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Old 10-25-2003, 07:13 AM   #31
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Old 10-25-2003, 07:18 AM   #32
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Lets see...



If I was building a Showboat Cruiser...



1L Supersport Engine: $10,000 - all the parts of the GSXR-1K you can sell. So say $6000 after you sell off the plastics, frame, and everything else to some poor squid who just totaled his. (hey, I want a non-abused engine here)



Frame, softtail: $1300



Frame mods to adapt to engine: $2000



Wheels, suspension: $3000



Gas Tank/seat/misc bits: $3000



Custom exhaust welding: $1000

(route new headers to stock exhaust cans.



Bolt-on engine covers (chromed): $1000

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Yeah, it looks quite possible to make an interesting (1L supersport powered) cruiser, minus all the labor, for a good bit less than an off-the-shelf "custom".



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Old 10-25-2003, 08:09 AM   #33
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Who cares bro? As long as they didn't steal the money to pay for it.



I think people waste money on a lot of stupid things but as long as they're not bothering me, to each his own.



I guess the advantage to buying a BD hardtail over a custom one is that you actually get a warranty.
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Old 10-25-2003, 11:03 AM   #34
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All this sniveling sounds like a bunch of RUBs with Harleys at a Honda gathering...The Big Dogs have shown their staying power and appeal. It is good to know that their are still some home grown folks who can make a motorcycle company successful.
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Old 10-25-2003, 11:57 AM   #35
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I agree with Joe606. Those things are a joke. What would ever prompt anyone to buy any motor vehicle called a BIG DOG?



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Old 10-25-2003, 12:50 PM   #36
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Default Re: Choppers - So Yesterday again

Have you ever comsidered this. Harley people LIKE being different and don't want something that everyone else wants. The day you start buying up the harleys instead of R1s - they'll start buying the R1s and such. Who am I kidding, we all like it this way - not understanding the other side keeps flame boards alive!



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Old 10-25-2003, 12:53 PM   #37
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You're welcome -

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Old 10-25-2003, 02:28 PM   #38
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Saw one of these bikes previewed on American Thunder (SpeedTV) the other night. I like the Bulldog. The owner of Big Dog has big pockets being an heir of the Coleman Camping Equipment Fortune. Bow Wow. Go Big Dog!
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Old 10-25-2003, 03:39 PM   #39
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The bikes are one thing, but it's the guys who buy these things that are the most ridiculous. When somebody on one of these rolled up to our H-D shop, we'd all start humming steam-calliope circus music before they got close enough to hear us. "Hey, buddy, the Coliseum is three miles over that way. So put that helmet back over your rainbow hair, prop your size 42 orange shoes on the pegs, and go join the rest of the clowns."
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Old 10-25-2003, 08:15 PM   #40
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"...it's nowhere near as cool."



There's where you're right, kawazuki. I couldn't agree more. My problem is that about the only thing I can do with any confidence is basic service and maint. I drove Hondas most of my life so that's all I've ever needed to do.



I bought an old ironhead XLH rolling chassis to build into a streetfighter rigid with a built-to-the-nines front suspension and brakes. I thought, "I'm an intelligent man with strong troubleshooting skills. How tough can it be?"



Well it was more than I could do. I'd have spent a couple grand on tools alone. With no paint figured in my estimated costs where over $16,000 and that didn't include the $$$ for tools and to get my shop set up.



I've still got the bike. After taking it down to the frame I had to be honest about my abilities and admit I'd have to send most of the work out to other shops to do the major work and that gets VERY expensive. Most won't even touch a basket case. I put it all back together and for now it's just a place holder in the garage.



Hmmm... Maybe nweaver's got the right idea. I'll have to check on that idea for myself. Not real sure where I can get the right frame for $1,300 though. I'd have to have a rigid. Softail choppers are for sissy's. :-p

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