How to adjust suspension on a motorcycle
This video is about adjusting progressive 422 motorcycle shocks on my 2006 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper. many of the same principles for adjusting these motorcycle shocks will apply to other models of motorcycles. But, it’s very important to first check with your motorcycle manufacturer as to the types of shocks recommended as well as the recommended adjustment to these motorcycle shocks.
A number of models of the American Ironhorse motorcycles used the same shocks, mounted horizontally under the frame. besides the Texas Chopper I also know (because I owned one) these Progressive shocks were used on the Legend model (of the American Ironhorse model line) as well. Also, these same shocks were use on the Big Dog K-9. Again, I know this because I’ve owned a couple of those Big Dog k9 models.
The advantage of having these horizontally mounted under the frame shocks is that they help provide a lower rigid frame look to choppers, without having to put up with the harsh ride of a rigid frame. Plus, in my mind, they provide a much cleaner look to any motorcycle. Who wants to look at too big bulky shocks mounted on the sides of your rear tire? Read more
Future Custom Motorcycles
Are hubless motorcycle wheels the next big look for true custom choppers?
Hubless or centreless wheels technically speaking are not without hub.
Instead of this, the hub is as large as the wheel itself and the axle is hollow.
Since there are pieces that bolt to hold the inner race,THAT is the hub,albeit a large one.A wheel cannot be hubless or it would roll away on its own.it APPEARS hubless.I’m not saying it doesn’t look cool as hell,I’m just saying the inner race,and the system that clamps it is in effect,a hub,it is just so large you don’t notice it..You don’t need sopkes to make it an axle hub.One piece spun aluminum wheels have no spokes,but still have a central hub.In this case the inner race is used as a hub. Read more
Motorcycle suspension bolt
This is video two of two about my progressive shock bolt failure. to fully understand the situation, I would advise taking a look at the first video that I did about this, the hyperlink is below: http://www.sandiegocustommotorcycles.info/motorcycle-shock-bolt-snapping/
In this video about the motorcycle suspension bolt failure, I focus on what the cause may have been and a simple way to add a couple second procedure to your annual motorcycle maintenance check, that may prevent this situation from happening to your motorcycle. Read more
Motorcycle shock bolt snapping – progressive shocks
Okay, here comes my motorcycle riding story in the category of ‘there I was – thought I was going to die!’. this video is about shearing off the rear bolt that holds one of my two progressive shocks on my American Ironhorse Texas Chopper motorcycle.
I have a lot to say in this video and so it got a little long, now this video should be considered number one of two videos ( working on the second one right now) about this motorcycle riding incident. This first video talks about exactly what happened leading up to and during the bolt that secures my progressive 442 shocks to the frame of my motorcycle snapping off on the freeway.
My two favorite factory built custom choppers, the American Ironhorse and the Big Dog motorcycles both use the Progressive 422 shocks mounted horizontally under a number of their softail models. currently I’m riding the Texas Chopper that shown in this video, but, I have owned, and hopefully will only again, a Big Dog K-9. Both of these great bikesuse the horizontally mounted progressive 422 shocks
Radical Choppers – taking it too far!
For me the first thing that comes to mind when watching this video is that these bikers have taken it way too far as far as extended front ends go. Having a super long extended front end like this really changes the whole geometry of the motorcycle. I just have to believe that riding a motorcycle with such a long front end is really an accident waiting to happen. Plus, what about cornering and maneuverability?
Sure, I can appreciate bikers modifying their rights to suit their own individuality, but if they intend to ride these custom creations, I think safety has to factor into any modifications.
These motorcycles are just impractical and stupid. Make a bike uncomfortable and plan unsafe for the rider & anyone else around when they loses control. Read more
Custom Motorcycle Trike
Rocket II Trike is on the road, powered by a blown Hemi V8, which generates over 1000 hp!
Motorcycle Trike –
A sculptor by trade, Frogman Tim Cotterill brought his trike design to Blastolene, the same folks who built Jay’s Tank Car.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Many three-wheelers which exist in the form of motorcycle-based machines are often called trikes and often have the front single wheel and mechanics similar to that of a motorcycle and the rear axle similar to that of a car. Often such vehicles are owner-constructed using a portion of a rear-engine, rear-drive Volkswagen Beetle in combination with a motorcycle front end. Other trikes include ATVs that are specially constructed for off road use. Read more
Double Motorcycle Crash
One motorcycle crash leads to another crash. Both riders were alright.
In 2013, two-wheeled motorcycles accounted for 93 percent of all motorcycles in fatal crashes. In 2013, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, 4 percent of all people injured, 18 percent of all occupants (driver and passenger) fatalities, and 4 percent of all occupants injured. Read more
Good Looking Custom Chopper Motorcycle
This is a great video for custom chopper motorcycle enthusiast. There is absolutely no narration, just a lot of good-looking custom chopper motorcycles!
Currently, here in the United States,, the chopper motorcycle look as stated in popularity and been replaced by the ‘bagger’ motorcycle. The bagger style motorcycle usually refers to a Harley or other large motorcycle that has saddlebags. Usually, a chopper motorcycle enthusiast wouldn’t be caught dead on one of these baggers! but, I bet the same could be true for a bagger motorcycle enthusiast attitude toward the chopper motorcycle. Read more
Old School Choppers
A lot of old school choppers for your viewing pleasure:
Old School Choppers – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In the post-World War II United States, servicemen returning home from the war started removing all parts deemed too big, heavy, ugly, or not essential to the basic function of the motorcycle, such as fenders, turn indicators, and even front brakes. The large, spring-suspended saddles were also removed in order to sit as low as possible on the motorcycle’s frame. These machines were lightened to improve performance for dirt-track racing and mud racing. In California dry lake beds were used for long top speed runs. Motorcycles and automobiles ran at the same meets, and bobbers were an important part of the hotrod culture that developed in this era. Read more
Redwood Motorcycle Run
Check out the 40th Annual Redwood Run in Piercy California, presented by the Kiwanis of the Redwoods in Humboldt County.
This was June 9th thru June 11, 2017. Really an old-school biker rally. This Redwood run is like a Woodstock type event for bikers. Really, looks like it has it all, the great outdoors, cool looking bikes, babes and music!