The 2016 Born Free Give Away Bike

This is where you will see it happen.
I will document everything.
from a pile of parts to a running motorcycle.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Its happening again.

I'm building a chopper.  You figured that?  Well, I wasn't so sure to begin with.  When it started, a chopper wasn't what I was planning on.  If you look at what I have built over the years, it has changed from traditional choppers to full on race bikes.  I love race bikes.  But, its not what Born Free is about.  I get that.  I love choppers.  I have for a long time.  It's old custom bikes, be it traditional Race bred bobbers or traditional choppers, that have put me where I am today.

Choppers...so many styles and looks, some amazing others not so amazing.  This build is going full circle for me.  I am busy in the shop with 3-4, 45 flathead race bikes getting planned, built, modified etc.  But the Born Free build will not be a race bike.  At least not externally.  Its going to be with a love of traditional chopper culture that I build this bike.  With some race stuff thrown in (on the inside) for power and more than that: reliability.

I tend to build bikes that are downright complicated.  But I'm not building this bike for me.  It has to be a cycle that anyone could hop on, kick over and just plain ride.  However they want. That's how it's going to be.  I tend to ride faster and harder on a vintage machine than maybe I should, but building a bike that can take it is what I'm looking for.

I'm not 100% sure what direction I'm going style wise, I have a pretty good idea, but at this point the only thing set in stone is the panhead motor, 4 speed trans, a mildly modified frame and the 18" x 19" wheel combo I ran years ago.  That might change.  I'm not sure.  I won't know til I get there.

Thank you Mike and Grant for the honor.

-Chopperdave

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