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I'm just curious what is out there for chops and bobs that aren't HD based. Are there any big air-cooled V-Twins out there that are chain or belt driven?
 

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Triumph has a few chain drives and in their larger displacement bikes they have belts. Also Victory has belt drives along with Indian.
 

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Neither of the above are chain drive. As far as I know, Honda makes a chain drive 750 v- twin called the Shadow Spirit, I believe, but that's about it.
Well, he did say chain OR belt. And yes, Indian and Victory are both larger displacement, but not everyone can afford that price tag.
 

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Well, he did say chain OR belt. And yes, Indian and Victory are both larger displacement, but not everyone can afford that price tag.
Right on I too missed the belt drive comment probably because the title only mentioned chain drive.
Really makes it a lot easier as current big displacement V-Twin chain drive motorcycles are hard to find but there are lot more belt drive V-Twins.
 

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I don't think there are too many Indian or Victory motors out there to be used as a project. I would be much cheaper to go HD, S&S or Rev Tech I bet.

I want to someday build a chopper but wanted to be different and not go HD. Also, you will lose your ass if you ever sell it, so I figured why not start with a cheaper motor to start with?

I don't know about using a drive shaft model. It seems there would be a lot of fabricating to make that work and of course it wouldn't look near as good IMO. Bu the driveshaft models are certainly more prevalent.
 

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I don't think there are too many Indian or Victory motors out there to be used as a project. I would be much cheaper to go HD, S&S or Rev Tech I bet.

I want to someday build a chopper but wanted to be different and not go HD. Also, you will lose your ass if you ever sell it, so I figured why not start with a cheaper motor to start with?

I don't know about using a drive shaft model. It seems there would be a lot of fabricating to make that work and of course it wouldn't look near as good IMO. Bu the driveshaft models are certainly more prevalent.

Bottom line, be different. I would use an s and s knucklehead motor for a chop with chain primary and others.. 4 speed from baker. Old school but reliable.
 

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I don't think there are too many Indian or Victory motors out there to be used as a project. I would be much cheaper to go HD, S&S or Rev Tech I bet.

I want to someday build a chopper but wanted to be different and not go HD. Also, you will lose your ass if you ever sell it, so I figured why not start with a cheaper motor to start with?

I don't know about using a drive shaft model. It seems there would be a lot of fabricating to make that work and of course it wouldn't look near as good IMO. Bu the driveshaft models are certainly more prevalent.
Often Bobbers start as damaged MCs but from your last post you want to buy and ride a bike and later radically mod it to a chopper or bobber bike. Good way would be to shop locally for a good used candidate. Craig's List often is a good place to shop.

A lot of HD get mods and you may well find one on its's way to the kind of radical bike :shades: you are wanting.
 

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Maybe I should amend it to 1000cc and larger air-cooled, chain or belt driven motors to see what is out there.

The big Yammies would be pretty sweet.
 

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Im not sure anybody makes a chain drive liter class v twin. I do like the big stars, though. My bil had a star 1300 he rode for a decade. Nice... But i believe it was belt drive.
 

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The V-Strom and Vulcan are water cooled and I just don't think they would look good in an open frame of a chopper. Usually the exterior of the engines lack any personality, not to mention you have a radiator and hoses to stink up the scene.

Maybe a Vulcan motor in a short chop with a springer front end with wide front tire might work. Maybe. LOL
 
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