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anyone ever tore down a old cop bike... a intercepter??
and put her back to gether in true jockey journal fashion?
 

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I havent personally, but from what i understand quite a few bikes have been built this way, in the 60s and 70s especially. Ed Roth's Oink! being one notable example. I dont see why it should be any different or harder than stripping down a normal bagger, most police bikes ive seen (harleys at least) are pretty standard dual-shock swingarm cycles with off the shelf parts. Surplus property auctions for state and county owned equipment and vehicles go on all the time too, check the classifieds in your paper.
 

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In 1974 I bought a 1951 stock Panhead that had been the "police" bike for several Arkansas towns. It was sold new to the Little Rock, AR police department by Richards HD (now Richards Honda). It slowly migrated north from small town to small town before it ended up sitting on the side of the road near the Missouri border with a For Sale sign wired to the handlebars. The special police equipment had been removed and somone had replaced the solo seat with a buddy seat. It was a 4 speed tank shift, rocker clutch model....foot shift didn't come out until 52. I paid $175.00 cash and rode it home. The bike was dingy white with the remains of police decals on the tank and fenders. It had the number "7" painted on the oil tank....a fleet number perhaps and a 1969 AR municipal license plate. I rode this bike in various forms for 15 years regretfully selling it in 1989 to pay some unexpected medical bills. It made annual trips from Arkansas to Daytona from 75-82 and Laconia in 77, all under its own power. I did 1000 miles in 24 hours on this bike and it never missed a beat....doing much better then I did since I couldn't feel my legs at the finish point. LOL! I made an attempt to find ether the whole bike or at least the number side of the engine case several years ago, but the bike has disappeared into someone's garage or the swap meet circuit. I rebuilt the motor twice, the last time taking it to 88 ci with S&S wheels. The 51 motor was an in between model and had some unique features such as hydraulic pushrods which I change for solids. It was a good bike, but it was never any faster then any other FL in the same condition. My biggest regret with this bike is that I don't have a single picture of it in any form. I went back into the Army in 82 and the many, many PCS moves took a toll on my pictures and all of the pictures of this particular bike have vanished.
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awesome... i have a pal selling one to me for 700.00
think ill go for it.
 

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I heard that the Easy rider bikes were bought at a police auction and chopped by Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams)--But I am not sure if that means they were cop bikes or perhaps seized bikes?
 

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Here is an FLHTP I did about 5 years ago. Pretty cool for what it was.... I had been wanting to use that funky Cadillac color on something and this was the only one I thought it would look cool on. Built it to sell it so that explains the "prettyness".




 

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big_al said:
I heard that the Easy rider bikes were bought at a police auction and chopped by Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams)--But I am not sure if that means they were cop bikes or perhaps seized bikes?
I heard a similar story but I dont know who chopped them. Three captain america bikes, all gone.
 

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tbone16 said:
I heard a similar story but I dont know who chopped them. Three captain america bikes, all gone.
The builders were two gentlemen from south-central LA named Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy. There were two captain americas, and two billy bikes. The story ive been told is that one of each was stolen, and the other two wrecked in the final scene.
 

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A black dude was the lead builder for the bikes...Damn, didn't you guys watch the history of the chopper show put on by Mr. James hisself:rolleyes:...You guys need to learn what real chopper building is all about...I prescribe 10 episodes of OCC for each of you...;)
 
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