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Old 02-04-2005, 09:20 AM   #21
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Youd be amazed the advances in carbon fiber technology over the last 15 years. I first dealt with carbon fiber in some aircraft applications in the late 80's and there were significant ghallenges in getting the form you needed to be strong enough----these challenges have been largely overcome and I am amazed at some of the uses that have been found for Carbon fiber Also there are significant differences in strength depending on how it is formed. If constructed incorrectly, carbon fiber can be dangerous,but used correctly by good designers and competent craftsmen I have no doubt a motorcycle frame could be safely made from carbon fiber. How it would perform as far as handling (rigidity/flex,etc.)I really dont have a good feel for,not having any experience with this particular type of application.
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Old 02-04-2005, 09:45 AM   #22
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And, nobody has, yet, given a good reason why anyone in thier rigtht-mind would want to use the stuff for a chopper frame, at God-knows-what a throw.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:05 AM   #23
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15-large to shed weight: Whew, somebody call Jenny Craig, Kirsty Allie wants to ride; that's just-wrong, on so-many levels!
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:28 AM   #24
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WOW!



Just did a Google for "Conductivity of Carbon Fiber" and got 90K hits.



At first glance, I think the answer to your question is, "It depends."



Besides, isn't the question more accurately, "What is the resistance of CF?"?
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:28 AM   #25
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Granted, CF is amazing stuff; but, why'd ya want'a use the it, on a chopper...ferchrisakes?
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:36 AM   #26
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'Cause its purty!
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:42 AM   #27
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Carbon fiber is a material used when you have to eliminate every gram of excess weight.



Seems like a waste on a chrome-encrusted bike with a 100-cubic inch motor.
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:44 AM   #28
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Well given that most of the engines, frames, forks, and other parts used on a chopper are utter sh*t, at least a bike with this frame has one nice part.



It is hard to imagine this frame is not stiffer & lighter than those noodley steel chopper frames that were probably never even analyzed by an engineeer at all.



As an aside those OCC idiots were shown on their show THROWING a rusted frame and then using it to build up one of their $100,000+ bikes. How would you like to know that was the frame you were trusting to carry you down the road?
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Old 02-04-2005, 10:49 AM   #29
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Watching those guys, the last thing I'd worry about is the frame!
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Old 02-04-2005, 11:50 AM   #30
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Yes, indeed why try to save weight on a chopper frame when the engine weighs a ton. Although, I'd like to see Discovery Channel force Orange County Choppers to use those frames - what would they weld all those baubles and trinkets to?
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