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Old 11-09-2006, 04:45 PM   #61
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schweet! is that an Invader rear? nice, really nice
Yes, and its how I met Bradley from Hands Off. He had spent a lot of time getting it ready to re-chrome.

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Old 11-09-2006, 09:05 PM   #62
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:48 PM   #63
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Does anybody have any pics of digger bikes? I just acquired an old digger frame with reverse prism tank and i wanted some ideas.. thanks in advance..
How about some scans of Digger magazine, from 1976? Volume 1, Issue 1 thru Volume 1 Issue 5? I'm working on the scans & will post tonight.
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Old 11-09-2006, 10:13 PM   #64
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How about some scans of Digger magazine, from 1976? Volume 1, Issue 1 thru Volume 1 Issue 5? I'm working on the scans & will post tonight.
Make that 1975 & '76...

http://triumphchoppers.com/gallery/album118

I also have some issues of chopper magazines dating back to '74. I'll try to start posting a few when I have time.
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:07 AM   #65
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There are a few here, http://www.lowridersbysummers.com/bikes/index.htm by Tom Summers, and he is still building. Pretty good guy as well.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:54 AM   #66
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Typically, what were the usual frame measurements on a digger frame?,... backbone stretch,...downtube,....rake,...etc,etc,etc.
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Old 11-15-2006, 02:44 AM   #67
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Typically, what were the usual frame measurements on a digger frame?,... backbone stretch,...downtube,....rake,...etc,etc,etc.
Most "typical" diggers had about a 6" backbone stretch with a 40° rake...downtube stretch (height of neck) was ussualy zero but sometimes you saw a 1"or 2" up.. but it all depends on the style and looks of bike you're after of course...
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:48 AM   #68
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My grubby old bike builder mentor was/is a Ness freak. He built three bikes w/ Ness front sections. Cool thing about early Ness bikes was that nearly all of the parts on them were available in his catalogues. And some of those catalogues are real, real neat.
Here's another item straight out of Ness his catalogs... a "Cut down King Sportster tank"...as he called it (1.5" cutted of at the bottom and fitted with a low tunnel flat bottom, 2.5 gal capacity, at $ 129.95 in '86)
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:51 AM   #69
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Another Swingarm XL...
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Old 11-15-2006, 01:39 PM   #70
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Most "typical" diggers had about a 6" backbone stretch with a 40° rake...downtube stretch (height of neck) was ussualy zero but sometimes you saw a 1"or 2" up.. but it all depends on the style and looks of bike you're after of course...
Thanks Danny!....is there anybody still making digger frames?
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probably freds frames... but i wonder if he'd make one with 7/8 tubing? instead of the big beefy look?
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:30 AM   #72
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Any respectable frame builder will build you anything to your likings if you give him the dimensions (or pictures if you're not sure what you are looking at..)..but yes, as Glorydays said, safetywise it's probably harder to find somebody who will do 'em in 7/8" tubing... give them a ring about the diameter question..
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:50 AM   #73
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probably freds frames... but i wonder if he'd make one with 7/8 tubing? instead of the big beefy look?
maybe chromoly in 7/8"
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from custom chopper 1973,,paint by arlen ness
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:08 AM   #75
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street chopper `1974
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:09 AM   #76
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from custom chopper 1973,,paint by arlen ness
Not only paint by Arlen, also again one of his bitchin' frames...And the red scooter just above also...

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:38 AM   #77
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I guess my project fits as a digger....it was built by a guy in the bay area that was buddies with Simms....wish I had written his name down...guys dead now.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:59 AM   #78
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I guess my project fits as a digger....it was built by a guy in the bay area that was buddies with Simms....wish I had written his name down...guys dead now.
That's a Honda 750 Ness frame (& springer) right there Brewsir !
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:33 PM   #79
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I knew the 750 part...didn't know it was a Ness frame and springer...it does have the right taillight and license plate hanger welded on....Cool,Thanks!
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I knew the 750 part...didn't know it was a Ness frame and springer...it does have the right taillight and license plate hanger welded on....Cool,Thanks!
Here some pics from a bike with "your" Ness frame & springer...
Notice rear axle plate shape and tubes position...also the typical top rear motormount plates with the vertical slotted holes in it...those downtubes ... neck gusset shape...etc..congrats Brewsir! (now since you got a Ness setup...get a smaller tank...and different bars...and...and... )
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