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Hey folks,
Maybe it's cuzz I've had one in the works for a while, but I've really noticed an increase in the number of 60's and 70's style bikes being built in the last 6 months.

Ya think sissybars, metalflake, lace paint and such will be a big trend? It doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but I don't like getting caught in the mainstream.

I'm still waiting for the Harley fad to be over. Don't think it's ever gonna happen. LOL

Off to work.
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I think its a trend with "garage" type builders, which means watch out, the rest of the world will catch up soon..
 

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The thing is every thing has been done. If you look at the hot rods/street rods . Every color sceme every part billit ect, ect.
The cool guys do it first then all the others jump on and hope they get in before it's over. At the end of the trail is the Wal-mart clothing line. By the time it hits there it's over folks. And by the way I hate the term Old School for every thing thats not BLING. Just my $0.02:cool:
 

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Tony and guys,
I didn't know it had been a "trend" lately. I guess the latest magazine I bought was 5 years ago, and 99% of the traditional bikes I see on the internet have Bates seats and no sissybars. Starting in the late 60's Bates seats kinda went out of style. All of the magazines (trend setters) started featuring bikes with sissybars and cobra or king and queen style seats. These are the bikes I'm talking about. I started building bikes and hotrods in the 60's and 70's and that's still my favorite era. I'll still do what I want whether I'm the only one doing it (that would be kinda nice) or everyone else is building the same thing.
 

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There is this guy that rides to the Ephrata breakfast shindig the beginning of every month, everytime. I will get a pic if I remember. It is perhaps one of the best examples of a 70's chop protracted to extreme lengths. 7' sky-pipe exhaust, down draft 8" velocity stacks, tiny spool front wheel, king/queen seat with 12' padding on the queen. And the guy rides it all the time. OH, and bright orange metalflake - original from what I can tell.

Built2Ride probably knows who I'm talking about.
 

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I see what you're saying Larry and think you're right. The pseudo-bobber thing ran it's course w/ the cool kids and now it's 'Frisco styled bikes w/ a few people moving into the late 60's and 70's stuff w/ some moulding and even an Arlen Ness Lowliner style bike here and there w/ the prism or rocket tank. I've yet to see anyone w/ the balls to build an eight inch over, no rake front end bike. The praying mantis. I also haven't seen much in the way of the no upstretch, 50 degree rake, waaay over front end, LA style style. I'm sure it's coming.

I don't know shit about shit but a bike that's clean and well thought out will always appeal to me, whether it's an Indian Sport Scout flat tracker or a 20 over modern twin cammer that's 8 up and four out. I'll like the old stuff more because I don't know any better, but clean is clean...and clean doesn't always mean brand new or restored parts.

And while I'm riding the soapbox I'll point out something I've realized while putting my Pan back together:

It's not rocket science to style and build a neat traditional bike. Pick up a shitload of old magazines, pay attention, and don't deviate from the recipe. All talk though at this point. The proof will be in the pudding.

I can't remember, was the pink bike in Big Bike? If not, I have the issue of whatever else it was in. Good issue.
 

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Are you going to change how you build your bike because other people like the style?

Larry T said:
Hey folks,
Maybe it's cuzz I've had one in the works for a while, but I've really noticed an increase in the number of 60's and 70's style bikes being built in the last 6 months.

Ya think sissybars, metalflake, lace paint and such will be a big trend? It doesn't make much difference one way or the other, but I don't like getting caught in the mainstream.

I'm still waiting for the Harley fad to be over. Don't think it's ever gonna happen. LOL

Off to work.
Larry T
 

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Tha Nutz said:
Are you going to change how you build your bike because other people like the style?
Nope,
I kinda like being out of the ordinary, but I'll build the style I like even if it is popular. I got into Harleys in the late 60's and Gassers/Modified Production drag racers even earlier than that. I kinda got pissed when the Harley deal took off in the 80's but decided I liked them well enough to keep changing them up and riding them in spite of them being popular. Same thing with Gassers now. As a bonus on the cars, if they get popular enough (and they're almost there) maybe they'll be enough for their own class again. And I can't really complain about the money I make off of working on Harleys and Hot Rods either,so.....

Tony,
The pics I scanned were off some Big Bikes from 1970. They were all covers, so the bikes are a little flashier than the typical bikes.
Better get back to work,
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damn, all these 'style' names make my head spin.

ill have to post a pic of my bike when its done so i can find out what style or era it looks like. i just thought i was building a neat old triumph custom. looks like i have lots to learn. :rolleyes:

heres a brief description, maybe yall can tell me what it sounds like:
70 frame with a bolt on hardtail - 4" stretch, 2.5" drop
'bobbed' ribbed fender
custom battery tray & oil tank
single carb 650 rebuilt with hot cams, milled head, bored, etc.
stock bonnie pipes, no muffs
stock bonnie tank
drag bars
lowered (2") 71 front end
no signals, gauges, horn, front fender
black with off white scallops outlined with a gold stripe

i wasnt shooting for any particular era or theme or name or 'cool' status. i was just working my ass off building myself a fun old custom, making shit look the way i thought it should look.

over the past 5 or 6 years i basically looked thousands of pics of bikes from stock to wild from the 20s to the present & just picked out the stance & styles of each one i liked & rolled with it. by the time i got my project (hacked old junker) i knew exactly what i was going to build. i built it from the frame up in just over 3 months. pretty much every other day after work til i get too tired to pick up another wrench. ive had a real good time building it & i cant wait to start another.
 

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[ I also haven't seen much in the way of the no upstretch, 50 degree rake, waaay over front end, LA style style. I'm sure it's coming.
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Here ya go, 1977.
 

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The thing is every thing has been done. If you look at the hot rods/street rods . Every color sceme every part billit ect, ect.
The cool guys do it first then all the others jump on and hope they get in before it's over. At the end of the trail is the Wal-mart clothing line. By the time it hits there it's over folks. And by the way I hate the term Old School for every thing thats not BLING. Just my $0.02:cool:
Oh shit......all this time I been buyin my dickies at wal-mart,...oh well
 

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[ I also haven't seen much in the way of the no upstretch, 50 degree rake, waaay over front end, LA style style. I'm sure it's coming.
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Here ya go, 1977.[/quote]

That's so rad it hurts.
 

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Hey Guys,
Every one Follows like Sheep These Days, it's a fact of life, Like Fat Tyre'd Ugly Harleys ETC,Then Everyone Rebels And Goes " Unit Trump with Hard tail is real old skool HuH! I,don't think There Was one self Respecting trump or beezer in the 60's or 70's that wore a stock tank! with trump or Beezer badges and a twin leader,the youngers pick up on somt'in and thats it, Do'nt Get me Wrong i Aint knocking Them , there Kool its the future of the old bike, But Just look At youre Roots Guys ,Our Live's are black 'n' white as it is ,with all the shit that is going on around the world Today , Now lets put some color and dreams back into an austere world, This Is Your Root's See Atachment! This is What it Was Like Show style Back in the Day ,Early 60's style!
 

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[ I also haven't seen much in the way of the no upstretch, 50 degree rake, waaay over front end, LA style style. I'm sure it's coming.
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Long bikes are really neat. I totally dig them.

I've thought about building one for a long time.

Figured if I did though, it wouldnt be much fun riding around here. Too much traffic, not enough open roads. I'm pretty sure the roads were much more open in L.A 30 years ago...
 

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I kind of went a different way too. Had Fred Frames build me a frame that would go with my harman girder... Performance machine invaders with the dual action caliper... Little over ten foot long with 19's... long and low, and if it wasn't for Nelson's article in the horse, i would of never saw that pic of Fred's "old School" frame in the background...

 

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EVERYTHING is a trend nowadays, you can't escape it. OCC grossness, wide tire, narrow tire, gaudy paint, metal flake paint, no paint, "patina" / rust, drag bars, straight bars, z bars, ape hangers, solo seats, sissy bars, bobbers, racers, choppers, stock, hot rod bikes,cafe racers, british, harley, japanese....

EVERYTHING

You can't escape it. Make what you want. Ride and have fun. In 5-10 years when no one cares about motorcycles and hot rods again, all the new hipster wannabee greasers will have moved on to the next trend. Which will be....

BIO DIESEL JET BOATS!
 

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You want seventies???...well...here ya go. 1970 triumph tr6. I got it from the original owner...he bought it new in 70, then chopped it. He worked at a gm plant in flint mich, and had some of the journeymen there help him with the fabrication. I really don't know what to do with it. I can't see myself riding it, but don't want to cut it up for another project...anybody want it??:)

 

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ol_scratch said:
There is this guy that rides to the Ephrata breakfast shindig the beginning of every month, everytime. I will get a pic if I remember. It is perhaps one of the best examples of a 70's chop protracted to extreme lengths. 7' sky-pipe exhaust, down draft 8" velocity stacks, tiny spool front wheel, king/queen seat with 12' padding on the queen. And the guy rides it all the time. OH, and bright orange metalflake - original from what I can tell.

Built2Ride probably knows who I'm talking about.
I've seen that bike, makes me smile every time. I try to make it to Ephrata once or twice a summer (about 2.5 hours back into MD). Also saw this dude ride into the Carlisle Bike event as well. Crazy stuff!
 
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