards to the motor the real factor is how much experience do you have riding and how much do you want to spend.Also different motors have more or less dependability.

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