|Fire in the Hole! Tim Gibson was there when we got the Chop started, around 11PM. It was the night before we threw it into the truck and headed to Sturgis.
The test drive consisted of two blocks up the hill, then two blocks back down. Good enough.
The left side of the chop. My '71 TR6R (650cc Tiger) became the donor to this project in September of 2000 when a four door UJM turned into me on 56th Street in Indianapolis.
The engine, rear wheel and handlebars remain.
Still sporting the original dust and dirt form Sturgis' Buffalo Chip Campground, everything is spray paint and un-polished aluminum.
|The right side. Front end is '78 Bonnie, frame is an old BCS hardtail. My dad, Jimmie, welded up the frame bits, and despite the butt-numbing vibrations and zero ground clearence, the welds have held.|
|Taillight . The light is a late '50's Matchless. It is mounted on 1/4 inch 6061 aluminum, which became my material of choice for all the brackets, belly tray, etc.|
|A good view of the Indian Chief toolbox (which houses the electrics) and the aluminum oilbag.
Note the trials-type spare sparkplug holder, which also carries a plug wrench. Also, that mil-spec toggle switch under the ignition key is the headlight switch. The toggle cover is there to prevent accidental running of the headlight, thus draining the massive battery.
|The Indian Chief electrical box. Note exclusive use of cloth-wrapped wire.|
|The left side of the motor. Engine plates are 3/8" 6061.
Those very nice Heim-jointed contol linkages look great riding low benieth the footpegs, but hitting a speedbump simultaniously taps the rear brake and shifts up a gear. Very exciting!
|Massive .03 AH battery. Small enough to carry a spare dry cell in my tool bag, this little bugger has not let me down yet.
The Sportster chain tensioner eliminates the vibration of the 120 link chain oscillation, freeing the rider up to feel the world of vibration that the hard-tail and rocking-couple engine provides in abundance.
|Right Side engine. Good look at how it all slips together. The bike weighs in around 340 pounds, fully one third of it being this motor.|
|The Chop at the Chip. I take it each year along with my buddy Tim and his very nice Bonneville|