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Long story short... I was at a Bikini Bar one night and I rode there on my '59 Triumph. An old dude comes in looking for the owner of my bike. He has a '68 BSA Lightning chopper that doesn't run. He asked how much I'd charge to get it running. I told him I don't do that for people, but I'd buy it.

I traded him a Honda generator and gave him $500 cash and this thing was mine.

Cleaned out the crappy Chinese carbs and got it to run. But the bike was starving for fuel at speed, so I went to see Torch for some good condish used 930's.

Here it is as I got it.





Ditched the Mustang tank and used a prism tank I had in my hoarder storage.



Stripped down a King and Queen seat that needed love. Had it done up in all leather.







Made a sissy bar out of solid round stock. Placed 2 Knight lights on it for the ultimate in tail lighting...



Welded tabs on some killer bars so they would mate with the springer.







I need to sort out a better oil tank and headlight. Then blow it apart for paint.
 

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looking good all the changes you have made are spot on groovy
Thanks man! I'm definitely going to be laid back on future camping trips.

Are you gonna do long ripple pipes too?
Not quite sure how the exhaust is going to turn out yet. Ripple pipes are pretty rad. That's also on the list of things to tackle before paint.
 

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I like where you're headed. The fork looks a little off to me though...A bit more rake, or shorter fork would be my preference. Looks kinda massive if that makes any sense. Maybe a 21" wheel, and different bars? Never was a fan of them when the frame is not level to the ground, but I know that was a popular "NorCal" thing.
 

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Looks pretty much 'period correct' to me, especially with the old style king/ queen seat. Seems like you got a good deal on a good ol' bike. Best of luck!
 

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I like where you're headed. The fork looks a little off to me though...A bit more rake, or shorter fork would be my preference. Looks kinda massive if that makes any sense. Maybe a 21" wheel, and different bars? Never was a fan of them when the frame is not level to the ground, but I know that was a popular "NorCal" thing.
Yeah... Being in California, that look doesn't bother me. I wouldn't build a bike to have that stance, but I'll just run it and pretend to give homage to Northern CA choppers.

dizzamn I dig it . sure wish I could stumble across stuff like that at my watering hole. I need to change joints.
You need to never visit the same bar twice. And when people talk to you about their blah, blah, blah, that used to race president Kennedy with in 1962, just listen and agree with them. One day, you'll go back to their house and relieve them of a motorbike.

It's so cute, you want to put it in your pocket!!
Perhaps the good doctor could prescribe a big twin?

I'm talking to this disabled dude that lives across the street from my girl's parents. He has a '63 pan that he can't ride. It just sits in his kitchen... I'm working him ever so gently.
 

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pretty cool so far but those mounting tabs on the bars are gonna get ya killed. try this, sit on the bike and violently jerk the bars back and forth and side to side like you were trying to rip them off the bike. if they don't bend or break then you're good to go.
 

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I like where you're headed. The fork looks a little off to me though...A bit more rake, or shorter fork would be my preference. Looks kinda massive if that makes any sense. Maybe a 21" wheel, and different bars? Never was a fan of them when the frame is not level to the ground, but I know that was a popular "NorCal" thing.
Here in the midwest we called chops with that stance giraffes. Very comfortable on long trips but mids are a must to take the weight off your spine on large bumps.
 

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pretty cool so far but those mounting tabs on the bars are gonna get ya killed. try this, sit on the bike and violently jerk the bars back and forth and side to side like you were trying to rip them off the bike. if they don't bend or break then you're good to go.
They're super solid. I know it seems like a sketchy concept, but they'll hold.

Looks good...so you gonna paint it the appropriate psyco-delic colors?
Paint is such an expensive endeavor... I have a buddy that paints at the Mercedes dealership. So I can get the frame and tank painted any recent Mercedes color for cheap. Then I was thinking of sending the frame and tank out to a proper motorcycle painter for panels, striping, etc...

Here in the midwest we called chops with that stance giraffes. Very comfortable on long trips but mids are a must to take the weight off your spine on large bumps.
Mid controls are something I'm thinking of converting back to. Although, at 6'5" I can live with forwards even though I never rock forward controls.
 
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