I wanted to create either a Chopper or Bobber style build but using what we had readily available here in Thailand. But build it in the American Style. Doing a Hardtail, with Jockey Shift, forward controls etc.
Harley’s are either extremely expensive or Impossible to find parts for. So when Royal Thai Police decided to upgrade their fleet to bigger/faster Bikes, I knew of this one that had been backed over in
Police compound. Totally destroying front forks and possibly frame. It had less then 3,000 kilometers on clock and engine 200cc may not have had it’s first oil change yet
Did a a dual clutch. My normal left foot would have been shifting gears. Since I opted to use a jockey (hand) shift, I used 2 cables and tied together normal hand clutch and left forward foot lever. Now my wife could use hand clutch and put both feet on the ground if she needed, when stopped. Since I installed a gear display digital, she could use foot clutch and hand (stick) to shift when moving, Now on top plate triple tree is display to get in whatever gear or neutral as needed. I also designed and built a jackshaft to move chain to Lett as needed to clear wide tire. I moved chain (offset) it 7/8″.. My rear forks are wide enough to mount a 200/60/17 tire. But since I opted to use rear hub and same brake from Honda NSR150 I was limited to a 36h rim. Largest or widest we could find was a Silver 17″x4.5″ so widest tire that would fit was a 160/60/17. I also used a chrome 18″x 1 3/4 chrome 36h rim with disc brake in front. Mounting a 18/80/3.0 tire. Total disc brakes w/abs and right foot/forward controlled rear brake master cylinder with fluid mounted brake switch.. I used Honda Phantom ta200 front chrome forks to give me length and strength. Also it used the same front brake caliper. I ran into an issue as
Phantom offset their front mag rim 9/16″ moving hub to left and rim to right also used a 284mm rotor, my tiger or Honda NSR used 240mm O.D. calipers. I like old School… Spokes! I was not going to use that Dorky Honda mag!! I found that Yamaha 175cc used a spoke rim that Also could be mounted a 280mm rotor, in mounting hub to rim I needed to offset rim 9/16″ to right of hub. So using my trusty dial indicator I zeroed it at Tigers original hub and took same mount to get rim location. mounted Yamaha hub to match zeroed indicated proceeded to mount and lace rim, trueing rim to match Tigers, then proceeded to loosen/tighten spokes moving rim vertically to right, keeping it horizontally trued! Mounted tire doing no more used phantom Spacers a speedo drive mounted tire/wheel combo to forks…. Held my breath wscI attached caliper with mounting plate to forks… It dropped in place! Caliper fit perfectly! Tire was centered in forks! Issue fixed/solved!! All because as I could see Honda did not want owners to use spoke rims on the Phantom! This was before people started to custom drill hubs and rims to wider spokes. I just used same width spoke as Yamaha I’d but the length of the Tigers… Perfect fit!!! I still have issue as I need to find a gas tank to fit lines of Build. I think I will try to get a moon style to fit under seat, leaving top frame tube free. As mounting a tank in normal portion in would need to sitt level with top of tube or it will hit carburetor top and cables. As bike sits now I have 4 sprockets in final drive and using 2 chains. At engine and the 2 gears at jackshaft I have option to use 428/12T – 19T sprockets and rear wheel 32T- 44T. Engine has 5 speed transmission, so since engine power curvebwill now take me to 8,400rpm. I could dial in this bobber as a drag or land speed racer. ( If I am chosen all I would like is someone to find me a 8 1/2″ diameter 14″ wide moon style tank. Top side mount fill two top welded mounting bungs and center bottom fuel valve bung) as you can imagine… Its very difficult here
Getting dual clutch hardware to work, and front disc brake to allign properly… And keep my “Spoked” rim!!