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hey everyone...i'm new to the boards, and relatively new to the custom chopper scene. i'm looking at flyrites, but am wondering why they're so cheap when compared to other bikes (such as exiles). i realize there's tons more work on the exiles and other bikes like that, but do the flyrites suck? are they good bikes? any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I love mine. I bought it because I wanted a new bike but I didn't want a new bike ( if that makes any sense) I wanted something cool, different, inexpensive and that I could work on/alter myself. Yeah I could have bought an older rebuilt harley or a Triumph for cheaper, but didn't want to and couldn't afford to take any chances with that. I've never built a bike, but I've worked on USAF $$$$$ planes for 20 years ; I think I can change/modify some parts. So I didn't want a build project just yet. I went with the most basic model. anyway...
It breaks like any other ridgid chop does: shit falling off, bulbs burning out, clamps breaking, whatever. but I ride it hard and often, and I expect things to happen that's why I carry shit with me to fix stuff.
I tell you, where I live, it's a fuckin sea of stock accessorized harleys. My Flyrite sticks out like a fly on a wedding cake up here and I love it. And I have shitty/no paint. I still get good crits.

I can't say why Jason and the gang chose to sell them so cheap in a world of overpriced bikes but, I'm glad they did

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After doing extensive internet research on a variety of low-priced and right-priced bike kits, rolling chassis, used bikes, etc., I selected my FlyRite Barhopper for the following reasons:

1) Marty at FRC treated my green ass like a long-lost friend
2) FRC frames are set up for Exile Sprotors, a product I happen to love, and will continue to use on every bike I build in the future
3) at under $3k delivered, the price was right (even if I did sell approx. half of the components that came stock with the FRC roller because I wanted different and/or better parts)

My bottom line: a FlyRite Chopper (or Sucker Punch Sally) is the perfect starter kit for anyone who wants to cut his teeth on a custom build that isn't fraught with hassles and surprises. JMO...
 

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thanks, guys....you mentioned sps bikes....i've also seen those. they're a bit closer to me than the great state of texas....are they comparable? i'm probably looking to get a built bike to start with since i don't have access to a shop. thanks again, though.
 

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i'm looking at flyrites, but am wondering why they're so cheap when compared to other bikes (such as exiles).

They don't have a TV show
 

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Jason sells his bikes cheap because he specifically set out to offer a very basic, very cool series of new bikes for less than a used Harley. They manufacture their own frames some piece parts, and just recently added their own brakes that are made in-house - this keeps the price where it needs to be.

I've had mine for a year now and it's been great - no problems, it turns heads like crazy, and it was $10K less than the Harleys my co-workers ride.

Jason moderates this board as 'Scorcher' - if you have specific questions give him a call. Just don't make the mistake of being put off by the low price.
 

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I was in the same situation as you(Pebblesun) several months back. Even though I ended up buying an old Triumph to have fun with. I have been by Flyrite's shop several times. And each time the have treated me with respect and honesty. When you are at there shop you are a customer, and treated as a friend, not a transaction. They crank out some really cool shit there. My next bike will probaly come from there, I just have to figure out which one its going to be. You won't be disappointed with FRC.. Good luck.
 

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Dude, you dont want to ride a flyrite bike. You will get so much ass that you will probally get tired of it, people will always be giving you a thumbs up like "Cool, hard tail, I ride a Street Bob, thats almost as tough as miy bike," and all the Iron Horse guys will be wantin to be your buddy cuz you ride custom (i gues that realy is a reason not to ride one).
 

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Whether it's FRC or other, v-twin or brit, ditch all of the shortcuts. No kits, no partials, no shortcuts. Build what you want from old shit, one piece at a time. Scour the meets, eBay, work at it, and have patience. Many good things, really great things, come from this approach, mechanically, socially, and philosophically. I could list many of them, but if I had to, you wouldn't be here.

My $.04.

PS - I'm serious. No slam at all on the guys who offer shortcuts, kits, partials. I know they build good shit, and I know they are reasonable or cheap, I know they need to make a living in these tough times, and I know the instant thing appeals to human nature. But the bike build is about heart, not about getting something up quicker, cheaper. This offered IMHO... and with no ill intentions.
 

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Excellent point!

Panhead Jim said:
Whether it's FRC or other, v-twin or brit, ditch all of the shortcuts. No kits, no partials, no shortcuts. Build what you want from old shit, one piece at a time. Scour the meets, eBay, work at it, and have patience. Many good things, really great things, come from this approach, mechanically, socially, and philosophically. I could list many of them, but if I had to, you wouldn't be here.

My $.04.

PS - I'm serious. No slam at all on the guys who offer shortcuts, kits, partials. I know they build good shit, and I know they are reasonable or cheap, I know they need to make a living in these tough times, and I know the instant thing appeals to human nature. But the bike build is about heart, not about getting something up quicker, cheaper. This offered IMHO... and with no ill intentions.
 

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Regarding my previous post, excellent starting point for example: eBay item number 4606699104. Jammer frame from the 70s. Given the frame number, I could tell you the month and year of the manufacture. These frames are sweet and light and fitment is good, makes for a wicked chop. Somebody please buy this, to save me the trouble.
 

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I love my Flyrite. Ive had it 2 years and i ride it hard and fast. Had a few things fall off but i kinda expected it. You put as many miles as i have on a rigid stuff breaks. Was it Flyrites fault....no way. Do they build a good bike.....hell yes. My buddy has one also and we ride together all the time rain or shine. Park them at the local bike nights and they get more attention then the show bikes, we have even run off some gold chain Big Dog owners becuase our bikes were getting more attention then theirs. I love it and plan to own more in the future.

PLus the Flyrite crew are great group of people.
 

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I do not own a Flyrite, but can say this... two years ago I went to their shop the weekend of the ROT (Republic of Texas) rally for their open house... they were all very friendly and very knowledgable... I had been checking out their products on-line since they started a website and was very happy to see their bikes in person.... My wife and I have decided there will be one in the garage at some point.

Short answer... it would be good to deal with people who are good at what they do and still friendly (that's "Texas Friendly" to all you outsiders).

M

www.ArtBiker.com
 

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I agree with the other guys. Jason and his crew are good people that will help you get what you want. Once I'm done with my projects I'm looking into getting a FRC.

Good People, Respect, and Trust = Good Business!

G Griffin said:
Yeah, what he said...
You can buy a kit bike anywhere, but the folks at Flyrite are good people.
That's worth a ton.

G.
 

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I'm waiting for that frame to come out too. I asked about getting one make a year and half ago. Now it's just a matter of time, before I get my hands on one.

:D

aj650 said:
I'm anxious to see their triumph frames. Anyone got spy pics?

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