YAMAHA CHOPPER PROJECT
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2006/07/13:

Half way through teardown, with just the essentials still on, (seat, wheels, handlebars, engine [dead weight]) Sean and Jacob and I rolled the bike out of the barn for the first time and pushed the bike up and down the alley to get a test "ride".
I'd never riden anything with a long front end or a wide rear tire. But I was really encouraged on that ride...I was half expecting the geometry to be unweildy and basically unsafe to ride, or at least requiring re-learning of how to ride a motorcycle, but it felt surprisingly maneuverable and responsive. I mean, you'd never accuse it of being nimble or anything, but I could lean and steer pretty naturally. It felt right. I think the low weight and low center of gravity helps. Stopping is hard without brakes though.

So the painted tins went in a box under plastic to protect them from dust, but here's everything else. Teardown is easy. One man job.


The only things left on the frame were the kickstand and the bottom tree (because it's press-fit into the bearings in the neck, so no point removing it.)

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